By Ros Satar
- Lynsey Sharp & Jenny Meadows post World Championship qualifying times in the 800m
- Podium finishes for Tiffany Porter (100mh) and Shara Proctor (LJ)
It was all about the GB & NI women in New York with World Championship qualifying times for Lynsey Sharp and Jenny Meadows in the 800m leading the way for a night of strong showings.
Sharp came in sixth (2:00.37) and was followed in by Meadows in eighth place (2:00.55) in a field with the top four women finishing under two minutes, and was won by USA’s Ajee Wilson in a time of 1:58.84.
Tiffany Porter came second to Sharika Nelvis in the 100m hurdlers, sprinting into a headwind and clocking 12.81 in the 100m hurdles as she continues her own bit to make the World Championships.
She said: “I just want to get better every race. The plan is to hopefully qualify for the Worlds and then see what happens after that.”
Hannah England clocked a PB running in the rare 1000m with 2:41.04, and Shana Cox was second in the 400m B race in a time of 52.62.
There was also strong performances in the field, as Shara Proctor came third in the long jump with 6.72m while in the high jump, Isobel Pooley equalled her season’s best of 1.91m for the second time in a week, but is still seeking that all important World Championship qualifying standard of 1.94m
The 400m saw Francena McCorory set a world leading time and a meeting record of 49.86, and in the 800m David Rudesha had a confident return from injury setting a season’s best of 1:43.58 to win the 800m.
But all eyes were on the final Diamond League race where Usain Bolt took part in the 200m. Although he was running into the strongest headwind of the night (-2.8m/s), Bolt eased up over the line in a time of 20.29, but confessed it was not the performance he was expecting.
He said: “I wasn’t too happy with the time today, but training has been going well and I am looking forward to what the rest of the season has to bring.”
The next IAAF Diamond League meeting will take place in Paris on 4 July.