The leaders of women’s athletics shone at the last meeting of the Diamond League of the season, in Zurich, like Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Marileidy Paulino or Yulimar Rojas. Rénelle Lamote, the only Frenchwoman in the running, finished seventh in the 800m.
This Thursday marked the end of the Diamond League season, on the Zurich side, and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, crowned world champion in the 100m in Eugene in July, finished in style, equaling the meeting record in 10 ″65 to beat her Jamaican compatriot Shericka Jackson (10″81) and the Ivorian Marie-Josée Ta Lou (10″91). This same Shericka Jackson who then won the 200m, the last women’s event of the evening, in 21″80 ahead of the Americans Gabrielle Thomas (22″38) and Tamara Clark (22″42). The Nigerian world champion Tobi Amusan confirmed her good season, winning the 100m hurdles in 12″29. Double for the Dominican Republic in the 400m! The vice-world champion Marileidy Paulino won in 48″99, thus beating her national record, and she was almost a second ahead of Fiordaliza Cofil. Over 400m hurdles, Dutch world vice-champion Femke Bol triumphed in 53″03. The 800m was won by world bronze medalist, Kenyan Mary Moraa, in 1’57″63, while the French European vice-champion Rénelle Lamote could not do better than seventh in 1’59″38. The 3000m steeplechase was won by Ethiopian world vice-champion Werkuha Getachew in 9’03″57, while the 1500m was won by Kenyan world champion Faith Kipyegon in 4’00″44.
Rojas of course!
Almost unbeatable for several seasons, the Venezuelan world champion Yulimar Rojas signed a new success, jumping to 15.28m on her second try. In this inevitably special year for Ukrainian sport, the women’s high jump brought a little smile to the country, and this Thursday, Yaroslava Mahuchikh and Iryna Gerashchenko confirmed magnificently by achieving a double in Zurich, with jumps of 2.03m and 1.94m respectively. The length contest was won by the Serbian Ivana Vuleta, with a leap to 6.97m. Bronze medalist in Eugene, American Valarie Allman triumphed in the discus throw in Zurich with a throw of 67.77m. The javelin throw saw American Kara Winger exact revenge on Australia’s Kelsey-Lee Barber, who had beaten her in Oregon, winning with a throw of 64.98m against 63.72m for her rival. See you next year !