Thomas Röhler smashes Doha Diamond League record!
“I did not see that coming. I did not expect that in the first start of the season. I’m second best, ever. It will take some days to realise that.”
In the Women’s 3000m steeplechase Hyvin Kiyeng of Kenya set yet another meeting record this evening with a world-latest time of 9.00.12 beating team-mate Beatrice Chepkoech into second with Olympic Champion, Ruth Jebet of Bahrain finishing third.
In the Women’s 200m Elaine Thompson beat rival and 2015 World Champion Dafne Schippers, with a season’s best time of 22.19, continuing the sprint domination that saw her become the first female since Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988 to win the Olympic sprint double in Rio 2016. Reflecting on the race, Thompson said:
“This is my first time in Doha, and my first race of the season. I just wanted to get the race right and see how far I am in the season, and I just wanted to execute.”
In other events, world record holder Kendra Harrison continued to make up for her disappointment in missing qualification for Rio 2016 by winning the women’s 100m hurdles in a time of 12.59, commenting “I’m very happy with this start. It’s my first competition, with a world class field this year.”