Road To The Final - Rabat Diamond League Headlines

The Road To The Final reached Africa this weekend as the world's top athletes descended on Rabat for the Meeting International Mohammed VI.

The action saw many stars book their place in the Final, while others picked up enough points to raise their hopes of securing a qualifying place.

Here's a summary of the top headlines:

Blessing Okagbare and Elaine Thompson in Rabat Diamond League
Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria) and Elaine Thompson (Jamaica) at the Rabat Diamond League / Photo credit: Kirby Lee / IAAF

Protsenko qualifies, Tamberi fights back

Andriy Protsenko put in a consummate display of jumping to secure victory in Rabat, but the night belonged to Gianmarco Tamberi.

After returning from injury just weeks ago, Tamberi's second Diamond League appearance of the season marked a brilliant return to form in which he finished joint second, picking up seven points, and moving him closer to a qualifying position.

"I needed these points, I need to reach the Final", he said.

Ibargüen returns to top of the standings

Diamond Trophy holder Caterine Ibargüen has dominated the IAAF Diamond League for the last four seasons, which meant that defeat to Yulimar Rojas in Rome was all the more surprising.

The Colombian legend fought back in Rabat, however, taking victory with a jump of 14.51m, picking up eight points and reestablishing herself at the top of the standings.

De Grasse qualifies in style

Andre De Grasse had said before Rabat that he wanted a fast time, and he delivered just that, breaking the meeting record in the 200m to come hom in 20.03.

The win brought him a crucial eight points, securing him his place in the Final, and making him only the second man in the 200m to have qualified so far.

Thompson delivers, Okagbare qualifies

Elaine Thompson had already booked her place in the 100m Final before Rabat, but she showed herself to be the favourite for the Diamond Trophy once again, racing home in 10.87 to take yet another victory.

Fourth place, meanwhile, was enough for Blessing Okagbare to secure her place in the Final.


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