Mariya Lasitskene claimed a fifth Diamond League title with victory in the women's high jump at Zurich's Sechseläutenplatz on the first day of the Wanda Diamond League Final on Wednesday, while Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser got his hands on the Diamond Trophy for the very first time in his career.
After two failures at 1.96m, Olympic high jump champion Lasitskene battled back to clear a meeting record of 2.05m, beat fellow Tokyo medallists Yaroslava Mahuchikh and Nicola McDermott, and win the Diamond Trophy for the fourth successive season.
Crouser, who despite his dominance of the shot put in recent years had never won the Diamond League title, also set a meeting record of 22.67 as he finally got his hands on the coveted trophy.
"I am very excited about this Diamond League title. I won two Olympic gold medals and have the world record, but I had never won the Diamond Trophy until today. This is the best year of my career," he said.
Fellow American shot putter Maggie Ewen won the women's event with a first-round effort of 19.41 to claim her first Diamond Trophy, while there was also a maiden Diamond League title for Thobias Montler in the men's long jump (8.17m).
Serbian veteran Ivana Spanovic fought back late in the women's long jump competition after trailing Khaddi Sagnia for three rounds as she was crowned Diamond League champion for the third time in her career.
Meanwhile, the specially-designed 560m city track which looped its way around the Zurich opera house also delivered two first-time title winners. After Francine Niyonsaba held off Hellen Obiri in the women's 5000m, rising Ethiopian star Berihu Aregawi clocked a personal best of 12:58.65 in the men's competition.
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