BY RIZWAN REHMAT
DOHA: ‘Sprint Queen’ Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica yesterday produced a neat performance to take her first 100m win of the season while compatriot Nickel Ashmeade secured the honours in the men’s 200m at the season-opening round of the Diamond League series
Fraser-Pryce, the 27-year-old triple world champion, finished ahead of Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare and Jamaica’s Kerron Stewart to pick up 4 Diamond League points.
Also yesterday, Ashmeade proved too fast for Jamaica’s Warren Weir and Qatar’s s Femi Ogunde to win the men’s 200m sprint.
Fraser-Pryce clocked a time of 11.13secs while Okagbare produced her season’s best of 11.18secs. Stewart finished with 11.25, her season’s best.
Ashmeade managed a time of 20.13secs, finishing ahead of Weir - who won medals at the 2012 London Games and the 2013 Moscow World Championships - and Qatar’s Ogunde.
Weir clocked a time of 20.31secs while Ogunde impressed home fans with 20.38secs.
“It was a good race, the crowd definitely is a plus, very diverse, energetic and supportive,” Fraser-Pryce said after her first win of the season. “My pink spikes and pink hair gave me good vibes (laughs). I enjoy it every time here in Doha.
“Now my goal for the season is to break the 22 seconds barrier and in Shanghai I will run the 200 meters,” the affable Jamaican added.
Ashmeade wasn’t too impressed with his run.
“It was not perfect but was okay. I focused on myself and just pushed it to the finish line,” Ashmeade said. “Nice competition, nice atmosphere in Doha,” he signed off.
The men’s 110m battle was sealed by David Oliver of the US who finished with a season’s best. Oliver finished ahead of Russia’s Sergey Shubenkov and Frenchman Pascal Martinot-Lagarde.
The 22-year-old American won with a time of 13.23secs at a packed Qatar Sports Club Stadium. Shubenkov clocked a time of 13.38 while Martinot-Lagarde produced his season’s best time of 13.42.
“Well, I won so there are no complaints,” Oliver said. “I’ve been four times in Doha and the organisation is great. (My) main objective was to win the four points to start the season well,” he added.
“Now I want to move on to Shanghai and get four points there as well.
Great crowd and the weather was fine too,” he said.
In the men’s 400m, American sprinter Lashawn Merrit created a world leading time to win ahead of Saud Arabia’s Youssef Ahmed Masrahi and Czech runner Pavel Maslak.
Merrit clocked a time of 44.44secs to pick up 4 Diamond League points in the season’s first race.
Saudi Arabia’s Masrahi finished with a time of 44.77secs while Maslak clocked a time of 44.79secs.
In the men’s 800m, Mohammed Aman of Ethiopia regaled his country fans by winning with a time of 1:44.49 in the absence of world and Olympic champion David Rudisha of Kenya.
Aman, 20, finished ahead of Botswana’s Nijel Amos (1:44.54) and Kenya’s Ferguson Rotich Cheruiyot (1:44.82).
“It was a tight race,”Aman said afterward. “It’s the beginning of the season and I am happy. I really feel like home here in Doha. The crowd was fantastic. Ethiopians gave me great support,” he added. “I am sorry for Rudisha’s injury. I hope he gets well soon.”
In the women’s 400m hurdles, Kemi Adekoya of Bahrain surprised the field and herself with a brilliantly-timed run to start her season with national record and world leading time.
Starting in lane 1, Adekoya ended with a time of 54.59secs and finished ahead of Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer (55.07secs) and Great Britain’s Eilidh Child (55.43secs).
World and Olympic champion Valerie Adams, unbeaten in 46 meets prior to her Doha visit, yesterday broke the meet record in the women’s shot put by managing an impressive distance of 20.20m in her first attempt.
The New Zealander lived up to her high billing by easily winning the competition ahead of Yulia Leantsuik of Belarus and Hungary’s Anita Marton.
Leantsuik’s best attempt was 18.78m on her second try while Marton could not better 18.32m she posted on her fifth attempt.
In the men’s discuss throw. Piotr Malachowski of Poland picked up four Diamond League points by winning with a distance of 66.72m posted on his second attempt. India’s Vikas Gowda (63.23) emerged second best while Estonia’s Gerd Kanter (62.90) finished in third spot. Gowda, who missed two of his attempts, picked up 2 points.
In the men’s long jump final, Greece’s Louis Tsatoumas won the season’s first event ahead of Mexico’s Luis Alberto Rivera Morales and Dutchman Ignisious Gasah. Tastoumas won with a jump of 8.06m on his second attempt. River Morales finished second with a distance of 8.04m while Gaisah ended with 8.01.
The next round of the Diamond Leauue series will be held in Shanghai on May 17.
IAAF Diamond League Doha
Results from the IAAF Diamond League Doha Meet yesterday
1. Nickel Ashmeade (Jamaica) 20.13
2. Warren Weir (Jamaica) 20.31
3. Femi Ogunode (Qatar) 20.38
1. LaShawn Merritt (U.S.) 44.44
2. Yousef Ahmed Masrahi (S Arabia) 44.77
3. Pavel Maslak (Czech Republic) 44.79
1. Mohammed Aman (Ethiopia) 1:44.49
2. Nijel Amos (Botswana) 1:44.54
3. Ferguson Rotich (Kenya) 1:44.82
1. Asbel Kiprop (Kenya) 3:29.18
2. Silas Kiplagat (Kenya) 3:29.70
3. Ayanleh Souleiman (Djibouti) 3:30.16
Men’s 110m Hurdles
1. David Oliver (US) 13.23
2. Sergey Shubenkov (Russia) 13.38
3. Pascal Martinot-Lagarde (France) 13.42
Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase
1. Ezekiel Kemboi (Kenya) 8:04.12
2. Brimin Kiprop Kipruto (Kenya) 8:04.64
3. Paul Kipsiele Koech (Kenya) 8:05.47
Men’s High Jump
1. Ivan Ukhov (Russia) 2.41
2. Derek Drouin (Canada) 2.37
2=. Erik Kynard (U.S.) 2.37
Men’s Long Jump
1. Louis Tsatoumas (Greece) 8.06
2. Luis Rivera (Mexico) 8.04
3. Ignisious Gaisah (Netherlands) 8.01
Men’s Discus Throw
1. Piotr Malachowski (Poland) 66.72
2. Vikas Gowda (India) 63.23
3. Gerd Kanter (Estonia) 62.90
1. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) 11.13
2. Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria) 11.18
3. Kerron Stewart (Jamaica) 11.25
1. Eunice Jepkoech Sum (Kenya) 1:59.33
2. Chanelle Price (U.S.) 1:59.75
3. Lenka Masna (Czech Republic) 2:00.20
1. Hellen Onsando Obiri (Kenya) 8:20.68
2. Mercy Cherono (Kenya) 8:21.14
3. F Chepngetich Kipyegon (Kenya) 8:23.55
Women’s 400m Hurdles
1. Adekoya Kemi (Bahrain) 54.59
2. Kaliese Spencer (Jamaica) 55.07
3. Eilidh Child (Britain) 55.43
Women’s Pole Vault
1. Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou (Greece) 4.63
2. Yarisley Silva (Cuba) 4.53
3. Kristina Gadschiew (Germany) 4.43
Women’s Triple Jump
1. Caterine Ibargueen (Colombia) 14.43
2. Olha Saladuha (Ukraine) 14.32
3. Kimberly Williams (Jamaica) 14.15
Women’s Shot Put
1. Valerie Adams (New Zealand) 20.20
2. Yuliya Leantsiuk (Belarus) 18.78
3. Anita Marton (Hungary) 18.32
Women’s Javelin Throw
1. Martina Ratej (Slovenia) 65.48
2. Kimberley Mickle (Australia) 65.36
3. Sunette Viljoen (South Africa) 64.23
“I am not really satisfied with my result today (63.23). It’s hard to say what happened. Later I will watch the video and analyse it. I believe nobody else is happy with his performance as well.”
India’s Vikas Gowda after finishing second in the men’s discus throw
“I am obviously glad I got Diamond points but it sucks to only lose the first place by just 2 centimeters. The crowd is enthusiastic which boosted my performance. I think Louis Tastoumas adapted best to the conditions and won today.”
Mexico’s Luis Alberto Rivera Morales after finishing second in the men’s long jump
“I want to do better next time. I was a bit tired today. It’s always nice running in front of your home crowd. The weather conditions were ideal today.”
Qatar’s Samuel Francis after finishing second in the 100m Asian final for men
“Everybody was running so fast and all guys are so strong. With all the great atmosphere, full stadium, great weather - I think it was the race to see here in Doha.”
Kenya’s Asbel Kiprop after winning the men’s 1,500m final.
“I am happy with my performance today. It was a good competition. The track is fast and I feel good. The fans are fantastic. Now I must remain focused and keep it up for the rest of the season.”
Silas Kiplagat of Kenya after finishing second in the men’s 1,500m.
“I will now prepare for the next one. I went bold on top and grew a beard, the women like it. It’s a fashion statement.”
Lashawn Merrit of the US after winning 400m final
“I think I surprised everyone, even myself. I just arrived yesterday morning and I have to leave at 2am. So I did not have much time to relax. I have a huge team of 4 coaches to work with me. Doha is a lovely start of the season.”
Slovakia’s Martina Ratej after winning the women’s javelin throw.