The first sprints won by Lyles and Thomas in Doha, the pole vault was postponed

Americans Noah Lyles and Gabriel Thomas won the 200m at the first Diamond League meet in Doha (Qatar), after she was amputated from a pole vault due to wind on Friday. On the second day of the sandstorm, the event was canceled for safety reasons. Swedish world record holder Armand Duplantis and France’s Renaud Lavillenie will finally jump inside on Saturday afternoon at Aspire Academy.

At the Qatar Sports Club stadium, the focus was on sprints but also on the high jump. South Korean Woo Sang-hyuk (2.33m), the world indoor champion in Belgrade this year, beat national champion Mutaz Issa Barshim (2.30m), and took the Olympic champion title with Italian Gianmarco Tampere (7th with 2.20m, after three failures in the Play 2.24 m).

Noah Lyles, bronze medalist at the Olympics in Tokyo last year, finished first in the men’s 200 meters in 19.72 ahead of fellow Olympic champion Fred Curley (19.75), Trinidadian Jeremy Richard and Canadian Olympic champion Andre de Grasse (20’15) . “It was a good race. I have a feeling I’ve achieved many things I’ve been trying to put in place for a few weeks, and I’m very happy with them, Lyles’ reaction. I felt good, and things came naturally, so I can’t wait to see what the future holds.»

Target World Championship

De Grasse was also positive. “I always want to do well, but I know my main goal is the world championshipIn Eugene (US) from July 15 to 24, Al Kindi explained. “It all just helps me get there, so I’m not necessarily 100% in the Diamond League, but I want to have fun doing it.»

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At the same distance in the women’s class, Gabriel Thomas, also bronze medalist in Japan, won with a time of 21’98, equaling the record previously set by compatriot Alison Felix. “The season was hard to start (outdoors, editor’s note), there was a lot of competitionI rejoiced. “I have the will to win, and I fight to the end.»

Gabriel Thomas flew over the women’s 200m. Ibrahim Al-Omari/Reuters

Thomas was ahead of Jamaican Sherica Jackson (22.70) and British world champion Dina Asher Smith (22 in. 37). The latter regained her favorite distance, a few months after she gave up half a lap in Tokyo, injured. “I would have liked to be a little faster, but this is my first 200m of the year and you have to run to be in good shapeAsher Smith commented.

Surprise at a distance of 400m

In the 400m hurdles, Olympic bronze medalist Alison dos Santos of Brazil, with a time of 47 inches and 24, beat American Ray Benjamin, silver medalist (47 x 49). Surprise among the women in the 400 metres: Bahamian Olympic champion Shauna Miller Uibo, signed only for the third time (51”84), behind Dominican Marilyde Paulino (51”20), silver medalist in the distance at the last Olympics, and Jamaican Stephenie Ann McPherson (51’69).

On Saturday, Duplantis, now perched at 6.20 metres, will finally take to the track. His goal this season is to win the last title he lost: the outdoor world champion. He then moved to Birmingham (UK) on May 21, where the program includes the first 100m of the Diamond League.

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