20 May, 2019

Shanghai: What You Missed

  • © Errol Anderson

  • © Errol Anderson

Noah Lyles, Abderrahman Samba and Omar McLeod all grabbed the headlines as the Road to the Final stopped in Shanghai last weekend. We take a quick look back at the most memorable performances from Saturday's IAAF Diamond League action.

It wasn't just the superstars and Diamond Trophy holders who made an impact in Shanghai. There were also a handful of stellar performances from Diamond League debutants, as well as the odd meeting record. 

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If you are pushed for time, click here to watch all the best action from Shanghai condensed into just 60 seconds, accompanied by the dulcet tones and elegant wordsmithery of US sprint star Noah Lyles. 

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Christian Coleman and Bingtian Su had been in the spotlight ahead of the 100m, but it was Coleman's compatriot Lyles who stole the show in the 100m, hunting Coleman down in the last 20 metres to just pip him to the line. 

"I said to my coach in warm up 'today is the day'," said Lyles. "I feel hot ... I knew I could come late for the win."

Sizzling Abderrahman Samba was equally hot in the 400m hurdles, as he completed a statement victory in his first meeting with rising star Rai Benjamin. The Qatari ran his second fastest time ever to take victory in 47.21 and make a perfect start to his qualification campaign. 

Diamond Trophy holder Beatrice Chepkoech, meanwhile, also delivered a dominant performance in the women's 3000m steeplechase to get her title defence off to a dream start.

It was not all about the established stars, however, as two US talents made a major splash on their Diamond League debuts. 

Sprinter Aleia Hobbs ran 11.03 in the 100m to take all eight points from her very first Diamond League appearance, despite running with a broken wrist picked up in an ill-fated game of laser tag.

Chase Ealey, meanwhile, sprang one of the surprises of the night in the shot put, beating home favourite Lijiao Gong to win the shot put with 19.58m.

The performance of the night must go to Omar McLeod, however, who took a record fourth successive win in Shanghai with an impressive 13.12.

The Jamaican's victory was made all the more impressive by the fact that it came in the midst of a family tragedy, McLeod having learned of his aunt's passing just a day before. 

He admitted after the race that it had been "hard to get out bed", and dedicated his victory to his aunt.