Doha Sprint & Field Recap: Noah Lyles, Steven Gardiner, Ta Lou, Keni Harrison Run Fast, Pichardo, Röhler, Perkovic Excel

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By LetsRun.com
May 4, 2018

The Diamond League season got underway in Doha on Friday night and the sprint and field action lived up to the hype. Steven Gardiner got things started with a national record in the 400 and the action was hot all night.

Noah Lyles stayed undefeated at 200 in the DL, Keni Harrison beat Brianna McNeal in the hurdles matchup, Marie-Josee Ta Lou won a great women’s 100, Abderrahman Samba got a world leader in the 400 hurdles and Thomas Röhler won an epic javelin competition, Pedro Pablo Pichardo a great triple jump with Sandra Perkovic throwing a Diamond League record in the discus.

The distance action is recapped separately here: Caster Semenya Sub-4 for First Time, 17 Year-Old George Manangoi 3:35.53, Emmanuel Korir Wins at 2018 Doha Diamond League

Men’s 200 Noah Lyles is Undefeated in the DL

Noah Lyles still has never lost in the Diamond League.

Just 20 years old, Lyles ran a personal best of 19.83 to beat a stacked field in the season opener in Doha.

Watch the race below:

The field in Doha included 2017 World Champion Ramil Guliyev, 2017 bronze medallist Jereem Richards, and 2016 Olympic silver medallist Andre De Grasse, but Lyles dispatched them with ease the final 100m.

Lyles won in Shanghai last year in 19.90, then got injured and missed the DL season until the finale in Brussels which he won in 20.00.

He upped his game to 19.83 tonight and told the IAAF that he’s just getting started. When asked what we could expect the rest of the season he said, “I’m not going to say times because my goal is just to dominate, but I tell you what I’m not going to go any slower.”

200 Metres - Men                                  Wind: +1.3 m/s
                                                             Pts
    1 Lyles , Noah                     USA      19.83          8
    2 Richards , Jereem                TTO      19.99          7
    3 Guliyev , Ramil                  TUR      20.11          6
    4 Brown , Aaron                    CAN      20.18          5
    5 Mitchell-Blake , Nethaneel       GBR      20.37          4
    6 De Grasse , Andre                CAN      20.46          3
    7 Carnes , Brandon                 USA      20.56          2
    8 Dwyer , Rasheed                  JAM      20.72          1

Discuss: Noah Lyles will go undefeated at 200 in 2018

Women’s 100H: The World Record Holder Beats Out The Olympic Champ

World record holder Keni Harrison won a stacked women’s 100H in 12.53, beating Olympic champ Brianna McNeal by .05. McNeal got out to an early lead at the halfway point, but Keni Harrison was super smooth through the second half while McNeal lost some momentum on one of the later hurdles. Back a ways was Sharika Nelvis in 3rd (12.75) and Jasmin Stowers in 4th (12.77), giving the US a 1-4 sweep.

Dawn Harper Nelson is retiring after this year and didn’t get her final Diamond League season off to a good start as she hit a hurdle (actually breaking it) and was a distant last.

100 Metres Hurdles - Women                        Wind: +0.5 m/s
                                                             Pts
    1 Harrison , Kendra                USA      12.53          8
    2 McNeal , Brianna                 USA      12.58          7
    3 Nelvis , Sharika                 USA      12.75          6
    4 Stowers , Jasmin                 USA      12.77          5
    5 Williams , Danielle              JAM      12.82          4
    6 Pedersen , Isabelle              NOR      12.82          3
    7 Visser , Nadine                  NED      12.94          2
    8 Harper Nelson , Dawn             USA      13.21          1

Women’s 100: Marie-Josee Ta Lou Wins As The Top 5 Break 11 Seconds

The Ivory Coast’s double World silver medalist Marie-Josee Ta Lou set a PB and world lead to win the women’s 100 in 10.85 seconds. Behind her, Blessing Okagbare Ighoteguonor was second in 10.90 and Olympic champion Elaine Thompson third (10.93).

100 Metres - Women                                Wind: +1.5 m/s
                                                             Pts
    1 Ta Lou , Marie-Josée             CIV      10.85          8
    2 Okagbare-Ighoteguonor , Blessing NGR      10.90          7
    3 Thompson , Elaine                JAM      10.93          6
    4 Ahouré , Murielle                CIV      10.96          5
    5 Horn , Carina                    RSA      10.98          4
    6 Schippers , Dafne                NED      11.03          3
    7 Kambundji , Mujinga              SUI      11.17          2
    8 Levy , Jura                      JAM      11.29          1

Men’s 400: Steven Gardiner Opens DL Season with a Bang

This was the very first DL track race of the year and Gardiner kicked everything off with a blazing fast 43.87 national record. Total domination.

400 Metres - Men 
                                                             Pts
    1 Gardiner , Steven                BAH      43.87          8
    2 Haroun , Abdalleleh              QAT      44.50          7
    3 Makwala , Isaac                  BOT      44.92          6
    4 Roberts , Gil                    USA      45.22          5
    5 Thebe , Baboloki                 BOT      45.58          4
    6 Abbas , Mohamed Nasir            QAT      45.76          3
    7 Norwood , Vernon                 USA      45.82          2
    8 Conradie , Pieter                RSA      46.68          1

Men’s 400m Hurdles: Samba Impresses Home Crowd with Diamond League Record

Abderrahman Samba picked the right time for a huge pb (previous best 47.90 at altitude) as he dominated and got the win in a national record, meet record, and Diamond League record of 47.57.

The unretired Bershawn Jackson finished 2nd. We never hyped this video enough but last year Jackson talked about how much track meant to him.

400 Metres Hurdles - Men 
                                                             Pts
    1 Samba , Abderrahman              QAT      47.57          8
    2 Jackson , Bershawn               USA      49.08          7
    3 McMaster , Kyron                 IVB      49.46          6
    4 Copello , Yasmani                TUR      49.95          5
    5 Fredericks , Cornel              RSA      50.03          4
    6 Clement , Kerron                 USA      50.19          3
    7 Green , Jack                     GBR      50.22          2
    8 Hussein , Kariem                 SUI      51.40          1

Karsten who? Move aside fanboys- Abderrahman Samba just opened with 47.90 in the 400h

Women’s Pole Vault: Sandi Morris Tops The Rest

The women’s pole vault was billed as a continuation of the rivalry between Sandi Morris and Olympic and World champ Katerina Stefanidi. However, it turned out to be much more than that as behind Morris’s winning 4.84m, the next five places all cleared 4.64m. Britain’s Holly Bradshaw took second place on countback and USA’s surprise indoor champion Katie Nageotte was third. Stefanidi finished tied for fourth.

Morris’ 4.84m broke her own meet record she set last year. Afterwards she said she was happy with the win, but has the goal of breaking the 5.06m world record this year. Stefanidi explained she isn’t in the best shape after dealing with an injury indoors, but is healthy now.

Highlights:

Pole Vault - Women 
                                                             Pts
    1 Morris , Sandi                   USA       4.84          8
    2 Bradshaw , Holly                 GBR       4.64          7
    3 Nageotte , Katie                 USA       4.64          6
    4 Kyriakopoúlou , Nikoléta         GRE       4.64          5
    4 Stefanidi , Katerina             GRE       4.64          5
    6 Peinado , Robeilys               VEN       4.64          3
    7 Newman , Alysha                  CAN       4.54          2
    8 Mullina , Olga                   ANA       4.44          1
    9 Grove , Emily                    USA       4.24           
      Guillon-Romarin , Ninon          FRA        DNS

Men’s Triple Jump: Pedro Pablo Pichardo Wins An Exciting Duel With Christian Taylor

Sparks always fly when World and Olympic champ Christian Taylor and 2015 World silver medalist Pedro Pablo Pichardo go head-to-head in the triple jump and today was no exception. Pichardo just missed breaking the 18-meter barrier as he won in a world-leading 17.95m with Taylor not far behind in 17.81m.

Despite the loss, Taylor was in high spirits afterwards as he said, “I’m happy I finished the competition healthy, and will always keep smiling. My father is here, my girlfriend is here! It’s always good to have their support. I’ve trained so hard to break my own record, and the WR as well. I’m going to Shanghai next week, so who knows? It might be then!”

Triple Jump - Men 
                                                             Pts    Wind
    1 Pichardo , Pedro P.              CUB      17.95          8    +0.6
    2 Taylor , Christian               USA      17.81          7    +0.6
    3 Copello , Alexis                 AZE      17.21          6    +0.5
    4 Évora , Nelson                   POR      17.04          5    +0.2
    5 Benard , Chris                   USA      16.96          4    +1.4
    6 Mokoena , Godfrey Khotso         RSA      16.92          3    +1.3
    7 Dong , Bin                       CHN      16.65          2    +0.7
    8 Heß , Max                        GER      16.52          1    +1.4
    9 Al-Mannai , Rashid Ahmed         QAT      15.83               +0.8
   10 Pontvianne , Jean-Marc           FRA      15.55               +0.2
   11 Suleiman Mohamed , Ahmed Faisal  QAT      15.35               +0.2

Men’s High Jump: Mutaz Essa Barshim Thrills The Home Crowd With A 2.40m Clearance

World champion Mutaz Essa Barshim made sure the home crowd didn’t go home disappointed as he cleared an early-season world lead of 2.40m to get a dominant victory (Second place was Syria’s Majd Eddin Ghazal, who set a national record of 2.33m.) Barshim then attempted to break the meet record of 2.41m, but failed all three tries. He’s been stuck at 2.40m the last couple of years (he last cleared 2.41m in 2015), but interestingly he’s never been this high this early in the season, so maybe big things are to come in 2018.

High Jump - Men 
                                                             Pts
    1 Barshim , Mutaz Essa             QAT       2.40          8
    2 Ghazal , Majd Eddin              SYR       2.33          7
    3 Thomas , Donald                  BAH       2.30          6
    4 Przybylko , Mateusz              GER       2.24          5
    5 Protsenko , Andriy               UKR       2.24          4
    6 Rivera , Edgar                   MEX       2.20          3
    6 Wang , Yu                        CHN       2.20          3
    8 Hamdi , Mohamat Allamine         QAT       2.20          1
    9 Wilson , Jamal                   BAH       2.20           
   10 Ivanov , Tihomir                 BUL       2.15           
      Nuh , Andu                       ERI        DNS

Women’s Discus: Perkovic Breaks the DL Record

Sandra Perkovic broke the Diamond League record with her toss here, which was .03 off her PR.

Discus Throw - Women 
                                                             Pts
    1 Perkovic , Sandra                CRO      71.38          8
    2 Pérez , Yaimé                    CUB      66.82          7
    3 Caballero , Denia                CUB      63.80          6
    4 de Morais , Andressa             BRA      63.77          5
    5 Stevens , Dani                   AUS      63.59          4
    6 Lewis-Smallwood , Gia            USA      58.73          3
    7 Ashley , Whitney                 USA      58.42          2

Men’s Javelin: Thomas Röhler Wins Epic Competition

Röhler won with a massive 91.78 toss but he had to be this good as this competition was one of the best ever. Jon Mulkeen has the stats:

First competition with 2 men over 91.50 and first with 3 over 90.

Javelin Throw - Men 
                                                             Pts
    1 Röhler , Thomas                  GER      91.78          8
    2 Vetter , Johannes                GER      91.56          7
    3 Hofmann , Andreas                GER      90.08          6
    4 Chopra , Neeraj                  IND      87.43          5
    5 Vadlejch , Jakub                 CZE      86.67          4
    6 Kirt , Magnus                    EST      83.97          3
    7 Magour , Ahmed Bader             QAT      83.71          2
    8 Yego , Julius                    KEN      80.75          1
    9 Frydrych , Petr                  CZE      80.07           
   10 Peacock , Hamish                 AUS      76.45

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