IAAF Diamond League: Allyson Felix continues victorious comeback in Oslo
Last Updated: 12/06/14 8:56am
Allyson Felix 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.
In balmy 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.
There was also joy for Team GB ahead of June’s British Championships as Sky Academy Sports Scholar Jessica Judd claimed third in the women’s 800 metres with a personal best, while Eilidh Child came third in the 400 metres.
American runner Felix looked unruffled in her win, coasting home in 22.73 seconds ahead of Briton Jodie Williams and France's Myriam Soumare, both of whom had earlier also run in the 100m, the Frenchwoman winning in 11.18 seconds.
For 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.
Last season was one to forget, the American winning only two Diamond races before crashing out of the Moscow World Championships 200m with a hamstring injury.
Lavillenie stretched his winning streak in 2014 to 10 events, a best of 5.77m enough to see off the opposition to keep his remarkable year on course, a season which has seen him break 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 13.12 seconds in the 110m hurdles, but sprint hopeful Jimmy Vicaut was beaten at the line in the 100m.
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 0.02 seconds adrift.
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.
Eaton was quickly up on South African LJ Van Zyl in his outside lane, and held that lead right through to the end, finishing in 49.16 seconds, with fellow American Johnny Dutch taking second at 0.61 seconds.
Kenyan world champion Eunice Sum won the women's 800m in 1:59.02, with Britain’s Judd coming third as she recorded a personal best of 1:59.77 in only her second race back after a winter of injury woes.
Meanwhile, Scottish runner Child continued her preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games on home soil with three points in the 400 metres hurdles, which was won by Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer.
Ethiopian Yenew Alamriew stormed to victory in a top-notch men's 5000m while American 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.