Friday 10 July, 2020

Omar McLeod beaten again; Elaine Thompson loses to Ta Lou

Olympic and World champion Omar McLeod suffered a rare back-to-back defeat with a fifth-place finish in the men's 110-metre hurdles at the eighth meeting of the 2018 IAAF Diamond League in Lausanne on Thursday.

That defeat came three days after the Jamaican hit a hurdle and finished in 13:45, a distant sixth to Authorise Neutral Athlete Sergey Shubenkov at the Gyulai Memorial in Székesfehérvár, Hungary.

And Shubenkov won again in Lausanne, earning victory in 12.95 – his second fastest time ever.

Shubenkov, who preceded the compact Jamaican as world champion and took silver behind him in London last summer, got away well, but there was little between the two figures as they ran shoulder-to-shoulder until McLeod landed awkwardly after the eighth flight of hurdles and lost his chances in a moment’s stumble, slipping back to fifth in 13.41.

Shubenkov maintained his form to earn a third successive sub-13 second race in three finals, having clocked 12.99 in Montreuil on June 19 and then, on Monday, finding the ideal way of getting over the disappointment of Saturday’s setback by setting a personal best of 12.92 in winning at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial meeting in Hungary.

Devon Allen of the United States was distant second in a race deprived of the presence of Jamaica’s Ronald Levy after he injured a hamstring during warm-up.

Allen clocked 13.29, with France’s Pascal Martinot-Lagarde taking third place in 13.30.

Jamaica's double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson had to settle for second in the women's 100 metres, clocking 10.99 to finish behind Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast, who won in 10.90.

Jenna Prandini of the United States beat Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers to third place, 11.00 to 11.02.

Commonwealth Games champions Janieve Russell produced a new personal best 53.46, but it was only good for second. Shamier Little of the USA won the race in a season-best 53.41.

Shericka Jackson clocked 22.84 for third place in the women's 200 metres behind Gabrielle Thomas (22.47) of the USA and Jamile Samuel (22.68) of the Netherlands.

Earlier, the Jamaican pair of Stephenie Ann McPherson (50.84) and Anastasia Le-Roy (51.12) finished fifth and sixth in the women's 400 metres. Bahrain’s 20-year-old Salwa Nasser won in 49.78.

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