Allyson Felix denied rising U.S. sprinter Tori Bowie from another statement win, edging her countrywoman in a 200m race at a Diamond League meet in Stockholm on Thursday.
The Olympic champion Felix prevailed in 22.85 seconds. Bowie, still the second-fastest woman in the 200m this year, was second in 22.91.
Felix, coming back this year from a torn hamstring at the 2013 World Championships, won her second Diamond League race of the season. She was well off her season’s best time of 22.34.
“I’m just trying to get back into top form and just working on some different aspects of my race,” Felix said in a Diamond League interview, adding that she benefited from the month-plus Diamond League break before Stockholm. She’ll race a 100m in Birmingham, England, on Sunday.
Bowie has clocked 10.80 in the 100m this year (fastest in the world for 2014) and 22.18 in the 200m (second-fastest behind a Dutchwoman).
In other events, Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie no-heighted in the pole vault, snapping a nine-event Diamond League winning streak dating to 2013.
Jamaican Nesta Carter won the 100m in 9.96. Justin Gatlin and Usain Bolt were not in the field. Bolt, who turned 28 on Thursday, is scheduled to race in Poland on Saturday.
Jamaican Novlene Williams-Mills upset Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross and U.S. champion Francena McCorory, taking the 400m in 50.09.
Olympic and World silver medalist Michael Tinsley overtook Javier Culson after the final barrier in the 400m hurdles. Tinsley won in 49.60 seconds, well off Culson’s world-leading 48.03 from June 14. He also passed Culson in the Diamond League standings.
The 2011 World champion Jenny Simpson won the 1500m in 4:00.38 with a late surge. She defeated a field that included World 1500m champion Abeba Aregawi, World Indoor 3000m champion Genzebe Dibaba and European 1500m champion Sifan Hassan.
Olympic bronze medalist Reese Hoffa won the shot put with a 21.06, throw, beating a field that included the reigning Olympic, World and U.S. champions.
American Tianna Bartoletta prevailed in the long jump at 6.98m. Olympic and World champion Brittney Reese was fourth and is still looking for her first Diamond League win of the year.
American Queen Harrison won the 100m hurdles in 12.66 after Australian Olympic champion Sally Pearson was disqualified before the race. Beijing Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson hit two hurdles en route to third place.
Ethiopian Muktar Edris ran the fastest 5000m this year, 12:54.83. American Galen Rupp was fourth.