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Semenya and Samba among winners at high-quality Doha Diamond League

Semenya and Samba among winners at high-quality Doha Diamond League

Samba's 47.57 seconds was more than a second better than Jackson, and a Diamond League record.

Semenya came to Doha after her 800-1,500 double at the Commonwealth Games in Australia last month, and begins the defence of her 800 Diamond League title at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., on May 26.

World record holder Keni Harrison, 2016 Olympic champion Brianna (Rollins) McNeal and Sharika Nelvis went one-two-three in that order, while Jasmin Stowers came in fourth and two-time Olympic medalist Dawn Harper-Nelson, who will retire at the end of this season, rounded out the top eight in the event. He wins with 2.36 meters, adds 2.40 meters, and fails at 2.42, three centimeters short of the world record.

Canada's Andre De Grasse, returning to competition after an injury that ruled him out of last year's worlds, could only finish sixth (20.46). I have a feeling this will be a great season for me, and all I want to do is run even faster.

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"I've defended my title - Yes, I'm very happy for myself and for Qatar", said a jubilant Samba after his historic performance.

"It's always a dream to set the national record and I want to continue to push beyond my personal best", she said.




Other South African participation saw 2008 Olympic long jump silver medallist Khotso Mokoena ending sixth in the triple jump with a season's best leap of 16.92m as Cuba's Pedro Pichardo won in another world-leading 17.95m.

Sandi Morris of the USA carried her winning form from Indoor Worlds in Birmingham earlier this year, to win the first Diamond League meet of the season with 4.84m effort. Olympic champion Thomas Röhler won with a throw of 91.78m ahead of his fellow Germans Johannes Vetter, the world champion recording 91.56m, and Andreas Hofmann with 90.08m. We definitely achieved that here. The reigning Olympic champion failed to match his previous year performance of 93.90, yet a throw of 91.78m was enough to lend him the victory.

Gardiner took 0.02 seconds off his personal best to win in a meeting record of 43.87, with Qatar's Abdalleleh Haroun a distant second in 44.50 and Botswana's Commonwealth champion Isaac Makwala third in 44.92.

Blessing Okagbare Ighoteguonor of Nigeria was second in 10.90, 0.03 seconds ahead of double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson.

The South African made her move with 200 metres to run, gliding effortlessly up on Nelly Jepkosgei's shoulder and going past with apparent ease to win in a personal best and national record of 3min 59.92sec.

United States sprinter Noah Lyles won the men's 200m in a meeting record 19.83.

"Last year was extraordinary for me".


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