Despite the absence through injury of Usain Bolt in tonight’s International Association of Athletics Federations’ Paris Diamond League meeting, Jamaican sprinters dominated the men’s and women’s 100 metres, with Asafa Powell and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce winning in 9.81sec and 10.74 respectively.
Although Bolt had pulled out of the 100m in Paris - and next week’s Diamond League in Lausanne - four days earlier because of a persistent leg injury, his compatriot rose to the challenge to clock the third best time of 2015 behind the 9.74 and 9.75 recorded by Justin Gatlin of the United States.
Home sprinter Jimmy Vicaut followed Powell home in 9.86, a national record which equalled the European mark set in 2004 by Portugal’s Francis Obikwelu.
Fraser-Pryce, who will concentrate on the 100m this season having won the 100/200m double at the 2013 World Championships, took 0.05 seconds off the previous 2015 best she had shared with English Gardner of the United States.
Elsewhere, it was a night of shocks in the Stade de France with defeats for the men’s and women’s IAAF World Athlete of the Year, pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie and New Zealand’s Valerie Adams.
Also beaten on the night were Grenada’s world and Olympic 400m champion Kirani James, David Oliver, the US world champion in the 110m hurdles, and the man who leads this year’s world high jump rankings with 2.41 metres, Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar.
Lavillenie, the Olympic and European pole vault champion who set a world record of 6.16m last year, could only manage 5.71m in front of his home crowd, which earned him equal fifth place in a competition won by Greece’s Konstadinos Filippidis with 5.91m.
James lost to South Africa’s Wayde van Niekirk, who clocked 43.96, just 0.01 seconds off James’s world-leading performance for the year, with the Grenada runner second in 44.17.
Oliver was beaten to the line in the 110m hurdles by Cuba’s Orlando Ortega, who clocked 12.94 to the American’s 12.98.
Meanwhile Barshim, who led last year’s high jump world rankings with 2.43m - which only the world record holder, Javier Sotomayor of Cuba, has ever bettered – had an off night as he finished equal fifth with 2.29m in an event won by Russia’s Daniyil Tsyplakov, who cleared 2.32m.
Adams, New Zealand’s double Olympic and four-times world champion shot putter, got a reality check as she made her return to top flight competition after having elbow and shoulder surgery last September.
Adams could only manage fifth with 18.79m in a competition won with a personal best of 20.31m by Germany’s European champion Christina Schwanitz.
It was the 30-year-old IAAF World Athlete of the Year’s first loss in almost five years, ending a run of 56 successive victories dating back to August 2010.
"I'm happy to be back," Adams said.
"I took the risk and came to compete against the best current girls.
"I knew the winning streak was in danger and I lost it, but I do not feel that sorry. We can start again."
Colombia’s world triple jump champion Caterine Ibarguen maintained her own long winning run, though, with a best effort of 14.87m.
There was drama in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase, where US runner Evan Jager led into the final hurdle, but tripped on the other side of it, allowing Kenya’s Jairus Kipchoge Birech, winner of last year’s Diamond Race, to move past him for victory in 7min 58.83sec, the fastest time run this year.
Dibaba won in 14:15.41, with Ayana - whose 2015 world-leading time stands at 14:14.32 - a distant second in 14:21.97.
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