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U.S. Podium Sweep In Women’s 100 Hurdles Highlights Diamond League Season Opener

By Karen Price | May 04, 2018, 4:12 p.m. (ET)

Keni Harrison celebrates winning the women's 60-meter hurdles at the IAAF World Indoor Championships at Arena Birmingham on March 3, 2018 in Birmingham, England.


American athletes walked away from the first IAAF Diamond League track and field meet of the season in Doha, Qatar, with a number of top-three performances, and in the case of the women’s 100-meter hurdles, a podium sweep.

World record holder Keni Harrison, 2016 Olympic champion Brianna (Rollins) McNeal and Sharika Nelvis went one-two-three in that order, while Jasmin Stowers came in fourth and two-time Olympic medalist Dawn Harper-Nelson, who will retire at the end of this season, rounded out the top eight in the event. 

Harrison won the U.S. outdoor championships in the 100 hurdles in June 2017 with a time of 12.60 seconds. Friday’s win was her 11th in the event in the Diamond League series since 2016, and she did so with a time of 12.53 seconds. McNeal finished in 12.58 followed by Nelvis in third place with a time of 12.75.

The U.S. had two other wins on Friday.

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Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014 gold medalist Noah Lyles won the men’s 200-meter with a time of 19.83 seconds, setting a new personal best and a meet record. 

In the women’s pole vault, 2016 Olympic silver medalist Sandi Morris also won and set a meet record clearing 4.84 meters, and Katie Nageotte finished third, clearing 4.64.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Christian Taylor was second in the men’s triple jump at 17.81 meters, and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Bershawn Jackson was second in the men’s 400 hurdles with a time of 49.08.   

The 2018 Diamond League is the ninth edition of the series, and consists of 14 legs of meets all over the world. The series continues in Shanghai on May 12, then makes its only U.S. stop in Eugene, Oregon, on May 26.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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