Aleia Hobbs, the 2018 US champion, made her IAAF Diamond League debut a notable one, taking a convincing 100m victory in 11.03, 0.04 clear of Nigerian Blessing Okagbare. And she did it with a heavily taped wrist she broke two weeks ago while playing laser tag with some children.
“I knew I had to have a good start, and I got out well but everything else was kind of blurred,” Hobbs said.
“Then I felt the push towards the end but I tried to stay relaxed and that’s what I did.”
Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson was third, clocking 11.14.
In the women’s 400m, IAAF Diamond League champion Salwa Eid Naser held off Sydney McLaughlin in another eagerly awaited face-off. After contrasting starts – the Bahraini got out quickly while McLaughlin held back – they were virtually even midway through the final turn.
As they entered the straight, Naser began to gradually pull away before stopping the clock in 50.65 to the US teenager’s 50.78.
“Today was just ok,” Naser said.
Fred Kerley, the 2018 IAAF Diamond League champion, dominated the men’s 400m in 44.81, more than half a second clear of Michael Cherry, who clocked 45.48.