Olympic silver medallist Nicola McDermott has become just the third Australian woman to win a Diamond League meet after finally pipping her Tokyo conqueror Mariya Lasitskene.
- Nicola McDermott beat Tokyo gold medallist Mariya Lasitskene on countback with a clearance of 1.98m
- Lasitskene had triumphed over McDermott in other recent events
- Australia’s Peter Bol came fourth in the men’s 800m, and Elaine Thompson-Herah won the women’s 100m
Russian Lasitskene had emerged triumphant over McDermott at not only the Tokyo Olympics but also the recent Lausanne Diamond League round.
But McDermott at last claimed victory in Paris on Sunday (AEST) on a countback after both cleared 1.98m.
“I have been second and third so many times this season so I am glad that it is finally the win,” McDermott said.
Fellow Australian Eleanor Patterson was fourth with 1.95m.
The only other female Australian athletes to win Diamond League events are retired hurdles superstar Sally Pearson and discus thrower Dani Stevens.
McDermott will now turn her attention to the Brussels Diamond League meet later this week and the finals in Zurich on September 8-9.
Australian Peter Bol was fourth in the men’s 800m in Paris — the same position he finished in the Tokyo Olympics final.
Bol clocked one minute 44.88 seconds in a race won by Kenyan Wyclife Kinyamal in 1:43.94.
Meanwhile, Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah won the women’s 100m in 10.72 seconds in the absence of in-form rival Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
Thompson-Herah quickly raced clear with a legal tailwind at the Charlety Stadium to finish 0.25 ahead of fellow Jamaican Shericka Jackson, the Olympic bronze medallist.
The winning time would have been fast enough for Thompson-Herah to take Olympic gold in Tokyo — and is the 25th-fastest all-time — yet is just the eighth best of this standout season.
Last weekend, Thompson ran the second-fastest women’s 100m in history — 10.54 at Eugene, Oregon — and Fraser-Pryce clocked 10.60 on Thursday to win their duel in Lausanne, Switzerland, and rise to number three all-time.
In a tight men’s 200m in Paris, Americans Fred Kerley and Kenny Bednarek both clocked 19.79.
Kerley, the Olympic 100m silver medallist, got the win, lowering his personal-best time by 0.11 to pip Games 200m silver medallist Bednarek.
Olympic champions Armand Duplantis (pole vault) and Hansle Parchment (110m hurdles) won their respective events after losing in Lausanne less than two days earlier.
Duplantis cleared 6.01m in the pole vault before coming up short in three attempts at raising his own world record to 6.19m.
“I felt like it was really important for me to come back and try to get into the victory mode again, to try to get over the six metres,” Duplantis said.
Parchment set his season-best time of 13.03 to win the 110m hurdles.