Shanieka Ricketts is Lone Jamaican winner at Monaco Diamond League

L Bronson

Shanieka Ricketts
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The 2019 World Championships triple jump silver medallist Shanieka Ricketts emerged as the lone Jamaican victor at the Monaco Diamond League on Friday.

Ricketts, who was registering her second win on the Diamond League circuit this season, and her first over Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela, was in second position behind the Venezuelan at the end of the fifth and penultimate round with 14.75m to Rojas’s 15.12m.

However, fortune favoured the Jamaican in the one-off final jump among the top three competitors as she was the only jumper to record a legal effort. Patricia Mamouna of Portugal was third with 14.66m.

Jamaica’s second jumper Kimberly Williams was fifth with 14.50m.

Meanwhile, long jump World Champion Tajay Gayle was not as fortunate as even though he led all competitors entering the top-three, final round jump off with a season best 8.29m, he fouled his final attempt and surrendered top spot to Greece’s Miltiadis Tentoglou, who cut the sand at 8.24m.

Sweden’s Thobias Montler, who had set a personal best of 8.27m in the preliminary phase, ended third as he also fouled on his last attempt.

On the track Shally-Ann Fraser-Pryce was beaten into third place in the 200m by The Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo and the Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou.

Fraser-Pryce led into the straight but Ta Lou on her inside pulled ahead before Miller-Uibo on the outside charged forward late to nip Ta Lou on the line in 22.23 seconds to Ta Lou’s 22.25 seconds.

Fraser-Pryce eased at the line to finish in 22.48 seconds.

Elsewhere, Natoya Goule-Topping could only finish fourth in the 800m in 1:57.35 minutes, after having clocked sub-1:57 minutes in her two prior races.

The race was won by Great Britain’s Laura Maur in 1:56.73 minutes ahead of her county woman Jemma Reekie in 1:56.96 minutes and American Kate Grace in 1:57.20 minutes.

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