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Okagbare Places Fourth In Rabat — IAAF Diamond League

17 July 2017, 03:50 | Rufus Hill

Andre De Grasse , The Canadian Press

Andre De Grasse

Olympic champions Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Elaine Thompson boosted their hopes of global titles next month with super-swift sprints at the tenth International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League meeting of the season in Rabat, but for Rio 2016 winners Conseslus Kipruto and Thiago Braz the evening was anything but uplifting.

Moroccan rising star Soufiane El-Bakkali claimed the men's 3,000 metres steeplechase in a personal best of 8:05.12.

South Africa's Caster Semenya still has some way to go if she is going to compete with the world's best in the women's 400m after finishing a disappointing seventh at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rabat, Morocco, on Sunday.

Semenya, who has a personal best of 50.40 - set in Brussels past year - finished way off the pace in a time of 51.53.

Ujah, 23, achieved a season's best of 9.98 seconds and beat the record of 10.12 held by American Justin Gatlin.

Having improved his national record to 5.93 at last week's Lausanne Diamond League meeting, the 28-year-old from Bydgoszcz kept the winning habit, settling the competition with a first time clearance of 5.70 before making 5.85 at his third attempt.

Also, reigning world champion Shawn Barber of Toronto was fourth in pole vault, clearing 5.60 metres. Nijel Amos of Botswana won the gold with 1:43.91.

Miller-Uibo eased to a second victory of the season and set another meeting record with a circuit of 49.80, finishing nearly a second before runner-up Natasha Hastings.

In the men's high jump, Britain's Robbie Grabarz finished second behind Andriy Protsenko with a leap of 2.27m. Completing the field are American Cassandra Tate, Eilidh Doyle of Great Britain, two-time World champion Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic, Sara Slott Petersen and Lea Sprunger of Switzerland. Fellow British athlete Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake was third, clocking 10.18.

Another South African, Clarence Munyai (20.31) also finished fifth, as Andre de Grasse won the men's 200m in 20.03, ahead of American Ameer Webb (20.18) and Britain's Zharnel Hughes (20.22).



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