13 May, 2017

China’s victory

China’s Gong Lijiao got the evening off to a winning start for the hosts, the 2015 world silver medallist taking her third Shanghai victory. Gong came under pressure from USA’s Daniella Bunch in round four but improved with every throw to claim the eight Diamond League points with 19.46m.

The crowd were on their feet again just an hour later when Su Bingtian came through in lane 3 to beat Mike Rodgers in the 100m. Su was a tenth outside his national record in 10.09.

Meanwhile, China’s high jumpers were doing their best to keep the party atmosphere going, not least Wang Yu who not only upstaged his flambouyant yet hip-injured teammate Zhang Guowei, but upset a few world and Olympic medallists to finish second behind Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim.

The Qatari picked up his second Diamond League victory in a week with a best of 2.33m, 3cm below his winning height in Doha. He came close to setting another meeting record at 2.37m, getting the height, but not the timing.

Canada’s world and Olympic champion Derek Drouin didn’t register a mark as he failed three times at 2.20.