Lyles and Duplantis shine on weekend outings

Noah Lyles of the United States celebrates winning the men's 200m final during the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha (Photo by Matthias Hangst /Getty Images)
Noah Lyles of the United States celebrates winning the men's 200m final during the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha (Photo by Matthias Hangst /Getty Images)

It was a high quality and record breaking weekend for the 2020 athletics outdoor season

Showdown in Otown

Noah Lyles has run sub-10.00 on his season debut...well kind of.

The sprinter clocked a time of 9.93 to win his 100m heat, helped by a following wind of 4.0m/s which was twice the legal limit. He was contesting his first race since helping the USA to victory in the 4x100m at the 2019 World Championships.

Lyles beat 2004 Olympic 100m champion and 2017 world champion Justin Gatlin, who managed a time of 9.99 second. Neither of the two athletes is going to run in final.

Kenny Bednarek beat Canada's three-time Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse in a time of 10.14 seconds.

Meanwhile, reigning Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo ran twice on Saturday (4 June), taking the 400m in 50.52 before clocking 22.61s to win the 200m.

Bauhaus Jump Challenge

Following his 5.86m victory last month in Oslo and unbeatable indoor campaign, Sweden's Mondo Duplantis continued his winning streak.

Recently, the 20-year-old pole vaulter broke two world records within a week of each other in February after jumping 6.17m in Poland then 6.18m at the Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow seven days later. He broke Frenchman Renaud's Lavillenie's record of 6.16m which stood for six years.

While Duplantis didn't break his own world record over the weekend, he still managed an impressive performance in Gothenburg on Saturday (June 4).

He went over the bar on his first attempts for 5.35m, 5.50m and 5.60m. He needed two tries to clear 5.70m, which is where he effectively won the competition after European U20 champion Pal Haugen only cleared 5.60m.

"Everything is a little different as there is no audience, so it obviously felt a bit more like a training," he said.

"I'm still a little rusty. It's been difficult for me during this time, especially when I was in Louisiana where I didn't have access to facilities, so I'm still a bit out of shape."

Duplantis cleared 5.85m with ease and scaled a world-leading 5.94m on his third try but he ended his day with three unsuccessful attempts at 6.00m.

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Elsewhere in Europe, despite the poor conditions, European U20 champion Femke Bol clocked a Dutch record of 54.47, shaving a second from her personal best (PB) in the 400m hurdles.

Meanwhile, discus world champion Daniel Stahl of Sweden recorded three valid throws with his best landing at 66.55m.