Triple jumper Caterine Ibargüen is on a quest to regain her Diamond League trophy which she lost last season, as the Colombian cruised to a new Meeting Record (MR) and World Lead (WL) of 14.89m to win the women’s Triple Jump at the Oslo Diamond League on Thursday.
Ibargüen laid down the gauntlet from the start as the Olympic Champion put in an impressive jump of 14.98m in Round 1. The closest she came to that mark was in the 5th round when she hopped, leaped and jumped a distance of 14.83m.
American Tori Franklin was the next best on the day after her 6th Round jump of 14.53m was just about enough to seal 2nd spot ahead of Commonwealth Games Champion, Kimberly Williams who placed 3rd with a jump of 14.50s.
Meanwhile, World Indoor and Commonwealth Games Champion Tom Walsh, saved his best throw for last as the New Zealander toppled Olympic Champion, Ryan Crouser in Round 6 while setting a new MR of 22.29m to win the men’s Shot Put.
Crouser thought he had clinched the win when he threw a distance of 22.21m, but it wasn’t meant to be for the American as he had to settle for 2nd place. Darrell Hill was 3rd with a throw of 21.20m.
World Athlete for 2017, Mutaz Essa Barshim continued his fine start to the season as he won the men’s High Jump with a mark of 2.36m. His closest challenger on the day, Danil Lysenko, set a Season’s Best (SB) to place 2nd with a jump of 2.33m.
The men’s Discus throw saw Jamaica’s Federic Dacres’ winning streak come to an end. Andrius Gudzius was the man who ensured that, as the Lithuanian thrower stood out from the rest of the pack with a throw of 69.04m.
In the women’s Pole vault, USA’s Sandi Morris made it two wins for herself as she was the only athlete to jump above the 4.81m mark, while Belarus thrower, Tatsiana Khaladovich set a new National Record(NR) and Personal Best (PB) of 67.47m to win the women’s Javelin throw.