Goule clocks national record 1:56.15 for 3rd in 800m

BY HOWARD WALKER
Senior Staff reporter
walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, July 21, 2018

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Jamaica's Commonwealth Games 800m bronze medallist Natoya Goule smashed her national record, clocking 1:56.15 minutes after finishing third at the Monaco Diamond League in France yesterday on a day when no Jamaican secured victory.

There were several outstanding performances from Caster Semenya, Noah Lyles, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Sergey Shubenkov and Marie-Josee Ta Lou. But it was Beatrice Chepkoech's devastating world record run in the women's 3000m steeplechase that highlighted the meet.

The Kenyan Chepkoech clocked 8:44.32 minutes and won by more than 16 seconds to obliterate the previous mark of 8:52.78 set by Ruth Jebet of Bahrain in 2016.

American World Championships silver medallist Courtney Frerichs finished second in a North American record of 9:00.85, while Jamaica's national record holder Aisha Praught-Leer was 13th with 9:25.48, well off her personal best of 9:19.29.

Almost an hour later the diminutive Goule, who in June lowered Kenia Sinclair's long-standing record of 1:57.88 to 1:57.69, continued her rich vein of form. She took a huge chunk off her national record, clocking 1:56.15 for third.

South African Semenya won in a meet record of 1:54.60 minutes, which was just outside her personal best of 1:54.25. Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi was second in 1:55.96, with American record holder Ajee Wilson fourth in 1:56.45.

The 27-year-old Goule now has the fifth-fastest time in the world and is the third-fastest woman this season. Only Semenya and Niyonsaba have gone faster.

Meanwhile, Miller-Uibo of The Bahamas, who told the Jamaica Observer recently that the 200m world record of 21.34 is more likely to be achieved than the 400m world record of 47.60, dipped below the 49-second barrier, clocking 48.97 for a new national record and meeting record. It was the fastest 400m since Jamaican-born American Sanya Richards-Ross clocked 48.83 in 2009.

The ever-improving 20-year-old Salwa Eid Nasser of Bahrain finished second in 49.08 and for the umpteenth time she lowered her national record, which is also an Asian Area Record. American Shakima Wimbley was third in 50.85.

American rising star Noah Lyles sped to an impressive 19.65 (0.9 mps) meeting record which was also his personal best, as he left behind World champion Ramil Guliyev of Turkey in second with 19.99.

Jamaica's double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson was third in the 100m in 11.02 seconds, in a race won by in form Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast in 10.89. Her countrywoman Murielle Ahoure was second in 11.01 seconds, with American champion Jenna Prandini fourth in 11.09. Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers was fifth with 11.12.

In the men's 110 hurdles, Jamaica's slow-starting Hansle Parchment was fourth in a season's best 13.21. The event was won by Authorised Neutral Athlete (ANA) Sergey Shubenkov in 13.07. Spain's Orlando Ortega was second in 13.18.

Earlier, Jamaica's Yanique Thompson placed third in a non-Diamond League 100m hurdles event in 12.92. American Queen Harrison won in 12.64 ahead of her countrywoman Dawn Harper-Nelson in 12.90. Jamaica's Shimayra Williams finished eighth in 13.36.

Jamaica's Commonwealth Games champion Danniel Thomas-Dodd was eighth in the women's shot put with a throw of 17.74m, well below he national record and season's best of 19.36m. China's Gong Lijiao won with 20.31m ahead of America's Raven Saunders with a season's best 19.67m.

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