19-Year-Old American Sensation Lights Up Diamond League With 200m Run

19-Year-Old American Sensation Lights Up Diamond League With 200m Run

19-Year-Old American Sensation Lights Up Diamond League With 200m Run

Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast finished third in 11.07.

Lavillenie said he was looking forward to enjoying the season and hopefully saving his best jumps for the upcoming 2017 IAAF World Championships in London. "I just have to take it race by race".

"We're thinking about taking on another event but we've made a decision to get the world championships out of the way first and then look at it", he said.

The 23-year-old finished fourth in the 200m at Rio 2016, just three thousandths of a second away from a bronze medal.

In the long jump, Manyonga, the Olympic silver medallist who became addicted to crystal methamphetamine and was suspended in 2012, led even before his giant final leap. "I am only trying to stay focus on my jumps and to enjoy the competition", said Lavillenie during Friday's pre-competition news conference.

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"My first time racing in Shanghai was in 2008, and nine years later I still enjoy running here". My success has been down to hard work, training, dedication and commitment.

Uganda's Peruth Chemutai (2L) compete in the Women's 3000m Steeplechase at last year's Olympics.

The men's 800m race showcases world record holder and reigning world and Olympic champion David Rudisha.

The high jump maestro, who leaped to 2.36m to win the season-opening meeting in Doha earlier this month, cleared 2.33m to win the contest. "I'm not really happy but at least now I know where I am and can see how I can improve from there", he said.

Her countryman and fellow Olympic champion, Omar McLeod, started his season on the right note with a win in the men's 110-meter hurdles, while China's Su Bingtian won the men's 100 against a weakened field missing American star Justin Gatlin, who was a late scratch.

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Today, he will have compatriot and Jamaica's national record holder Hansle Parchment, who was second a year ago alongside him as well as Spain's Orlando Ortega, who took silver in Rio, American David Oliver, world record holder Aries Merritt and world champion Sergey Shubenkov of Russian Federation in what is the most competitive field of any event on the schedule.

In a field largely devoid of elite sprinters, 19-year-old American Noah Lyles tied world record holder Wayde van Niekerk for the fastest men's 200m time of the year, 19.90sec.

Frenchman Lavillenie, in his first outdoor competition following winter injuries, reached 5.83m, but victory went to Rio 2016 bronze medallist Sam Kendricks of the USA, who cleared 5.88m.

McLeod had meant to move to a seven-step start this season but told a news conference ahead of Saturday's Shanghai Diamond League, the meeting at which he ran 12.98 past year, he had been struggling with the change.

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