Marileidy Paulino of Dominican Republic (C) wins the Women's 400m at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League Finals in Eugene, USA, 17 September 2023. (400 metros, República Dominicana) EFE/EPA/STEVE DIPAOLA

Marileidy Paulino wins second diamond in Eugene

Sports Desk , Sept 17 (EFE) – Dominican Marileidy Paulino, current world champion in the 400 meters Diamond League, won her second diamond on Sunday at the Hayward Field stadium in Eugene (United States), winning the final with 49.58 seconds.

Paulino’s time beat the 50.38 of the runner-up, Poland’s Natalia Kaczmarek, who finished second at the World Championships in Budapest less than a month ago.

On Sunday, the Diamond League held the second day of the finals, where the last diamonds were at stake, worth $30,000 each.

Eugene (United States), 17/09/2023.- Champions in all events pose for photos at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League Finals in Eugene, USA, 17 September 2023. (Liga de Campeones) EFE/EPA/STEVE DIPAOLA

One of the great protagonists was the 26-year-old Marileidy Paulino, who confirmed herself as a favorite by maintaining international dominance in the 400 meters, in which she had already celebrated a victory last year in Zurich (Switzerland).

In the 400 hurdles, top favorite Femke Bol of the Netherlands was unchallenged, winning in 51.98, almost two seconds faster than American Shamier Little (53.45).

The Jamaican Hansle Parchment, Olympic champion in Tokyo, achieved his personal best in the 110 hurdles with 12.93, beating the three-time world champion, American Grant Holloway (13.06).

Andre De Grasse of Canada, celebrates his win in the Men’s 200m at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League Finals in Eugene, USA, 17 September 2023. (200 metros) EFE/EPA/STEVE DIPAOLA

In the same event, but in the men’s category, Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan (12.33) won ahead of Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho Quinn, who was also the runner-up at the World Championships in Budapest.

In the men’s shot put, there was a close duel between the World Champion, American Ryan Crouser, and his compatriot Joe Kovacs, who surprised the world record holder with 22.93 meters – a season record – by just two centimeters (22.91).

In the absence of world champion Noah Lyles of the United States, victory in the 200 meters was open to several contenders. The fastest was the Canadian Andre De Grasse (19.76), who beat the host country’s Kenneth Bednarek (19.95) and his compatriot Erriyon Knighton (19.97).

In the women’s category, the victory went to Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson, the world champion. She won in 21.57 – a meeting record – and added her second diamond after the one she achieved in 2022.

Shericka Jackson of Jamaica wins the Women’s 200m at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League Finals in Eugene, USA, 17 September 2023. (200 metros) EFE/EPA/STEVE DIPAOLA

Serbia’s Ivana Vuleta, world champion in the long jump, saved her last attempt for a leap of 6.85 metres to snatch victory from Nigeria’s Ese Brume and win her sixth diamond.

Ukrainian Yaroslava Mahuchikh, the favourite, won the high jump with a leap of 2.03 metres; Australian Mathew Denny won the discus with a national record of 68.43 metres, surprising world champion Daniel Stahl of Sweden (67.36); and Swiss Simon Ehammer won the long jump with 8.22 metres.

The Croatian Sandra Perkovic, who has seven diamonds in her record, was unable to improve on her eighth place finish in the discus, after a final won by the world runner-up, the American Valarie Allman, with 68.66. EFE

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