Elaine blazes to 100m ti­tle

New Straits Times - - Sport -

SHANG­HAI,: Dou­ble Olympic sprint cham­pion Elaine Thomp­son set the fastest time in the world this year when she won the women’s 100 me­tres at the Shang­hai Di­a­mond League meet­ing on Satur­day.

The Ja­maican left the rest of a qual­ity field in her wake to fin­ish in a time of 10.78 sec­onds, al­most three tenths of a sec­ond clear of Amer­i­can Tori Bowie with MarieJosee Ta Lou of Ivory Coast in third.

“I was happy with my prepa­ra­tion and the way I ex­e­cuted the race to­day,” said Elaine, the 100 and 200 me­tres gold medal­list at last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

“I made a great start and I was able to bring it home. I am pleased with the time.”

Omar McLeod saw off a stel­lar field to win the 110 me­tres hur­dles in 13.09 sec­onds, with the Olympic cham­pion fin­ish­ing ahead of Or­lando Ortega, while Noah Lyles equalled the fastest time in the world this year in the 200 me­tres as the 19-year-old stopped the clock in 19.90.

Olympic cham­pion Shau­nae Miller-Uibo from Ja­maica set the fastest time of 2017 in the women’s 400 me­tres when she de­mol­ished the op­po­si­tion to cross in 49.77, fin­ish­ing al­most a sec­ond ahead of sec­ond-placed Natasha Hastings.

World record holder and dou­ble Olympic and world cham­pion David Rud­isha fin­ished fourth in his first race since Septem­ber as Kipye­gon Bett, last year’s world ju­nior cham­pion, won the men’s 800 me­tres in 1 minute 44.70.

“I’ve had a dif­fer­ent build up with not run­ning in Aus­tralia this year and it was my first race of the sea­son,” said Rud­isha. “I ran a 1:45, which shows me where I’m at and it is some­thing to build on. I hope to put some things in place to im­prove for my next race.”

South Africa’s Luvo Manyunga claimed the men’s long jump with a Di­a­mond League record leap of 8.61 me­tres while Hellen Obiri recorded the quick­est time in 2017 for the women’s 5000 me­tres when she blew the field away to fin­ish in 14 min­utes 22.47.

Kenya’s Faith Kipye­gon won the women’s 1500m in 3 min­utes 59.22, the fastest so far this sea­son, to fin­ish more than a sec­ond clear of Ethiopian Dawut Seyaum in a com­mand­ing early sea­son dis­play.

Ber­shawn Jack­son claimed the men’s 400 me­tres hur­dles in a time of 48.63, a new meet­ing record, to leave a strong field in­clud­ing dou­ble Olympic gold medal­list Ker­ron Cle­ment and world cham­pion Nicholas Bett trailing. Reuters

Elaine Thomp­son won the 100m with the year’s fastest time.

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