Printed On 14 Could,2022 06:50 am
World 200 metre champion Noah Lyles gained the primary massive dash conflict of the season on Friday.
DOHA (AFP) – World 200 metre champion Noah Lyles gained the primary massive dash conflict of the season on Friday at a wind-battered Doha Diamond League assembly when Olympic champion Andre de Grasse completed exterior the highest three.
The fierce desert gusts made it too harmful for Sweden s Armand Duplantis to bid for a brand new world pole vault document.
Britain s world champion Dina Asher-Smith managed solely third place in her first 200 metres of the yr as Olympic bronze medalist Gabrielle Thomas stormed to victory.
The 24-year-old Lyles, aiming to bounce again from a disappointing 2021 when he managed solely bronze medal on the Tokyo Olympics, led from begin to end.
Fellow-American Fred Kerley crept up late on however couldn’t cease Lyles successful in 19.72 seconds, although not one of the assembly instances will depend due to the wind. Jereem Richards of Trinidad got here third squeezing out de Grasse.
“I got here right here to get my power for the season. I carry out underneath strain, it helps me to get excited in regards to the season,” mentioned Lyles who expressed optimism for the season however added that rivals ought to count on “bother” if he doesn’t reclaim his world title in Eugene in July.
“After I lose I come for blood,” he joked.
De Grasse mentioned he was not involved however admitted that he should go house and “work on some issues”.
Britain s dash heroine Asher-Smith trailed Thomas and Jamaica s Shericka Jackson within the girls s 200 metres. “It was my first race and I’ve to get some extra underneath my belt,” she mentioned after.
Thomas was elated at her victory. “This was an enormous one to start out the season, there was plenty of competitors,” she mentioned. “I’ve a will to win, I combat to the tip.”
– Kibet shock –
Duplantis look had been much-awaited in Doha however the wind pressured organisers to delay the competition till Saturday when will probably be staged indoors.
Excessive jumpers Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Italian Gianmarco Tamberi additionally appeared nervous about competing collectively for the primary time since they shared gold in Tokyo. However each had been overshadowed by South Korea s Woo Sanghyeok who cleared 2.33 metres.
Barshim was second and Tamberi solely seventh.
Eighteen year-old Kenyan, Noah Kibet, who burst into the highlight by taking a silver medal on the world indoor championships in Belgrade in March, gained the boys s 800 metres in opposition to Australian Peter Bol and Canadian Marco Arop in 1:49.08. It was Kibet s first Diamond League race.
Alison dos Santos of Brazil (47.24) beat American rival Rai Benjamin for the primary time within the males s 400 metres hurdles. “I really feel so proud. We got here right here to show this, now I would like the following race,” mentioned the Brazilian who took bronze in Tokyo when Benjamin gained silver.
US world document holder Kendra Harrison took the ladies s 100 metres hurdles (12.43) in a photograph end resolution over Nigerian Tobi Amusan and Jamaica s Britany Anderson.
Dominican Republic s Maurileidy Paulino, silver medalist in Tokyo, gained the ladies s 400 metres in 51.20sec, as Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas struggled to make third (51.84sec), behind Stephenie Ann McPherson of Jamaica.
Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, who can solely run longer distances due to excessive testosterone ranges, took the ladies s 3,000 metres (8:37.70) forward of Kenya s Olympic 1,500m champion Religion Kiyegon and Australian Jessica Hull.