Mutaz cruises to high jump gold in Eugene

Los Angeles, United States: Reigning world champion and two-time Olympic medalist Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar continued his scintillating form to cruise to high jump gold at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League athletics meet in Eugene, US, on Saturday.

Though Mutaz could not clear the 2.40 which fetched him gold in Doha at the start of the month, he still won it comfortably with an effort of 2.36.

Non-aligned athlete Danil Lysenko on countback, edging China's Wang Yu after both cleared 2.32.

Olympic and world champion Caster Semenya of South Africa defended her 800m crown in a meet record 1:55.92 with American Ajee Wilson second in 1:56.86.

Reigning world and Olympic champion Omar McLeod of Jamaica won the men's 110m hurdles in a wind-aided 13.01, rallying to edge non-aligned competitor Sergey Shubenkov by .07 of a second with a 3.0 m/sec tailwind.

Two-time Olympic and three-time world champion Christian Taylor won the triple jump by leaping 17.73m on his final attempt with fellow American Will Claye, the world and Olympic runner-up, second at 17.46 and Brazil's reigning world indoor champion Almir Dos Santos third at 17.35.

Rio Olympic champion Ryan Crouser of the United States won the shot put with a heave of 22.53m. Poland's Michael Haratyk was second on 21.97 ahead of Brazil's Darlan Romani (21.95). World indoor and outdoor champion Tomas Walsh of New Zealand was fourth at 21.84.

American Jenn Suhr, the 2012 Olympic champion, won the women's pole vault in a meet record 4.85m, edging New Zealand's Rio Olympic bronze medalist Eliza McCartney on fewer misses.

Former world 1,500m champion Genzebe Dibaba won the women's 5,000 in 14:26.89 with fellow Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidney second in 14:30.29 and world champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya third in 14:35.03.

American Shelby Houlihan won the women's 1,500 in a personal best 3:59.06, .24 ahead of Britain's Laura Muir.

Jamaica's Janieve Russell, the Commonwealth Games champion, won the women's 400m hurdles in 54.06, edging 2016 Rio Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad of the United States by .03.

Kenya's Benjamin Kigen won the 3,000m steeplechase in a personal best 8:09.07, the fastest time in the world this year, and compatriot Timothy Cheruiyot, last year's world 1,500m runner-up, won the mile in 3:49.87.

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