Oslo - Allyson Felix has coasted to victory in the women's 200m at Wednesday's
Diamond League in Oslo as French pole vault master Renaud Lavillenie
extended his winning streak in 2014 to 10 competitions.
conditions at Bislett Stadium, there was also a notable performance from
Ashton Eaton, the American becoming the first decathlete to win an
event in the Diamond League when he claimed victory in the 400m hurdles.
runner Felix looked unruffled in her win, coasting home in 22.73sec
ahead of Briton Jodie Williams and France's Myriam Soumare, both of whom
had earlier also run in the 100m, the Frenchwoman winning in 11.18sec.
Felix, a four-time Olympic gold medal winner and one of the dominant
figures over the distance having won three consecutive world titles, it
was a further step back towards recovery after an injury-plagued 2013.
season was one to forget, the American winning only two Diamond races
before crashing out of the Moscow world championships 200m with a
It was a far cry from 2012, when she claimed
Olympic gold in not only the 200m, but also the 4x100 and 4x400m relays,
guaranteeing her place as one of the most decorated athletes in the
Renaud Lavillenie stretched his winning streak in 2014 to 10 events, a best of 5.77m enough to see off the opposition.
continues a remarkable year for Lavillenie, who has also broken Sergey
Bubka's long-standing world record when he vaulted 6.16m indoors in
Donetsk in February.
There was more good news for France when
Pascal Martinot-Lagarde set a world lead of 13.12sec in the 110m
hurdles, but sprint hopeful Jimmy Vicaut was beaten at the line in the
Trinidad and Tobago's Richard Thompson, a double silver
medallist in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, showed all his experience by
throwing a savage dip for the line to win in 10.02, Vicaut clocked at
In just his fifth race over the 400m hurdles,
world and Olympic decathlon champion Eaton notched up his second
victory, demonstrating a fluid, no-nonsense style becoming someone whom
Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt has hailed as the world's best athlete.
was quickly up on South African LJ Van Zyl in his outside lane, and
held that lead right through to the end, finishing in 49.16sec, with
fellow American Johnny Dutch taking second at 0.61seec.
learning the event, but I won and the time is also okay, so nothing to
complain about" said the 26-year-old, the only decathlete to go over
9,000 points when he set the world record in the US trials for the 2012
"Of course, it could be smoother, but that is
what I aim for, maybe in my next and last race in this period in Europe,
in Ostrava (on June 17)."
The hurdles race is all about mastering
the number of strides between the obstacles, something Eaton picked up
quickly, having competed in the 110m hurdles for combined events, but
also something he said he would continue working on.
stride pattern for me is 13 until six, then to 14 and two 15. It was not
ideal on that today, but it will be better. Next time I want to break
The fabled "Dream Mile" was claimed for the second
consecutive year by Djibouti's world indoor 1500m champion Ayanleh
Souleiman, who clocked 3:49.49 to finish ahead of hard-charging New
Zealander Nick Willis.
Kenyan world champion Eunice Sum won the
women's 800m in 1:59.02, a leaden-footed Caster Semenya finishing 12th
and last, the 2009 world champion and Olympic silver medallist coming in
more than 4sec off the pace.
Ethiopian Yenew Alamriew stormed to vicotry in a top-notch men's 5000m,
Will Claye continued his unbeaten streak this season with victory in
the triple jump (17.41m) over Olympic champion Christian Taylor,
teammate Joe Kovacs beating a high-quality field in the men's shot put
with a best of 21.14m.