LAUSANNE (SportingAlert) — American sprinter Justin Gatlin beat Tyson Gay in their 100m clash at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on Thursday.
Gatlin, who has been in very good form all season, stayed undefeated on the term when he flashed to a new world-leading time of 9.80 seconds to take the event over two of his American countrymen.
Gay, making a controversial early return to the track from a doping suspension, after working with the anti-doiping governing body, finished second in 9.93secs in his first race of the season, while recently crown USA champion Mike Rodgers took third in seasonal best time of 9.98secs.
The women’s race went to Trinidad and Tobago’s national champion and world-leader Michelle-Lee Ahye, who ran 10.98secs, and beat Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast, (10.98secs) on the evening.
USA’s English Gardner took third in 11.19.
Earlier in the day, Olympic champion Kirani James produced a new world-lead, personal best, Diamond League record and national record of 43.74 to win the men’s 400m title.
In his strides, the Grenadian star dominated LaShawn Merritt of the USA who was second in a season’s best time of 43.92, while third went to Yousef Ahmed Masrahi of Saudi Arabian, who set a new Area record of 44.43.
Elsewhere, Eunice Jepkoech Sum of Kenya continued her impressive form this season by winning the women’s 800m in a seasonal best of 1:58.48 to go four in four in the IAAF Diamond League this season.
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