Saturday 4 April, 2020

Elaine Thompson, Stephenie Ann McPherson win at Paris Diamond League

Jamaica’s Olympic 100m and 200m champion Elaine Thompson.

Jamaica’s Olympic 100m and 200m champion Elaine Thompson.

Jamaica’s Olympic 100m and 200m champion Elaine Thompson won the women's 100m at the Diamond League meeting in Paris on Saturday.

Thompson started well and stayed strong to win in 10.98 (-0.2m/s) from the Ivory Coast’s world 100m and 200 silver medallist Marie-Jose Ta Lou, who clocked 11.13. Double world 200m champion Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands was third in 11.15.

Thompson's teammates Jonielle Smith (11.17) and Nataliah Whyte (11.25) finished sixth and eighth.

There was a Jamaican win too in the women’s 400m as  Stephenie Ann McPherson’s strong finish in lane seven earned her victory in 51.11 ahead of three US runners – Kendall Ellis, who clocked 51.21, Shakima Wimbley, on 51.50, and world champion Phyllis Francis, who relinquished her lead halfway down the finishing straight, clocking 51.56.

Jamaica's Natoya Goule had to settle for second in the women's 800m. The race did count in the IAAF Diamond League, and Hanna Green of the United States made the last 20 metres count as she moved up to pass Goule just before the line, clocking 1:58.39 to the Jamaican’s 1:58.59. 

Ronald Levy of Jamaica clocked 13.22 seconds for fourth in the men's 110m hurdles. Daniel Roberts, the US trials winner, earned victory in what was only the third IAAF Diamond League meeting of his career, coming home in 13.08 ahead of Spain’s Olympic silver medallist Orlando Ortega, who clocked 13.14, and US compatrior Freddie Crittenden, who recorded a personal best of 13.17.

France’s European champion Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, making a return after illness, was fifth in 13.24, and 2015 world champion Sergey Shubenkov an unhappy last in 13.88.

The Jamaican pair of Shanieka Ricketts (14.71m) and Kimberly Williams (14.45m) finished fourth and sixth in the women's triple jump.

Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela, one of the most electric talents on the circuit, fizzled and flared all the way to win with her second-round effort of 15.05m – six centimetres shy of her best of 15.11m set in winning the Pan American title in Lima earlier this month.

Cuba’s Liadagmis Povea was second with 14.75m but also jumped 14.68m in the final round, taking off 38 centimetres behind the plasticine.  In third place, US champion Keturah Orji set a personal best of 14.72m.

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