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Americans claim four at Diamond League meeting in Shanghai

5/14/2016
 
SHANGHAI -- U.S. athletes stole the show Saturday in Shanghai with season best wins by Justin Gatlin and Michael Tinsley, a pole vault victory from Sam Kendricks, and best in shot from Kurt Roberts.
 
Gatlin (Orlando, Florida) ran 9.94 for a season best and the win in the 100 meters, which also featured American Mike Rodgers (Round Rock, Texas) finishing third in 10.10 and Isiah Young (Oxford, Miss) in fifth at 10.22.
 
Kendricks (Oxford, Mississippi) matched and surpassed his pole vault personal best as third time was the charm on two occasions. He missed twice before clearing 5.83/19-1.5, and it became a two-man battle of Kendricks against Renauld Lavillenie of France at 5.88m/19-3.5. Kendricks cleared on his third attempt, but Lavillenie missed twice and passed. Neither man went over  5.93m/19-5.5.
 
Michael Tinsley (Round Rock, Texas) won the 400m hurdles, clocking 48.90 for his fastest finish in 2016.
 
Kurt Roberts (Ashland, Ohio) tossed 21.40m/70-2.5 for a season best and the shot put victory. Compatriot Joe Kovacs (Nazareth, Pennsylvania) placed third after throwing 20.82m/68-3.75.
 
Tianna Bartoletta (Tampa, Florida) leaped a season best 6.75m/22-1.75 for third place in women’s long jump. David Oliver was fifth in the 110mH at 13.38, and Jesse Williams (Eugene, Oregon) was seventh in high jump with a top clearance of 2.20m/7-2.5.
 
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