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Taylor, Harper-Nelson, Hoffa pick up wins at Birmingham Diamond League


Christian Taylor (men’s triple jump), Dawn Harper-Nelson (women’s 100m hurdles) and Reese Hoffa (men’s shot put) led a strong group of American athletes by winning their events Sunday as the Diamond League season continued in Birmingham. The seventh stop of the Diamond League season, you can find complete results from Birmingham here and a complete list of American finishers below.

Taylor took over the lead in the men’s triple jump on his fifth attempt with a season best leap of 17.66m/57-11.25 and held on for the win. It is the third win of the Diamond League season for the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, which also includes wins at Doha and Rome.

The 2012 Olympic silver medalist, Harper-Nelson led a 1-2 American finish in the women’s 100m hurdles that included reigning Olympic bronze medalist Kellie Wells, who placed second. Harper won in a time of 12.64, ahead of Wells in 12.67. It was the first time since 2009 that Harper-Nelson defeated London Olympic gold medalist Sally Pearson of Australia, who finished fourth.

Reese Hoffa led another 1-2 finish by American athletes in the men’s shot put. The London Olympic bronze medalist, Hoffa recorded the winning throw of 21.34m/70-0.25 on his second attempt. The reigning USA Outdoor champion, Ryan Whiting placed second in 20.89m/68-6.50.

After running a season-best time of 13.23 to win his heat in the preliminary round, world record holder Aries Merritt ran a wind-aided 13.22 to place second in the men’s 110m hurdles final.

Gia Lewis-Smallwood also grabbed a top two finish with her second place finish in the women’s discus at 62.46m/204-11 along with Erik Kynard’s second place finish in the men’s high jump (2.34m/7-8).

American results in Birmingham
1 – Christian Taylor, men’s triple jump, 17.66m/57-11.25
1 – Dawn Harper, women’s 100m hurdles, 12.64
1 – Reese Hoffa, men’s shot put, 21.34m/70-0.25
2 – Gia Lewis-Smallwood, women’s discus, 62.46m/204-11
2 – Kellie Wells, women’s 100m hurdles, 12.67
2 – Ryan Whiting, men’s shot put, 20.89m/68-6.50
2 – Aries Merritt, men’s 110m hurdles, 13.22
2 – Erik Kynard, men’s high jump, 2.34m/7-8
3 – Jenn Suhr, women’s pole vault, 4.53m/14-10.25
3 – Michael Tinsley, men’s 400m hurdles, 48.94
4 – Natasha Hastings, women’s 400m, 51.44
4 – Michael Rodgers, men’s 100m, 10.07
4 – Eric Sowinski, men’s 800m, 1:46.07
5 – Tiffany Williams, women’s 400m hurdles, 56.06
5 – Mary Saxer, women’s pole vault, 4.38m/14-4.50
5 – Kristi Castlin, women’s 100m hurdles, 12.80
6 – Omoghan Osaghae, men’s 110m hurdles, 13.60
6 – Mark Wieczorek, men’s 800m, 1:48.74
7 – Lea Wallace, women’s 800m, 2:03.02
7 – Rebecca Alexander, women’s 400m, 53.22
7 – Barrett Nugent, men’s 110m hurdles, 13.76
7 – Dwight Phillips, men’s long jump, 7.72m/25-4
8 – Ebonie Floyd, women’s 400m, 55.91
8 – Jesse Williams, men’s high jump, 2.16m/7-1
9 – Nicole Bush, women’s 3,000m steeplechase, 9:51.19
9 – Gabriele Anderson, women’s 1,500m, 4:07.98
11 – Mary Ballinger, women’s 3,000m steeplechase, 10:09.24
12 – Stephanie Garcia, women’s 3,000m steeplechase, 10:12.89
12 – Morgan Uceny, women’s 1,500m, 4:08.49

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