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Manyonga hopes to jump

NANJING (CHN): Men´s long jump at IAAF World Challenge meet in Nanjing will be held already on Monday at Wang Plaza in a special set up. World champion Luvo Manyonga after missing the competition on Saturday in Shanghai due to stomach problem hopes to compete, on the other hand Wang Jianan who was second in Shanghai cancelled his participation. In the start list also Jamaican winner from Saturday Tajay Gayle and European champion Miltiadis Tentoglou. Also jumping another Jamaican Damar Forbes and US Zack Bazile. The home group will be represented by Huang Changzhou, Zhang Yaoguang and Gao Xinglong.

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Crouser 22.67 another big one

TUCSON (USA, May 18): Olympic winner Ryan Crouser confirmed his shape at Elite Classic second day of throwing meet with another huge 22.67 and three more 22+ throws in shot put. Second David Pless 21.06 PB ahead of Jonathan Jones 20.86 and Dutch Denzel Comenentia 20.82 (his 2nd best ever). In B group new national record for Mexico by Uziel Munoz 20.83. Sean Donnelly improved in hammer to 77.59 PB. Brian Williams got 65.42 in discus and Canadian Brittany Crew 18.46 in women shot ahead of Monique Riddick 18.40.

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Caballero 68.43 WL
HAVANA (CUB, May 18): World champion in discus from 2015 Denia Caballero achieved at local meet World leading 68.43, her best since 2015. Liadagmis Povea got 15.00 in triple jump with slightly irregular wind +2.1. In men triple jump Cristian Napoles 17.43 ahead of Andy Diaz 17.21, wind speed not known.

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K. Harrison 12.47 WL, Claye 17.40
BAIE MAHAULT (FRA, May 18) World record holder Keni Harrison clocked World leading 12.47 (0.0) at 100 m hurdles at the Meeting Guadeloupe Grande Caraibe. Second World champion 2015 Danielle Williams from Jamaica 12.70. Olympic games triple jump fourth placer Keturah Orji this time won long jump with 680 (+1.1) and beat the top star of the event Brittney Reese 673 (twice) and Chanice Porter from Jamaica also 673 with World leader Chantel Malone fifth 649. Jamaican Chrisann Gordon won the 400 m in 50.66 ahead of reigning World champion Phylis Francis 50.86. Briton Jodie Williams got the 200 m in 22.92 (+0.3) and Raevyn Rogers the 800 m in 2:00.67. European champion Zharnel Hughes posted 10.03 (-0.9) in the 100 m clearly ahead of Bryce Robinson 10.18. French holder of World U20 record Wilhelm Belocian won the 110 m hurdles in his fastest time since 2016 13.35 (-0.1) edging Shane Brathwaite from Barbados 13.36. Favorite at 400 m hurdles Kyron McMaster lost to Byron Robinson, both 49.37. Will Claye opened with great 17.40 (0.0) in triple in his first competition since May 2018 over Chris Benard 16.94 (0.0), Guyana´s Emanuel Archibald achieved 796 (0.0) in long jump.

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Norman 19.84, Gatlin 10.00, Japan 38.00 WL

OSAKA (JPN, May 19): US sensation Mike Norman was one of the outstanding performers at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix in Osaka (17 000 spectators), winning the 200m in an equal lifetime best of 19.84 (-0.4) by more than half-a-second from Chinese Taipei's Chun-Han Yang in 20.50. Bulgaria's Ivet Lalova-Collio was another impressive winner of the 200m, clocking 22.55 (+0.5) for her fastest time since the 2016 Olympics ahead of US Kyra Jefferson in 23.00. Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad notched up another comfortable win in the 400m hurdles in 53.88 ahead of Barbados' Tia-Adana Belle 55.42 but the margin in the men's 100m was considerably smaller with world champion Justin Gatlin clocking 10.00 (+1.7) to pip Yoshihide Kiryu by 0.01 with reigning world U20 champion Lalu Muhammad Zohri, 18, improving his NR to 10.03, also Asian U20 record. Fourth Yuki Koike got 10.04 PB. The outcome was reversed in the 4x100m relay as the Japanese team put last week's disaster at the World Relays behind them to win in a world-leading 38.00 to the United States' 38.73. Sharika Nelvis nipped world champion Sally Pearson in the 100m hurdles - both were timed at 12.70 (+0.4) - and world U20 bronze medallist Shunsuke Izumiya from Japan, still a junior, took victory in the 110m hurdles in a wind-aded 13.26 (2.9). In the women's hammer, China's Wang Zheng broke the Japanese all-comers' record with 75.27 (second World leader Gwen Berry 74.09) and Lithuania's Edis Matusevicius went out to 84.55m in the javelin. Elsewhere, Omar Craddock won the men's triple jump with 17.16 (-0.4) and Naoto Tobe won the men's high jump with 2.27m. Kenya's Jonathan Kitilit won the 800m in 1:46.37 and compatriot Philemon Ruto won the 3000m steeplechase in 8:22.65. US Vernon Norwood got the 400 m in 45.79, also Mikiah Brisco the women 100 m in 11.33 (-2.2). Benin´s Noelle Yarigo topped the 800 m in 2:03.18. Three more winners in technical events were Australian Brooke Stratton in long jump (666, -0.2), Chinese Huang Bokai 561 in pole vault and Yu Yuzhen 60.88 in javelin. With help from IAAF.

Yohan Diniz is back and he kicked butt in the race walking world today in his 3:37 50km, the longest event in our sport. Here are the complete results from Latvia!

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Diniz returns with a bang 3:37:43 WL at 50 km
ALYTUS (LTU, May 19): In his first race at the distance since winning the world title in 2017, France's Yohann Diniz won the 50km race walk at the European Race Walking Cup in Lithuania in a championship record and world-leading time of 3:37:43 ahead of Belarus' Dmitry Dziubin (3:45:51) with Portugal's 43-year-old Joao Vieira a surprise third in 3:46:38. Led by reigning champion Ivan Banzeruk in sixth, Ukraine successfully defended their team title. On her debut at the distance, Eleonora Giorgi from Italy won the first edition of the women's 50km race walk in a European record of 4:04:50 while Spain's Julia Takacs was also under the old mark in second with 4:05:46 NR. Reigning world and European champion Ines Henriques was a distant third in 4:13:57. With three finishers inside the top eight led by Valentina Myronchuk in fourth in a 4:15:50 PB, Ukraine also won the women's team title. There was a home win in the women's 20km race walk for Zivile Vaiciukeviciute in 1:29:48 ahead of Spaniards Laura Garcia-Caro (1:29:55) and Raquel Gonzalez (1:30:17) with Spain also lifting the team title while Sweden's Perseus Karlstrom kept up his unbeaten start to the year with a win in the men's 20km race walk in a European-leading 1:19:54 from neutral athlete Vasiliy Mizinov (1:20:18) and European silver medallist Diego Garcia (1:20:23). Spain won the team title from Great Britain whose silver medal was their first medal in European Race Walking Cup history. Meryem Bekmez won the women's U20 10km in 45:37 by more than one minute and also led Turkey to the team title while Italy's Riccardo Orsoni won the men's U20 10km in 42:43, also leading Italy to the team win.

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IMG_8333.JPGThe 100m final, photo by Omega/IAAF

EME News is the daily news service on athletics, founded by Alfons Juck. This is his DL event review.

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IMG_8334.JPGNoah Lyles seems happy after his victory in the 100m, photo courtesy of IAAF

The second stop of the Diamond League showed that, big rivalries rock! The men's 100m, the men's 5000m, the women's PV, the women's 400m and the women's 100m were exciting! Here's the full results!

Okay, take this down.

For our sport to succeed, we must have rivalries.

Oh, yes, Rivalries where the best actually race against each other. I did not want there to be a misunderstanding.

Last year, in the 400m hurdles, Abderrahman Samba and Karston Warholm battled, race after glorious race. Samba ran 46.98 and Warholm ran 47.64.

Then, in early June, Rai Benjamin, a collegian in the U.S. ran 47.02!

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That they did not meet last summer.

The day of reckoning would be 18 May 2019.

So, Abderrahman Samba ran 44.60 over 400m flat on 9 April. Then, Rai Benjamin run 44.31 over the flat 400m on 20 April. On 22 April Samba ran 47.51 to win the Asian Champs at 400m hurdles. Over 4x400m, Qatar won in 3:03.95 on 24 April.

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The 400 m hurdles is one of the toughest events in our sport. You take a 400 meter flat, add ten hurdles and see what happens.

In Shanghai, Rai Benjamin gave it all he's got, leading past the 8th hurdle. Abderrahman Samba paced his race well, making his move midway through the distance between hurdles 8 and 9. Benjamin was spent, and could not offer any resistance, as Samba went on to win in 47.27 WL. Benjamin finished second in 47.80. Thomas Barr of Ireland ,in 49.41, finished third.

An ebullent Abderrahman Samba told the mixed zone:

"It is a great feeling for the first Diamond League race of the season. It was a great race and Rai and I pushed each other to the line. The main goal is the World Championships (in Doha) later this year. This year is a big year and I feel better this year."

Rai Benjamin noted after his second place:

"This is my first Diamond League competition in the 400m hurdles and I am quite excited about the result today. I have not set up any specific objectives for myself since it is still in the very early stage of this season. I will go back home after this stop, keep training and do my best in the coming competitions."

As a track fan, this event should be watched. Samba, Benjamin and Warholm will all have chances to shake this event up! Stay tuned!

Video of Shanghai DL 400m hurdles, courtesy of IAAF/Diamond League:

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