Jamaica’s double Olympic champion wins the 100m at the Diamond League in Switzerland
Living up to her new-found reputation as the fastest woman on the planet, Elaine Thompson won the 100m in 10.78 (0.8) at the Athletissima meeting in Lausanne on Thursday as GB’s Desiree Henry finished fourth in 11.17.
The sprinters endured a faulty start where most competitors did not hear the recall gun and ended up completing the whole distance but, once they got under way for the second time, the Jamaican ran out a convincing winner.
Genzebe Dibaba was back to winning ways in the women’s 3000m as the Ethiopian unleashed a 57.47 final 400m to beat Olympic 5000m silver medallist Hellen Obiri. Dibaba, the world 1500m record-holder, was beaten in the metric mile in Rio but here clocked a meeting record of 8:31.84.
There was more excellent running in the men’s 1000m as Ayanleh Souleiman ran the fifth fastest time for the distance in history with 2:13.50. The race was billed as a showdown between Olympic 1500m champion Matt Centrowitz and world champion Asbel Kiprop but the American was only sixth and the Kenyan fourth as Kenya’s Robert Biwott was second and Jonathan Kitilit was third, while Michael Rimmer limped off the track with injury approaching the bell.
Francine Nyonsaba took the women’s 800m in 1:57.71 as Britain’s Lynsey Sharp finished strongly for third in 1:58.52.
Another Brit in good form was Eilidh Doyle as she finished second to Olympic 400m hurdles champion Dalilah Muhammad – the American running 53.78 to Doyle’s 54.45.
The long jump also saw a strong British showing as Lorraine Ugen jumped 6.71m to push the winner, Ivana Spanovic, close as the Serbian jumped 6.83m. In third was Darya Klishina (6.50m) followed by Shara Proctor (6.48m), while Olympic champion Tianna Bartoletta was fifth.
Keni Harrison, the American world record-holder who missed the Olympics, took the 100m hurdles impressively in 12.42 from Dawn Harper-Nelson, while Britain’s Cindy Ofili was fourth in 12.80.
An exciting high jump contest saw Mutaz Essa Barshim win as he cleared 2.35m on his third attempt. The Qatar athlete beat Robbie Grabarz into second as the Briton cleared everything up to 2.32m at his first try but found 2.35m beyond him.
Asafa Powell took the non-Diamond League 100m race in 9.96 as British bobsledder and sprinter Joel Fearon was third in in 10.05. The meeting proved a great opportunity for another rising British sprinter Reece Prescod as well as he finished fifth in a PB of 20.38 in a fast 200m won by Churandy Martina in a Dutch record of 19.81.
LaShawn Merritt won the 400m in 44.52 as Martyn Rooney was fifth in 45.46 behind the Olympic bronze medallist.
In the throws, Valerie Adams won the shot put with 19.94m from Olympic champion Michelle Carter’s 19.49m, while Latvian javelin thrower Madara Palameika produced a final-round effort of 65.29m to beat Barbora Spotakova.
Another Olympic champion in action was triple jumper Caterine Ibarguen and the Colombian won with 14.76m. But not all of the winners from Rio were in winning form as Orlando Ortega beat Olympic champion Omar McLeod in the men’s 110m hurdles with 13.11.
In the events before the Diamond League kicked off, British junior Harriet Knowles-Jones won the under-20 women’s 1500m in 4:21.25.