Africans star at Diamond League
MONACO — Amantle Montsho of Botswana, along with Kenyans Asbel Kiprop and Edwin Cheruiyot Soi, set world-leading times in the 10th leg of the Diamond League circuit today in Monaco.
World champion Montsho ran the women’s fastest 400 this season in 49.33. Kiprop clocked 3:27.72 to beat Mo Farah of Britain in the men’s 1,500. And Soi ran 12:51.34 in the men’s 5,000. The Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure stormed to a 22.24 second win in the women’s 200m. American Tiffany Townsend was second in a personal best 22.26 seconds with Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce third in 22.28.
American sprinter Justin Gatlin ran 9.94 seconds to win the 100 metres. Gatlin held off a challenge from fellow countryman Dentarius Locke, who finished 0.02 seconds back. French champion Jimmy Vicaut took third in 9.99. Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis finished in fifth place with Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nickel Ashmeade sixth and seventh respectively
The next Diamond League event is the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London on July 26-27.