Tajay Gayle’s third place finish at the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich, as well as his win in Shanghai prove one thing, that nothing is impossible in the long jump with the IAAF World Championships of Athletics set to start in Doha Qatar on Friday.

Gayle, a Jamaican, is not expected to figure among the medals, with Cuba’s Juan Miguel Echeverria impressing with a wind-aided 8.92 metres this year, as well as a Pan American title where he leaped to 8.65, and South African Luvo Manyonga, who, while not at his best, has jumped 8.37 metres.

If those two are among the medals, then it is likely that Gayle will have to fight with Mitiadis Tentoglou of Greece, the European champion, and Manyonga’s teammate, Rushwahi Samaai.

Gayle has a personal best of 8.32 metres and could find other challenges for a podium finish in the way of World U20, Asian and World University Games gold medallist Yuki Hashioka, who has the same personal best as the Jamaican this year.

Jamaica’s Stephenie-Ann McPherson ran a blinding final 50 to win the 400 metres inside the Charlety Stadium at the Paris Diamond League on Saturday.

McPherson clocked 51.11 seconds to claim the Diamond League one-lap event ahead of the United States’s Kendall Ellis, who was timed in 51.21.

Another US athlete, Shakima Wimbley, was third in 51.50.

McPherson, coming off the final bend was not in the frame for a medal but found an extra gear over the last 70 metres, advancing from fourth to storm past Ellis, who was also moving past Wimbley.

The strong finish from Ellis was impressive but McPherson showed real heart, making sure her lane seven assignment counted for nothing.

The United States’ Phyllis Francis was a disappointing fourth in 51.56, while the Netherland’s Lisanne de Witte was fifth in 51.83.

Botswana’s Christine Botlogetswe, 52.02, France’s Deborah Sananes, 52.04, and her countrywoman Amandine Brossier, 53.29, rounded out the field.

Elaine Thompson, despite putting together consistent wins over 100 metres this season, believes she is still not at 100 per cent just yet.

Thompson made it five wins from as many starts over the shortest sprint on Saturday when she blew away the challenge of the Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou to stop the clock at 10.98 seconds.

While the time wasn’t as quick as the heady 10.73 she clocked earlier this season, the performance was dominant and the 2016 Olympic champion may be looking like a favourite for a 2019 World Championship title.

Thompson is staying calm though and going through the process to ensure she is at peak when she gets to Doha.

"It's still five weeks to Doha so it's all preparation at this stage," the 27-year-old Thompson said.

"I'm not 100 percent yet because it's all about the world championships. It's very important to put races like this in because it was a strong field."

Despite saving something for the finish, Jamaica’s Natoya Goule was pipped by a well-timed late sprint from the United States’ Hanna Green during their 800-metre Diamond League meeting in Paris on Saturday. 

Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson continues to look unbeatable over 100 metres lately, easing to her latest victory at the Paris Diamond League on Saturday. 

Despite being given clearance to compete for a spot at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics, Jamaican hurdler Danielle Williams remains in the hunt for a Diamond League trophy.

A Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) decision had deemed Williams ineligible to compete for a spot at this year’s World Championships after a false start at the country’s national trials, however, there was still a window for the athlete to make the team to Doha had she earned an automatic spot via winning the Diamond League.

Williams then broke the national record and is unbeaten over the 100-metre hurdles since that time. Her 12.32-second clocking meant she lead the world, putting the JAAA in some amount of discomfort.

However, earlier this week, another JAAA release said the athlete would be contemplated since her disqualification in the event, could not be counted since the race was deemed null and void after subsequent attempts at re-running it.

That being said, Williams’ time would suggest she is a shoe-in for a place on the team the JAAA said would be picked based on IAAF-ranking at the time of selection.

Williams leads the world rankings with 1385 points while Megan Tapper with 1263, Janeek Brown with 1257, and Yanique Thompson with 1202 are the next highest-ranked Jamaicans.

Should Williams earn an automatic place, Thompson, who for the moment is out of a place at the World Championships could be headed to Doha as well.

Still, Williams coach, Lennox Graham has come out to say, the 2015 World Champion would still be taking aim at the Diamond League Trophy.

“The focus of our season doesn’t change. Once the issue happened, we had made a conscious decision to focus on the things that we can control  and what we were in control of at the time was contractually agreed to already, running in the Diamond League and getting all the points you can and getting into the final and try to win. This decision extends her season so that’s the effect that this will have on it,” Graham had said in an interview with Radio Jamaica.

The Diamond League moves to Birmingham tomorrow where Williams is again down to compete.

Caster Semenya has distanced herself from suggestions she will retire and has no plans to take medication to lower her testosterone levels. 

Semenya excelled to claim a dominant win in the season-opening Diamond League 800 metres women's race in Doha on Friday, just two days after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) controversially ruled against the South African's appeal over the IAAF's testosterone regulations in a landmark legal case.  

The governing body will require Semenya to take medication that reduces testosterone levels in order to compete in track events ranging from 400m to a mile from May 8.  

A cryptic tweet by Semenya on Thursday led to speculation the two-time 800m Olympic champion may retire, but, speaking to BBC Sport after the victory in Qatar, the 28-year-old ruled out that possibility.  

"I'm never going anywhere," she said. "At the end of the day, it's all about believing. 

"It's up to God. God has decided my career and he will end my career, so no human can stop me from running. 

"I understand there's been a lot of controversy but that does not control anything. 

"Actions speak louder than words. When you're a great champion you always deliver. 

"With me, life has been simple. I'm just here to deliver for the people who love and support me. 

"I'm enjoying each and every moment of my life, maybe because I have the love I need from my people. 

"It's all about confusing your enemies. If people create you as an enemy you keep it like that. 

"We're doing it for the next generation, we want to inspire them. I cannot talk about the case, what I can talk about is the running. Some things I cannot control. I believe in my legal team. They will do their best to get me back on the track." 

When asked by Sportsmail if she planned to take the medication, Semenya replied "Hell no," but clarified she still intends to compete in the 800m. 

"With this situation, you can never tell the future," she added. 

"How the hell am I going to retire when I'm 28? I still feel young, energetic. I still have 10 years or more in athletics, it doesn't matter how I'm going to do it. What matters is I'll still be here." 

British rival Lynsey Sharp revealed she has received death threats for previously speaking out about the challenges of competing against Semenya. 

"I've known Caster since 2008, it's something I've been familiar with over the past 11 years," she said in quotes reported by BBC Sport. 

"It's not a decision that's been taken lightly. No one benefits from this situation – of course she doesn't benefit, but it's not me versus her, it's not us versus them. 

"I've had death threats. I've had threats against my family and that's not a position I want to be in. It's really unfortunate the way it's played out. 

"It's good that there has been some sort of solution, but no-one is going to agree, unfortunately. 

"By no means am I over the moon about this, it's just been a long 11 years for everyone." 

Caster Semenya dominated the 800 metres women's race at the season-opening Diamond League meeting in Doha, amid speculation she could retire after losing her case against the IAAF. 

The South African powered to a world-leading and meet-record time of one minute and 54.98 seconds after a superb second lap. 

Semenya put clear daylight between herself and the chasing pack, with Francine Niyonsaba and Ajee Wilson coming second and third respectively.  

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Wednesday dismissed the two-time 800m Olympic champion's appeal against the IAAF's testosterone regulations in a landmark legal case. 

The IAAF's ruling will require Semenya to take medication to reduce testosterone levels in order to compete in track events ranging from 400m to a mile. 

Initially, Semenya stated that she will "rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world" in response to the CAS decision. 

However, a cryptic tweet on Friday that included the quote, "Knowing when to walk away is wisdom. Being able to is courage. Walking away with your head held high is dignity" prompted speculation Semenya might retire, leading to an outpouring of support from fans urging her not to do so. 

"For me, this is life. In life, it's hard sometimes, sometimes it's good, but there's nothing that can stop me living in this world," the 28-year-old said after the race, as quoted by the Independent. 

"I think it’s all about keeping believing. If kids look up to you, you must keep doing what’s best for them.  

"This is no longer about us, it’s about the future, the next generation. So we keep inspiring them and then life goes on." 

An appeal can be made against the CAS decision to the Swiss Federal Tribunal within 30 days of the ruling. The IAAF's rules are set to come into effect on May 8. 

Jamaican 400-metre hurdler, Janieve Russell is set to face the starter in her pet event for the first time this season in her pet event at the Doha Diamond League, the first stage of the 2019 IAAF Diamond League, on May 3. 

Budapest will host the 2023 World Athletics Championships, the IAAF has announced.

Caterine Ibarguen made Diamond League history in Brussels on Friday as she became the first athlete to win the long jump and triple jump titles. 

Jamaica’s national 110-metre hurdles champion Ronald Levy seemed to have burst onto the scene in the last two years, but in truth, the Commonwealth Games title holder’s rise has been slower and more painful. 

Christian Coleman hung on to win the men's 100 meters on his return from injury at the Birmingham Diamond League on Saturday. 

When it came to the crunch, halfway down the home straight at the Alexander Stadium, Shaunae Miller-Uibo had too much class for her rivals in the stacked-high women’s 200m in the Muller Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday (18), the last stop on the IAAF Diamond League circuit before finals nights in Zurich and Brussels. 

A slow start from Jamaica’s Ronald Levy at the Birmingham Diamond League left him with two much to do to catch a resurgent Orlando Ortega from Spain. 

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