Queen Elaine rules in Lausanne
Sprint queen Elaine Thompson was at her majestic best in the 100 metres at the Athletissma Lausanne Diamond League in Switzerland yesterday.
The double Olympic sprint champion blew away her rivals to win in an impressive 10.78 seconds. With yesterday's victory, Thompson took the lead in the event for the Diamond Trophy, jumping to 30 points, eight ahead of Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers on 22. Schippers did not compete at yesterday's meet.
It's possible that Thompson could have gone faster. The athletes failed to hear a recall gun after a false start and they completed the distance. They were allowed a ten-minute break before the re-run and Thompson went well clear of her rivals. American Jenna Prandini was way back in second in 11.11, with third going to another American, Maroulake Akinosun, in 11.16. Veronica Campbell-Brown (11.27) and Christania Williams (11.48) finished sixth and eight, respectively.
"There was a mix-up at the start and we had to do a re-run. It's great to be able to produce 10.78 (after all that) and I am looking forward to the remainder of the season," Thompson said. She added that she will not compete in Paris tomorrow.
Asafa Powell gave Jamaica a second win at the meet. He won the men's 100m in 9.96 seconds, the 97th sub-10 time of his career.
Youssef Ben Meite of Cote d'Ivoire was second in 10.01, with third going to Joel Fearon of Great Britain in 10.05. Veteran Kim Collins of St Kitts was fifth in 10.24.
"Another sub 10 seconds to my collection. That's great. I am aiming for 100 and I am happy to be that fast despite not competing in an individual 100m for several weeks," said Powell. The 33-year-old stated that he has at least two more years of competition left in him.
There was top-three finishes for hurdler Omar McLeod and Julian Forte in their respective events.
McLeod, the Olympic 110m hurdles champion, was edged out at the finish line by Olympic silver medallist, Orlando Ortega of Spain, who won in 13.11 seconds, McLeod was second in 13.12 with third going to Frenchman Dimitri Bascou, 13.25.
"I will need to control my speed between the hurdles as it was very difficult today," McLeod said. He added: "I will just have to wait for Zurich and Brussels Diamond League meets to try and close my season with a win."
Forte was third in the 200m in a season's best 20.16 seconds. Churandy Martina of the Netherlands won in a National record of 19.85, with Alonso Edwards of Panama second in a season's best 19.92.
Jamaica's Kimberly Williams was sixth in the women's triple jump with 13.75 metres, while Megan Simmonds was eighth in the women's 100m hurdles in 13.15 seconds.
Americans dominated the women's hurdles events. Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad won the 400m hurdles in 53.78 seconds while the 100m hurdles was won by world record holder Kendra Harrison in 12.42 seconds.
In other field events, both Valrie Adams of New Zealand and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar improved on their second-place finishes in their events at the Olympics.
Adams got the better of gold medallist Michelle Carter of the United States, winning the women's shot put with a heave of 19.94m as Carter took second with 19.49m. Germany's Christina Schwartz was third with 19.33m.
Barshim topped the high jump with 2.35m. Robbie Grabarz of Great Britain and Eric Kynard of the United States both cleared 2.32m for second and third.
Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas put a disappointing Olympics behind him to finish second in the men's 400m in 44.75 just behind American Lashawn Meritt, who won in 44.50
Action in the Diamond League will move to Paris tomorrow.