Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo broke the Diamond League record in the women’s 200m race after coasting to victory with the time of 22.06 seconds in Shanghai.
Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, displayed some early season rustiness as she came second [22.34 seconds] behind Miller-Uibo [Bahamas].
Home fans did have victories to cheer in the women’s shot put and javelin as world champion Gong Lijiao was a dominant winner in the shot, throwing a world-leading 19.99m.
Jamaica’s Commonwealth champion Danniel Thomas-Dodd was her closest rival with a best of 18.70m. Javelin victory was claimed by Lyu Huihui after her third round meeting record throw of 66.85m.
Olympic champion Brianna McNeal led a US top four as she broke the 100m hurdles meeting record with a time of 12.50 from Sharika Nelvis’ 12.52.
USA’s Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad won a close 400m hurdles race ahead of Janieve Russell, clocking 53.77 to the Jamaican’s 53.78 PB.
Meanwhile, the highly anticipated battle in the men’s pole vault competition between France’s world-record-holder Renaud Lavillenie and world champion Sam Kendricks of the United States failed to materialise.
On the eve of the Shanghai meet Kendricks had predicted “a dogfight”, but in the event it was nothing of the sort, the American going out early after failing to clear 5.61m, well below his personal best of 6.0m.
In hazy conditions and under occasional light showers that were to turn into heavy rain for the hurdles and 100m, Kendricks’ disappointment opened the way for his friend and great rival Lavillenie to win on countback from Poland’s Piotr Lisek, both clearing 5.81m.
The 25-year-old Kendricks refused to use the light rain at the time as an excuse, but said that he had been forced to hurry his warm-up.
“Every vault competition is its own challenge — here we had the rain, the new track, travelling so far,” he said.
“Everything was rushed,” he said, detailing how the rain had hurt his chances.
“The competition starts very quickly and everyone has to make decisions very fast. Usually I am good at this, but today it caught me off guard.”
Shanghai is the second stop in the Diamond League calendar.
The next Diamond League event is in Eugene, Oregon on May 25-26.
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