Weir, Carter cop sprints at Adidas Grand Prix
NEW YORK, USA (AFP) — Jamaica's Warren Weir won the men's 200m in a world-leading 19.82sec in a modest headwind of 0.2 metres per second yesterday at the New York Diamond League athletics meeting.
Compatriot Nickel Ashmeade was second in 19.95.
Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake, also on the comeback trail after a hamstring injury prevented him from defending his 100m world title last year, was disappointed in the 100m, unable to recover from a poor start and finishing runner-up to compatriot Nesta Carter.
Carter clocked 10.09sec in the race run in a headwind, while Blake finished in 10.21.
Despite the fickle winds in the stadium, yesterday's action produced a string of world-leading times.
Puerto Rico's Javier Culson won the 400m hurdles in a season's best 48.03sec. The London Olympic bronze medallist forged an early lead and won comfortably ahead of American Michael Tinsley, who had come into the meeting with a world-leading time of 48.57 set in April at Des Moines, Iowa.
Germany's Linda Stahl delivered the best women's javelin performance of the season with a throw of 67.32m.
Brazil's Fabiana Murer won the women's pole vault with a season-leading 4.80m. The 2011 world champion notched the height on her first attempt, and failed on three efforts at 4.90m. American Jenn Suhr was second at a height of 4.70m.
American LaShawn Merritt continued his strong form in the 400m with a victory in 44.19sec with Dominican Luguelin Santos relegated to fifth in 45.32.
New Zealand's world and Olympic champion Valerie Adams reached a remarkable milestone with her 50th straight victory in the shot put with a throw of 19.68m.
Ukrainian Bohdan Bondarenko triumphed in a dazzling high jump duel with Qatari Mutaz Essa Barshim that saw both clear 2.42m.
The pair became the first high jumpers in two decades to clear 2.42m, grabbing the spotlight at the sixth stop on the elite Diamond League circuit.
The last high jumper to record the height was world record-holder Javier Sotomayor on June 5, 1994. The now-retired Cuban set the world mark of 2.45 on July 27, 1993.
Bondarenko, the 2013 world champion, effectively won the competition when he cleared 2.42 on his first attempt.
Barshim, who was runner-up to Bondarenko at the outdoor worlds in Moscow and won the indoor world title earlier this year, had needed three tries to clear 2.35 before clearing 2.42.
With the competition decided, both Bondarenko and Barshim made unsuccessful attempts at 2.46m — Bondarenko taking three stabs at a world record leap to no avail.
But for European Bondarenko, his 2.42 clearance equalled the continental record of Sweden's Patrik Sjoberg, set in June 1987.
In other events, Kenya's 800m Olympic champion and world record-holder David Rudisha grabbed a morale-boosting victory in the 800m, signalling that his return from a knee injury that sidelined him for much of 2013 remains on course.
The victory, in a modest 1 minute 44.63 seconds, came two weeks after he made his return to competition with a seventh-placed finish at the Diamond League meeting in Eugene in 1:44.63 — far from his world record of 1:40.91, but showing the progress he desired.