It was a top-four sweep for the U.S. women in the 100-meter hurdles and the men in the 100-meter at the Diamond League stop on Friday in Rabat, Morocco.
Kicking off the speed fest for the U.S. athletes, winner Brianna McNeal set a new meet record in the 100 hurdles.
McNeal, who also led a U.S. podium sweep in the 100-meter hurdles at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, ran the race in 12.51 seconds, off her world-leading time of 12.38 set in Stockholm in June.
“I feel good about my performance,” said McNeal, who leads the Diamond League standings in the event. “I tried to stay composed aiming for the win. I always go into the race expecting to win. … My aim is to be number one in the world and win the (Diamond League).”
Teammate Sharika Nelvis was right behind her, clocking in at 12.58. Christina Manning took third in 12.72 seconds, and 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson came in fourth in 12.86 seconds.
The results couldn’t have been any closer in the men’s 100-meter and showed the quality and depth of the U.S. in the event. Reigning world silver medalist Christian Coleman ran a season’s best 9.98 seconds, matching not only a meet record but also beating teammate Ronnie Baker by just fractions of a second to win his first Diamond League race of the season. Baker entered Rabat undefeated in his three 100-meter Diamond League races this season.
This was also Coleman’s first race since May 31, having been slowed by a hamstring injury. Coming in third was Noah Lyles, who holds the world-leading time of 9.88 seconds, in 9.99 seconds and then Michael Rodgers shortly after at 10.01.
Meanwhile, Sam Kendricks continued his tear by winning his fourth Diamond League men’s pole vault event of the season with a meet record, clearing 5.86 meters and topping Poland’s Pawel Wojciechowski. Kendricks also placed second in Stockholm and has already guaranteed his spot in the Diamond League final.
U.S. champion Jenna Prandini took third in the women’s 200-meter with a time of 22.60 seconds, and teammate Gabrielle Thomas was fourth in 22.70.
Tori Franklin, who also already has a spot in the final secured, came in third in the women’s triple jump finishing the day with her best jump being 14.42 meters.