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Manyonga shines in Shanghai with unbeatable jumps

Manyonga shines in Shanghai with unbeatable jumps Manyonga shines in Shanghai with unbeatable jumps
Debra Rodriguez | 15 May, 2017, 01:35

McLeod's compatriot and women's double sprint champion Elaine Thompson and Kenya's 800m world record holder David Rudisha are among a host of other Olympic champions competing in the second leg of the Diamond League on Saturday.

His blistering 19.90 was more than good enough to outdistance the field, including LaShawn Merritt's 20.27 second-place and Great Britain's Adam Gemili's third in 20.35. Lyles, still just 19 years old, placed fourth at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials to narrowly miss making his first Olympic team, but won gold at the Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014. The third meeting of the IAAF Diamond League will be held in Eugene, USA on May 27.

Mercyline Chelangat will run the 5000m that has a star field that includes Kenya Olympic 5,000m silver medallist Hellen Obiri.

In a change to the format, each event at the first 12 meetings of this season's Diamond League is now worth points, with the top-performing athletes then competing in the finals in either Zurich or Brussels later this year.

One week after posting 2017's quickest 200m at the Diamond League season-opener in Doha, the Jamaican powered away from the pack for a convincing win in 10.78sec.

Racing in his first 200m this season, world bronze medallist Anaso Jobodwana posted a solid 20.69 to win his race.

"I'm feeling pretty good", Thompson said, when asked about her trajectory toward the world championships in London in August. And Jamaica's Shaunae Miller-Uibo, who memorably snatched Rio 400m gold with a last-gasp dive across the finish line to upset decorated American Allyson Felix, won with the fastest time of the year at 49.77.

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Raising interest rates would help limit inflation but hurt growth by making borrowing more expensive for companies and households. The MPC noted that both regular and total pay had been weaker than policymakers expected in February.

Russia's world champion Sergey Shubenkov, competing under a neutral flag, finished fifth in what was his first global race for a year.

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.

The home crowd will be delighted to see their beloved high jumper Zhang Guowei back in contention.

In Shanghai, Zhang faces his long-time Qatari rival Mutaz Essa Barshim, a recent victor in Doha, and defending world and Olympic champion Derek Drouin of Canada.

Daniella Bunch finished second in the women's shot put with her throw of 18.98. Gong is aiming to collect her third title after victories in 2011 and 2015 here.

And as is tradition in Shanghai, the 110m hurdles will conclude the meeting and the organizers have assembled a field worthy of any global final.

Bolt, the greatest sprinter in history with eight Olympic golds, 11 world titles and three world records, will retire from worldwide competition after the world championships in August.


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