ZURICH: Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet won the 3,000m steeplechase at Zurich’s Diamond League meet yesterday.
Jebet, who won Bahrain’s first-ever Olympic gold medal, was far off the world record she set in Paris on Saturday but still romped home in 9.07.00 in front of a capacity crowd at the Letzigrund.
Meanwhile, Jamaica’s sprint queen Elaine Thompson again edged her rivals as she set a Diamond League record in the women’s 200 metres.
Thompson came home in 21.85 seconds to beat Dutch world champion Dafne Schippers and evergreen American Allyson Felix in hot conditions. Schippers ran her best time this season but was still one hundredth of a second behind Thompson with Felix third in 22.02.
South Africa’s Caster Semenya continued her dominance in the women’s 800m in 1.56.44 in a race that had every finalist from Rio in the field and repeated the podium places with Francine Niyonsaba (Burundi) and Margaret Wambui (Kenya) second and third.
Renaud Lavillenie gained a measure of revenge for defeat in the Olympic men’s pole vault final by becoming the first athlete to win the Diamond Race trophy for a seventh consecutive time. The Frenchman shared first place with American Sam Kendricks after both cleared 5.90 metres with Olympic champion Thiago da Silva withdrawing after going over at 5.84.