Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah finished off her golden year on a high when she won the 100m title in the season-ending Diamond League final in Zurich on Thursday.
Thompson-Herah followed up her Olympic 100m-200m double in Tokyo by coming within 0.05 seconds of Florence Griffith Joyner’s 33-year-old 100m world record in a Diamond League meeting two weeks ago.
Although she was unable to better the record in the season finale, Thompson-Herah took the title in a time of 10.65 seconds ahead of Briton Dina Asher-Smith.
"I am very happy with my race," Thompson-Herah told reporters. "It’s good to add a Diamond League trophy to my collection, it has been a long season so I was just happy to cross the line healthy."
In the absence of Olympic champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs, who announced last month he would not race again this season, American Fred Kerley, who finished second to the Italian in Tokyo, won the Diamond League men’s 100m title with a time of 9.87.
Canada’s Andre De Grasse came home in second, running a personal best 9.89. He also finished runner-up in the 200m race, which was won by American Kenny Bednarek.
In the field, Russian Anzhelika Sidorova became only the third woman in pole vault history to clear five metres, with her height of 5.01m just short of the world record of 5.06m set in the same stadium by Yelena Isinbayeva in 2009.
Sidorova’s effort was a Diamond League record, second on the world outdoor all-time list and the best clearance outdoors since Isinbayeva’s record was set 12 years ago.
Mondo Duplantis attempted to better his own world record of 6.18m after winning the men’s event with ease, but despite the fevered backing of the 20,000 crowd, the Swede failed to set a new mark.
Norway’s Karsten Warholm, the Olympic champion and world record holder, was a comfortable winner of the men’s 400m hurdles in a modest time of 47.35. The women’s title was taken by Femke Bol of the Netherlands.
Namibian Christine Mboma won the women’s 200m, claiming victory in an Under-20 world record time of 21.78 to suggest she can add to her silver medal in Tokyo.
Mboma, who also won in Brussels last week, beat Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson and world champion Asher-Smith into second and third respectively.
British teenager Keely Hodgkinson won the women’s 800m title ahead of Kate Grace of the United States, while Kenyan Emmanuel Korir edged compatriot Ferguson Rotich in the men’s race.
Joint Olympic champion Gianmarco Tamberi claimed the high jump title after clearing 2.34m, proving one of the most popular athletes on the night as he stirred the crowd into a frenzy and celebrated his success with typical gusto.
There were 25 final winners, with each champion collecting $30,000 – half the prize in 2019 – and automatic entry into next year’s World Championships in Eugene in the United States.