Lausanne Diamond League: Eilidh Doyle closes in on 400m hurdles title

Doyle finished ahead of Denmark's Sara Petersen and American Ashley Spencer, who won Olympic silver and bronze in Rio
Doyle finished ahead of Denmark's Sara Petersen and American Ashley Spencer, who won Olympic silver and bronze in Rio

Britain's Eilidh Doyle bounced back from her disappointing individual performance at the Olympics to claim second in the 400m hurdles at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne.

The Scot, last in the Rio final, clocked 54.45 seconds to finish behind Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad.

Doyle leads the Diamond League rankings by six points with one race to go.

"I am really motivated to win this year," said the 29-year-old, who helped GB win 4x400m relay bronze in Rio.

The final 400m hurdles race takes place at the season-ending meeting in Brussels on 9 September.

The Diamond League series continues in Paris on Saturday.

There was also a second place in Lausanne for Britain's Robbie Grabarz, who recorded 2.32m to finish behind Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim (2.35m) in the high jump.

Lorraine Ugen, (6.71m) was second in the long jump, behind Serbia's Ivana Spanovic (6.83m), while fellow Brit Lynsey Sharp produced her third fastest time of the year (one minute 58.52secs) to finish third in the 800m.

Double Olympic sprint gold medallist Elaine Thompson won the women's 100m with ease in a time of 10.78 seconds.

Fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell won the men's 100m in 9.96, with Joel Fearon, the bobsledder who is Britain's fastest man this year, third in 10.05.

World record holder Kendra Harrison, who failed to make the United States squad for the Rio Olympics, took the 100m hurdles in 12.42, a time that would have been good enough for gold in the Olympics.

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