Okagbare leaves favourites behind

Okagbare leaves favourites behind

Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare upset favourites Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Carmelita Jeter to win the 200 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Birmingham on Sunday.

The race had been billed as a clash between Jamaica's Olympic 100 winner Fraser-Pryce and world sprint champion Jeter of the US but Okagbare finished strongly to win in 22.55.

Fraser-Pryce, who plans to run the 100 and 200 at August's world championships in Moscow, was second in 22.72 with Jeter, competing for first time since suffering a hamstring injury in Shanghai in May, finishing last in 23.36.

Jeter declined to talk to waiting reporters but training partner Okagbare did not think the American's performance was a cause for concern. “She's fine. You saw her run today so you can tell for yourself," the Nigerian told reporters. "It's good she's come back.”

Jamaican Nesta Carter took the men's 100 in the absence of his better-known compatriots Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, winning in 9.99.

Britain's James Dasaolu recorded a personal best of 10.03 for second and the ever-green Kim Collins, world champion in 2003, was third (10.06).
Results: Men: 1500M: Aman Wote (Ethiopia) 3:35.99, 1; Abdalaati Iguider (Morocco) 3:36.23, 2; Mohamed Moustaoui (Morocco) 3:36.75, 3.
400M hurdles: Javier Culson (Puerto Rico) 48.59 seconds, 1; Rhys Williams (Britain) 48.93, 2; Michael Tinsley (US) 48.94, 3.    
Triple jump: Christian Taylor (US) 17.66 metres, 1; Teddy Tamgho (France) 17.47, 2; Yoann Rapinier (France) 16.88, 3.   
Shot put: Reese Hoffa (US) 21.34m, 1; Ryan Whiting (US) 20.89, 2; Ladislav Prasil (Czech Republic) 20.76, 3.
Women: 200M: Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria) 22.55s, 1; Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) 22.72, 2; Ivet Lalova (Bulgaria) 23.02, 3.   
400M: Christine Ohuruogu (Britain) 50.63s, 1; Amantle Montsho (Botswana) 50.64, 2; Novlene Williams-Mills (Jamaica) 51.03, 3.    
800M: Jessica Judd (Britain) 1:59.85, 1; Marilyn Okoro (Britain) 2:00.76, 2; Fantu Magiso (Ethiopia) 2:01.12, 3.
100M hurdles: Dawn Harper-Nelson (US) 12.64s, 1; Kellie Wells (US) 12.67, 2; Tiffany Porter (Britain) 12.72, 3.
400M hurdles: Perri Shakes-Drayton (Britain) 53.82s, 1; Eilidh Child (Britain) 54.22, 2; Yadisleidis Pedroso (Italy) 55.40, 3.
Pole vault: Yarisley Silva (Cuba) 4.73m, 1; Fabiana Murer (Brazil) 4.63, 2; Jennifer Suhr (US) 4.53, 3.
Discus throw: Sandra Perkovic (Croatia) 64.32m, 1; Gia Lewis-Smallwood (US) 62.46, 2; Anna Rueh (Germany) 62.14, 3.