Weekend Update – Doha, Shanghai, …
Doha Diamond League
Christabel Nettey scored a top three place in her first Diamond League meeting of this season. In a tight competition, Christabel ended up jumping 6.93m, just 6cm behind the winner.
“We are pleased with a podium finish in the season’s first Diamond League meeting” Coach Dan Pfaff reflected. “Christabel had some technical issues with the approach, but competed well against a field she will see again at the World Championships in August.”
Also Dani Samuels managed to finish in third place.
Shanghai Diamond League
Greg Rutherford finished seventh in the Long Jump. Greg opened promisingly enough, with a leap of 8.05m (+1.1), but then kept fouling, even though all jumps had great distance.
“I’m annoyed that I kept fouling,” said Rutherford. “I moved the run-up back a metre to fit in my speed but sadly I couldn’t time it right. Fouls obviously don’t win competitions but there’s plenty to work with and soon enough I’ll be ready.”
Alana Boyd and Kim Mickle also opened their Diamond League season in Shanghai. While Kim Mickle ended up in third position, Alana Boyd finished 5th. Both athletes will get a break from competition before heading to Europe towards the end of June.
The highlight in a slightly windy Florida was Akeem Haynes’ season opener, where he finished 3rd in a strong field in the 100m. Akeem left Clermont with the two fastest times of his career – 10.16s in the prelim, and 10.06s in the final (+3.0) – boding well for the remainder of the year.
“After some time away with the Canadian Relay Program, Akeem finally got his 2015 season off the mark. Although rusty, Akeem’s performance was very good” said Coach McMillan. “He has come away happy and healthy – and ready for his next challenge.”
Chijindu Ujah ran a wind-assisted 10.04 (+2.1) in an encouraging season opener to beat his training partner Edoburun into second (10.24) and blow away the rest of the field.
Ujah returned to take on the 200m which is a rarity for the athlete but he stormed around in a PB of 20.50 in a legal wind time to end a successful day on the track.
The European 60m Indoor finalist said after his 200m: “I feel as though I am in better shape than 20.50 but I think I’m probably tired from the 100m.”