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Namibian teenager Mboma storms Diamond League debut

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Mboma's win in 21.84sec was the stand-out in a high-quality night of track and field in warm, still conditions at the King Baudouin Stadium in front of 28,000 raucous, unmasked, Covid-free spectators.

Dutch distance queen Sifan Hassan fell short in her bid to better her own world record in the mile, while Sweden's Armand Duplantis nailed a meet record of 6.05 metres in the pole vault, but failed in his own bid to go one better than his 6.18m world record -- an effort not helped by a long technical delay in raising the bar.

That left the floor to Mboma, who is classified as having differences in sexual development (DSD) -- or being an "intersex" athlete -- with naturally high testosterone levels and is thus barred from her chosen event, the 400m.

The 18-year-old only competed in her first race outside of Africa with an event in the Czech Republic in June. Since that she made her debut at a major international competition in Tokyo, winning a surprise Olympic silver in the 200m before going on to bag the world under-20 title in Nairobi.

"I'm really happy with this win because it's my first Diamond League race," said Mboma. "To be able to win in such a strong field is great.

"It has been a very tough and busy season with the Olympics and the world junior championships, but I'm still in good shape."

Mboma avoided comment on World Athletics regulations by saying that after having stepped down from her favoured 400m in Tokyo, the 200m was now her favourite event.

"I'm just doing my best, just see what I can do," the Namibian added.

"In the future I think I can race faster than that. In the next one or two years, I’ll try the 100m, just to see."

Tokyo bronze medallist Shericka Jackson of Jamaica came in second in 21.95sec, with Britain's world champion Dina Asher-Smith third, just ahead of American Sha'Carri Richardson.

Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba, a former Olympic 800m silver medallist who shares Mboma's rare physiology deemed to give her an unfair competitive advantage in track events ranging between 400m and one mile, produced a last-gasp sprint to win the women's 5000m in 14:25.34.

Kenya's Olympic silver medallist and two-time world champion Hellen Obiri was pushed into third.

"I still do not know if I like the long distance more than the 800m, but I love challenges," said Niyonsaba.

"I won't think too much about it because it is what it is. A good thing about it is that I have a lot to improve - I'm still learning and am sure that I can go a lot faster in the future."

Hassan, who won two golds and a bronze in an unprecedented effort at a distance treble in Tokyo, stormed to victory in the mile.

The 28-year-old made the most of two pacemakers and trackside lighting to clock a meet record of 4:14.74 in the non-Olympic discipline, albeit more than 2sec off her own world record set in 2019.

"Since Covid we never had so big a crowd, it was great!" said the Ethiopian-born Hassan, who will compete in the 1,500m at the season-ending Zurich finals next week.

"I wasn't thinking about the world record, although I knew I was on world record pace in the beginning. But in the middle, it slowed down a bit -- it doesn't matter."

Tokyo silver medallist Fred Kerley claimed victory in the men's 100m in 9.94sec ahead of US compatriots Trayvon Bromell, in 9.97, and Michael Norman (9.98).

Kerley, fresh from a personal best of 19.79sec in the 200m in Paris last week, said: "I'm happy with the win, but I'm not satisfied with my race because I didn't execute the race how I wanted... but 9.94 is a nice way to finish the season!"

Multiple American relay medallist Michael Cherry set a personal best and meet record of 44.03sec in the 400m, while Kenya's Olympic silver medallist Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich won the 800m in 1:43.81.

Dutch all-rounder Sifan Hassan, who won two golds and a bronze in an unprecedented effort at a distance treble at the Tokyo Olympics, heads up a talent-loaded field at the penultimate meeting of the 2021 Diamond League series in Brussels on Friday.

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Shericka, Sha'Carri lose to Mboma in Brussels - Trackalerts

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Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson finished second in the women’s 200m at the Wanda Diamond League in Brussels on Friday.

Jackson, the Olympic 100m bronze medallist, crossed the line in 21.95 seconds in what was her first race at the distance since a surprising first-round elimination at the Tokyo Olympics on August 1.

Christine Mboma, the Tokyo Olympic silver medallist, won the race.  The Namibian teenager came through strongly in the closing stages to edge in front of Jackson and world champion Dina Asher-Smith.

Mboma stopped the clock at 21.84.  Asher-Smith recorded a season’s best of 22.04 in third, and Sha’Carri Richardson , who was excluded from the US Olympic team after testing positive for cannabis, finished a few strides adrift in fourth place (22.45) as she continued a difficult return to competitive action.

Mboma’s Namibian team-mate Beatrice Masilingi was fifth in 22.50.

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Duplantis hoping Brussels stars align in record hunt

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The Olympic silver medallist, aged 18, left it late to pass Jamaica's Shericka Jackson and British world champion Dina Asher-Smith, second and third respectively, winning in 21.84 seconds. The time was just three-hundreds of a second off the personal best she ran in Tokyo, itself the fastest time for a woman under 20.

The race was without double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, who had been due to run in Brussels, but dropped out due to a strained Achilles tendon. Mboma and Namibian team mate Beatrice Masilingi both made the Tokyo final for 200 metres, after they were withdrawn from the 400m, arguably their better event, after tests revealed their natural testosterone levels were too high.

After the race, Mboma said she was convinced she could run faster yet, with her initial focus on the 200 metres. "I think in one or two years I will start running the 100 metres too and see what will happen. I'll just try it to see," she said.

Dutch 5,000 and 10,000 metre Olympic champion Sifan Hassan set a Brussels meeting record and world leading time for 2021 of four minutes, 14.74 seconds for the rarely run mile. The Ethiopian-born runner, who was also Olympic bronze medallist in the 1,500 metres, had mooted bidding for a world record at the 10,000 metres in Brussels, but said she opted for the shorter distance due to fatigue.

For most of the race, she had only pacemakers for company, seeking to keep her on course to break her own world record. In the end, she was a little over two seconds outside that personal best from 2019. Nearly 30,000 people in the 45,000 capacity King Badouin stadium also saw U.S. sprinter Fred Kerley, silver medallist in Tokyo, win a narrow 100m victory over compatriot Trayvon Bromell, the fastest man in 2021.

In a photo finish, Kerley dipped in 9.94 seconds, Bromell in 9.97 and fellow American Michael Norman in 9.98. Olympic champion Armand Duplantis of Sweden was a clear winner in the pole vault with a 6.05 metre leap, three centimetres above his winning vault in Tokyo.

Olympic silver medallist Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich of Kenya was also clear winner in the 800 metres in one minute, 43.81 seconds. In the women's 800 metres, British Olympic silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson had to settle for second again, this time behind Jamaica's Natoya Goule, who won in 1:58.09.

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