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McLeod, Gayle secure wins in Shanghai

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2019 | 8:51 AM

Jamaican sprint hurdler Omar McLeod and long jumper Tajay Gayle secured solid wins at the Shanghai Diamond League on Saturday morning. 

McLeod, the Olympic and World champion in the 110m hurdles, clocked 13.12 seconds to take the victory ahead of local, Wenjun Xie, 13.17 and 2017 World Championships silver medal winner Sergey Shubenkov, 13.28 seconds. 

Gayle, meanwhile, continued his impressive development, taking the long jump event with a best effort of 8.24m to finish ahead of China's Jianan Wang, 8.16m and South Africa's Ruswahl Samaii, 8.14m.

Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson had to settle for third in the 100m with a time of 11.14 seconds, in her first competitive 100m of the season. The event was won by American Aleia Hobbs, 11.03, with Blessing Okagbare, 11.07 finishing second.

Stephenie-Ann McPherson, 51.39 seconds, ran fourth in the 400m, which was won by Salwa Eid Naser, 50.65. American Sydney McLaughlin, 50.78 took second place with Botswana's Christine Botlogetswe, 51.29 running third. 

Nathon Allen, 45.73, also finished fourth in the male equivalent behind speedy American Fred Kerley, who clocked 44.81 ahead of Michael Cherry, 45.48 and Nathan Strother, 45.52.

Danniel Thomas-Dodd didn't have the best of series in the shot put event, finishing fifth with a mark of 18.54m. The event was won by world leader Chase Easly with 19.58m.

Tyquendo Tracey struggled in the men's 100m, clocking 10.18 for ninth place in the event, which was won by American Noah Lyles in a world leading 9.86 seconds.