Brittney Reese and Ryan Whiting both got their Diamond League seasons off to a strong start Friday as each recorded meet records and world-leading marks in their respective events 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.
Whiting, the 2012 World Indoor gold medalist, reached a new personal best to win the men’s shot put with a mark of 22.28m/73-1.25. That mark was the top throw by an American since 2007.
Reese and Whiting weren’t the only American athletes with world-leading performances as 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.
Reigning Olympic medalists Michael Tinsley, Christian Taylor and Justin Gatlin all also started the Diamond League season with wins. Tinsley won the men’s 400m hurdles in 48.92, Taylor the men’s triple jump in 17.11m/56-1.75 and Gatlin the men’s 100m in a time of 9.97. Mookie Salaam also won the “B” race of the men’s 100m in a time of 10.06.
Picking up second-place finishes Friday included: Allyson Felix (women’s 400m), Bershawn Jackson (men’s 400m hurdles), Jeff Demps (men’s 100m B race) and Tyler Mulder (men’s 800m B race).
A complete list of American results from Friday’s Diamond League meet can be found below and complete results can be found here.
American results in Doha
1st - Brittney Reese, women’s long jump, 7.25m/23-9.5 (world-lead, meet record)
1st - Ryan Whiting, men’s shot put, 22.28m/73-1.25 (world-lead, meet record)
1st - Dawn Harper-Nelson, women’s 100m hurdles, 12.60 (world-lead)
1st - Michael Tinsley, men’s 400m hurdles, 48.92
1st - Christian Taylor, men’s triple jump, 17.11m/56-1.75
1st - Justin Gatlin, men’s 100m, 9.97
1st - Mookie Salaam, men’s 100m B race, 10.06
2nd - Mike Rodgers, men’s 100m, 9.99
2nd - Kellie Wells, women’s 100m hurdles, 12.73
2nd - Bershawn Jackson, men’s 400m hurdles, 49.12
2nd - Jeff Demps, men’s 100m B race, 10.16
2nd - Tyler Mulder, men’s 800m B race, 1:46.29
2nd - Allyson Felix, women’s 400m, 50.19
3rd - Queen Harrison, women’s 100m hurdles, 12.74
4th - Francena McCorory, women’s 400m, 50.58
5th - Lolo Jones, women’s 100m hurdles, 12.97
5th - Cordero Gray, men’s 100m B race, 10.34
5th - Natasha Hastings, women’s 400m, 51.32
7th - Latisha Holden, women’s 100m hurdles, 13.22
7th - Aretha Thurmond, women’s discus, 60.19m/197-5
7th - Justin Gaymon, men’s 400m hurdles, 1:34.57
7th - Charonda Williams, women’s 200m, 23.34
8th - Yvette Lewis, women’s 100m hurdles, 14.90
10th - Gabriele Anderson, women’s 1,500m, 4:05.41