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Mike Rosenbaum

Surprises in Javelin, Steeplechase Highlight Shanghai Diamond League Meet

By May 19, 2014

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Egypt's Abdelrahman El Sayed produced the biggest surprise in Sunday's Diamond League meet in Shanghai, winning the javelin throw with an African record distance of 89.21 meters (292 feet, 8 inches). Marius Corbett of South Africa set the previous mark of 88.75/291-2 at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

In other highlights Sunday, Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare pulled off a rare Diamond League double, winning the long jump (6.86/22-6) and the 200 meters (22.36). In another rarity, American Emma Coburn defeated a strong field on Kenyan runners in the steeplechase, winning in a personal best and world-leading 9:19.80. Additionally, Sandra Perkovic of Croatia won the discus in a national record 70.52, Justin Gatlin took the 100 in a world-leading 9.92 and Renaud Lavillenie won the pole vault in 5.92/19-5, which was also a 2014 world best.

Check out the full results from the Shanghai meet.

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