Hurdles double - Russell, McLeod win at Eugene Diamond League
Hurdlers Janieve Russell and Omar McLeod displayed impeccable composure to win their respective events at the Prefontaine Classic, the Eugene Diamond League, yesterday.
Russell continues her impressive form in the women's 400m hurdles with a come-from-behind victory over her arch-rival, American Dalilah Muhammad.
The Commonwealth Games champion surged past Muhammad in the last five metres of the race to win in 54.06 seconds. Muhammad registered 54.09, while Georganne Moline was third in 54.33.
It was the second time in the Diamond League series this season that Russell and Muhammad needed photograph to separate them. Two weeks ago in Shanghai, China, Muhammad won by a hundredth of a second in her season's best time of 53.77.
McLeod, who has a season-best time of 13.16 seconds, pulled away from his rivals comfortably on his way to victory in the men's 110m in a wind-aided 13.01 seconds.
Sergey Shubenkov (Authorised Neutral Athlete), 13.08, was second, while American Devon Allen, 13.13, grabbed the third spot. Rising Jamaican star Ronald Levy could only manage 13.26 for fifth.
Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson continues her battle with her Achilles tendon injury as she once again struggled to come out of the starting blocks in the women's 100m. Thompson finished third in 10.98 behind the Ivorian duo of Marie-JosÈe Ta Lou and Murielle Ahoure. Ta Lou won the race in 10.88, while Ahoure stopped the clock at 10.90.
In the men's equivalent, world leader Ronnie Baker left 60m world record holder Christian Coleman in the shadows with a fast 9.78 to win the race. The time would have been the fastest for the season, but it was just above the legal wind of 2.0. Coleman stopped the clock at 9.84, while Britain's Reece Prescod finished third with 9.88.
Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo ran a blistering 49. 51 seconds to win the women's 400m. The mark is the fastest for the season. Phyllis Francis, the reigning world champion, finished second in 50.81. Jamaica's Stephenie Ann McPherson was fifth in 51.01.
American Noah Lyles, the World Junior Champion in the 100m, produced the best performance of the meet. Lyles ran a world-leading time of 19.69 to win the men's 200m. Jareem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago, who is the reigning Commonwealth champion in the event, was a distant second in 20.05. Aaron Brown of Canada was third in 20.07.
On Day One of the meet, Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist Natoya Goule ran superbly to win the 800m in 2:00.84. American Stephanie Brown was second in 2:01.84, while Lindsey Butterworth of Canada 2:02.24 was third.
1. Ronnie Baker (USA) 9.78 2. Christian Coleman (USA) 9.84.
3. Reece Prescod (Britain) 9.88.
4. Bingtian Su (China) 9.90.
1. Noah Lyles (USA) 19.69
2. Jereem Richards (T&T) 20.05
3. Aaron Brown (Canada) 20.07.
4. Anaso Jobodwana (South Africa) 20.42.
1. Omar McLeod (Jamaica) 13.01.
2. Sergey Shubenkov, 13.08.
3. Devon Allen (United States) 13.13.
4. Orlando Ortega (Spain) 13.17.
5. Ronald Levy (Jamaica) 13.26.
1. Marie-Josee Ta Lou (CÙte d'Ivoire) 10.88.
2. Murielle Ahoure (CÙte d'Ivoire) 10.90.
3. Elaine Thompson (Jamaica) 10.98.
4. Dafne Schippers (Neth.) 11.01.
1. Shaunae Miller-Uibo (Bahamas) 49.52.
2. Phyllis Francis (USA) 50.81.
3. Shakima Wimbley (USA) 50.84.
4. Jessica Beard (USA) 50.89.
5. Stephanie Ann McPherson (Jamaica) 51.01.
1. Janieve Russell (Jamaica) 54.06.
2. Dahlia Muhammad (USA) 54.09.
3. Georganne Moline (USA) 54.33.
4. Sage Watson (Canada) 54.81.