Schippers dominates in Oslo
Stephenie-Ann McPherson registered her first Diamond League win of the season, topping the women's 400m field in a time of 51.04 seconds at the ExxonMobil Bislett Games International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League meeting on a chilly evening at the Bislett Stadium here, yesterday.
McPherson ran a measured race pushing in the final 100m to take the event of the United States' Natasha Hastings 51.38 and Novlene Williams-Mills 51.66.
The time was slower than the sub-50 second time McPherson was hoping for.
"I think I executed an okay race. Not a perfect one. I'm working on it and I'm getting better each and every race," she said.
"I think I was expecting a faster time but a win is a win and I have to give God thanks for that," she added.
The much-hyped 200m rematch between Jamaica's Elaine Thompson and The Netherlands' Dafne Schippers went according to Schippers' script, as she not only won, but also lowered the 22-year-old meet record of 21.94 seconds set by Gwen Torrence in 1994.
World champion Schippers was superb as she blew past the field on the curve and pulled away on the stretch leaving Thompson in her wake. Schippers posted 21.93 to Thompson's 22.64, while another Jamaican, Simone Facey, finished fourth in 22.88 behind Bulgaria's Ivet Lalova in 22.78.
Thompson had praises for Schippers.
"She's a good athlete, a good competitor so I have to just go home and put in some work and see what happens from there," she said.
Meanwhile, O'Dayne Richards improved on every throw, but could not get close to his target of 20.54m, finishing sixth in the men's shot put with a distance of 19.14m thrown on his third and final attempt.
"Disappointed again. I don't feel too good about it," Richards said afterwards.