2019 Shanghai Diamond League Recap: Noah Lyles Beats Christian Coleman, Abderrahman Samba Over Rai Benjamin, and Sydney McLaughlin Debuts

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by LetsRun.com
May 18, 2019

The 10th Shanghai Diaomond League track and field meet was held today and it featured a ton of star power. The best race was saved for last as Noah Lyles came on very strong and very late to win the men’s 100 in super tight fashion. The meet also served as the Diamond League debut for American star Sydney McLaughlin and provided the first head to head matchup between 400 hurdle stars Abderrahman Samba and Rai Benjamin. We recap it all for you below starting with the men’s 100 before heading to the distance races, then back to the sprints and then the field events.

Men’s 100: Noah Lyles Uses Incredible Finish to Catch Christian Coleman

American Christian Coleman got off to a good start and appeared to be cruising to victory until this happened.

100 Metres – Men –  +0.9 m/s Pts
1 Lyles , Noah USA 9.86 8
2 Coleman , Christian USA 9.86 7
3 Simbine , Akani RSA 9.95 6
4 Prescod , Reece GBR 9.97 5
5 Su , Bingtian CHN 10.05 4
6 Xie , Zhenye CHN 10.09 3
7 Young , Isiah USA 10.14 2
8 Rodgers , Michael USA 10.15 1
9 Tracey , Tyquendo JAM 10.18

Noah Lyles had an INCREDIBLE finish to catch Coleman at the tape and get a narrow win as both men were credited with a 9.86 clocking. After the race, both Lyles and Coleman were upbeat. 

Coleman, “This is my first race for nine months. It is always a struggle to get in good form after such a long time away from competition, so I didn’t have any specific expectations for today’s race. In general I am fine with 9.86 today. It was very tight between Noah and me. I am training hard and preparing for the rest of this season. My next race is the 200m in Stockholm. I am looking forward to performing better there.”

Lyles: “I said to my coach in warm up ‘today is the day.’ I feel hot. I knew if I got out of the blocks and if I was anywhere close, I knew I could come late for the win. My next race is in Rome over the 200m. Those guys (the 200m athletes) have been having fun, but now it is my time to have some fun (over 200m).”

Men’s 5000: Yomif Kejelcha Wins Star-Studded Showdown With A Speedy Last Lap

It might have been the opening 5000m for the 2019 Diamond League season, but Shanghai featured a field worthy of a world championship final with the three best men from 2018, and in fact, three of the fastest men ever in Yomif Kejelcha, Selemon Barega and Hagos Gebrhiwet. It was no surprise then that it came down to these three battling it out over the final 400m. In the end, it was Kejelcha who clearly had the best finishing speed as he looked smooth winning in 13:04.16, thanks to a 53.2 final 400.

The race started strung out with a quick opening 1000m of 2:35.20, but when the second rabbit dropped out at 2000m (5:13.50), the pace immediately slacked and the field bunched up. After the rabbits dropped, Gebrhiwet, Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo, World XC champ Joshua Cheptegei and Kenya’s Nicholas Kimeli all took turns at the lead. A couple 62-second laps were enough to create some separation, but seven men were still in contention when they hit the bell.

On the final backstretch, Gebrhiwet had the lead on the inside and was trying to hold off Kejelcha on the outside, but Kejelcha blew by before the final turn and was followed closely by Barega. At the 200m mark those two had a bit of separation on Gebrihiwet and Bahrain’s Birhanu Balew and in the homestretch Kejelcha continued to motor away to win (13:04.16). Barega finished in 13:04.71 to just hold off Gebrhiwet (13:04.83) and Balew was the best of the rest with 13:05.04. Chelimo was towards the front early in the race, but was nowhere to be seen in the final lap as he finished 12th in 13:13.94. USA’s Hassan Mead was 16th in 13:23.15.

5000 Metres – Men – Pts
1 Kejelcha , Yomif ETH 13:04.16 8
2 Barega , Selemon ETH 13:04.71 7
3 Gebrhiwet , Hagos ETH 13:04.83 6
4 Balew , Birhanu BRN 13:05.04 5
5 Bekele , Telahun Haile ETH 13:05.94 4
6 Kimeli , Nicholas Kipkorir KEN 13:06.16 3
7 Cheptegei , Joshua UGA 13:06.68 2
8 Mburu , Stanley Waithaka KEN 13:08.97 1
9 Regasa , Chala ETH 13:12.71
10 Yator , Richard KEN 13:13.24
11 Bouqantar , Soufiyan MAR 13:13.68
12 Chelimo , Paul USA 13:13.94
13 Tuemay , Mogos ETH 13:15.04
14 Melak , Nibret ETH 13:15.35
15 Kissa , Stephen UGA 13:19.85
16 Mead , Hassan USA 13:23.15
17 Rop , Albert BRN 13:29.88
18 Peng , Jianhua CHN 14:24.63
Iguider , Abdelaati MAR DNF
Kiplangat , Cornelius KEN DNF
Som , Bram NED DNF

Quick Take: NOP speed training paying off for Kejelcha

Kejelcha was clearly a level above the rest with his speed in the final lap with the announcers likening him to Mo Farah. It’s way too early to be handing out world medals now, but Kejelcha definitely has gained a lot of confidence since joining the Nike Oregon Project.

After the race he said, “I am amazed by my performance today. I felt very relaxed for all of the race and my power is so much better at the end of the race. I am very confident now.”

World championships are often won or lost on who has the most speed at the end and Alberto Salazar has clearly shown he knows how to prepare his athletes for a quick final lap.

Quick Take: A rust buster for Paul Chelimo

Last year at this meet Paul Chelimo ran 13:09 for second place. Today he was 4 seconds and 10 places worse. We wouldn’t read too much into it yet though as last year Chelimo ran this race after a full indoor season so he was a lot sharper than he was now when he’s only raced one half marathon (62:13 for third in NYC) in 2019. With Worlds being in late September/early October this year, Chelimo will have plenty of time to get that 5000m speed back.

Women’s 1500: Rababe Arafi pulls off the upset

Morocco’s Rababe Arafi was the surprise winner of the women’s 1500 in 4:01.15, just ahead of Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay’s 4:01.25. In the evenly paced race (65.34, 2:09.72, 3:15.7), seven women were still in contention with 200 meters to go. Coming off the final turn, five women were tightly bunched, but over the final 100 Arafi, who ran 1:57.47 for 800 last year, just inched ahead and won narrowly thanks to a final 200 of 29.8. Her last lap was 61.0.

Three US-based women were in the race. The Nike Oregon Project’s Sifan Hassan, who ran the 10,000 at Stanford on May 2, was within striking distance and in 4th heading into the final straight but her finish just wasn’t there as she ended up 5th in 4:01.91.

“In my entire career, I have honestly never lacked as much speed,” said Hassan after the race. “My aim was not to finish last (laughs). I have been in heavy endurance training, so I’m really lacking speed. I would have preferred a quicker pace to have used my strength, so I’m reasonably happy with fifth”

US junior record holder Alexa Efraimson, who came into the race after a win at Drake, competed well, running in the middle of the pack throughout. In the end, she got close to her PR of 4:03.39 (which will turn 4 years old on May 30), running 4:04.53 to place 9th. Her splits were 66.4, 65.3 (2:11.7), 65.0 (3:16.7) and 47.7. Her last 400 was a 64.5. She was 8th at the bell and 9th at the finish.

Emily Lipari, the 2014 NCAA mile champ, was totally outmatched in her Diamond League debut as she was just 13th in 4:19.94.

MB: US jr record holder Alexa Efraimson comes close to breaking her 4 yr old PB in Shanghai

Kenya’s Winny Chebet, who last year used an incredible 56-second last lap to defeat Shelby Houlihan at the Continental Cup, was 7th.

1500 Metres – Women -Pts
1 Arafi , Rababe MAR 4:01.15 8
2 Tsegay , Gudaf ETH 4:01.25 7
3 Nanyondo , Winnie UGA 4:01.39 6
4 Seyaum , Dawit ETH 4:01.40 5
5 Hassan , Sifan NED 4:01.91 4
6 Embaye , Axumawit ETH 4:01.95 3
7 Chebet , Winny KEN 4:02.94 2
8 Samuel , Alemaz ETH 4:03.79 1
9 Efraimson , Alexa USA 4:04.53
10 Jepkosgei , Nelly KEN 4:05.07
11 Griffith , Georgia AUS 4:05.39
12 Chebet , Esther UGA 4:07.75
13 Zheng , Xiaoqian CHN 4:15.21
14 Lipari , Emily USA 4:19.94
15 Mäki , Kristiina CZE 4:24.86
Kiplangat , Josephine Chelangat KEN DNF
Mitchell , Morgan AUS DNF

Quick Take: The Ugandan National Record Falls

The performance of the day award probably should go to Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo who ran a massive PB to grab third. Coming in, the 25-year-old had a pb of just 4:06.05, but now she’s the national record holder at 4:01.39. Talk about resurrecting your career.

In 2014, Nanyondo showed great promise at age 20 when she ran 1:58.63 for 3rd in the 800 in Monaco before getting third at the Commonwealth Games in the 800 a few weeks later. Since then, however, she’s struggled at 800 and has only broken 2:00 once (when she ran 1:59.41 to place 4th at the African champs last year). She’d gone out in the first round of the 2016 Olympics and 2017 Worlds. Now she may have a future as a 1500 runner.

It’s hard to believe but the Ugandan national record before today was just 4:05.52 (Janet Achola, 2012).

Women’s 3000m Steeplechase: Beatrice Chepkoech Gets Easy Victory

Commentator Steve Cram put it well after the race was over when he called this “not the easiest race to watch.” Indeed.

There wasn’t much racing to speak of as the world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech took that 8:44 dominance from 2018 and kept it going in her first steeple of the season. Chepkoech was the only one to go out with the rabbits and had a huge gap right from the start with a 3:01.84 first kilometer. When the rabbit started to slow it looked like it might give 8:58 woman Celliphine Chespol a chance to get back into the race as she brought the gap down to about 5 meters. However, once the final rabbit stepped aside, Chepkoech jumped right back on pace running the second kilometer again in 3:01 and creating another big gap to Chespol who had a gap just as large to Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai in third.

At that point the separation was so large only Chepkoech and Chespol even fit into the viewing frame and Chepkoech kept the pace steady to win in a comfortable 9:04.53. Chespol was a distant second in 9:11.10 with Chemutai third (9:17.79). USA’s Mel Lawrence was 12th in 9:44.36.

3000 Metres Steeplechase – Women – Pts
1 Chepkoech , Beatrice KEN 9:04.53 8
2 Chespol , Celliphine Chepteek KEN 9:11.10 7
3 Chemutai , Peruth UGA 9:17.78 6
4 Yavi , Winfred Mutile BRN 9:19.63 5
5 Chepkurui , Mercy KEN 9:23.59 4
6 Mišmaš , Maruša SLO 9:29.48 3
7 Lalonde , Geneviève CAN 9:29.82 2
8 Cherono , Fancy KEN 9:31.00 1
9 Xu , Shuangshuang CHN 9:33.89
10 Gega , Luiza ALB 9:34.94
11 Ansa , Weynshet ETH 9:43.32
12 Lawrence , Mel USA 9:44.36
13 Sekanová , Lucie CZE 9:49.23
14 Kaya , Özlem TUR 9:58.95
Gyürkés , Viktória HUN DNF
Tuigong , Caroline KEN DNF

Quick Thought: Will anyone be able to challenge Chepkoech this year?

The second fastest (clean) woman in history was in this race and Chepkoech still made it look like a cake walk. Her 8:44.32 world record is heads-and-shoulders above any other performance ever run with doper Ruth Jebet’s 8:52.78 the next closest and Chespol’s 8:58.78 the third. It’s a long season, but when she makes 9:04 look that easy, it’s hard to see anyone touching her (unless she forgets to cut in for a water jump again) considering her top competitors are right around the 9-minute barrier on their best days.

Sprints

Men’s 400 Hurdles: Abderrahman Samba Comes From Behind To Beat Rai Benjamin

In the much anticipated first matchup between the second and third fastest 400 hurdlers in history, Abderrahman Samba (46.98 PB) got the best of Rai Benjamin (47.02 PB), but Kevin Young‘s 46.78 world record from 1992 lived on. Samba won in a world-leading 47.27 as Benjamin ran 47.80 in his first 400 hurdle race of the year.

Samba and Benjamin were miles clear of everyone else coming into the final straight with Benjamin having a slight lead. But Samba is known for his finish and pulled even midway between the 9th and 10th hurdles and attacked the final hurdle to win comfortably.

400 Metres Hurdles – Men – Diamond Discipline Pts
1 Samba , Abderrahman QAT 47.27 8
2 Benjamin , Rai USA 47.80 7
3 Barr , Thomas IRL 49.41 6
4 Dobek , Patryk POL 49.64 5
5 Mägi , Rasmus EST 50.06 4
6 Abe , Takatoshi JPN 50.27 3
7 Teles , Marcio BRA 50.90 2
8 Feng , Zhiqiang CHN 52.11 1

Quick Take: This is going to be a fun event to watch all year long

Samba got the win but it needs to be remembered this was his third 400 hurdle race of the year as he ran two races at the Asian Champs, including a 47.51 in the final. He is clearly in the best early season form of his career, but so is Benjamin. Last year Benjamin opened up in the 400 hurdles in 49.84 at the UCLA vs USC dual meet on April 29. In 2017, he opened at 50.49. Today he ran 47.80.

Benjamin was upbeat after losing as he told race organizers, “This is my first Diamond League competition in the 400m hurdles and I am quite excited about the result today. I have not set up any specific objectives for myself since it is still in the very early stage of this season. I will go back home after this stop, keep training and do my best in the coming competitions.”

Men’s 110H: Omar McLeod gets an emotional victory

Jamaica’s Olympic and World champion Omar McLeod tweeted that he was considering not racing as he was “numb” and “not in the right mental [state]” after finding out his aunt had passed away just 24 hours before the race. He ran through his grief though to win his fourth straight Diamond League race in 13.12 over China’s Wenjun Xie (13.17).

Afterwards he had tears in his eyes as he sat on the track and later said, “It was difficult for me mentally to compete today. My auntie Tracey died yesterday but then I asked myself what would she want? And she would want me to race. It was hard today, I just wanted to finish, win and get the job done. When I crossed the line I started crying. I dedicate my win tonight in her memory.”

110 Metres Hurdles – Men – Diamond Discipline Wind: +0.7 m/s Pts
1 McLeod , Omar JAM 13.12 8
2 Xie , Wenjun CHN 13.17 7
3 Shubenkov , Sergey ANA 13.28 6
4 Ortega , Orlando ESP 13.28 5
5 Crittenden , Freddie USA 13.36 4
6 Pozzi , Andrew GBR 13.39 3
7 Trajkovic , Milan CYP 13.41 2
8 Alkana , Antonio RSA 13.47 1
9 Zeng , Jianhang CHN 13.71

Women’s 100m: USA’s Aleia Hobbs wins her Diamond League debut in 11.03

2018 NCAA and US champion and first-year pro Aleia Hobbs got her Diamond League career started in great fashion as she got the win in 11.03 over Olympic medalist Blessing Okagbare (11.07, 2nd) and double Olympic champ Elaine Thompson (11.14 for 3rd ), plus the US’s Jenna Prandini in 5th (11.19).

Hobbs was super excited with the victory as post-race she said, “Wow! Today is my biggest win. I knew what I needed to do. I needed to start well which I did and I managed to hang on.” She also revealed that the reason she was wearing a cast on her hand was because she broke her wrist two weeks ago playing laser tag.

100 Metres – Women – Diamond Discipline Wind: +0.2 m/s – Pts
1 Hobbs , Aleia USA 11.03 8
2 Okagbare , Blessing NGR 11.07 7
3 Thompson , Elaine JAM 11.14 6
4 Rosa , Vitoria Cristina BRA 11.16 5
5 Prandini , Jenna USA 11.19 4
6 Liang , Xiaojing CHN 11.22 3
7 Ahye , Michelle-Lee TTO 11.23 2
8 Wei , Yongli CHN 11.40 1
9 Henderson , Ashley USA 11.53

Women’s 400: Sydney McLaughlin Makes Her Diamond League Debut

The Diamond League debut for Sydney McLaughlin started with a loss, but it came in the flat 400 – not her 400 hurdles specialty. McLaughlin did however make Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser, the 2017 world championship silver medallist who lost just one 400m race last year, work for it as Naser won in 50.65 to McLaughlin’s 50.78.

McLaughlin was pleased with her performance afterwards saying, “I feel good today to run close to my PB (50.07). This is my first time in Shanghai and I like the city.”

Eid Naser was less than satisfied however as 50.65 is pretty slow for her. “I thought today went okay. I would say 50-50. I have trained well over the winter. Today was just okay,” said Naser.

Last year, she raced in eleven 400m and only one of her times was slower than 50.54 and that was a 53.03 in a joke of an event in Amman, Jordan.

400 Metres – Women – Diamond Discipline – Pts
1 Naser , Salwa Eid BRN 50.65 8
2 McLaughlin , Sydney USA 50.78 7
3 Botlogetswe , Christine BOT 51.29 6
4 McPherson , Stephenie Ann JAM 51.39 5
5 Beard , Jessica USA 51.40 4
6 de Witte , Lisanne NED 51.80 3
7 Swiety-Ersetic , Justyna POL 51.85 2
8 Wimbley , Shakima USA 52.69 1
9 Huang , Guifen CHN 54.17

Men’s 400: Fred Kerley Wins Easily

Fred Kerley won the men’s 400 very comfortably in 44.81 as Americans went 1-2-3. Other than Kerley’s win the biggest news may have been who didn’t run and who got hurt. Isaac Makwala, who has a 43.72 PB, pulled up in a lot of pain and DNF’d while Steven Gardiner, the 2017 world championship silver medallist who only finished three 400s last year, and Akeem Bloomfield, the 2018 NCAA runner-up last year for Auburn, were late scratches with injury concerns.

400 Metres – Men – Diamond Discipline – Pts
1 Kerley , Fred USA 44.81 8
2 Cherry , Michael USA 45.48 7
3 Strother , Nathan USA 45.52 6
4 Allen , Nathon JAM 45.73 5
5 Taplin , Bralon GRN 45.93 4
6 Wu , Yuang CHN 47.13 3
Makwala , Isaac BOT DNF

Men’s 200: Andre De Grasse Outdone By Countryman Aaron Brown In His Comeback Race

This wasn’t an official Diamond League race, but it was still significant as it featured the international comeback of Canada’s Olympic bronze medalist Andre De Grasse. De Grasse hasn’t raced much the last two years as his 2018 season ended early with injury and this was his first big race since his comeback.

It wasn’t a bad outing, but showed he’s still got some more work to do. De Grasse had a good start, but Olympic 4×100 bronze medalist Aaron Brown ran the best bend and had the lead coming into the home straight. De Grasse tried to reel him in, but Brown was never in danger as he won in 20.07 to De Grasse’s 20.21.

Post-race De Grasse said, “It has taken me awhile to recover fully from my injuries. I am happy with my achievement today.”

200 Metres – Men – Promotional Event Wind: 0.0 m/s
1 Brown , Aaron CAN 20.07
2 De Grasse , Andre CAN 20.21
3 Munyai , Clarence RSA 20.37
4 Greaux , Kyle TTO 20.40
5 Mitchell-Blake , Nethaneel GBR 20.60
6 Edward , Alonso PAN 20.62
7 Harvey , Jak Ali TUR 20.96
8 Takase , Kei JPN 21.43

Field Events

Men’s High Jump: Yu Wang gets a win in his home country

China’s Yu Wang got the win with a first attempt clearance of 2.28m – a height that two other men cleared on their third attempts. Bohdan Bondarenko, the third highest jumper in history, only cleared 2.19m and finished 10th.

“The placing tonight is exciting, but actually I am not satisfied with my height. The result was not as good as I expected as I had some problems with my jump pace in the last round. Before the meet, I expected to go higher than 2.30m,” said Wang. “I really appreciated the audience and my family that came to support me tonight. In the following meets, I will focus on strengthening my powers and polishing my skills to get fully prepared. The goal I would set for this year is hopefully somewhere around 2.35m.”

High Jump – Men – Diamond Discipline – Pts
1 Wang , Yu CHN 2.28 8
2 Nedasekau , Maksim BLR 2.28 7
3 Ivanyuk , Ilya ANA 2.28 6
4 Robinson , Jeron USA 2.25 5
4 Starc , Brandon AUS 2.25 5
4 Wilson , Jamal BAH 2.25 5
7 Ghazal , Majd Eddin SYR 2.25 2
8 Mason , Michael CAN 2.22 1
9 Przybylko , Mateusz GER 2.22
10 Bondarenko , Bohdan UKR 2.19
McBride , Bryan USA NM
Thomas , Donald BAH DNS

Women’s Pole Vault: Stefanidi wins on # of misses

The top four women all cleared the same bar – 4.72 m – but Greece’s Katerina Stefanidi got the win as she had no misses until three straight at 4.77. Top rival Sandi Morris was 4th.

Stefanidi: “It is always hard to clear big heights off a shortened run-up (12 steps) so early in the season but it is always nice to win. It did not fall in a good training week, hopefully my next competition will fall in a better part of the training cycle. I actually introduced a little skip at the start of my run up for the first time. I realised that it will help with the direction of my run up, so we made that adjustment.”

Pole Vault – Women – Diamond Discipline – Pts
1 Stefanidi , Katerina GRE 4.72 8
2 Kiriakopoulou , Nikoleta GRE 4.72 7
2 Li , Ling CHN 4.72 7
4 Morris , Sandi USA 4.72 5
5 Nageotte , Katie USA 4.62 4
6 Zhuk , Iryna BLR 4.52 3
7 Newman , Alysha CAN 4.52 2
8 Bradshaw , Holly GBR 4.42 1
9 Rhodes-Johnigan , Annie USA 4.42
10 Xu , Huiqin CHN 4.27
Leland , Kristen USA NM

Men’s Long Jump: Jamaica’s Tajay Gayle stays hot

Jamaica’s Tajay Gayle, the 22-year0old who jumped a PB of 8.30m earlier this month, continued his fine form as he got the win with a fifth-round mark of 8.24. South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga was a late scratch.

“I’m excited by the performance, especially to win a Diamond League and so early in the season. I didn’t expect to jump as far as my PB today because I’ve been lifting some heavy weights. I’m talented and work hard and I think I have more to come,” said Gayle.

Long Jump – Men – Diamond Discipline – Pts – Wind
1 Gayle , Tajay JAM 8.24 8 +0.1
2 Wang , Jianan CHN 8.16 7 +0.1
3 Samaai , Ruswahl RSA 8.14 6 -0.2
4 Zhang , Yaoguang CHN 7.98 5 +0.7
5 Tentoglou , Miltiadis GRE 7.97 4 -0.2
6 Visser , Zarck RSA 7.90 3 +0.1
7 Huang , Changzhou CHN 7.90 2 -0.2
8 Lasa , Emiliano URU 7.85 1 +0.2
9 Bazile , Zack USA 7.55 -0.1
Forbes , Damar JAM NM NWI

Women’s shot Put: USA’s Chase Ealey gets big upset over China’s Gong Lijiao

US indoor champ Chase Ealey threw 19.58m to win in what was, as far as we can tell, the first Diamond League meet of her career. Not only that, but she got a nice scalp with China’s world champion Gong Lijiao finishing second with 19.44m. Ealey credited part of her success to changing coaches to former World Indoor champion Ryan Whiting and switching to the “rotational technique.”

Gong took the loss in stride saying she was “pretty satisfied with the result” and added, “The American athlete Chase Ealey is very young and competitive. I am confident and ready to embrace the challenges and competitions in this long season.”

Shot Put – Women – Diamond Discipline – Pts
1 Ealey , Chase USA 19.58 8
2 Gong , Lijiao CHN 19.44 7
3 Dubitskaya , Aliona BLR 18.78 6
4 Ramsey , Jessica USA 18.61 5
5 Thomas-Dodd , Danniel JAM 18.54 4
6 Ewen , Maggie USA 18.48 3
7 Roos , Fanny SWE 18.30 2
8 Guba , Paulina POL 17.86 1
9 Márton , Anita HUN 17.65
10 Hill , Daniella USA 17.36
11 Bian , Ka CHN 16.79

Women’s Javelin: China’s Lyu Huihui gets an easy win

Asian record holder Lyu Huihui threw 66.89m in round two to break her own meet record and beat Latvia’s former Euro under-23 champ Lina Muze by over two meters. Huihui had three throws that would have won the competition.

Javelin Throw – Women – Diamond Discipline – Pts
1 Lyu , Huihui CHN 66.89 8
2 Muze , Lina LAT 64.87 7
3 Hussong , Christin GER 64.10 6
4 Palameika , Madara LAT 62.45 5
5 Ogrodníková , Nikola CZE 61.68 4
6 Barber , Kelsey-Lee AUS 61.40 3
7 Ince , Ariana USA 60.26 2
8 Viljoen , Sunette RSA 57.56 1
Khaladovich , Tatsiana BLR NM

Men’s Javelin Throw: Germany’s Andreas Hofmann throws world lead

European silver medalist Andreas Hofmann threw 87.55 in the first round of his season opener to win and set the world lead as Chinese Taipei’s Asian record holder Cheng Chao-Tsun was second (87.12m). Olympic champ Thomas Rohler was well beaten in fourth with 82.95m.

Javelin Throw – Men – Diamond Discipline – Pts
1 Hofmann , Andreas GER 87.55 8
2 Cheng , Chao-Tsun TPE 87.12 7
3 Krukowski , Marcin POL 84.51 6
4 Röhler , Thomas GER 82.95 5
5 Liu , Qizhen CHN 80.35 4
6 Vadlejch , Jakub CZE 80.00 3
7 Yego , Julius KEN 77.82 2
8 Ma , Qun CHN 74.11 1
Frydrych , Petr CZE NM

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