By Karen Price | May 03, 2019, 2:25 p.m. (ET)

Ryan Crouser competes at the IAAF World Athletics Championships on Aug. 5, 2017 in London.

 

In a sure sign that summer is on its way, the IAAF Diamond League series held its opener Friday in Doha, Qatar, and three U.S. athletes have their first victories in the books.

Pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, hurdler Dalilah Muhammad and shot putter Ryan Crouser all took home wins in their respective events, and an additional four U.S. athletes finished top-three.

Crouser, the reigning Olympic shot put champion, outthrew New Zealand’s Tomas Walsh, the 2017 world champion, for the win. Crouser’s best throw was 22.13 meters, shy of the lifetime-best 22.74 meters he threw at the Long Beach Invitational in late April, which was the longest throw by anyone since 1990.

While Friday’s effort wasn’t quite as far, it was enough to beat Walsh, who finished second with a 22.06-meter throw. 

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Kendricks, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 world champion, had a best jump of 5.80 meters in the pole vault, edging Brazil’s Thiago Braz, the 2016 Olympic champion in the event. 

Olympic champion Muhammad, meanwhile, led a one-two U.S. finish in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a world-leading time of 53.61 seconds, which also set a new meet record. Ashley Spencer was second with a season-best time of 54.72. 

Donavan Brazier came in third in the men’s 800-meter in a season-best time of 1:44.70. Sharika Nelvis also added a third-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles at 12.78 seconds. American teammate Christina Clemons finished one spot behind Nelvis with a time of 12.83 seconds.

Hillary Bor took second in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase after finishing in 8:08.41, a personal best. Ajee Wilson was third in the women’s 800-meter and finished in 1:58.83.

Diamond League action continues on May 18 in Shanghai. 

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.