Thompson leads Caribbean Rio champions in Shanghai showdown

Thompson leads Caribbean Rio champions in Shanghai showdown

Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson overcame a slow start to win the women's 100 metres, her second victory in as many weeks.

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.

Olympic champion David Rudisha of Kenya struggled in his opening race of the season, fading to fourth in the 800m, more than half a second behind victor Kipyegon Bett's time of 1:44.70 and four seconds off his own world record. He notched up his personal best of 8.65m in April.

Olympic victor Omar McLeod of Jamaica, last year's Diamond League victor Orlando Ortega and world record holder Aries Merritt of the United States and former world champion David Oliver are all in the field.

Racing in his first 200m this season, world bronze medallist Anaso Jobodwana posted a solid 20.69 to win his race. The race is however a Shanghai event, and does not count to the Diamond League points.

'I'm happy with the win. He said he changed his schedule this year, skipping the early-season meets in Australia, and came into Shanghai off his top race shape.

"It's my second 100 for the season so a world-lead [time] is not a bad time", she said.

Thompson, who won 100m and 200m Olympic gold in Rio, streaked clear to finish ahead of the United States' Tori Bowie (11.04).

"I am pleased with the time".

The women's 400m race will see Olympic gold medallist Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas battling with Jamaicans Stephenie Ann McPherson, Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby and Novlene Williams-Mills, as well as USA's Natasha Hastings.

Ukranian Olha Zemlyak finished third, clocking 50.89.

The Shanghai Diamond League was devoid of the drama of the Olympic Games last August, where Henderson beat Manyonga by one centimetre on his final jump, but instead highlighted the South African's dominance in the event.

In the pole vault, Sam Kendricks of the United States - last year's Olympic bronze medallist - exacted some revenge on Rio gold and silver medallists Thiago Braz of Brazil and France's Renaud Lavillenie. Jeff Henderson led the US finishers in the men's long jump with his sixth-place jump of 8.03. 2012 Olympic silver medalist Gong Lijiao of China won the event with 19.46, and Anita Marton of Hungary placed third with 18.69.

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.

Hopes of a second Chinese victory in the field were quashed by Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim as his effort 2.33m in the men's high jump pushed Wang Yu, who recorded a best mark of 2.30m, into second.