UPDATE (May 21): Just three days after running the fastest 100m of 2014 at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting, Justin Gatlin improved his world lead to 9.87 seconds in Beijing.
Veteran American sprinter Justin Gatlin set the fastest 100 meters time of the year on Sunday (May 18) at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting.
Gatlin won in a time of 9.92 seconds, 0.20 seconds ahead of Jamaica’s Nesta Carter, Mike Rodgers of the U.S. was third in 10.18 seconds.
Allyson Felix’s comeback from the hamstring injury she suffered in the 2013 World Championship 200 meter final ended in defeat, the American finishing the 400 meters in fifth place, half a second behind winner Novlene Williams-Mills of Jamaica who posted a time of 50.31 seconds.
France’s Olympic champion and indoor world record holder Renaud Lavillenie won the men’s pole vault, his clearance of 5.92 meters comfortably beating Greece’s Konstadínos Filippidis and Xue Changrui of China who both had best jumps of 5.62 meters.
In the absence of Jamaican world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Blessing Okagbare won the women’s 200 meters in a time of 22.36 seconds, the Nigerian also taking the women’s long jump.
There was a surprise winner of the men’s 110 meter hurdles when China’s Xie Wenjun set a personal best time of 13.23 seconds to defeat all three 2013 World Championships medalists, China’s 2004 Olympic champion Liu Xiang cheering him on from the stands.
Sweden’s Abeba Aregawi became the first woman to run under four minutes this year in the 1500 meters, beating America’s Jenny Simpson with a time of 3:58.72.
Robert Kiptoo Biwott pulled of a shock in the men’s 800 meters, pipping 2012 Olympic champion Taoufik Makhloufi at the line as the Algerian celebrated prematurely.