Lovett leaps to 2nd in high jump, Arop races to 3rd in 800 at Monaco Diamond League
3-time Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse 4th in strongest 100m field of his season
Canada's Django Lovett finished second in the men's high jump while Marco Arop narrowly missed the Canadian record in finishing third in the men's 800 metres at the Monaco Diamond League on Friday.
Lovett, who clinched his Tokyo Olympic berth two weeks ago at the trials in Montreal, cleared 2.29 metres to finish behind Mikhail Akimenko (2.32), a Russian athlete who will compete in Tokyo as an "authorized neutral athlete."
WATCH | Lovett leaps to 2nd in Monaco:
Arop, a 22-year-old from Edmonton, ran a gutsy 800, leading until the final 20 metres to finish in a personal best one minute 43.26 seconds. He was less than a tenth of a second off Brandon McBride's national record of 1:43.20.
Nijel Amos of Botswana won in 1:42.91, the world's fastest time this season, while Emmanuel Korir of Kenya was second (1:43.04).
De Grasse, a three-time Olympic medallist, ran 10.00 to finish just outside the top three in the strongest field he's raced in this season. The 26-year-old from Markham, Ont., was coming off back-to-back 200 victories in the past week.
WATCH | De Grasse places 4th in 100 metres:
American Ronnie Baker ran 9.91 to win. South African Akani Simbine was second in 9.98, followed by Italian Lamont Jacobs (9.99).
Arop will make his Olympic debut in Tokyo. The 2019 Pan American Games gold medallist was second at the Diamond League stop in Stockholm on Sunday.
Arop was born in Khartoum, Sudan, but his family fled to Egypt to escape the Sudanese civil war. They eventually settled in Edmonton in 2002.
WATCH | Arop threatens Canadian 800m record:
Hurdler Warholm sets meet mark after world record
Karsten Warholm followed up his world record performance eight days ago with another Diamond League win, clinching the men's 400 hurdles in a meet record 47.08 seconds.
"For me it is about being consistent. It was also a bit of an untidy race at the end that is something I need to learn to improve," said the 25-year-old reigning world champion, who will return home for a training week before a pre-camp in Japan.
Cheruiyot runs world-leading time in 1,500m
Reigning world champion Timothy Cheruiyot got sweet redemption after coming up short at Kenya's Olympic team trials last month, winning the men's 1,500 metres in a world-leading three minutes 28.28 seconds.
The 25-year-old finished fourth at the Kenyan trials and told reporters his poor performance came after a family tragedy.
"I missed competition a lot after spending a lot of time in Kenya where I had a few issues like my hamstring injury and after also losing a relative in my family on the day of the Kenyan trials explaining why I missed out on making the team," said Cheruiyot.
His was one of handful of world-leading times put up in a blockbuster meet, with Amos winning the men's 800 in 1:42.91, Ethiopia's Lamecha Girma clinching the men's 3,000 steeplechase in 8:07.75 and Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon clinching the women's 1,500 in 3:51.07.
'I feel like a role model for young mothers'
The 27-year-old Kipyegon, who returned to competition in 2019 after taking two years off for the birth of her daughter, defeated 2019 world champion Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands by more than two and a half seconds.
"I knew Sifan was going for a fast race and my goal was to run a fast race here," the Kenyan said.
"I came back after giving birth and I feel like a role model for the young mothers out there and the young athletes. I hope to show them that when you go for maternity leave, this does not mean the end of your career. You can come back strong and win races."
WATCH | The 100-metre dash, explained:
With files from Reuters