The stars were out in Doha for the first Diamond League event of the season, with Team USA Olympians earning 11 top-three finishes.
Reigning Olympic champion Michelle Carter was the first winner in Doha, taking first place in the shot put with a season’s best throw of 19.32 meters. Anita Marton of Hungary took second with 18.99 and Aliona Dubitskaya placed third with 18.90.
“Starting the season with a season-best makes me feel so good, knowing that my training paid off,” Carter told the IAAF. “I’m looking forward to better results the rest of the season.”
Keni Harrison kept up her winning ways, taking the 100-meter hurdles in 12.59 amidst a stacked field. Cindy Roleder of Germany came in second in 12.90, while Sherika Nelvis was third in 12.91 and Christina Manning fourth in 13.05. The current world-record holder, Harrison dominated the same event at the Drake Relays the weekend prior.
Fellow Olympic silver medalist Sandi Morris also nabbed a second-place finish in the pole vault, pushing eventual winner Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece to the very end. Stefanidi cleared 4.80, while Morris topped out at 4.75. Cuba’s Yarisley Silva took third with a max height of 4.65.
In the highly anticipated showdown, Olympic Champion Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson defeated Daphe Schippers in the Women’s 200m.