Sprinters Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico and Marileidy Paulino of Dominican Republic, won the first stop of the Diamond League held this Friday in Doha, Qatar.
Camacho-Quinn dominated the 100m hurdles with a time of 12.48 seconds and a wind speed of 1.1 m/s, beating the Americans Alaysha Johnson (12.66) and Nia Ali (12.69).
For the Olympic champion, the time achieved in Doha was her best time of the season. Camacho, who returned to Doha for the first time since 2019, said at the end of her competition, that her goal is to be world champion and that she is working hard for it.
Doha is the first of 14 stages scheduled for this 2023, where the next phase will be in Morocco on May 28, to follow in Italy on June 2, France on June 9, Norway on June 15 and in Switzerland on June 30.
On her side, the Dominican completely dominated the oval of the Suhaim bin Hamad stadium, finishing with 50.51 seconds, and starting the Diamond League stops as she closed last year, in style.
Marileidy beat Shamier Little (50.84) of the United States and Natalia Kaczmarek (51.64) of Poland.
Paulino, world champion and double Olympic medalist, as well as Camacho-Quinn, will be among the great figures in athletics at the XXIV Central American and Caribbean Games, San Salvador 2023, where they will seek the marks to qualify for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024.
Shericka Jackson of Jamaica, came in second place in the 100 meters sprint, with a time of 10.85 seconds and a wind speed of 0.9 m/s.
Andy Díaz Hernández of Cuba, took third place in the men’s triple jump, finishing with his best jump of 17.80 meters and a wind of 2.6 m/s on his second attempt. In the same event, Lázaro Martíndez of Cuba was fourth (17.71m, +3.4) and Jah-Nhai Perinchief of Bermuda was sixth (16.86m, +2.1).
Anderson Peters of Grenada took third place in the javelin throw with 85.88 in his first attempt, and Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago was sixth with 81.27.
Megan Tapper of Jamaica finished in fourth place in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 12.76 seconds. Sada Williams of Barbados finished fourth in the 400 meter dash with a time of 52.05 seconds, while Jamaican Candice McLeod (52.43) and Stephanie Ann McPherson (52.93), finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
Edgar Rivera of Mexico was sixth in the high jump with 2.18 meters, and Alexander Ogando of the Dominican Republic was seventh in the 200 meters with a time of 20.62 seconds.