Sunday, 19 June 2022 15:05

Luxolo Adams rockets to sub-20 victory at Paris Diamond League.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.


Former national champion Luxolo Adams shattered the 20-second barrier for the first time in his career, storming to a convincing victory in the men's 200m race at the World Athletics Diamond League meeting in Paris, France on Saturday night.

Adams stopped the clock at 19.82, ripping 0.19 off his previous personal best (20.01) which he had set in Paarl in March 2018. It's the second quickest time ever run by a South African over the half-lap distance, just 0.13 outside the SA record of 19.69 held by Clarence Munyai.

The 25-year-old athlete secured his first Diamond League victory, finishing well ahead of Alexander Ogando of the Dominican Republic, who took second place in 20.03.

France's Mouhamadou Fall was third in 20.26 and Olympic champion Andre de Grasse of Canada settled for fourth spot in 20.38.

Meanwhile, Zakithi Nene took third place in the men's 400m race in Paris in 44.99. Olympic gold medallist Steven Gardiner of Bahamas took the win in 44.21, with Dominican athlete Lidio Andres Feliz narrowly holding off a challenge from Nene to finish second in 44.92.

In the men's 100m race, which was not a Diamond League event, African Championships bronze medallist Henricho Bruintjies ended fifth in 10.38.

Benjamin Azamati of Ghana won the short-sprint contest in 10.25.

"Congratulations for attaining medals, especially at a prestigious stage like the Diamond League," stated a happy James Moloi, the President of Athletics South Africa.We are proud of the individual achievements and congratulate the athletes, their coaches and all support staff. We trust this will help them peak at the World Championships in Oregon, USA."

The next leg of the Diamond League series will be held in Stockholm, Sweden on 30 June 2022.