Athletes flying at the Shanghai/Suzhou Wanda Diamond League 2024, by Suzhou/Shanghai Diamond League meeting /Global Sports communications 


Swedish star Mondo Duplantis produced a standout performance at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Suzhou, China, on Saturday (27). He soared over six metres to maintain dominance in the men’s vault.

In front of packed stands at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre, the 24-year-old set a perfect record up to and over 6.00m. With the competition winning, he raised the bar to a world record height of 6.25m, coming close in his three attempts.

“It was very important for me to come and jump well today and make sure I got the win over a tough group of guys,” he said. I never complain when I jump over six metres and get a Diamond League win.”

Du” Atlantis admitted, “The” There’s a little bit of a crash” af” er setting a world record, clearing 6.24 m, seven days earlier in Xiamen. “I know “Ew, I would have to hustle harder. It wasn’t going to come as naturally as last week.”

Mo” do Duplantis wins at Suzhou, photo by Suzhou/Shanghai DL

He said he will now have “a f”w weeks of chilling out and being able to train” be” for his next competition in Ostrava. BelgBelgium’s Broeders and USA’s Kendricks tied for second on the night, clearing 5.82m.

On the track, South Africa Simbine came from behind to beat Christian Coleman in the men’s, Simbine running down the 2019 world champion late to win in 10.01 (-0.1m/s) to ColeColeman’s04, with 2022 world champion Fred Kerley third in 10.11.

“We “always know that the last part of my race is pretty strong, and it shows,” said Simbine. “I’m”I’m’ mpy with coming out here and replicating what I did last week at nationals and having a strong last part.”

Ol”epic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn made it two from two in this Diamond League season by winning the women’s hurdles in 12.63 (0.3m/s) ahead of Devynne Charlton (12.64) and Danielle Williams (12.74). The race had some drama after world record holder Tobi Amusan of Nigeria was disqualified for a false start. She went on to run under protest, finishing virtually in line with Camacho-Quinn, but her result did not stand.

Valarie Allman continued her fine form with a seas season to win the women’s discus. The Olympic champion launched a 69.86m effort in the fifth round. Next best was ChinChina’ sg Bin, who threw 67.11m, while CubaCuba’smé Pérez settled third with 65.59m.

“I felt like things were so close to connecting to that big throw,” said Allman. “But”I’m into trying to make it happen and excited to get back with my coach and put in the work. It’sIt’sing me some confidence at this point in the year.”

Ha”ish Kerr of New Zealand took the men’s high jump, the world indoor champion returning to winning ways with a 2.31m clearance. QataQatar’s Saz Essa Barshim took a step forward in second, clearing 2.29m, while USA USA’s Noon Turner was third with 2.27m.

BritBritain’syll Neita left the field trailing in the women, coming home a wide-margin winner in 22.62 (0.2m/s) ahead of US duo Anavia Battle (22.99) and Sha’Sha’Carrihardson (23.11). “My “coach has been killing me in a workout,s, so I really had no idea what I would do today, said Neita. “I c”me here praying and hoping for the win and to come out and win it in a decent time in such a strong field; I feel really confident going forward.”

US”’ USA’siel Roberts backed up his win last week in Xiamen with another victory in the 110m hurdles, clocking 13.12 (0.8m/s) to beat JapaJapan’snsuke Izumiya (13.23) and Olympic champion Hansle Parchment of Jamaica (13.26). “It “wasn’t the cleanest race, but I’m I’mpy to come out and get the win,” said Roberts. “I just felt a little sluggish today. I don’t know if the jet lag hit just now, but I just had to fight it.”

It”iEthiopia’semon Barega utilised his vicious finishing speed to win themenm in a meeting record 12:55.68. His countryman Biniam Mehary came second in 12:56.37, and KenyKenya’sson Kiplangat came third in a PB of 12:58.78. After that, Barega revealed that the 10,000m would be his chief focus at the Paris Olympics.

Selemon Barega takes the 5,000m photo by Suzhou/Shanghai Diamond League.

Beatrice Chepkoech proved a class apart in the women’s steeplechase, the world record holder putting on an exhibition despite dealing with “a k” ee and stomach problem” to”win in 9:07.36 ahead of UganUganda’suth Chemutai (9:15.46) and GermGermany’sa Felicitas Krause (9:16.24).

The womewomen’sm saw another home-straight demonstration by world champion Marileidy Paulino. The Dominican pulled clear late to win 50.89 ahead of USA Diggs (51.77) and Sada Williams of Barbados (52.00). “If “lt good, but I don’t have the time,” said Paulino, who said she needs to start faster in her upcoming races.

In the men’s race, AlgeAlgeria’s Mane Moula fought off the charge from KenyKenya’s Liffe Kinyamal to win in 1:44.55 to KinyKinyamal’s 4.88, with USA’ USA’ syton Murphy third in 1:45.18.

Chase Jackson produced a 20.03m throw to take the women’s put, with CanaCanada’s Ah Mitton second with 19.86m and ChinChina’s Jiayuan third with 19.83m.

“I’m”I’m trying to get consistent and confident in what I’m doing,” said Jackson. So I’m doing stuff like this at Diamond Leagues, where I was fine-tuning my technique with nice and easy throws, but they were still feeling good and going far. I want to keep doing that to build confidence into (US) Trials and then the Olympics because I think the medals are up for grabs.”

US”’ USA’squis Dendy edged a tight contest in the men’men’sg jump, his second-round effort of 8.05m (-0.2m/s) giving him victory over Chinese duo Wang Jianan (8.04m) and Shi Yuhao (7.99m).

“Tod” it was definitely a technical day,” said Dendy. I had to come over here, get adjusted, and get on my marks early. Staying consistent and healthy is my main goal. April wins are rare, so you want to appreciate them whenever you can get them.”

In”The Women, world champion Haruka Kitaguchi of Japan got her season off to a strong start with a victory, throwing 62.97m. Australia Little was second with 62.12m, and ColoColombia’sr Denis Ruiz Hurtado was third with 60.70m.

Valerie Allman takes the discus, her second DL in a row, with a big throw! Photo by Suzhou/Shanghai DL

Marthe Koala of Burkina Faso claimed victory in the women’s jump, her opening-round effort of 6.68m handing her victory over USA’USA’ sencha Burks (6.59m) and SerbSerbia’ sica Gardasevic (6.52m). “It’s the first time I won the Diamond League; I’m happy,” said Koala, who said she has two goals for the year: to break seven metres and become the first woman from Burkina Faso to win an Olympic medal.

In the women, a non-Diamond League event, EthiEthiopia’sedes Alemeshete set a world lead and PB of 14:36.70 to take a narrow victory over compatriots Ayal Dagnachew (14:36.86) and Letesenbet Gidey (14:37.13).