Tsegay, Chepkoech and Pichardo, stars in Duplantis’ big day


Swedish Armand Duplantis, with his pole vault world record of 6.24 meters, lit up the start of the Diamond League circuit in Xiamen (China), where the Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay in the 1,500, the Kenyan Beatrice Chepkoech in the 3,000 hurdles and the Portuguese Pedro Pichardo in the triple jump also participated.

In Xiamen, one of the highest level events was the women’s 100 hurdles with the presence of world indoor record holder, Bahamian Devynne Charlton, along with Olympic champion, Puerto Rican Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, and Nigerian record holder Tobi Amusan world outside.

Victory went to Camacho-Quinn, who held the meet record, with a 12.45, beating Devynne Charlton by four hundredths (12.49) and at ten in the French Cyrena Samba-Mayela (12.55). Tobi Amusan was fifth with 12.58.

In the men’s category, in this case the 110 hurdles, victory went to American Daniel Roberts with 13.11, five hundredths less than his compatriot Cordell Tinch.

Double American 200m national champion Torrie Lewis surprised with a time of 22.96 won over the big favorite, her compatriot Sha’Carri Richardson, second with 22.99.

The women’s 400 brought together three members of the podium at the last outdoor World Cup in Budapest. Victory again went to world champion Marileidy Paulino, who achieved a score of 50.08, ahead of Polish Natalia Kaczmarek (50.29), second, and American Britton Wilson, third (51.26).

In the men’s triple jump, with the last-minute defeat of the Spanish Jordan Díaz, the victory was awarded to the Portuguese and Olympic champion Pedro Pichardo, who reached 17.51​​​​meters in his sixth and final attempt, achieving the meeting record . Second is the Burkinabé and world champion Hugues Fabrice Zango, who, after a careful competition, reserved his best jump for the last. He reached 17.12 meters and placed second.

In the 5,000 meters, Lamecha Girma finished his first distance race after two previous abandonments. The Ethiopian, for the third time, dominated the test and won with authority in 12:58.96, less than a second ahead of Kenyan Nicholas Kipkorir (12:59.78).

The men’s 800 is dominated by Canadian Marco Arop, world distance champion in Budapest last year. In Xiamen he stopped the clock in 1:43.61, a time that allows him to become the world leader in 2024. Only five thousand behind (1:43.66) is the Kenyan Wyclife Kinyamal.

The star of the women’s 1,500 meters is Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay, holder of the world record in the 5,000, definitely in the 2023 Diamond League finals, she completely dominates the race until reaching the finish line in 3:50.30 ahead of four others yet. Second was Birke Haylom (3:53.22) and third was Worknesh Mesele (3:57.61). Fourth was Diribe Welteji (3:57.62), world champion in the road mile.

The women’s 3,000 hurdles also had its own name with Kenyan Beatrice Chepkoech, whose best time among those registered was more than thirteen seconds better than the second competitor, her compatriot Jackline Chepkoech. She took the win in 8:55.40, ten seconds less than fellow Kenyan Faith Cherotich (9:05.49).

In the women’s weight the winner went to the Chinese Gong Lijiao with 19.72 metersand in the discus American Valarie Allman won with 69.80, the meet record, followed by Cuban Yaimé Pérez with 68.83.

The final event of the rally was the men’s 100m, won by world indoor champion Christian Coleman (10.13), beat 2022 world champion Fred Kerley (10.17) in the final sprint.

Source: La Verdad


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