Living up to his favourite’s billing, Christian Coleman dominated the 100m to underscore his ambitions to stake claim to the ‘world’s fastest man’ title in the post-Usain Bolt era.
There was a huge weight of expectation on the slender shoulders of Olympic 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk in his first international 400m race since his world record run in Rio but he shrugged it off with aplomb as he flew around one lap of the Pontaise stadium in 43.62 at the Athletissima IAAF Diamond league meeting in Lausanne on Thursday (6).
It had been billed as the biggest clash of the evening and it didn’t disappoint.
The 200m duel between Jamaica’s defending champion Usain Bolt and USA’s Justin Gatlin was the last event of Thursday evening and the highlight of the day.
The sound you did not hear was the sound of Usain Bolt’s empire come crashing down.
Olympic pole vault champion Jenn Suhr kept the crowd happy when she propelled herself over a world-leading 4.82m before having three unsuccessful tries at what would have been a US record of 4.93m in Eugene on Sunday (29).
Swiss local hero and 2014 European 400m hurdles champion Kariem Hussein will take on some of the best men his event has to offer and race in front of his family and friends at the Athletissima meeting in Lausanne, the ninth of this summer’s IAAF Diamond League meetings, on 9 July.
No fewer than 24 sub-10-second performances have been recorded in the 100m in Rome’s Olympic Stadium. That number is expected to grow at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea on 4 June, the next leg of the IAAF Diamond League.
Mutaz Essa Barshim rekindled his Hayward Field magic and added to his growing resume in the high jump at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene, going over a meeting record of 2.41m on Saturday (30).
The men’s 200m at the Prefontaine Classic on 30 May, the next leg of the IAAF Diamond League, will feature five men with PBs faster than 20 seconds.
Jasmin Stowers was very much an unknown quantity internationally before she arrived in Qatar, despite her world-leading times of 12.40 and 12.39 in Des Moines and Kingston in the past three weeks, but she showed her poise and class to power to a personal best and IAAF Diamond League record of 12.35 on Friday (15).