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Olympic champion Thompson stars as Bolt skips Diamond meet

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic 100-meter champion Elaine Thompson took heart stage within the absence of her Jamaican teammate Usain Bolt within the first Diamond League meet after the Rio de Janeiro Video games on Thursday.

Thompson timed 10.78 seconds with a slight tailwind at Athletissima – simply .07 exterior her time within the 100 closing in Rio and .08 behind her world-leading time this season.

It was Thompson’s second time down the monitor after most runners initially ignored a false begin gun.

”To have the ability to produce (10.78) on a second try, it is a good time,” stated Thompson, a double gold medalist in 100 and 200 who virtually matched Bolt’s title triple, however took residence silver within the 4×100 relay.

With Bolt celebrating his 30th birthday in London, Churandy Martina of the Netherlands received the 200 in 19.81, simply .03 slower than Bolt ran within the Olympic closing and a nationwide file

Within the 100, Bolt’s gold-medal successful relay teammate Asafa Powell clocked 9.96 to win on a monitor the place he ran his private file of 9.72 quickly after the Beijing Olympics.

One contender to assist the game’s void when Bolt retires is Jamaican 110 hurdler Omar McLeod. Nonetheless, the Olympic champion was edged by .01 on Thursday by the rival he beat for gold, Orlando Ortega. The Spaniard’s successful run was 13.11.

American hurdlers dominated the ladies’s races, and Kendra Harrison once more confirmed what she might have achieved in Rio had she earned choice at nationwide trials.

Harrison, who set a world file of 12.20 in London final month, received right here in 12.42 – sooner by .06 than the Olympic gold-winning time of teammate Brianna Rollins, who didn’t run Thursday.

Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad timed 53.78 in a transparent 400 hurdles win.

Two American bronze medalists in Rio received their occasions: LaShawn Merritt clocked 44.50 within the 400, and Sam Hendricks set a pole vault meet file by clearing the bar at 5.92. Hendricks used the perfect situations on a heat, nonetheless night in Lausanne to go seven centimeters above his Olympic top.

Two Olympic silver medalists dueled within the girls’s three,000: Genzebe Dibaba, the 1,500 runner-up from Ethiopia, received in eight:31.84 after kicking arduous on the bell to depart Olympic 5,000 runner-up Hellen Obiri of Kenya trailing in second.

Rio silver medalists who additionally received in Lausanne have been Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, clearing 2.35 on the third try within the excessive bounce, and Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi within the girls’s 800. Niyonsaba timed 1:57.71 as Olympic champion Caster Semenya of South Africa skipped the meet. Semenya plans to run at Zurich subsequent Thursday.

Within the shot put, 2012 Olympic champion Valerie Adams of New Zealand reversed Rio placings with gold medalist Michelle Carter of the U.S., extending her lead with a closing effort at 19.94 meters.

Olympic triple bounce champion Caterine Ibarguen received with a leap of 14.76, although lengthy bounce gold medalist Tianna Bartoletta of the U.S. positioned solely fifth.

Amid Russia’s doping scandal, its solely eligible entry in Olympic monitor and area was its solely competitor in Lausanne: with Darya Klishina ending third within the lengthy bounce received by Olympic bronze medalist Ivana Spanovic of Serbia at 6.83.

”Mentally this has been a really powerful season,” Klishina stated. ”I hope the scenario with Russia is sorted quickly and we athletes simply need to concentrate on performing.”

The Diamond League sequence continues in Paris on Saturday.


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