Chemutai set for IAAF Doha diamond league

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Noah Lyles of the USA ran a meet record 19.83sec in the men's 200m to win ahead of world bronze medallist Jereem Richards (19.99) and world champion Ramil Guilyev (20.11) of Turkey.

The 2017 IAAF World Athlete of the Year, world champion and Diamond League champion has not been beaten outdoors since 2016 and looked strong as he got his campaign to defend his IAAF Diamond League title off to a winning start.

She chopped 0.79 off her own national record set at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games last month, becoming the first SA woman to break the four-minute barrier over the distance.

Barshim, who enjoyed a ideal 2017, yesterday displayed a top performance leaping to a world leading 2.40m to win the first meeting of the new season. I have a feeling this will be a great season for me, and all I want to do is run even faster.

Also winning in front of his home crowd was Abderrahman Samba, who took the 400 hurdles ahead of Bershawn Jackson of the United States.

"It's always been a dream to set the national record and continue to push beyond my PB", she said.

With his family in the audience at the packed venue, Barshim, reigning world champion and IAAF Athlete of the Year, had bagged the win at 2.36m after Syria's Majd Eddin Ghazal faulted all his three attempts at the height.

In the women's 100m, World silver medallist Marie-Josée Ta Lou stormed to victory with a world-lead time and personal best of 10.85s, with Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteg finishing second in 10.90 and Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson finishing third in 10.93.

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The next Diamond League meet is on May 12 in Shanghai.

Cuban Pedro Pablo Pichardo got one over on arch-rival Christian Taylor with victory in the triple jump with a best of 17.95m, but American hopes were restored when Sandi Morris (4.84m) beat Greece's reigning world, Olympic and European champion back into fourth in the pole vault.

"T&T's worldwide sprinting sensation Jereem 'The Dream" Richards recorded a season's best 19.99 seconds to finish second in the men's 200 metres run on debut at the 2018 edition of the IAAF Diamond League meeting which fired off in Doha, Qatar, yesterday.

The 22-year-old clocked a world-leading 43.87 seconds to win the event, with Qatar's Abdalleleh Haroun trailing in second in 44.50 and Botswana's Isaac Makwala third in 44.92.

History was made in the men's javelin, as three athletes recorded throws of over 90m in the same competition - Thomas Rohler's 91.78m beating the efforts of fellow Germans Johannes Vetter and Andreas Hofmann.

Cuba's Yaime Perez was second with 66.82m, while compatriot Denia Caballero's only legal effort of 63.80 placed her third in the competition.

"I think I did a really good job today to finish in the top three, and that was my aim", added Richards.

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