Thompson, McLeod lead Jamaican charge in Shanghai

China's ace long jumper Gao wants Shanghai win to be rid of Rio pain

The Jamaican left the rest of a quality field in her wake to finish in a time of 10.78 seconds, nearly three tenths of a second clear of American Tori Bowie with Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Ivory Coast in third.

China's promising long jumper Gao Xinglong is ready to shake off regrets from the Rio Olympic Games and start afresh at the 2017 Shanghai Diamond League.

His blistering 19.90 was more than good enough to outdistance the field, including LaShawn Merritt's 20.27 second-place and Great Britain's Adam Gemili's third in 20.35. "So I just have to stay focused", she said.

Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast finished third in 11.07.

Olympic 110 meters hurdles champion Omar McLeod has chose to put his transition to a seven-step start on hold for this season, the Jamaican said on Friday.

"It's all in my coach's hand, if he decides for me to go double again", Thompson said. But I did what I had to do and I was pleased with the win, he said.

Today, he will have compatriot and Jamaica's national record holder Hansle Parchment, who was second previous year alongside him as well as Spain's Orlando Ortega, who took silver in Rio, American David Oliver, world record holder Aries Merritt and world champion Sergey Shubenkov of Russian Federation in what is the most competitive field of any event on the schedule.

"I've had a different build up with not running in Australia this year and it was my first race of the season", said Rudisha.

US Olympic champion Jeff Henderson was a distant sixth with 8.03m.

McLeod also ran 9.99 seconds in the 100m a year ago, becoming the first man to go below 10 seconds in the flat sprint as well as under 13 in the hurdles.

Sam Kendricks of the United States won the event by clearing 5.88 metres and Renaud Lavillenie of France was second.

As the 2016 Olympic champion and Diamond League victor in men's 400m hurdles, Kerron Clement is ready to bounce back from the disappointing seventh finish in Shanghai 12 month ago.

It was a disappointing day for Canadian Olympic high-jump champion Derek Drouin, who failed to clear the bar at 2.20m, and finished the event without a successful attempt. Xie Wenjun will represent the host country to compete.

Compatriot Ruswahl Samaai finished in fifth place with a leap of 8.18m, with former South African record holder Khotso Mokoena posting a season's best of 7.85m for eighth place.

Home shot putter Lijiao Gong, the London 2012 silver medallist, had expressed doubts over her form ahead of the meeting, but she rose to the challenge to win with 19.46m.

The 24-year-old Thompson, who dominated the 100 and 200m at last year's Rio Olympics, clocked 22.19 seconds last week in Doha and is favourite to take the line first here. Luvo Manyonga (RSA) 8.61m; 2. Qatar's Rio Olympics runner-up Mutaz Essa Barshim won the gold in 2.33, five centimenters away from the meet record he set here in 2015.

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