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strong showing in lausanne

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Robbie Grabarz
25 August 2016 


A whole host of British athletes were in action in the first IAAF Diamond League since the Rio Olympic Games, which finished last weekend.

It was an impressive run from Eilidh Child (Malcolm Arnold), as the Olympic 4x400m bronze medallist finished second to maintain her position at the top of the Diamond Race standings. Child showed strong finishing speed to finish behind Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad in 54.45.

Also finishing in second place was London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz (Fuzz Caan), who enjoyed a fruitful evening in the high jump. Grabarz had a near perfect performance clearing 2.20m, 2.25m, 2.29m and 2.32m first time before bowing out after three failures at 2.35m.

It was an evening of second place finishes with Lorraine Ugen (Shawn Jackson) with a best leap of 6.71m in the long jump, with Rio teammate Shara Proctor (Rana Reider) fourth with 6.48m.

Bobsleigh specialist Joel Fearon (Michael Khmel) continued his startling late season form in the sprints finishing third in the 100m in 10.05. Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (Benke Blomkvist), who was a part of the 4x100m team in Rio came through in eighth in 10.43.

Lynsey Sharp (Reider) produced her third fastest time of the year to finish third in the 800m. Sharp, who ran a personal best of 1:57.69 to finish sixth at the Olympic Games picked off two of her competitors in the closing stages to cross the line in 1:58.52.

After narrowly missing out on a medal at the Olympic Games, Cindy Ofili (James Henry) matched her performance in Rio with a fourth place finish in the 100m hurdles. The 22 year old came through in 12.80, in a race won by world record holder Kendra Harrison in 12.42.

Fresh from winning 4x100m bronze in Rio, Desiree Henry (Reider) finished fourth in the 100m in a time of 11.17.

Reece Prescod (Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo) took his first overseas Diamond League in his strive with a huge personal best in the 200m. The prodigious talent lowered his previous best of 20.57 to 20.38 to come through in fifth place, with James Ellington (Linford Christie) finishing in seventh.

It was a great start for the British contingent in Lausanne, with Harriet Knowles-Jones (Paul Roden) winning the U20 1500m in 4:21.25.  

Unfortunately, Michael Rimmer (Jon Bigg) limped off the track at the bell meaning that he was a non-finisher in the 1000m.

For full results visit: http://lausanne.diamondleague.com/home/