Diamond League: Ujah runs 9.98 seconds in 100m win in Rabat

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2017

The race was won by Jamaica's reigning Olympics champion, Elaine Thompson who set a new 10.87 seconds meeting record with Ivorian girl, Marie-Jose Ta Lou second in 10.90 seconds while Trinidad and Tobago's Ahye Michelle-Lee finished third in 11.02 seconds.

Race archives courtesy of the IAAF Diamond League.

Moroccan rising star Soufiane El-Bakkali claimed the men's 3,000 metres steeplechase in a personal best of 8:05.12.

Ujah, 23, achieved a season's best of 9.98 seconds and beat the record of 10.12 held by American Justin Gatlin.

Semenya, who has a personal best of 50.40 - set in Brussels previous year - finished way off the pace in a time of 51.53.

There were third-place finishes for Brits Eilidh Doyle and Zharnel Hughes in the women's 400m hurdles and men's 200m respectively. The next Diamond League meeting is in Monaco on July 21. Nijel Amos of Botswana wins in the time of 1.43.91.

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In the 800m, Brandon McBride of Windsor, Ont., clocked a season-best time of one minute, 45.01 seconds to finish fourth.

Germany's Raphael Holzdeppe, an equally undefeated world champion in 2013, was second ahead of another Pole, Piotr Lisek, with both men clearing 5.70 - 10 centimetres more than the current world champion Shawn Barber of Canada.

Jamaica's shot put World Championships bronze medallist O'Dayne "Flintstone" Richards, will try to break the recent dominance of America's Rio champion Ryan Crouser, who will be hunting his 10th-straight victory in the shot put.

While Croatia's Rio 2016 javelin victor Sara Kolak was otherwise engaged, winning the European Under-23 title with an effort of 65.12m in Bydgoszcz, her Czech predecessor as Olympic champion, Barbora Spotakova, who beat Kolak with a final round season's best of 68.26m at last week's London Diamond League, secured another victory with 63.73.

In the men's high jump, Ukrainian Andriy Protsenko won with a leap of 2.27 metres.

The 22-year-old has won four consecutive Diamond League races, capturing the 200 in Rome, and the 100 in Oslo and Stockholm. He was pleased with his run, but has yet to go under 20 seconds this season.

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