Andre De Grasse beats Marcell Jacobs in Ostava 100m in showdown, Mondo Duplantis wins in pole vault

Andre De Grasse has beaten fellow athletics Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs on Tuesday (28 May) in the Ostrava Golden Spike across 100m.

The Canadian, who won the 200m at Tokyo 2020 in 2021, clocked a season’s best 10.10 to claim the win at the World Athletics Continental Tour stop in Czechia, with Jacobs’ 10.19 coming in third. Jacobs was the surprise winner in the 100m at the Tokyo Olympics.

Ryiem Forde of Jamaica grabbed second place with a 10.17.

It was a double-win kind of day for the 29-year-old De Grasse, who later crossed the line first in the 200m, as well, clocking a 20.04, another best for him for 2024.

De Grasse and Jacobs share a training base in Jacksonville, Florida, with both men eyeing success at the coming Olympic Games Paris 2024.

In the men’s pole vault event, reigning Olympic champion and world record holder Mondo Duplantis of Sweden was the only competitor to clear 5.62m, eventually going over 6 metres on his third attempt to secure the victory. Ethan Cormont of France was second (5.62m).

Elsewhere, reigning Olympic champion across 400m Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas won his race in 44.39, holding off world indoor champion Alexander Doom of Belgium (44.44).

Algeria’s Djamel Sedjati clocked a world lead in the 800m, the 2023 world silver medallist’s 1:43.51 winning by some two seconds.

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