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African athletes shine at Diamond League meet in Suzhou

Posted : 30 April 2024

In the second Diamond League meet held in Suzhou, Africa's athletic prowess was prominently showcased across various events. South Africa's Akani Simbine emerged as the standout performer in the men's 100m race, outpacing the competition with a remarkable finish in 10.01 seconds. His victory not only solidified his confidence but also served as a momentum builder for the upcoming Olympic year.


In the men's 5000m, Ethiopia's Selemon Barega clinched victory in a thrilling duel against compatriot Biniam Mehary, setting a new meet record of 12:55.68. Despite Mehary's impressive performance, Barega's experience and skill prevailed, marking a promising start to his Diamond League season.


Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya displayed resilience in the face of adversity, battling stomach issues to secure victory in the women's 3000m steeplechase with a time of 9:07.36. Her consecutive Diamond League wins underscored her determination and provided motivation as she aims for success at the Olympic Games.


Burkina Faso's Marthe Koala triumphed in the women's long jump with a leap of 6.68m, securing her first Diamond League victory and expressing satisfaction with her performance. Meanwhile, Nigeria's Tobi Amusan faced disappointment as she was disqualified in the women's 100m hurdles, allowing Puerto Rico's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn to claim victory.


Additionally, Ethiopia's Mekedes Alemeshete set a world-leading time of 14:36.70 in the women's 5000m, leading an Ethiopian sweep in an event not originally part of the Diamond League program. Alemeshete's remarkable achievement at just 18 years old highlights the depth of talent within African athletics and sets a high standard for future competitions.


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