(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Fawad Hussain |
Doha: The Ooredoo Doha Meeting turned out to be a tough challenge for favourites as majority of them were beaten in the Diamond League season opener under high winds at the packed Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, yesterday.
Same was the case in the highly-anticipated men's high jump event where South Korea's Woo Sanghyeok brought down the hype of the reunion of Olympic heroes Mutaz Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy after they famously shared gold in the Tokyo Games last year.
The World Indoor champion Sanghyeok, leapt 2.33m – one of the five World Leading performances in the action-packed opening meeting – to notch up the victory, edging out favourite Barshim, who finished second with a jump of 2.30 in his return to action after the Olympic Games. Canada's Django Lovett was third with 2.27.
Grenada's Anderson Peters in action during the men's javelin throw.
Tamberi struggled throughout the competition and was only able to clear 2.20m to finish seventh, just above Australia's Brandon Starc.
Backed by his fans, Barshim started on a bright note clearing 2.16 and 2.20 in his first attempts before jumping to 2.24 in his second. The two-time world champion showed his class, scaling 2.27 and 2.30 in first go again before unsuccessful attempts in 2.33 and 2.35.
The 30-year-old, who is targeting to complete a hat-trick of world titles this year, was satisfied with his performance in his first test of the season.
“This year is different because I have not been jumping since Tokyo, but you have to be smart and take your goals step by step, anyways it is good to be started,” said Barshim.“The amazing crowd and atmosphere gave us strong competition; I produce my best when it is crowded with fans.”
Sanghyeok's winning jump came in the first attempt before his raised the bar unsuccessfully for 2.35 and 2.37.
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Meanwhile, the men's javelin throw produced thrilling action, with Grenadian Anderson Peters sealing the victory with a personal best of 93.07, also a world lead and area record. Peters faced a tough challenge from Czech Jakub Vadlejch, who ended runner-up with a personal best of 90.88. Germany's Julian Weber finished third with a mark of 86.09.
“I have competed in Doha twice and I love to be here. I am happy with the victory and I am trying to get better and to be more in shape,” said Peters, whose winning throw was more than five and a half metres better than his previous personal best.
In women's shot put dominated by the Americans, Chase Ealey was victorious after a throw of 19.51, with Maggie Ewen finishing second after clearing a distance of 19.32. Jessica Ramsey secured third position with 18.99.
“I feel so good. The weather is really good, the season has passed and I'm really excited and happy. I have a long travel but I feel very happy. I am trying to get myself always ready to win more of that,” said Ealey.
Meanwhile, Jamaica's Shanieka Ricketts took victory in women's triple jump with 14.82m, followed by Ukraine's Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk (14.73m) and Dominica's Thea Lafond (14.46m).
There was some disappointment for fans as they were unable to see pole vault superstar Mondo Duplantis in action after his event was postponed due to windy conditions. The event will take place indoors at Aspire Academy today.
Wanda Diamond League Ooredoo Doha Meeting
TRIPLE JUMP WOMEN
1: Shanieka Ricketts (JAM) 14.82m
2: Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk (UKR) 14.73m
3: Thea Lafond (DMA) 14.46m
SHOT PUT WOMEN
1: Chase Ealey (USA) 19.51
2: Maggie Ewen (USA) 19.32
3: Jessica Ramsey (USA) 18.99
1: Marileidy Paulino (DOM) 51.20
2: Stephenie Ann Mcpherson (JAM) 51.69
3: Shaunae Miller-Uibo (BAH) 51.84
HIGH JUMP MEN
1: Woo Sanghyeok (KOR) 2.33 (WL)
2: Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT) 2.30
3: Django Lovett (CAN) 2.27
1: Francine Niyonsaba (BDI) 8:37.70 (WL)
2: Faith Kipyegon (KEN) 8:38.05
3: Jessica Hull (AUS) 8:40.97
400M HURDLES MEN
1: Alison dos Santos (BRA) 47.24 (WL/MR)
2: Rai Benjamin (USA) 47.49
3: Thomas Barr (IRL) 49.67
JAVELIN THROW MEN
1: Anderson Peters (GRN) 93.07 (AR/WL/PB)
2: Jakub Vadlejch (CZE) 90.88 (PB)
3: Julian Weber (GER) 86.09
1: Noah Kibet (KEN) 1:49.08
2: Peter Bol (AUS) 1:49.35
3: Marco Arop (CAN) 1:49.51
100M HURDLES WOMEN
1: Kendra Harrison (USA) 12.43
2: Tobi Amusan (NGR) 12.44
2: Britany Anderson (JAM) 12.44
1: Noah Lyles (USA) 19.72
2: Fred Kerley (USA) 19.75
3: Jereem Richards (TTO) 20.15
1: Abel Kipsang (KEN) 3:35.70
2: Timothy Cheruiyot (KEN) 3:36.16
3: Teddese Lemi (ETH) 3:37.06
1: Gabrielle Thomas (USA) 21.98 (=MR)
2: Shericka Jackson (JAM) 22.07
3: Dina Asher-Smith (GBR) 22.37
3000M STEEPLECHASE MEN
1: Soufiane El Bakkali (MAR) 8:09.66 (WL)
2: Lamecha Girma (ETH) 8:09.67
3: Abraham Kibiwot (KEN) 8:16.40
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