Chase Ealey competes during the women's shot put finals at the 2022 Diamond League on June 30, 2022 in Stockholm.
Chase Ealey’s dominance in the women’s shot put continues.
Since winning a silver medal at the world indoor championships in March, Ealey has won every outdoor meet she’s entered. That streak extended Thursday when she added victory No. 7 at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm.
Four days after earning a national title on Sunday in Eugene, Oregon, Ealey easily claimed her third Diamond League win of the season with a best throw of 20.48 meters. The next best thrower, Sarah Mitton of Canada, was more than a half-meter behind her at 19.90. Fellow American Jessica Ramsey was sixth with a throw of 18.64.
With the world championships looming in less than three weeks back in Eugene, Ealey has the two best throws in the world this year.
“I feel that I am building my self-confidence more and more by throwing over 20 meters regularly,” she said, according to event organizers. “When I keep winning this competitions and throwing over 20 meters, my confidence is growing up. It is easier to relax and to focus on what to do next.”
Ealey was one of four Americans to reach the podium in the Swedish capital.
Pole vaulter Christopher Nilsen, the 2020 Olympic silver medalist who also won a U.S. title in Eugene, cleared 5.93 meters to take second place. However, nobody was going to catch Armand “Mondo” Duplantis. Competing on home soil, the Swede cleared 6.16 meters to beat his own world record by one centimeter.
CJ Allen took second in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. Brazil’s Alison dos Santos, the 2020 Olympic bronze medalist, dominated with a world-leading time of 46.80 seconds, with Allen coming in next at 48.28. Allen is coming off a fourth-place finish at the national championships.
Rounding out the medals for Team USA was Nia Ali, who took third place in the women’s 100-meter hurdles. The 2016 Olympic silver medalist and 2019 world champion in the event, Ali crossed the line in 12.53 seconds, just behind reigning Olympic gold medalist Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico in 12.46 and Tobi Amusan of Nigeria in 12.50. Tia Jones, another American, finished eighth.
As the reigning world champ, Ali has a bye into this year’s meet. After winning her semifinal at the national championships she elected to skip the final.
In other results Thursday, Olympian Sam Mattis was fifth in the men’s discus, Sage Hurta and Brooke Feldmeier took fifth and seventh in the women’s 800-meter, and Cassandra Tate was eighth in the women’s 400-meter hurdles.