7/2/2017 1:43:26 PM

Mutaz dazzles at Paris Diamond League

Mutaz dazzles at Paris Diamond League


PARIS: Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim underlined his credentials as the undisputed world No.1 by winning the men's high jump with an effort of 2.35M at the Diamond League meet in Paris on Saturday. The smooth sailing Olympic silver medallist, who had little problem beating off competition from Ukraine's Bohdan Bondarenko (2.32M), said he already has August 4-13 World Championships in London in his thoughts. 

"All's going according to plan and my coach is satisfied with my recent situation," said Mutaz. "I wanted to jump even higher but I don't know what happened - I started to feel some pain so I just did not want to take a risk. There'll be no limits for me in London."

Meanwhile, Jamaica's Elaine Thompson, the reigning double Olympic sprint champion, put on the afterburners in the final 20 metres to rack up a convincing victory.

Thompson clocked 10.91 seconds to finish ahead of Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou (10.96sec), with Nigerian Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor claiming third (11.09).

The Jamaican's time was well short of the world's leading best of 10.71sec she set at last month's national championships in Kingston, but she looks in good, understated form going into the London Worlds, where she will focus on the blue riband event.

There was no joy for 41-year-old Kim Collins in the men's 100m, the St Kitts and Nevis veteran who won the 2003 world championships in Paris disqualified for a false start. Ivorian Youssef Meite eventually ran out the winner in 9.99sec.

American Sam Kendricks, a bronze medallist at the Rio Games, scored a psychological blow over French rival Renaud Lavillenie with victory in the men's pole vault.

Hendricks won the US championships with his first vault over 6m and racked up a best of 5.82m in the French capital, Lavillenie having failed three times at 5.77m and ending the night with just one successful vault, at 5.62.

Germany's Olympic champion Thomas Roehler, with a best of 87.23, was upstaged in the men's javelin by team-mate Johannes Vetter (88.74m), with Czech Jakub Vadlejch in second.

There was a similar upset in the men's 110M hurdles, Jamaica's Olympic champion Omar McLeod trailing in last in 13.41sec, teammate Ronald Levy claiming a surprise victory in a personal best of 13.05sec.

There were no such troubles for double Olympic champion Christian Taylor, however, the American winning the triple jump with 17.29M from team-mate Will Claye (17.18).

The women's 1500m saw Ethiopian-born Dutch runner Sifan Hassan notch up her third victory of the season in 3:57.10, Kenyan Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon in second at 0.41sec.

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