Sam Kendricks attempts a height in the men's Pole Vault. Photo Credit: @Diamond_League

Just like in the track events, there were a lot of Meeting Records (MR) as well in the field events at the Rabat Diamond League, with some of the world’s best stars putting up good performances in their respective events.

In the men’s Pole Vault, Samuel Kendricks had to shake off the challenge of Pawel Wojciechowski who stayed with him till the last bar in an exciting contest. Kendricks won the event, being the only one on the field to jump a height of 5.86m. That height saw him marginally improve on Wojciechowski’s previous MR of 5.85m.

Although Wojciechowski tried to match that, he fell short and had to settle for 2nd place with a height of 5.80m. Timur Morgunov was the suprise challenger, finishing 3rd with a clearance of 5.80m.

In the women’s Triple Jump, Caterine Ibarguen continued with her winning streak, leaping to a World Lead (WL) and MR of 14.96m. Although Ibarguen was never in danger of losing the event, she didn’t give anything to chance, as she even jumped that in her last attempt.

Jamaica’s Kimberly Williams finished 2nd with a jump of 14.47m, while Tori Franklyn was 3rd with 14.42m.

The biggest upset of the day came in the women’s High Jump where Mariya Lasitskene’s winning run ended, finishing 3rd having failed all attempts at 1.94m. Lasitskene sought for her 46th win on the bounce, however it work out for her today as she settled to her best mark of 1.90m.

Mirela Demireva who had a clean slate up to 1.94m, incidentally won with that mark, and Yuliya Levchenko who needed a second attempt to jump that height, finishing 2nd.

There was to be more upsets, but this time in the men’s Javelin where Estonia’s Magnus Kirt left it to his very last throw to land the spear at a mark of 89.75m which was a new National Record, PB & MR for him.

Athletics coverage was a discovery, having to move away from regularly writing about Football. Although it was initially daunting, but now being an authority in it makes the past effort worthwhile. From travelling on the same international flight with Nigerian athletes, to knowing you could easily interview: World Record holder Tobi Amusan, then Ese Brume, I have cut my teeth in this beat earning the trust of Athletics sources. Formerly the Content Manager-Sports at Ringier media Nigeria, Chris is a Senior Sports writer, Photographer & Community manager at Making of Champions.


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