Olympic stars out in force at Diamond League event

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Olympic rivalries renewed at Diamond League event in Lausanne, where Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson confirms herself as sprint queen

Olympic stars out in force at Diamond League event

SHOWS: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (AUGUST 25, 2016) (IMG – SEE ABOVE RESTRICTIONS)

WOMEN’S 100M

1. JAMAICAN SPRINTER, ELAINE THOMPSON, POWERING AHEAD OF THE REST OF HER COMPETITORS AND WINNING IN A TIME OF 10.78 SECONDS

2. THOMPSON TAKING SELFIE WITH FANS

MEN’S 110M HURDLES

3. SPANISH HURDLER, ORLANDO ORTEGA, MARGINALLY BEATING JAMAICAN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST, OMAR MCLEOD

4. ORTEGA CELEBRATES

MEN’S POLE VAULT

5. FRENCH POLE VAULTER, RENAUD LAVILLENIE, FAILS THIRD ATTEMPT AT HEIGHT OF 5.80M

6. AMERICAN POLE VAULTER, SAM KENDRICKS, RUNS TOWARDS LAVILLENIE

7. KENDRICKS AND LAVILLENIE SPEAK

8. SAM KENDRICKS COMPLETES SECOND ATTEMPT AT 5.92M

9. REPLAY OF KENDRICKS EFFORT

10. KENDRICKS CELEBRATES

MEN’S 200M

11. DUTCH SPRINTER, CHURANDY MARTINA, WINS RACE IN TIME OF 19.81 FROM LANE 7

12. MARTINA CELEBRATES

MEN’S 100M

13. JAMAICAN SPRINTER, ASAFA POWELL, WINS RACE RUNNING IN LANE 6

14. POWELL CELEBRATES

STORY: Elaine Thompson underlined her new status as the sprint queen of athletics by winning the 100 metres at a Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on Thursday (August 25).

The 24-year-old Jamaican, who won the 100 and 200 metres at this month’s Rio Olympics, clocked a time of 10.78 seconds, well ahead of second-placed American Jenna Prandini (11.11).

The race was re-run five minutes after a false start that saw only one runner stop as Thompson and the rest of the field sprinted to the finish only to have to go all the way back.

Men’s 110 hurdles champion Omar McLeod (13.12) was pipped by Spain’s Orlando Ortega (13.11) who was second behind the Jamaican at the Olympics.

After being jeered by a partisan crowd in Brazil 10 days ago, there was a warm reception for Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie but no success in a pole vault competition won by Sam Kendricks.

The American equalled his personal best with an effort of 5.92 metres.

Dutch sprinter Churandy Martina also ran a national record time of 19.81 with an impressive showing from lane 7 to win the 200 metres.

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