American Sprinter Justin Gatlin Continues Winning Streak At Diamond League Rome
Men’s 100m: Justin Gatlin looked dominant, winning the 100m in 9.91 seconds on June 5 at the IAAF Diamond League from Rome. He has not lost a race in 2014 after collecting wins in Tokyo (10.02 into a -3.5 m/s headwind), Shanghai (9.92), Beijing (9.87) and Eugene (wind-assisted 9.76). Gatlin scored his third win in Rome after winning in 2005 and 2013, beating Usain Bolt by .01 seconds.
Women’s 100m: Tori Bowie was the upset winner in the women’s 100m. The U.S. long jump specialist scored her second Diamond League win in the 100m, setting a 100m personal best of 11.05, after winning last Saturday in Eugene in the 200m in 22.18. World 4×100 gold medalist Kerron Stewart finished second with a seasonal best of 11.08. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce finished seventh with 11.19.
Men’s 400m: Lashawn Merritt, who dipped under 44 seconds last Saturday by running 43.97 in Eugene, confirmed his excellent shape with an impressive win in 44.48 in the 400m. Youssef Masrahi from Saudi Arabia finished in second place for the second consecutive year in 45.14.
Women’s 100m hurdles: World outdoor champion Brianna Rollins ran the fastest time in the world this year in the 100m hurdles in 12.53 in her debut on the Diamond League circuit, edging out 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson by just 0.01 sec. Queen Harrison completed the US podium sweep in third place with 12.61.
Men’s 200m: Berlin 2009 World silver medalist Alonso Edward won the 200m in 20.19, edging 2010 European champion Christophe Lemaitre by .05.
Women’s 5,000m: Genzebe Dibaba set the season’s world best time with 14:34.99 in the 5,000m, following in the footsteps of her older sisters Tirunesh and Eyegayehu, who won the Golden Gala in the past over this distance.
Men’s triple jump: Olympic silver medalist Will Claye leapt to 17.14 in his fifth attempt in the triple jump, overtaking his friend and rival Christian Taylor, who was leading with 17.08 in the third round.
Men’s high jump: Mutaz Essa Barshim won the men’s high jump after clearing the 2.41m barrier for the win.
(From Diamond League Press Release)