De Grasse storms to victory in 200m

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2017

Ujah also won the 100m at the Rome and London meetings this year.

The race was won by Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas, who is now assured of a spot in the Diamond League final.

"I chose to race and I was hoping the pain would stay away", said the 22-year-old Kenyan after Morocco's home runner Soufiane El Bakkali had stepped up to earn a home win in a personal best of 8min 05.12sec.

High jumper Robbie Grabarz produced a leap of 2.27m to finish second behind Andriy Protsenko of Ukraine, while sprinter Zharnel Hughes took third in the men's 200m.

But it will not be a walk in the park for the Kenyan, who is seeking for an improved mark after winning the inaugural International Mohammed VI Athletics in a meeting record of 8:02.77, as he faces stiff opposition from Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali as well as compatriot and 2015 Diamond Trophy victor Jairus Birech.

Miller Uib coasted home in 49.80, but Semenya was well back in seventh in a time of 51.53, though that was her best run of the Diamond League series.

Miller-Uibo eased to a second victory of the season and set another meeting record with a circuit of 49.80, finishing nearly a second before runner-up Natasha Hastings.

The second fastest man of all time with 9.69 and 19.26 seconds respectively is scheduled to get an assessment from German doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller Wolphart in Munich on Tuesday.

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. Another Moroccan Abdelaati Iguider won the men's 3,000m. Save for Bett, who has 22 points from three DL meets, the rest have plenty to fight for as only four points separate Nijel Amos, Adam Kszczot, Donovan Brazier, Ferguson Rotich (Trophy holder) and Robert Biwott.

With Jamaica's Yohan Blake having pulled out of the men's 100 metres competition, Britain's Chijindu Ujah claimed victory in 9.98 seconds, 0.02 off his personal best.

Ben Youssef Meite of Cote d'Ivoire was second in 10.01, with Britain's Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake third in 10.18.

Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic won the women's 400 metres in 54.22 seconds.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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