De Grasse wins 200m to book Diamond League finals spot

RABAT, MOROCCO-Canada’s Andre De Grasse sprinted to another Diamond League victory, winning the 200 metres Sunday in his final individual race before next month’s world championships.

“I chose to race and I was hoping the pain would stay away”, said the 22-year-old Kenyan after Morocco’s home runner Soufiane El Bakkali had stepped up to earn a home win in a personal best of 8min 05.12sec.

Jackson, who has a personal best of 49.83 and season’s best of 50.05, has not looked herself after the Jamaican trials but given the revered reputation of her coach Stephen Francis, he might just be working on some finer details.

Jamaica’s Olympic 100 and 200m champion Thompson, who is concentrating on the shorter sprint this year, won in a meeting record of 10.87, with Cote d’Ivoire’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou second in a season’s best of 10.90.

The Rio Olympic champion eased to a second victory of the season and set another meeting record with a 49.80 seconds, finishing nearly a second before runner-up Natasha Hastings of the USA. Nijel Amos of Botswana wins in the time of 1.43.91.

Democratic Republic of Congo’s Franck Elemba (20.16m) had to settle for a disappointing eighth place in the men’s shot put, which was won by American Olympic champion Ryan Crouser (22.47) in convincing fashion.

Jamaica’s World Championships and Olympic Games 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson and veteran Novlene Williams-Mills will be severely tested by Olympic champion Shanaue Miller-Uibo of The Bahamas and South African 800m champion Caster Semenya, who will be stepping down to the quarter-mile today.

Elsewhere, Andriy Protsenko (2.29m) won the men’s high jump and Pawel Wojciechowski (5.85) claimed the pole vault title.

The Markham, Ont., native ran the distance in 20.03 seconds.

Sports reports that Ujah also won the 100m at the Rome and London meetings this year. Fellow British athlete Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake was third, clocking 10.18.

There were third-place finishes for Brits Eilidh Doyle and Zharnel Hughes in the women’s 400m hurdles and men’s 200m respectively.