Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Olympic champions Kipruto and Braz hit trouble at Rabat Diamond League

Olympic champions Kipruto and Braz hit trouble at Rabat Diamond League

In a race billed as the battle of the Olympic champions, 400m medalist in Rio de Janeiro past year Shaunae Miller-Uibo once again showed why she is the athlete to beat in the single lap event, running a blistering time of 49.80s, more than a second ahead of Americans Natasha Hastings (50.86) and Quenera Hayes (51.08).

Botswana's Nijel Amos was rewarded for a bold run in the 800m and will head for the second final meeting in Brussels on September after winning in 1:43.91.

Reigning double Olympic sprint champion Thompson in contrast was all smiles after annexing the 100m in a meeting record 10.87sec.

"I made a decision to race and I was hoping the pain would stay away", said the 22-year-old Kenyan after Morocco's home runner Soufiane El Bakkali had stepped up to earn a home win in a personal best of 8min 05.12sec. A new meeting record in Rabat.

Ryan Crouser of U.S. throws 22.47 in the 6th round to win the Men's Shot Put.

Pawel Wojciechowski of Poland cleared 5.85 in his third and final attempt.

The US thrower earned his 10th straight victory, producing a meeting record of 22.47m in the last round - his seventh 22.00m-plus effort in his eight competitions this season.

In the men's high jump, Britain's Robbie Grabarz finished second behind Andriy Protsenko with a leap of 2.27m.

He is catching up fast after a delayed start to his season following recovery from last term's traumatic ankle injury on the eve of the Rio Olympics.

In the women's triple jump, Jamaican Kimberly Williams finished second with an effort of 14.31 metres.

Jamaica's sprint queen Elaine Thompson tuned up for next month's world championships in style at the Rabat Diamond League meet on Sunday, but Olympic pole vault champion Thiago Braz endured a torrid time.

The Markham, Ont., native ran the distance in 20.03 seconds.

Eilidh Doyle clocked a time of 54.92 seconds to come third for GB in the 400m hurdles, won by Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic (54.22).

Briton Chijindu Ujah timed 9.98sec to take the men's 100m from Ivorian Ben Youssef Meite in 10.01.

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