Diamond League debutant shocks Sha'Carri Richardson in stunning 200m victory in Xiamen

Diamond League debutant shocks Sha'Carri Richardson in stunning 200m victory in Xiamen

Festus Chuma 15:35 - 20.04.2024

Torrie Lewis surprises in 200m, beating Sha'Carri Richardson in her Diamond League debut.

Australia's Torrie Lewis unleashed a stunning performance in the women's 200m, taking a surprising victory over the American favorite Sha'Carri Richardson in a thrilling photo finish at the Diamond League meet. 

Lewis, running in the less favored lane nine, clocked a time of 22.93 seconds, marking her first-ever win in the prestigious series at just 19 years old.

The race was poised as a comeback for Richardson, the double world gold medalist, in her first individual race of the season after participating in the 4x100m relays at the Florida Relays in March. 

Despite the anticipation, Richardson fell short, finishing a close second with a time of 22.99 seconds, while British sprinter Tamara Clark secured the third spot in 23.01 seconds.

This victory was a significant upset as Richardson's last 200m competition was at the previous year's Prefontaine Classic, where she also did not manage to clinch the top spot. 

This race adds another chapter to Richardson’s attempts to dominate the 200m, a distance where she was outpaced by Shericka Jackson in last year's world championship in Budapest.

In other events at the Diamond League, World Champion Marileidy Paulino from Jamaica started her season on a high, comfortably winning the 400m in 50.08 seconds, which led the meeting's results. 

Fellow Jamaican sprinter Natalia came in second with a time of 50.29 seconds, showcasing Jamaica's strong presence in the sprints.

The shot put competition saw Gong Lijiao of China delight the home crowd by securing the first win of the night for her country in a Diamond League event this season.

Gong threw 19.72 meters, fending off American Chase Jackson and New Zealand’s Maddison Lee Wesche, the latter of whom set a personal best of 19.63 meters with her final attempt. 

Jackson, the Diamond Trophy holder, finished in a disappointing third place.

In the high jump, American Shelby McEwen claimed his first-ever Diamond League victory, edging out Qatar's Mutaz Barshim by countback with a leap of 2.27 meters. 

Additionally, Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn barely outpaced Devynne Charlton to win a nail-biting 100m hurdles race in 12.45 seconds.

The men’s 5000m saw Ethiopia’s 3000m steeplechase world record holder, Lamecha Girma, beginning his season with a strong victory, clocking in at 12:58.95.

Torrie Lewis’s unexpected triumph over Richardson has set the stage for a compelling season in women’s sprinting, introducing fresh competition and potential rivalries that promise to captivate athletics fans around the world. 

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