#glnrDiamondLeague wrap: McLeod lights up Shanghai with sub-13 win
Andre Lowe, Special Projects Editor - Sports
Omar McLeod continued to have his way in the 110m hurdles, keeping his nerves after two false starts to win in a world-leading 12.98 seconds at the Shanghai Diamond League meet inside the Shanghai Stadium earlier.
McLeod watched on as Orlando Ortega and world record holder Aries Merritt were shown the red card for false starts, with the latter delaying the start of the race even further by trying unsuccessfully to run under protest.
The world indoor champion for the third time, got out of the blocks ahead of the pack and powered over the 10 obstacles, to better his old world leading mark of 13.05 with fellow Jamaican Hansle Parchment motoring after a poor start to finish second in 13.12.
Third place went to China’s Xie Wenjun in 13.34 seconds.
After the race, McLeod admitted that he was a bit distracted by the double false start but was happy for the win even if he was a bit surprised by the time.
“Yes it was my first time being in a race with two false starts like that and I was getting cold and so on but I had to get back and focus. I really wasn’t thinking about a time, but everyone has been asking about sub-13 seconds so I am glad I was able to deliver that,” McLeod said.
The Jamaican pair finishing one-two for the second straight week after last week’s quinella at the Doha Diamond League in Qatar.
American sprinter Justin Gatlin took the men’s 100m in 9.94 ahead of his training partner Femi Ogunode, 10.07, and Mike Rodgers, 10.10. Jamaican Julian Forte finished sixth in 10.23.
Multiple Olympic and World Championships medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown was left disappointed with her second place finish in the women’s 200m, after following Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure to the line.
Ahoure came off the bend with a slight lead over the Jamaican and held on to win in 22.72 with Campbell-Brown posting 22.82. Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby was third in 22.94.
"I am disappointed; I wasn't expecting this. I have been training extremely well and this result is no indication of the shape I am in," Campbell-Brown told The Gleaner.
The women’s 400m event was won by in-form Bahamian Shaunae Miller, who stopped the clock in 50.45 ahead of Jamaican Stephenie-Ann McPherson, 50.98 (season best) and American Natasha Hastings, 51.10.
Novlene Williams-Mills, 51.96 was fourth with Shericka Jackson finishing sixth in 53.02.
There was disappointment in the shot put event for Jamaica’s World Championships bronze medal winner O’Dayne Richards, who still lacking top physical conditioning after a leg surgery in March, could only manage a 19.22m effort, which left him down the list in 10th place.
The event was won by American Kurt Roberts with a season best 21.40m ahead of New Zealand’s Tom Walsh, 21.20m and world champion Joe Kovacs, 20.82m.
Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic was a standout performer, bettering her own world lead (7.59m) and Diamond League record (7.52m) in winning the women’s discus event with a mark of 7.88m, which placed her ahead of Australia’s Dani Samuels, 67.77m and Cuba’s Denia Caballero, 66.14m.
Ivana Spanovic (Serbia) set a meet record, 6.95m to win the women’s long jump, while Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon shattered the world lead and meet record to win the women’s 1500m in 3:56.82.
Ethiopia Muktar Edris set a new world leading mark – 12:59.96 in winning the men’s 5000m with Kenya’s David Rudisha (1:46.24) finishing a disappointing fifth in the men’s 800m, which was won by Cheruiyot Rotich, 1:45.68.