Christian Coleman and Shericka Jackson win Diamond League final 100m races, upsetting reigning world champions

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Coleman, at 27 years old, displayed his sprinting prowess by outpacing his fellow American competitor, Noah Lyles, in the men’s 100m event. Coleman’s lightning-fast run equaled the world-leading time of 9.83 seconds, sealing his victory in the process.

On the women’s side, Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson seized the spotlight by triumphing in the women’s 100m race, leaving American sensation Sha’Carri Richardson to settle for fourth place. Jackson, at 29, showcased her sprinting prowess and crossed the finish line first, asserting her dominance in the event.

American Christian Coleman held on to beat world champion Noah Lyles in the 100m at the Diamond League finals in Eugene, Oregon.  AFP/File

The competition also featured an intense battle in the women’s 1500m, where Britain’s Laura Muir aimed for her third Diamond League title. However, her hopes were dashed by Faith Kipyegon’s superb performance. The Kenyan athlete, who has enjoyed a thrilling year marked by record-breaking feats, dominated the race and secured her fourth Diamond League title. Kipyegon pulled away from the field on the penultimate lap and extended her lead on the final lap, finishing just outside her own 1500m record with a time of 3:50.72. Ethiopia’s Diribe Welteji took second place, with Muir claiming third.

In the men’s mile, Norway’s long-distance star Jakob Ingebrigtsen delivered an impressive performance, clocking a time of three minutes and 43.73 seconds, making it the third-fastest time in history. Ingebrigtsen held off American Yared Nuguse, who finished in 3:43.97, while Britain’s George Mills secured third place with a personal best time of 3:47.65.

The Diamond League series featured 13 meets throughout the year, culminating in the final event at Hayward Field, the venue for the 2022 World Championships. Laura Muir, who had recently triumphed in the 800m and 1500m at previous Diamond League meets, was unable to replicate her success in the final, where Faith Kipyegon emerged as the dominant force in the women’s 1500m.

In the men’s 100m, Christian Coleman, the 2019 world champion, made a strong comeback, leaving Noah Lyles behind to secure the title with a world-leading time of 9.83 seconds. Sha’Carri Richardson, a rising star of US sprinting, faced a disappointing finish in the women’s 100m, with Shericka Jackson emerging as the victor.

The Diamond League final also witnessed ups and downs, including the unexpected exit of British athlete Matthew Hudson-Smith in the men’s 400m. Grenada’s Kirani James clinched victory in the men’s 400m with a season’s best time of 44.30 seconds, followed closely by Americans Quincy Hall and Vernon Norwood.

Notably, Norway’s Karsten Warholm, the world and Olympic champion in the men’s 400m hurdles, faced a rare setback, failing to secure victory in two consecutive races for the first time since 2018. Warholm was overtaken by American Rai Benjamin, who stormed to a world-leading time of 46.39 seconds, with Warholm taking second place.”


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