Xiamen, China — The Diamond League returned to China for the first time in four years, with Christian Coleman, Hansle Parchment, Marileidy Paulino, Beatrice Chebet, Emmanuel Wanyonyi, Feng Bin, and Yaroslava Mahuchikh among the winners at the Wanda Diamond League Xiamen meeting today.
American sprinter Christian Coleman won the men’s 100m dash after blistering to a 9.83 seconds victory to equal the world-leading time at Egret Stadium in Xiamen.
The 2019 world champion used a bullet start to get away from the rare 10-man field and then crossed the finish line ahead of Jamaican Kishane Thompson, who clocked a personal best of 9.85 seconds for second place.
American 2022 world champion Fred Kerley, who failed to make the final at the Budapest World Championships last month, ended third today in 9.96 seconds.
“I knew what I was capable of doing, and I knew what I was ready to do,” Coleman said, reflecting on his recent fifth-place finish at the world championships in Budapest.
“I am so happy. In the world championships, I was 5th. It was a success, but I was not very glad about it, so I came here and did my seasonal best,” he added.
More Than Just a Sprint
- Men’s 110m Hurdles: Jamaican Hansle Parchment stunned world champion Grant Holloway with a gold-winning time of 12.96 seconds. American Daniel Roberts took second place in 13.03 seconds.
- Men’s 400m: Grenadian Kirani James edged American Quincy Hall with a season’s best effort of 44.38 seconds. Jamaica’s Rusheen McDonald took third place in 44.82 seconds.
- Women’s 400m: Dominican Marileidy Paulino, the recently crowned world champion, secured the top spot in women’s 400m and place in the Diamond League final with a winning performance today of 49.36 seconds.
- Men’s 800m: Kenya’s Emmanuel Wanyonyi pipped Canadian world champion Marco Arop for the title and reversed the podium spots from Budapest. Today, Wanyonyi clocked a world-leading and personal best of 1:43.20 to defeat Arop, who clocked 1:43.24. Benjamin Robert of France finished third in 1:43.88.
- Women’s 3,000m: Kenyan Beatrice Chebet cruised to victory with a world-leading time of 8:24.05.
- Women’s 400m Hurdles: Jamaican athletes swept the women’s 400m hurdles, with world bronze medalist Rushell Clayton clocking in at 53.56 to secure the victory over compatriots Andrenette Knight (53.87) and Janieve Russell (54.01).
- Women’s Discus Throw: Feng Bin, the 2022 world champion, delighted the home fans when she used her final throw of 67.41m to snatch victory from Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic, who led for most of the competition with her opening season’s best effort of 67.32m. World champion Laulauga Tausaga of the USA was third today with 64.31m.
- Women’s High Jump: Ukraine’s Yaroslava Mahuchikh recovered from a mid-competition scare to capture the women’s high jump with 2.02m. The world champion needed three attempts to get over a relatively routine height of 1.95m, but she recovered brilliantly clear 2.00m and 2.02m with just one try.
The Diamond League’s return to China was met with roaring approval from athletes and fans alike. The event will continue to be hosted in Xiamen until 2032, replacing Shenzhen as the Chinese venue. The choice of location underscores China’s growing prominence in the world of athletics.
The Diamond League moves to Brussels on Sept. 8 before wrapping up the season in Eugene on Sept. 16-17