14 Jun 2018 - 0:38
Qatar’s Barshim tops in Ostrava meet
Doha: Qatar’s Mutaz Barshim, voted the world’s best athlete of 2017, gave no chance to his opponents as he won the high jump event at the 57th Golden Spike, an IAAF World Challenge Meeting in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava yesterday.
The ace athlete cleared a height of 2.38m, two centimeters more than Danil Lysenko, a Russian neutral athlete, to win the event.
The bronze went to Syrian Majd Ghazal, who leaped to a height of 2.25m.
The Meeting in the Czech Republic had a Brazilian highlight. Gabriel Constantino took second place in the 110m hurdles. The Brazilian finished the race in 13.48, behind Frenchman Pascal Lagarde (13.45). The bronze went to Hungarian Balázs Baji (13.52).
One of the most popular events of the year in athletics, the Ostrava Meeting, had a parade of stars with eleven world champions competing in 16 races over in two days of competition.
In the most anticipated 100m race, veteran Justin Gatlin, the current world championd won with a time of 10.03, followed by South African Akani Simbini (10.13) and American Michael Rodgers (10.15).
Dutch Daphne Schippers won the 200m with 22.52, followed by Murielle Ahouré, from Côte d’Ivoire (22.60s). The bronze went to Swiss Mujinga Kambudji, with the time of 22.78.
The biggest surprise happened in the pole vault. Current world champion, American Sam Kendricks jumped just 5.60m and got the silver, behind Pawel Wojciechowski, who won by jumping 5.75m. The last important result of the Polish was bronze in the Beijing World Cup 2015.
Another North American completed the podium with Scott Houston jumping 5.60m.