Aaron Brown wins his first 100m in Diamond League, beating Yohan Blake |  CBC Sports

Aaron Brown wins his first 100m in Diamond League, beating Yohan Blake | CBC Sports

A late addition to the men’s 100m track, Toronto sprinter Aaron Brown rolled hard near the finish line to win his first ever Diamond League race on Saturday in England.

Brown ran 10.13sec in a slight headwind at Alexander Stadium after American Trayvon Bromell and European champion Zarnell Hughes of Great Britain were disqualified for false starts.

Johann Blake of Jamaica came in second with a time of 10.18 in the Birmingham Muller meeting, followed by his cousin Jerome Blake (10.20) and his Canadian colleague Andre de Grasse (10.24).

False starts happen and I’ve been in races like this before, so I just focus on my signals and wait [start] gun, “Brown, who clocked 10.23 earlier today in the ‘B’ race,” told CBC Sports. I knew people were going to be apprehensive after the false start, so I just told myself to keep going like nothing happened and I should get a good start.”

Watch | Brown triumphed in the first men’s 100m of the Diamond League season:

Aaron Brown won the 100m Diamond League in 10.13 seconds

The Canadian sprinter topped the podium ahead of his compatriots Jerome Blake and Andre de Grasse, who finished third and fourth, respectively.

Brown, who replaced injured U.S. Marvin Brassie, changed his approach to entering the outdoor season and wanted to run the over 100 and under 200 seconds – his signature event – to find better balance and keep his body “feeling fresh” before July. 15-24 World Championships in Eugene, Raw.

Saturday’s race was his fourth 100th in 2022, matching his total last season, while taking the streak twice this season in the 200th.

He said, “I put in a lot of work in the 100 and I know I’m a tempo runner, so the more I race the better I’ll be. … I’m very happy with the way I’m doing [it’s] played so far.”

The first relay since he reached the Olympic podium

Brown’s previous best performance in the Diamond League 100 was third (10.07) on July 5, 2019 in Lausanne, Switzerland. He also finished fifth last July in Stockholm (10.18) following his third straight Canadian title.

The three-time Olympian opened the Diamond League season a week ago in the 200m race in Doha, Qatar, finishing fifth after finishing fourth in the 2021 Diamond League final and sixth in the 2020 Olympics final in Tokyo.

Later on Saturday, Brendon Rodney, Brown, Blake and de Grasse posted a winning time of 38.31 seconds in the men’s 4×100 relay – a non-point-winning race in the Diamond League – over France (38.41) and Great Britain (38.66).

Saturday’s relay event marked the first time the Canadian men have shared a track in nine months since crossing the finish line in third place at the Tokyo Olympics. It rained at Florida Rails in early April.

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Earlier this week, Brown said he thought they could run under 38 seconds in Birmingham with a clean hand, dropping the team and “the difference between bronze and gold” in the Olympic final when Italy clocked 37.70 seconds ahead of Great Britain (37.51).

“The relay was a solid effort overall [on Saturday]’ said Brown, who ran to go.’ In fact it was very tight before the race, as the relay was my third today. I thought it might dissipate by the time we raced, but it really picked up, so I guess my run wasn’t as strong as it could have been. The rest of the team did a good job to win.”

Brown added that they will not race again until the World Championships.

On Thursday, the IOC wrapped up Brown’s stamp and the Olympic company’s promotion to a silver medal following an executive board meeting. Great Britain was disqualified after CJ Ujah’s doping violation.

It was a slow start to the Diamond League campaign in singles events for de Grasse, who looked strong in pinning Canada to their win in the relay.

He also finished fourth in Doha in the 200m, the event in which sprinter Markham, Ont, earned one Olympic gold for him over two Summer Games, last year in Japan. But the six-time Olympic medalist has a knack for shining on the track when it matters most.

“I feel like I’m getting my strength back,” de Grasse said a week ago. My goal for the world championship [in Oregon in July] He’s getting a medal.”

Watch | De Grasse cements Canada to men’s relay win in England:

De Grasse locks down hard in Canada win 4x100m relay

The Canadian team of Andre de Grasse, Aaron Brown, Jerome Blake and Brendon Rodney won the 4x100m relay at the end of a shoot over France.

In the women’s relay, Great Britain set a world leading season record and season of 42.29 to beat the Canadian quartet Jamica Bingham, Jacqueline Madugu, Lia Buchanan and Sad McRaith, who scored 43.03. Jamaica held the previous meet mark of 43.80 from August 1992.

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British women beat Canada in 4x100m relay win

The Canadian team of Jamica Bingham, Jacqueline Madogo, Lia Buchanan and Sade McRaith won the silver medal in Birmingham, England on Saturday.

Arop dominant over 800 meters

Elsewhere, Edmonton’s Marco Arup rebounded in the men’s 800, beating Frenchman Benjamin Robert in a winning time of 1:45.41 to claim his third Diamond League victory. Last week in Doha, 23-year-old Arup finished third in the outdoor season opener at the event, scoring 1:49.51 in a slow sprint.

From the eighth to the 400m at Birmingham, Arup took him outside and took the lead with 200m remaining, widening the gap around the final turn and was lonely ahead in a row, beating Robert by nearly five metres.

Watch | Arup dominates the men’s 800m track:

Arup escapes by winning the 800m Diamond League

Canadian Marco Arup won the 800m by about a second, finishing the race with a time of 1:45.41.

Arup, who is ranked third in the world, will seek redemption in his second worlds after failing to qualify for the Olympic final in Tokyo. Prior to that, he will attempt to break Canadian Brandon McBride’s record after coming in within 6-100 of a second in 1:43.26 at Diamond League Monaco last July.

American Bryce Hubble finished third on Saturday in his season best 1:46.33 after finishing 15th at his first Olympics last year.

High jumper Django Lovett of Surrey, BC, occupied Saturday’s event with a clearance of 2.28 metres, beating Italy’s Gianmarco Tampere (2.25) and Poland’s Norbert Kobelski (2.25).

Watch | Lovett jumps to victory in Birmingham:

Canada’s Django Lovett wins the Diamond League in the high jump

Lovett topped the field as the only player to run 2.28m in Birmingham, England.

Lovett, who scored 2.27 to finish third in Doha, won his first Canadian title a year ago with a personal best of 2.33 before finishing eighth (2.30) on his Olympic debut.

Lindsey Butterworth of North Vancouver, BC has returned to the Diamond League in the women’s 800 class for the first time since her 2018 debut at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene. She was seventh in the field of 10, stopping the clock at 2:01.20.

Moving towards global standards

Great Britain Kelly Hodgkinson topped the field with a time of 1:58.63, ahead of Rennell Lamotte (1:59.53) of France and Jamaica’s Natoya Jules (2:00.13).

Butterworth was leading 1:59.59 – season best – 9-100 of shy of second to the 2022 Women’s World Championship benchmark – at the Sound Running Track Meet on May 6 in San Juan Capistrano, California. Earlier this year, she set a personal best in the 800 (2:01.45) and mile (4:40.00), and was sixth in the 800 (2:03.21) at the World Championships in March.

Watch | Butterworth is seventh in the women’s 800 class after a 3-year absence from the Diamond League:

Hodgkinson is dominant in the 800m win, Butterworth finished seventh

Briton Kelly Hodgkinson won the Diamond League race with a time of 1:58.63, while Canadian Lindsey Butterworth finished seventh with a time of 2:01.20.

The difference already this season for the 29-year-old compared to the pre-Olympic competitions a year ago, according to her coach, is part of a deep field in many of the championship races.

“[She] Didn’t get the chance [last year] In North America to practice [necessary] Tactics and strategies by [her first Games] Due to COVID-19 restrictions, “Brett Townsend, technical director for track, field and cross-country at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, recently told CBC Sports.” Most of the races I’ve run, there were probably one or two people in the race who were better than her.

“I think Lindsay was disappointed with it [32nd overall] The result is in Tokyo because it was more ready than ever [to advance from the heats]. I think this fed her [for this season] Because she ran 1:59 twice [in 2021] And it was a great pre-Olympic camp.”

While Butterworth is confident she will meet the world standard, Townsend said the 18th-ranked sprinter also has plenty of world ranking points to help qualify.

“Our goal for the worlds is to get to the final,” Townsend, a two-time Olympian who has won the 800m, said. “Her training has been really consistent. We have to constantly try to find [race] future experiences [of worlds] Which challenges her, makes her work, and makes her think about strategy and how you’re going to win the race. “

In other notable events:

  • Britain’s 200 world champion Dina Asher-Smith finished strong to take the women’s 100 lead in 11.11 seconds, ahead of Jamaica’s Sherica Jackson, who finished 1-100. Britain’s Daryl Neta won the bronze with a score of 11.14. Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herrah withdrew from the meet earlier this week after Jamaica struggled with discomfort in training.
  • Tokyo 1500 silver medalist Laura Muir posted her first race of the season after a back problem with a strong bid to win gold in the women’s event, ahead of Australia’s Jessica Hull and Kenya’s Winnie Chibet.
  • Jamaica’s Hansley Parchman won the men’s 110 hurdles by clocking 13.09 seconds globally in 2022, while Ethiopia’s Dawit Seyoum set a record of 14:47.55 en route to winning the women’s 5000 gold.

The Diamond League season resumes next Saturday at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, starting at 4 p.m. ET on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app, and CBC Gem.

2022-05-21 19:39:13

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