Gatlin, Felix flex muscles in Diamond League

Gatlin, Felix flex muscles in Diamond League

The US got the better of sprint rivals Jamaica in the season-opening Diamond League meeting in Qatar on Friday, with 100 metres victories for Justin Gatlin and Allyson Felix. 

Gatlin overcame the steamy desert heat and a poor start to run down a tiring Asafa Powell in the closing stages to win in 9.87 seconds while Felix, better known as a 200 runner, pipped Jamaica's former world champion Veronica Campbell-Brown in 10.92 seconds.
Despite a desperate lunge for the line, Campbell-Brown was second in 10.94 and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took third with 11.00. 
Kenya's world record holder David Rudisha eased away from compatriot Job Kinyor over the final 50 metres to win the men's 800 in 1:43.10, the fastest time of the year. 
Ethiopia's double Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele could only manage seventh in his first track 3000 metres since 2009, finishing almost 10 seconds behind winner Augustine Choge of Kenya whose time of 7:30.42 was the quickest of the year. 
Results: 
Men: 100M: Justin Gatlin (US) 9.87 seconds, 1; Asafa Powell (Jamaica) 9.88, 2; Lerone Clarke (Jamaica) 9.99, 3. 200M: Walter Dix (US) 20.02 seconds, 1; Churandy Martina (Netherlands) 20.26, 2; Jaysuma Saidy Ndure (Norway) 20.34, 3. 400M: LaShawn Merritt (US) 44.19 seconds, 1; Luguelin Santos (Dominican Republic) 44.88, 2; Angelo Taylor (US) 44.97, 3. 800M: David Lekuta Rudisha (Kenya) 1:43.10, 1; Job Kinyor (Kenya) 1:43.76, 2; Andrew Osagie (Britain) 1:44.64, 3. 1500M: Silas Kiplagat (Kenya) 3:29.63, 1; Asbel Kiprop (Kenya) 3:29.78, 2; Bethwell Birgen (Kenya) 3:31.17, 3. 3000M: Augustine Choge (Kenya) 7:30.42, 1; Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) 7:31.40, 2; Moses Ndiema Kipsiro (Uganda) 7:31.88, 3.
3000M steeplechase: Paul Kipsiele Koech (Kenya) 7:56.58, 1; Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong (Kenya) 7:56.81, 2; Roba Gari (Ethiopia) 8:06.16, 3. High jump: Dimitrios Chondrokoukis (Greece) 2.32 metres, 1; Jesse Williams (US) 2.30, 2; Mickael Hanany (France) 2.30, 3. Long jump: Aleksandr Menkov (Russia) 8.22 metres, 1; Khotso Mokoena (South Africa) 8.10, 2; Ndiss Kaba Badji (Senegal) 8.04, 3. Discus throw: Piotr Malachowski (Poland) 67.53 metres, 1; Ehsan Hadadi (Iran) 66.32, 2; Zoltan Koevago (Hungary) 65.77, 3.
Women: 100M: Allyson Felix (US) 10.92 seconds, 1; Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jamaica) 10.94, 2; Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) 11.00, 3.
800M: Pamela Jelimo (Kenya) 1:56.94, 1; Fantu Magiso (Ethiopia) 1:57.90, 2; Janeth Jepkosgei (Kenya) 1:58.50, 3.
3000M: Vivian Cheruiyot (Kenya) 8:46.44, 1; Meseret Defar (Ethiopia) 8:46.49, 2; Sylvia Kibet (Kenya) 8:47.49, 3. 100M hurdles: Brigitte Foster-Hylton (Jamaica) 12.60 seconds, 1; Kellie Wells (US) 12.72, 2; Phylicia George (Canada) 12.79, 3. 400M hurdles: Melaine Walker (Jamaica) 54.62 seconds, 1; Kaliese Spencer (Jamaica) 54.99, 2; Perri Shakes-Drayton (Britain) 55.25, 3. Pole vault: Anastasiya Savchenko (Russia) 4.57 metres, 1; Silke Spiegelburg (Germany) 4.57, 2; Nikolia Kiriakopoulou (Greece) 4.50, 3.
Triple jump: Olga Rypakova (Kazakhstan) 14.33 metres, 1; Keila Costa (Brazil) 14.31, 2; Francoise Mbango (France) 14.09, 3.Shot put: Nadezhda Ostapchuk (Belarus) 20.53 metres, 1; Jillian Camarena-Williams (US) 19.81, 2; Nadine Kleinert (Germany) 19.67, 3.Javelin throw: Maria Abakumova (Russia) 66.86 metres, 1; Barbora Spotakova (Czech Republic) 66.17, 2; Christina Obergfoell (Germany) 64.59, 3.

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