De Grasse edges Coleman to win 200m in Ostrava

Andre De Grasse (C) of Canada wins ahead of Christian Coleman (R) of the USA and Czech Republic's Pavel Maslak (L) compete during the 200m Men sprint of IAAF Golden Spike 2019 Athletics meeting in Ostrava on Thursday. — AFP

PRAGUE — Canada's Andre De Grasse beat Christian Coleman of the United States to win the 200 meters at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava on Thursday in 19.91 seconds.

Coleman, the fastest man at 100 meters this year, clocked 19.97sec on a rainy evening in the eastern Czech steel hub. Both men recorded their best times of the season.

De Grasse, who won a silver and two bronzes at the 2016 Olympics, took the win only an hour after finishing second on the 100 in 10.05 seconds, trailing winner Mike Rodgers of the USA by a hundredth of a second.

Before the rain started, two-time world high jump champion Mariya Lasitskene of Russia cleared 2.06 meters to equal her personal best.

The 2015 and 2017 world champion matched her season's best in the high jump by clearing 2.06 meters, three centimeters shy of Bulgarian jumper Stefka Kostadinova's 32-year-old world record of 2.09m.

Lasitskene is one of Russian athletes allowed to compete under a neutral flag while many others have been banned from the sport since November 2015 over a vast doping scandal.

Cuba's Juan Miguel Echevarria took the men's long jump honors for 8.32m.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas, the reigning Olympic champion in the 400m, set an IAAF official all-time best in the rarely-run 300m, clocking 34.41sec, although controversial East German athlete Marita Koch is credited with covering the distance faster at the start of a 400m in 1985.

Another Bahamian, Steven Gardiner topped the men's 400 meters in 44.95sec. Bosnia and Herzegovina's Amel Tuka won the 800-meter race in 1min 44.95sec.

Estonia's Magnus Kirt won the javelin with a world-leading 90.34m. Tom Walsh of the USA won the shot with a season best of 22.27m. — AFP