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Doha Diamond League - Peters with an exclamation mark - Dos Santos with Challenge - Sports

Doha Diamond League – Peters with an exclamation mark – Dos Santos with Challenge – Sports


Javelin thrower Anderson Peters makes headlines in Doha with a throw of 93 metres. Blocker runner Alison Dos Santos also impressed with a solid time.

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Anderson Peters presented the highlight of the evening. The javelin thrower from Grenada set the mark of 93.07 meters previously only exceeded by four men. The 2019 world champion improved his best by nearly six meters (!) and at the same time set an American continental record. With second place holder Jakub Vadijsch (Czechoslovakia), a second athlete broke the 90-meter mark.

However, the eagerly awaited reunion of co-Olympic champion Mutaz Issa Barshim and Gianmarco Tempere did not live up to expectations. Italy’s Tambri had already failed at 2.24 meters and finished the competition in seventh place, the local champion Barshim jumped more than 2.30 meters and thus finished second. South Korean Woo Sanghyeok became the benefactor. The height of 2.33 meters was enough for the indoor world champion to win.

The pole vault competition has been postponed

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Due to strong winds, pole vaulting was not used in Doha. The competition will be rescheduled on Saturday in the auditorium.

On the road

The competition for the 400m hurdles unsurprisingly progressed into a duel between two Olympic medal winners. Alison Dos Santos caught Ray Benjamin (USA) in the final meters and crossed the finish line first in 47.24 seconds. Only in his bronze run at the Olympics has the Brazilian been able to run the fastest of his career. World record holder Karsten Warholm, whose relegation Benjamin and dos Santos to the following places in Tokyo, decided not to participate in Doha.

Noah Lyles and Fred Curley also fought a duel on the half track. In the end, Lyles was three hundred ahead of his compatriot in 19.72 seconds. Jeremy Richards (Trinidad and Tobago) was 3 tenths behind in third. By the time he won, Lyles had improved his own meeting record, but the record didn’t count due to too much tailwind.

The women’s 200m race winner was also from the United States. Gabriel Thomas won the competition and equaled the record set against Alison Felix in 2015 in 21.98 seconds. Dina Asher Smith had to settle for third (+0.39) and missed the season-opening reaction to show off a disappointing last year.