Gatlin, Tinsley And Lavillienie Impress In Shanghai

World leading times, meeting and area records weere the order of the day at the Shanghai leg of the IAAF Diamond League on Sunday.  Michael Tinsley defeated South Africa’s LJ Van Zyl to take the men’s 400m hurdles in 48.77 – a meeting record.  Tinsley powered over the line ahead of Senegal’s Mamadou Kasse Hanne, who came in second in 48.86, while fellow American Bershawn Jackson was third in 48.92.  Van Zyl finished fourth with a time of 48.97.

Elsewhere the Americans and Jamaicans dominated the men’s 100m start list and it was American Justin Gatlin who clocked the world leading time of 9.92 to take the victory ahead of Jamaica’s Nesta Carter and fellow American Michael Rodgers.  In the men’s javelin Egypt’s Abd Ihab El Rahman threw area, world lead and meeting records.  The Egyptian hauled 89.21m to win the day.

Novlene Williams-Mills of Jamaica took a win in the women’s 400m in 50.31 ahead of Botswana’s Amantle Montsho and fellow Jamaican Stephanie Ann McPherson.  South Africa’s Andre Olivier took third place in the men’s 800m behind Robert Biwout in first with a time of 1:44.69 and Algerian Taouflik Makhloufi in second place.  Blessing Okagbare powered over the line to take the women’s 200m in a meeting record time of 22.36 ahead of Athonique Strachan from the Bahamas and Kimberly Duncan of America.

World Record holder Renaud Lavillenie took the men’s pole vault with a 5.92m vault which was a world lead and meeting record ahead of Greece’s Konstantinos Filippidis and China’s Changrui Xue.  Eugene, Oregon hosts the next Diamond League meet from 30-31 May.