Doha, Qatar – Brittney Reese got her Diamond League seasons off to a strong start Friday as she recorded a meet record and world-leading mark in her long jump event in Doha.
Doha marked the official start to the Diamond League season, which will include a total of 14 meets during the 2013 season.
A personal best for Reese, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist reached a mark of 7.25m/23-9.5 to take the Women’s long jump. The top performance in the world this year, Reese’s mark bettered the meet record and is the best jump by an American since 1998. She remains No. 3 on the all-time U.S. performance list.
Teammate Janay Deloach Soukup finished a strong third.
Dawn Harper-Nelson won the Women’s 100m hurdles in a world-leading time of 12.60. American athletes grabbed six spots in the top eight that included Kellie Wells (12.73), who was second, and Queen Harrison (12.74), who placed third. Lolo Jones finished fifth with a time of 12.97.
Botswana’s Amantle Montsho picked up her first win of the season at 49.88, .31 seconds faster than Allyson Felix. Christine Ohuruogu of Britain came in third (50:53 SB). Francena McCrory and Natash Hastings finished 5th & 6th (50:58) and (51.32) respectively.
The two time Olympic 100m champ Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce picks up the first 200m win of the new season over fellow Jamaican Sherone Simpson at 22.48 by .25 seconds.