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Olympic stars out in force at Lausanne Diamond League meet

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Jamaican Elaine Thompson underlined her new status as the sprint queen of athletics by winning the 100-metres at a Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on Thursday (25 August).

The 24-year-old Jamaican, who won the 100- and 200-metres at this month’s Rio Olympics, clocked a time of 10.78 seconds, well ahead of second-placed American Jenna Prandini (11.11).

The race was re-run five minutes after a false start that saw only one runner stop as Thompson and the rest of the field sprinted to the finish only to have to go all the way back.

Men’s 110 hurdles champion, Jamaica’s Omar McLeod (13.12), was pipped by Spain’s Orlando Ortega (13.11) who was second behind the Jamaican at the Olympics.

Jamaica’s Asafa Powell won the men’s 100 in a time of 9.96 seconds.

American Kendra Harrison had a successful return to the track. The hurdler — who finished sixth at the US Olympic trials and missed a trip to the Rio 2016 Olympics despite setting a world record this year — won the women’s 100 hurdles in 12.42 seconds.

After being jeered by a partisan crowd in Brazil 10 days ago, there was a warm reception for Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie but no success in a pole vault competition won by Sam Kendricks.

The American equaled his personal best with an effort of 5.92 metres.

Dutch sprinter Churandy Martina also ran a national record time of 19.81 with an impressive showing from lane seven to win the 200 metres.

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Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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