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Records tumbled at the Athletissima Lausanne Diamond League meet on Friday, 26 August, following a special city event for pole vault a day earlier on 25 August. Find out about all the action from Switzerland.
8 min By Ockert De Villiers
The Athletissima Lausanne delivered some stellar action as the 2022 **athletics**season heads towards a climactic finish, with two more Diamond League competitions remaining.
Athletics fans were spoiled by record-breaking performances from some of the sport's biggest stars, including Armand 'Mondo' Duplantis, Noah Lyles, Femke Bol, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, and Francine Niyonsaba.
The action began on Thursday, 25 August, with a pole vault city event where Duplantis was victorious. The La Pontaise Olympic Stadium, which opened in 1904, played host to a full programme of elite action on Friday.
Dutch sensation Bol showed off her hot form winning the women's 400m hurdles in meeting record of 52.95 seconds. Later in the programme, Camacho-Quinn did the same in the sprint hurdles event, where she got the better of world record holder Tobi Amusan of Nigeria.
Burundi's Niyonsaba surged to victory in the women's 3000m, where she pipped Alicia Monson at the line and broke the meet record in the process.
Lyles came painstakingly close to eclipsing the mark he set at the venue in 2019, winning the men's 200m in 19.56 seconds, while Ingebrigtsen posted a world-leading time in the men's 1,500m.
Catch up on all the action as it happened below with Olympics.com's updates.
21:55: Joe Kovacs in top form in men’s shot put competition
Two-time world champion Joe Kovacs was in top form in the men’s shot put, producing four throws of over 22 metres, including a second-round winning heave of 22.65m.
Kovacs beat American team-mate and world record holder Ryan Crouser, who finished second with a best throw of 22.05m. New Zealand’s Jacko Gill landed the third step on the podium with a 21.70m effort.
21:50: Noah Lyles speeds to 200m gold
World champion Noah Lyles of the United States overcame a slow start and a cruising Michael Norman to win the one-lap sprint in an impressive 19.56 seconds.
Coming out the bend, Lyles was trailing compatriot Michael Norman but managed to find an extra gear over the latter part of the race to claim a comfortable victory.
Norman clinched the silver in 19.76, with Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago finishing third in 19.95.
"I would have taken anything under 19.60, so 19.56 is alright for tonight. I could have gone faster but I am not going to fret too much about it," Lyles told the Diamond League website.
21:50: Yulimar Rojas leaps over 15 metres to grab gold
Olympic champion and world record holder Yulimar Rojas may not have performed to her lofty standards, but the Venezuelan phenom still managed to win the triple jump competition.
Her best of two legal jumps, a penultimate effort of 15.31m, was more than good enough to give her the victory over Shanieka Ricketts (14.64m) of Jamaica in second place. Ukraine’s Maryna Bekh-Romanchu finished third with a jump of 14.31m.
21:40: Andriy Protsenko raises the bar
Ukraine’s Andriy Protsenko made light work of the competition in the high jump competition sailing over the bar on each first attempt at 2.15m, 2.20m and 2.24m.
Protsenko’s clean sheet guaranteed him the victory over Qatari great Mutaz Essa Barshim, who had to settle for second place. JuVaughn Harrison of the United States joined them on the podium after also clearing 2.24m.
21:40: Marileidy Paulino claims one-lap gold
Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic nearly ran out of gas but managed to hold off a late charge from Sada Williams of Barbados to claim victory in the 400m.
In the absence of reigning world champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Paulino and Williams were left to battle for one-lap supremacy.
World silver medallist Paulino raced home in 49.87 seconds with Williams, who finished third at the global championships clocking 49.94 for the silver. Fiordaliza Cofil of the Dominican Republic finished third in 50.13.
21:30: Jasmine Camacho-Quinn outguns Amusan
Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico pulled away from Nigerian world record holder Tobi Amusan to win the women’s 100m hurdles in a meeting record of 12.34 seconds. Amusan made a strong start but ultimately bowed the knee, finishing second in 12.45, with Tia Jones of the United States taking third place in 12.47.
21:20: Classy Soufiane El Bakkali fastest over barriers
Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali was in imperious form in the 3000m steeplechase, leaving the chasing pack well behind to win by nearly 10 seconds.
The Olympic champion led almost half the race before producing a devastating kick to stop the clock at 8:02.45. Ethiopia’s Lamecha Girma (8:12.07) followed in second place, with Leonard Kipkemoi Bett of Kenya finishing third in 8:12.08.
21:10: Tina Šutej wins pole vault arm wrestle
Slovenian athlete Tina Šutej was embroiled in an arm wrestle with world bronze medallist Nina Kennedyof Australia after both cleared 4.70 metres in the women’s pole vault.
Šutej came out on top, winning the event on countback as she cleared the height on her second attempt, with Kennedy doing it on her third. Wilma Murto of Finland walked away with the bronze with a vault of 4.60m.
21:05: Aleia Hobbs rule women’s 100m
U.S. sprinter Aleia Hobbs brushed aside two false starts to claim the women’s 100m title after Jamaican Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah was disqualified.
Hobbs came out on top in a blanket finish winning the short sprint in 10.87 seconds, with 200m world champion Shericka Jackson of Jamaica finishing second in 10.88. Marie-Josée Ta Lou rounded out the podium with a time of 10.94. Jamaican world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce did not line up as planned after she withdrew due to an injury.
20:55: Francine Niyonsaba wins women's 3000m in photo finish
The women’s 3000m race came to an emphatic end with Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba out dipping Alicia Monson of the United States by one-hundredth of a second.
Monson looked set for an impressive victory but ran out of track with Niyonsaba storming across the line in a meeting record time of 8:26.80.
Monson had to be content with the silver medal posting a personal best of 8:26.81, with Beatrice Chebet of Kenya bagging bronze in 8:27.14.
20:40: Jakob Ingebrigtsen shows heels to win men’s 1,500m
Norwegian supremo**Jakob Ingebrigtsen**demonstrated his tactical nous as he changed gears at the bell of the 1,500m race to clock a world-leading time of 3:29.05 for the victory.
Ingebrigtsen showed a clean pair of heels over the final stretch leaving Abel Kipsang of Kenya and Australia’s Stewart McSweyn to battle it for silver and bronze. Kipsang finishes second in 3:29.93, with McSweyn crossing third in 3:30.18.
19:30: Neeraj Chopra back to winning ways
Indian sensationNeeraj Chopratook a commanding lead in the men’s javelin throwcompetition with an opening heave of 89.08 metres.
Chopra held off a challenge Czech ace Jakub Vadlejch (85.88m) and Curtis Thompson (83.72m) of the United States finishing in second and third place.
20:30: Rasheed Broadbell topple big names for high hurdles gold
Commonwealth Games champion Rasheed Broadbell stunned some of the world’s best hurdlers stopping the clock in a new lifetime best, dipping below 13 seconds for the first time to claim victory.
The Jamaican dipped in 12.99 seconds relegating two-time world champion Grant Holloway (13.11) of the United States into third place. Holloway’s compatriot Trey Cunningham claimed silver with a time of 13.10.
20:08: Femke Bol clocks meeting record to win 400m hurdles
Prolific racer and Olympic bronze medallist Femke Bolof the Netherlands was in dominant form in the women's 400m hurdles, crossing the finish with some daylight between her and the rest of the field.
Bol clocked a meeting record of 52.95 seconds, beating the Jamaican duo of Janieve Russell (53.92) and Andrenette Knight (54.33) into second and third place.
"It's amazing to run a MR here and run again in 52, especially in this beautiful city," Bol told the Diamond League website.
"The first 200m felt easy and I wasn't too close to the hurdles. The second part is my better part this year. I am getting tired."
19:20: Andy Díaz Hernández leads Cuban triple jump sweep
It is a Cuban 1-2-3 in the men’s triple jump, with Andy Díaz Hernández leading the charge with a best effort of 17.67 metres on his second attempt on the night. World indoor champion Lázaro Martínez leapt to a personal best of 17.50m for second place, with Jordan Alejandro Díaz Fortun completing the sweep with a 17.44m.
The women’s pole vault competition began just after 19:00 as we build up towards the track events.
18:20 - Today's schedule
The men's triple jump competition kicks off proceedings
Here is today's schedule of the Diamond League events taking place in Lausanne
18:20: Men's triple jump
19:10: Women's pole vault
19:30: Men's javelin
20:04: Women's 400m hurdles
20:10: Men's high jump
20:22: Men's 110m hurdles
20:33: Men's 1500m
20:40: Women's triple jump
20:43: Women's 3000m
20:59: Women's 100m
21:00: Men's shot put
21:06: Men's 3000m steeplechase
21:23: Women's 100m hurdles
21:31: Women's 400m
21:42: Men's 200m
21:53: Women's 4x400m relay