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Damon seventh in Shanghai

South Africa javeliner Ulrich Damon ended seventh behind Norwegian giant Andreas Thorkildsen in Sunday’s second IAAF Diamond League track and field meeting of the season, in Shanghai.

Damon was the sole South African competitor at the meeting after 1500-metre runner Peter van der Westhuizen had to return home to his United States base after visa problems.

Potchefstroom-based Damon hurled the projectile 71.83m. That was his opening throw and he had three no-throws.

Still, that’s his best of the season so far. His personal best is 78.58m, set in Potchefstroom last year.

Thorkildsen’s winning throw was an 86.11 effort.

Meanwhile World and Olympic triple gold medallist Usain Bolt launched his Diamond League campaign with a comfortable 200m win in 19.76 seconds.

Sapa-AFP reports that Bolt, who holds the world record of 19.19sec, was the only man to break the 20-second barrier, with American Angelo Taylor second in 20.34 followed by American Ryan Bailey in 20.43. “It was a good run, the feeling was good but it was not easy. I am not in the best shape but enjoyed it,” Bolt said. “I look forward to the next race.”

Bolt and Chinese hurdles star Liu Xiang were highlight attractions at the second stop of the 14-event Diamond League competition.

It was Bolt’s first race in China since his triple-gold Olympic performance at the 2008 Beijing Games and the crowd roared him on as he jogged a victory lap around the stadium. “I really wanted a good time, I’m not going to China very often,” Bolt said.

Bolt ran 9.86 seconds – the fastest time of the year so far – to win his season-opening 100m at South Korea’s Daegu Pre-Championships Meeting last week. His fastest 200m of the season was 19.56 in Kingston earlier this month.

Fans screamed as Chinese star Liu stepped on to the track for the men’s 110m hurdles. Liu, who complained of pain in his Achilles tendon before the race, defied his own expectations with a third-place finish of 13.40 seconds.

American David Oliver won the race with the fastest time of the season at 12.99 and China’s Shi Dongpeng was second at 13.39.

US sprinter Carmelita Jeter continued her women’s 100m winning streak with a time of 11.09 seconds. World champion Shelly-Ann Fraser of Jamaica came second finishing in 11.29 seconds.

For the next round, the Diamond League moves to Oslo for its first European stop on June 4.


  1. Junior

    May 24, 2010 at 11:14 am

    The facts is a bit wrong here!!!
    Ulrich Damon have a personal best of 78.58m and were third on the IAAF junior rankings last year (also the 3rd best distance ever in SA by a Junior). His best for 2010 is 74.20m (10/02/10 Potch). I’m glad that this younster got this opportunity, he is currently the only javelin thrower of colour in SA performing well and a real talent that we should look after.
    How many more are there in our townships??!! Unfortunately javelins is very costly and parents can’t afford them.

  2. Mark Etheridge

    May 24, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Hi there .. thanx so much Junior .. fixed that up .. keep up the good work. It’s always great to get your input etc! I agree .. he is obviously a great talent .. we’ll keep an eye on him .. and yes, you’re right javelins are expensive .. not many can afford them.

    Keep in touch

    Mark Etheridge

  3. athletics supporter

    May 27, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Hey Junior
    Not many white parents can afford them as well!!

  4. Junior

    May 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I know….spoken to some who had to fork out R9000.00 or more:)
    Not going to debate that, and this is definitely not about black/white but being passionate about athletics, i always wonder if the lack of javelin/discus/hammer/shotput coaching clinics in the “black & coloured” schools is not robbing us from potential stars. I would also not throw javelin for example, if the other kids are throwing 30-40m further than my best effort and the only difference being technique or rather the lack thereof. Then rather play rugby!!
    Do anyone know if this is addressed in some sort of way?

  5. athletics supporter

    May 27, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    We are in rural area and I do not know of any coaching clinics in “white” schools – in any case – not in KZN. If schools do give the clinics I would really like to know which ones they are.

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