McLeod edges 110 hur­dles in Shang­hai Di­a­mond League

Ath­let­ics

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - SPORT -

Olympic and world cham­pion Omar McLeod sur­prised him­self by edg­ing the men's 110-me­ter hur­dles at a rain-drenched Shang­hai Di­a­mond League yes­ter­day.

The Ja­maican nar­rowly de­feated Or­lando Ortega of Spain by one hun­dredth of a sec­ond in an or­di­nary 13.16 sec­onds to cap­ture his third suc­ces­sive vic­tory in Shang­hai.

"I was kind of over­come with emo­tions be­cause I've been through a lot this sea­son," McLeod said. "I was hurt a month ago (with an un­spec­i­fied in­jury). I still was feel­ing some slight pain, but I was like, ' I'm here.'"

McLeod, who skipped the Com­mon­wealth Games, ad­mit­ted after the race he's still not fully fit.

"My leg is a lit­tle bit sore but my body's in shock be­cause it's just fa­tigue and I haven't been able to do a 110 work­out in like a month," he said. "It's just a lot of emo­tions."

In the fi­nal race of the night, British sprinter Reece Prescod won the men's 100 in dra­matic fash­ion in 10.04 sec­onds. It was ini­tially be­lieved Chi­nese sprinter Su Bing­tian won, but video re­play showed Prescod came out of nowhere in lane nine to nar­rowly de­feat the fan fa­vorite.

Chi­nese sprinter Xie Zhenye was third, and world cham­pion Justin Gatlin was sev­enth.

Olympic gold medal­ist Bri­anna McNeal won the women's 100 hur­dles in a meet record 12.50. U.S. women fin­ished 1-2-3-4, with Sharika Nelvis and Ken­drick Har­ri­son fill­ing out the podium.

"I kind of got be­hind in the mid­dle, but I just tried to keep my com­po­sure and try to fin­ish strong," McNeal said.

Ba­hamian sprint­ers strong night as well. had a

Shau­nae Miller-Ouibo won the women's 200 in 22.06, and Steven Gar­diner set a 400 meet record of 43.99 to beat out Botswana's de­fend­ing Di­a­mond League and Com­mon­wealth cham­pion Isaac Mak­wala.

Olympic cham­pion Delilah Muham­mad won the women's 400 hur­dles in 53.77, barely fend­ing off a late charge from Com­mon­wealth champ Janieve Rus­sell, who lost by one hun­dredth of a sec­ond.

De­fend­ing Di­a­mond League cham­pion and lo­cal fa­vorite Gong Li­jiao won the women's shot put with a throw of 19.99 me­ters, se­cur­ing her fourth Shang­hai Di­a­mond League vic­tory. Eight women threw 18plus me­ters for the first time since the same meet in 2015.

Wy­cliffe Kinya­mal set a per­sonal best in the 800, out-sprint­ing fel­low Kenyan Jonathan Ki­tilit on the home straight with a time of 1.43.91.

Coun­try­man Ti­mothy Cheruiyot kicked off a strong de­fense of his Di­a­mond League ti­tle, win­ning the 1,500 with a world-lead­ing 3:33.48.

Olympic cham­pion Ca­ter­ine Ibar­guen from Colom­bia won the women's triple jump, and Mariya La­sitskene of Rus­sia earned her 38th con­sec­u­tive win in the women's high jump.

Other winners in­clude Luvo Many­ongo of South Africa in men's long jump, Lyu Huihui of China in women's javelin, and Re­naud Lav­il­le­nie of France in men's pole vault.

The next Di­a­mond League event is in Eu­gene, Ore­gon on May 25-26.

Mu­jinga Kam­bundji of Switzer­land, left, Kyra Jef­fer­son of the United States, cen­ter, and Shau­nae Miller-Uibo of the Ba­hamas, right, com­pete dur­ing the women's 200 me­ters at the Shang­hai Di­a­mond League track and field com­pe­ti­tion in Shang­hai

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