Gatlin wins Diamond League
Justin Gatlin was crowned overall Diamond League champion in the 100m after winning the final race of this year’s series in 9.98 seconds today in Brussels.
Qatar’s Femi Ogunode was also given the same time, but Gatlin got the nod with France’s Jimmy Vicaut third in 9.99.
American Gatlin, 33, has run personal bests for the 100m and 200m this season but finished runner-up to Usain Bolt in both events in the World Championships.
The Jamaican opted to end his season rather than run in Belgium.
Gatlin was also due to run in the 200m, but pulled out. That event was won by Ogunode in an impressive 19.97.
In one of the races of the night, Dutch 2015 world champion Dafne Schippers beat Olympic champion Allyson Felix to win the 200m in 22.12.
After his disappointment at the world championships, France’s Olympic champion and world record holder Renaud Lavillenie claimed a convincing victory in the pole vault clearing a best of 5.95 meters.
In a sad end to what has been one of the season’s great battles, Cuban Pedro Pablo Pichardo had to retire early in the men’s triple jump, leaving American world champion Christian Taylor to extend his dominance in the event with a winning jump of 17.59m.
Colombian Caterine Ibarguen extended her phenomenal winning stretch in the women’s triple jump when she pulled out a sixth and final best of 14.60m to beat Israel’s Hanna Knyazheva-Minenko.
Other track highlights came when Tunisian Habiba Ghribi clocked the third fastest time ever in the women’s 3,000 meters steeplechase (9:05.36) and Kenyan Faith Kipyegon timed the fourth fastest time in the women’s mile, an African record of 4:16.71.