Diamond League | McLeod leads strong Jamaican showing in Shanghai


British sprinter Reece Prescod produced the biggest surprise of the second International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League meeting of the season as he won the concluding men's 100 metres in a rainy Shanghai Stadium.

29-year-old Gong, the victor of the Diamond League trophy last year, sealed the title in her second round with 19.99m, as a matter of fact, each of her valid results was good enough to win the champion. China's Su Bingtian was a close second and his compatriot Xie Zhenye third, with Gatlin back in seventh after making a poor start. "It is definitely the happiest moment in my time on the Diamond League circuit". "I train in these conditions all the time in the East Midlands (of England)".

"My expectations going in were I knew I had it in me [to win] as long as I executed my race".

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Home fans did have victories to cheer in the women's shot put and javelin as world champion Gong Lijiao was a dominant victor in the shot, throwing a world-leading 19.99m.

"My plan was to break 20m today but unfortunately I was just one centimeter short of the mark", Gong said. She went on to improve her mark to 66.85m in the third round and bowed out with a 66.26m to wrap up the victory, reports Xinhua news agency. Jamaica's world and Olympic champion Omar McLeod won in his first 110m hurdles race of the year, clocking 13.16 to equal the world lead and finish ahead of Spain's Orlando Ortega with 13.17. Native Athlete Zeng Jianhang finished eighth in 13.76.

World record holder of Pole Vault, Lavillenie Renaud of France beat Lisek Piotr and Chinese athlete Xue Changrui with 5.81 meters.

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Kenya's world 1500m silver medallist Timothy Cheruyiot was a victor of the 1,500m in 3:31.48, a 2018 leading time, ahead of Ethiopia's Samuel Tefera, who set a personal best of 3:31.63.

In other disciplines at the second of 14 legs in the Diamond League campaign, Wenda Nel settled for fourth place in the women's 400m hurdles race in 55.63, well behind Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad of the United States who won a hard-fought battle up front in 53.77.

The men's 800m produced a breakthrough victory for another young Kenyan, Wycliffe Kinyamal, in a meeting record of 1:43.91.

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