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LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Olympic 100-meter champion Elaine Thompson took center stage in the absence of her Jamaican teammate Usain Bolt in the first Diamond League meet after the Rio de Janeiro Games on Thursday.Thompson timed 10.78 seconds with a slight tailwind at Athletissima -- just .07 outside her time in the 100 final in Rio and .08 behind her world-leading time this season.It was Thompsons second time down the track after most runners initially ignored a false start gun.To be able to produce (10.78) on a second attempt, its a great time, said Thompson, a double gold medalist in 100 and 200 who almost matched Bolts title triple, but took home silver in the 4x100 relay.With Bolt celebrating his 30th birthday in London, Churandy Martina of the Netherlands won the 200 in 19.81, just .03 slower than Bolt ran in the Olympic final and a national recordIn the 100, Bolts gold-medal winning relay teammate Asafa Powell clocked 9.96 to win on a track where he ran his personal record of 9.72 soon after the Beijing Olympics.One contender to help the sports void when Bolt retires is Jamaican 110 hurdler Omar McLeod. However, the Olympic champion was edged by .01 on Thursday by the rival he beat for gold, Orlando Ortega. The Spaniards winning run was 13.11.American hurdlers dominated the womens races, and Kendra Harrison again showed what she could have achieved in Rio had she earned selection at national trials.Harrison, who set a world record of 12.20 in London last month, won here in 12.42 -- faster by .06 than the Olympic gold-winning time of teammate Brianna Rollins, who did not run Thursday.Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad timed 53.78 in a clear 400 hurdles win.Two American bronze medalists in Rio won their events: LaShawn Merritt clocked 44.50 in the 400, and Sam Hendricks set a pole vault meet record by clearing the bar at 5.92. Hendricks used the ideal conditions on a warm, still evening in Lausanne to go seven centimeters above his Olympic height.Two Olympic silver medalists dueled in the womens 3,000: Genzebe Dibaba, the 1,500 runner-up from Ethiopia, won in 8:31.84 after kicking hard at the bell to leave Olympic 5,000 runner-up Hellen Obiri of Kenya trailing in second.Rio silver medalists who also won in Lausanne were Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, clearing 2.35 at the third attempt in the high jump, and Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi in the womens 800. Niyonsaba timed 1:57.71 as Olympic champion Caster Semenya of South Africa skipped the meet. Semenya plans to run at Zurich next Thursday.In the shot put, 2012 Olympic champion Valerie Adams of New Zealand reversed Rio placings with gold medalist Michelle Carter of the U.S., extending her lead with a final effort at 19.94 meters.Olympic triple jump champion Caterine Ibarguen won with a leap of 14.76, though long jump gold medalist Tianna Bartoletta of the U.S. placed only fifth.Amid Russias doping scandal, its only eligible entry in Olympic track and field was its only competitor in Lausanne: with Darya Klishina finishing third in the long jump won by Olympic bronze medalist Ivana Spanovic of Serbia at 6.83.Mentally this has been a very tough season, Klishina said. I hope the situation with Russia is sorted soon and we athletes just have to focus on performing.The Diamond League series continues in Paris on Saturday. Ito Smith Hoodie . 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Rio -- After an impressive straight sets win over Andy Murray and Heather Watson that catapulted Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna into the mixed-doubles semifinals in Rio, Sania has dismissed any talk of feeling pressure as the prospect of a medal appears on the horizon.Clearly buoyed by a strong performance against a pedigreed pair made up of the worlds second ranked mens singles player and the recently crowned Wimbledon mixed doubles champion, Sania says she would much rather embrace the moment than be intimidated by it.Pressure is something thats always there no matter where we play, she said. I take pride in the fact that I always come through under pressure. We would have preferred the other draw, but we were handed the tougher draw, so at the end of the day we came through and we almost played our best, though we can play better.After a stumbly start, Sania and Bopanna produced a captivating performance on the night, a notable improvement from their first round win over the Australian pair of John Peers and Samantha Stosur. Without the windy conditions that made the ball swirl unpredictably in their first match, Sania and Bopanna were a lot more assured on court.The match was played on court two, one of the three show courts at the Olympic tennis centre. Despite the loss of Bopannas serve in only the second game of the first set, the Indians were not perturbed.Watsons serve was immediately targeted as the weak link and once Bopanna scorched a single hander backhand to clinch the fourth game, the Indians claimed ascendancy in the contest. Bopannas big serve became impenetrable for the rest of the match.?I am still working on my serve every single day even though it is my strength, Bopanna said. I trust my serve so much doesnt matter if I serve two double faults, I know I can go for my second serves.Sania, on her part, uncoiled brutal groundstrokes, creaming service returns and enjoying the better of several baseline exchanges.I think people get a little surprised wheen I do make those returns, she explained.dddddddddddd I feel that if I can read the serve well enough I am able to get to it even if it is a 200mph serve. I think thats one of my biggest strengths which is why I am able to perform the way I am at that level.Sanias incisive returning did not just create trouble for Watson, but she also tackled Murrays serve with élan. Clearly feeling the aftereffects of a bruising three-set quarterfinal that he won earlier in the day against American Steve Johnson, Murray wilted.He began the match by hissing his serves across Sania on the Ad-court side but as the match wore on, he visibly dropped intensity and committed uncharacteristic unforced errors.The fifth game of the second set proved to be decisive, with Sania ripping a forehand to earn a break point on Murrays serve and the Indians going on to convert it. At 5-4, with Bopanna serving for the match, the Indians allowed two match points to slip away before converting on their third with a spanking overhead.It took them into the last four as the only seeded unit still surviving and set up a clash against the American pair of Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram, another doubles specialist. As a more settled pairing, the Indians will perhaps start favourites, though they laugh at tags such as that given how the tennis competition has unfolded in Rio, with a string of high-profile players exiting early.The seedings dont matter, with two sets and a deciding tie break anybody has a chance, Bopanna said. I dont think we are looking at the fact that we are the only seeds. We are just going there, we know we have to keep focusing and winning our matches.Sania echoed those comments.?It isnt just about tennis, she said. Nerves and many things that come into play in the semifinal so we are going to hope to bring our A game again and hopefully be better than even today. Stitched NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys Outlet Disocunt Football Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys White NFL Jerseys Cheap China NFL Jerseys White ' ' '

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