BIRMINGHAM, Great Britain – Inform American sprinter English Gardner defeated Dafne Schippers to win the women’s 100m at the IAAF Diamond League series meeting to Birmingham on Sunday (5).
Gardner, the second fastest woman in the world this season behind fellow American Tori Bowie, bounced back from her defeat to Jamaican Elaine Thompson in Rome, on Thursday by posting 11.02 seconds in a -1.2 m/s wind to land her second win from the last two Diamond League meetings.
Schippers, the 2015 world champion over 200m in Beijing, looked well on her way to take the victory after forging ahead in the middle of the race, but the Dutch woman was caught at the line by Gardner and had to settle for second in 11.06.
Tianna Bartoletta of USA took third with a time of 11.11, with Great Britain pair Dina Asher-Smith and Ashleigh Nelson finishing 4th and 5th in 11.22 and 11.24, respectively
The men’s race, which was not a Diamond League scoring event, was won by St. Kitts and Nevis veteran Kim Collins, who finished strong to run 10.11, the same time as American Mike Rodgers, while Britain’s Chijindu Ujah was just behind in 10.12.
Canada’s Aaron Brown and Netherlands’ Churandy Martina were disqualified for separate false-starts.
Burundi’s world indoor champion Francine Niyonsaba closed the gap on South African world-leader Caster Semenya when she posted an impressive 1:56.92 to win the women’s 800m – setting a meeting record and the second fastest in the world in 2016.
Rénelle Lamote of France was second with a personal best of 1:58.01, with Canadian Melissa Bishop also breaking 1:59 with a third-place effort of 1:58.48.
Kirani James sprinted away from the pack to run 44.23 to set a meeting record in the men’s 400m, American Kendra Harrison put down another dominant time to win the women’s 100m hurdles in a meeting record of 12.46 secs, while Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya won the men’s 3000m steeplechase with a world-leading a meeting record of 8:00.12
In non-Diamond League scoring results, Olympic champion and world 800m record holder David Rudisha ran 1:13.10 to take the men’s 600m, Mo Farah secured the victory in the men’s 3000m with a world-leading time of 7:32.62.