Wednesday 8 July, 2020

McLeod clocks world-leading time to win at Shanghai Diamond League

World and Olympic champion Jamaican Omar McLeod.

World and Olympic champion Jamaican Omar McLeod.

World and Olympic champion Jamaican Omar McLeod clocked a world-leading 13.16 seconds for a hat-trick of Diamond League wins in Shanghai, China on Saturday.

After pulling out of the 200m in Doha, McLeod admitted he didn’t know what to expect from his first 110m hurdles outing of this term. He needn’t have worried.

The Olympic champion took the lead from the first hurdle. Last year’s IAAF Diamond League champion, Sergey Shubenkov, quickly moved alongside him before fading through the middle third.

It was Spain's Orlando Ortega, running in lane eight, who emerged as the challenger to McLeod through the closing stages. But McLeod displayed his terrific track speed (the Jamaican has broken 10 seconds for the 100m) and a well-timed dip to win  – just 0.01 ahead of Ortega.

“I wanted to see where I’m at,” said McLeod, who was pleased to get his season under way. “Although it’s an off year, and it’s hard to have the will and drive, I want to keep the winning streak going and get that diamond.”

The two other Jamaicans in the field - Ronald Levy (13.33) and Hansle Parchment (13.48) finished fourth and fifth respectfully.

There were also three second-place finishes for Jamaica in Shanghai. Those performances came from Danniel Thomas-Dodd in the women's shot put,  Shanieka Ricketts in the women's triple jump and Janieve Russell in the women's 400-metre hurdles.

Thomas-Dodd produced a throw of 18.70 metres in the women's shot put to finish behind world champion and home favourite Gong Lijiao, who won with a world-leading throw of 19.99 to secure her fourth Shanghai Diamond League victory.

Ricketts and her Jamaican teammate Kimberly Williams finished second and third respectively in the women's triple jump.

Ricketts, the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games silver medallist, registered a season-best 14.55m for her second place; while Williams, the 2018 World Indoor silver and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, produced 14.35m.

Olympic champion Caterine Ibarguen won the event with a world-leading jump of 14.80m.

Russell, the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games champion,  ran a lifetime best 53.78 seconds for her second place in the women's 400-metre hurdles.

Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad came into the women’s 400m hurdles having not bettered 55 seconds in two previous attempts this season. That changed as she took control  through the second bend.

Although Russel, fastest of the field this season of those lining up, rallied off the final hurdle, Muhammad showed great strength to hold off the charge and cross the line in 53.77.

Russell's Jamaican teammate Leah Nugent finished sixth in 56.54.

Earlier, 2016 Olympic 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson of Jamaica clocked 22.36 seconds for third place in the women's 200 metres, a month after she posted a lifetime best of 22.18 to win Commonwealth Games silver.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo dominated the event. The Olympic 400m champion from The Bahamas never looked short of the win, setting a meeting record and world-leading time of 22.06.

The 24-year-old came off the bend with a narrow lead over two-time world champion Dafne Schippers. Although she was close at half way, Schippers could only watch as Miller-Uibo powered across the line for a classy win.

Schippers finished second in a season-best 22.34.

In the men's long jump, Jamaican Demar Forbes registered a season-best 7.99m but finished seventh of ninth.

South African Luvo Manyonga, who won the Commonwealth Games gold medal last month, as expected took the victory with a world-leading jump of 8.56 metres.

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