World champion Sarah Mitton of Brooklyn, N.S., finished another spectacular shot put season with her 14th top-two finish in 17 events, placing second behind American Chase Ealey in the Diamond League final, as did a year ago.
Mitton, who had a best throw of 19.94 meters on Saturday in Eugene, Oregon, led the six-woman competition until Ealey stepped into the circle in the second round at sunny Hayward Field and threw a season-high world record 20 .61, also a meeting. and American record.
He then extended his personal best to 20.76 before not registering a throw in his final three attempts.
“I wonder how we beat Chase. She was the class of the field,” Mitton coach Rich Parkinson told CBC Sports shortly after the competition. “I have a lot of work ahead of me.”
Ealey, 29, won the Diamond League Trophy and first prize of US$30,000 for her performance, while Mitton takes home US$12,000.
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After his 19.94 effort, Mitton dropped to 19.79 on his third throw. He did not record any measurements in his quarter before clocking 19.34 and 19.93 to finish the competition.
“I think Sarah had an amazing series,” Parkinson said. “She had an excellent day and I am very proud of her.
SEE | Mitton throws 19.94m to place second in Diamond League final:
Cameroonian-Portuguese athlete Auriol Dongmo, who led all qualifiers for the final with 25 points throughout the season, was third on Saturday with 19.92 PB. Jessica Schilder of the Netherlands threw a season-best 19.88 to place fourth, followed by American Maggie Ewen (19.82) and Jamaican Danniel Thomas-Dodd (19.17).
“Chase ruined a very close competition,” Parkinson said, laughing. “All six women in 19 meters and the top five in 19.80. The battle for second to fifth place was incredible.”
Mitton defeated Ealey and achieved his first victory in the Diamond League
Mitton, ranked second in the world, secured a spot in her second final by throwing 19.76 on Sept. 7 in Brussels, where Ealey, the 2021 Olympic champion, threw 20.05.
In June, the Canadian record holder beat Ealey at the Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway, for her first Diamond League victory. She also prevailed in a head-to-head match in February, defeating top-ranked Ealey in Madrid in the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold Series.
SEE | Mitton wins women’s shot put at Bislett Games in Norway:
After Mitton won world silver with a SB of 20.08, her coach Rich Parkinson noted that the Toronto resident’s path has accelerated only because of her work ethic.
“It hasn’t been easy, but she’s learned how to compete,” Parkinson said of Mitton, the first Canadian woman to medal in the event.
Mitton will take a break before returning to training on October 1 in preparation for the Pan American Games, which will take place from October 20 to November 5 in Santiago, Chile.
SEE | Complete coverage of Saturday’s events from Hayward Field in Oregon:
On Sunday in Eugene, middle-distance runner Marco Arop, along with sprinters Aaron Brown and Andre De Grasse, will look to become the first Canadian to be crowned Diamond League champion since Dylan Armstrong in the shot put in 2011.
Arop, the world champion in the men’s 800 meters, races at 3:04 p.m. ET, fresh off a second-place finish at a Diamond League meet in Xiamen, China. He posted a time of 1:43.24 PB, just 4 hundredths of a second behind winner and world No. 1 Emmanuel Wanyonyi of Kenya, who is also in Sunday’s eight-man field.
“Hungrier than ever”
Last September, Arop had just won world bronze when he made a move with one lap left in the Diamond League final in Zurich. He led the final stretch, but was caught by Kenyan Emmanuel Korir less than 10 meters from the finish line, finishing second behind the reigning Olympic champion with a season-best time of 1:43.38. He was fourth in 2021, with a time of 1:45.23.
“I feel like last year was very close,” he told CBC Sports this week, “and it left me hungrier than ever. The World Cup is fantastic and everything is above it, but to finish the season as champion of the League Diamond would solidify this year as my oldest.”
SEE | Arop achieves his personal best with 1:43.24 in China:
Relay teammates Brown and De Grasse prepared for the men’s 200 meters at 5:36 p.m. with their fastest runs in the event in two years: 19.89 and 19.98 seconds, respectively in Brussels.
“It was exactly what I needed and it came at a great time because it reinforced my belief about the kind of shape I’m in and what’s possible for me going forward. [the 2024 Paris Olympics]”said Brown, who was disqualified in the 200 meters at the world championships due to a lane violation.
De Grasse, who won Olympic gold two years ago, was sixth (20.43) in last year’s season-ending race after battling COVID-19 and a toe injury. The 28-year-old sprinter from Markham, Ont., placed second in the double sprint at the 2021 finals.
Brown, 31, placed second to Noah Lyles (19.52) in the 200 in last year’s finals, posting a season-high 20.02 to edge Alex Ogando of the Dominican Republic in a photo finish. Brown had never finished in the event’s top three in the finals, placing fourth for four consecutive years between 2017 and 2021.
Sprinters Coleman and Jackson defeated world champions
American Christian Coleman surprised world champion Noah Lyles by winning the men’s 100 meters while Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson took the women’s title.
Coleman missed the podium at the World Championships in Budapest, but broke the record in 9.83 seconds and his fellow American Lyles finished second in 9.85. Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala came third.
SEE | Coleman achieves some revenge against Lyles in Eugene:
Coleman, the 2018 Diamond League champion, exploded and Lyles couldn’t overcome a slower start.
“I was able to find a sense of confidence and belief in myself, like I knew I had to win this race,” Coleman said.
Lyles is the first male athlete since Jamaican Usain Bolt to win gold in the 100, 200 and 4×100 relays at the world championships.
Jamaica’s Jackson finished second at the Worlds behind American Sha’Carri Richardson, but took the lead in the final half of the women’s 100 meters on Saturday before breaking the record in 10.70.
Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou was 5-hundredths of a second slower and Jackson’s compatriot Elaine Thompson-Herah, a back-to-back Olympic champion, was third in 10.79.
“I just wanted to go out here and execute and I think I did pretty well tonight,” Jackson said. “I just started racing in 2021 and being among these great sprinters is a good feeling.”
SEE | Jackson clocks 10.70 seconds to beat Ta Lou:
At other events:
- American Rai Benjamin had a spectacular start to the athletics program by surprising world record holder Karsten Warholm in the 400 hurdles. World champion Warholm was a heavy favorite after taking three Diamond League wins this year, but Benjamin finished strongly in 46.39 seconds, the best time of the year and the fourth-fastest ever. Norwegian Olympic champion Warholm was second in 46.53 and Kyron McMaster of the British Virgin Islands was third in 47.31.
- Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon, who this year became the first woman to complete a 1,500-5,000 double at the world championships, shined again by winning the 1,500 in 3:50.72.
- Three-time Grenadian Olympic medalist Kirani James won the men’s 400 in 44.30, while world bronze medalist Quincy Hall of the United States finished second in 44.44.