ROME (AP) – Allyson Felix “did not regret” after seventh place in the 200-meter run, which was probably her last meeting of the Diamond League on Thursday.
For Felix – the most distinguished athlete in Olympic history who plans to retire later this season – it did not change the fact that Pietro Mennea was not truly competitive in the elite field at the Golden Gala.
Shericka Jackson led Jamaica 1: 2 ahead of teammate and two-time Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah in a 21.91 second match record.
Felix finished more than second behind Jackson.
“I’m glad I came here, I’m glad I could see everyone and I’m looking forward to the next chapter,” said 36-year-old Felix. “It’s definitely an emotional, mixed feeling. But no remorse. I’m really grateful for all the years I’ve had. “
Jackson moved away in the last 30 meters and finished one step ahead of Thompson-Herah, who reached 22:25 just ahead of world champion Dina Asher-Smith (22.27).
Jackson failed to advance from the heats at the Tokyo Olympics when she slowed down too much before the finish line.
American sprinter Fred Kerley was the only man to cross the 10-second mark in the 100, recording the best result of the season 9.92 with a big enough lead to start celebrating before he crossed the finish line.
The Italian Marcell Jacobs, who won gold in front of Kerley in Tokyo and then helped Italy to another unexpected victory in the 4×100 relay, was missing from the 100.
However, Jacobs, who is recovering from a muscle injury, attended the Stadio Olimpico to greet the crowd as the meeting celebrated seven Italians who won Olympic gold in athletics last year.
Lorenzo Patta, Eseosa Desalu and Filippo Tortu – other members of the Italian team 4×100 in Tokyo – competed in the 200, which was won by the silver Olympic medalist Kenny Bednarek 20.01.
Gianmarco Tamberi, the winner in the high jump from Tokyo, settled in third place at his home stadium, as JuVaughn Harrison won 2.27.
Athing Mu, who became the first American to win the eight hundred at the Olympics in more than half a century last year, played 1: 57.01 at the top of the world at her first meeting in the Overseas Diamond League.
Hirut Meshesha, a 21-year-old native of Ethiopia, won her second Diamond League victory in five days, taking 1,500 between women with a comfortable gap of 4: 03.79, following Sunday’s victory in Rabat, Morocco.
Slovenian Kristjan Čeh also won his third victory in the Diamond League of the season in the men’s disc with a record throw of 70.72; and two-time Olympic silver medalist Joe Kovacs of the United States won a shot put in 21.85.
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