Omar McLeod

Omar McLeod and Tajay Gayle were the only two Jamaican winners at the Shanghai Diamond League on Saturday (18 May).

McLeod won the men’s 110m hurdles in 13.12s ahead of Chinese Wenjun Xie 13.17s.

Gayle won the men’s long jump with 8.24m. Chinese Jianan Wang was second with 8.16m while Demar Forbes had no mark.

Abderrahman Samba of Qutar topped the men’s 400m hurdles in 47.27, beating Rai Benjamin of USA, 47.80s.

In the women’s 100m dash, Olympic Games sprint double champion, Elaine Thompson, in her first 100m of the season, was 3rd in 11.14.
“Season Opener in the bag for 3rd in 11.14 seconds. On to the next one as I improve my execution,” Thompson wrote on Social media.

Aleia Hobbes of USA won the event in 11.03 ahead of Blessing Okagbare 11.07 while Michelle-Lee Ahye (TTO) was 7th in 11.23.

Stephenie-Ann McPherson (JAM), 51.39 finished 4th in the women’s 400m, which was won by Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain 50.65

In the men’s 400m, won by American Fred Kerley in 44.81s, Jamaican Nathon Allen finished 4th in 45.73 and Grenadian Bralon Taplin, 5th in 45.93s.

Tyquendo Tracey (JAM) ran 10.18 for 9th in the men’s 100m, won by Noah Lyles 9.86, the same time is given to his countryman Christian Coleman.

Canadians Aaron Brown, 20.07 and Andre De Grasse, 20.21, were the top two in the men’s 200m, which saw Trinidad and Tobago’s Kyle Greaux ending 4th in 20.40s.

Danniel Thomas-Dodd, 18.54m, was fifth in the women’s shot put while
Joel Wilson of Bahamas 2.25m ended joint fourth in the men’s high jump.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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