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Reece Prescod beats Justin Gatlin and Shanghai rain for shock 100m win

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Cary Erickson | 14 May, 2018, 06:46

"It suits me", said Prescod who was 0.01 seconds shy of his personal best.

"My expectations going in were I knew I had it in me [to win] as long as I executed my race".

In rainy conditions at Shanghai Stadium, Reece Prescod of Great Britain won the event in 10.04 seconds, just edging Chjinese sprinters Su Bingtian (10.05) and Xie Zhenye (10.17).

Xue Changrui disclosed he didn't expect his 5.71m, he said: "To be honest the result came as a little surprise, I had no confidence before the game".

Javon Francis had a rough night in the 400m event, crossing the line in ninth position, in a time of 47.06, with Bahamian Steven Gardiner rewriting the meet record, with a 43.99 seconds run.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo, The Bahamas' Olympic 400m champion, got her defence of the 200m title off to an eye-catching start as she defeated the world champion, Dafne Schippers, in a meeting record of 22.06.

The crowd witnessed an expected home win in the women's shot put, where China's world champion Gong Lijiao finished more than a metre clear of her nearest opposition with 19.99m, the farthest thrown so far this year.

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"Today's competition was good, but I meant to break 20m and it's a pity I didn't manage it", she said. Native Athlete Zeng Jianhang finished eighth in 13.76.

Colombia's Olympic gold medallist Caterine Ibarguen easily won the women's triple jump with 14.80 metres. Alyxandria Treasure of Prince George, B.C., was sixth.

World record holder of Pole Vault, Lavillenie Renaud of France beat Lisek Piotr and Chinese athlete Xue Changrui with 5.81 meters.

Manyonga was placed under early pressure in the men's long jump, achieving his first legal attempt in the third round when he leaped 8.11m to make the halfway cut, with Chinese opponent Shi Yuhao taking the lead with a second-round effort of 8.43m.

Olympic champion Delilah Muhammad won the women's 400 hurdles in 53.77, barely fending off a late charge from Commonwealth champ Janieve Russell, who lost by one hundredth of a second. There was 1500m success for Kenya's Timothy Cheruiyot as he moved past Ethiopia's Samuel Tefera in the final stages to clock a world-leading 3:31.48.

Rynardt van Rensburg, the last of the South Africans in action, will also be confident of putting up a fight in the 800m men's race.