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Triple jumper Ricketts lands surprise silver

...Three other Jamaicans cop bronze in Brussells Diamond League

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer
Reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, August 31, 2018

Triple jumper Shanieka Ricketts finished second to be the best-placed Jamaican on yesterday's penultimate IAAF Diamond League meeting of the season, in Zurich, beaten by a scant centimetre in an exciting competition.

Three other Jamaicans were third best and one in fourth place in the first of the two-day final that continues today in Brussells, where other Jamaicans, including discus world leader and Diamond Trophy favourite Fedric Dacres, will be in action.

Ricketts just failed to upset Diamond League champion Caterine Ibarguen when she leapt to 14.55m (-0.8m/s) in the final round, just a centimetre shy of the Colombian's 14.56m (-0.3m/s) set in the second round.

Ibarguen won her fifth Diamond trophy in the last six years and the US$50,000 prize money that goes along with it.

Commonwealth Games champion Kimberly Williams, who came into the meet in second place in the points race, was third with 14.47m (0.3m/s) also done in the final round.

Janieve Russell went into the meet as the leader in the Diamond Race in the 400m hurdles, by just two points, but finished third, running 54.38 seconds behind two Americans — Dalilah Muhammad in 53.88 seconds, who retained her title, and Shamier Little in 54.21 seconds.

Kyron McMaster of the British Virgin Islands coming off record runs at both the Central American and Caribbean Games and the NACAC Senior Championships, produced a late burst to win the men's 400m hurdles race in 48.08 seconds, just ahead of world champion Karsten Warholm of Norway in 48.10 seconds to retain his Diamond Trophy.

Natoya Goule, who broke the national record twice this season, was third in the women's 800m in 1 minute 58.49 seconds as South Africa's Castor Semenya retained her Diamond trophy, winning by a wide margin in 1:55.27 minutes ahead of the American Ajee Wilson in 1:57.86 minutes.

Goule was second after 500 metres but was passed by the American in the home stretch.

Tajay Gayle was fourth in the men's long jump with 8.15m (0.7m/s) as South Africa's Luvo Manyonga won on his final jump and retained his Diamond League title with 8.36m (0.8m/s) ahead of compatriot Ruswahi Samaai with 8.32m (-.02m/s). Australia's Henry Frayne finished third with 8.16m (1.2m/s).

In the first of three 100m consolation races, Sherone Simpson was second in 11.85 seconds (-0.6m/s) behind Holland's Eefje Boons' 11.71 seconds, while Yanique Thompson was fourth in 11.98 seconds.

Kerron Stewart, who will hang up her spikes at the end of this season, was second in another race in 11.47 seconds (-1.0m/s), beaten by Great Britain's Imani Lansiquot's 11.36 seconds, while Gayon Evans finished in eighth place in 12.28 seconds.