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CHRISTIAN TAYLOR and Elaine Thompson were among few Olympic champions to produce some of their best form as the first of two Diamond League finals decided the overall standings.

At the end of their long season and with the major championships behind them, athletes generally were past their peak as series points clearly mattered more than top-draw performances. Fourteen “Diamond Race” winners – those who scored the most points in their events overall in the series – were decided in Zurich, with the remainder of the disciplines being staged at Brussels on September 9. At stake was a top overall series prize of $40,000 for each event.


Elaine Thompson set a Diamond League record of 21.85. She was just 0.07 outside her world lead in the 200m, pipping Dafne Schippers into second by one hundredth.

The Jamaican added to her win in Rio with a late charge as, unusually, it was the fast-finishing Dutchwoman who ran the best bend. Behind Schippers, who ran her quickest time of 2016 and took the Diamond Race, Dina Asher-Smith was fourth with 22.38.

In the triple jump, Christian Taylor’s 17.80m was easily enough for the win and the series title. That was 6cm short of the American’s world lead.

Christian Taylor: triple jump in form
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SPOTLIGHT 12 JARRYD WALLACE The American who stands between Jonnie Peacock and Rio gold 14 DATHAN RITZENHEIN The American hoping to prevent a Mo Farah Great North Run hat-trick on Sunday 24 RIO DIARY Jason Henderson provides a behind-the-scenes insight into AW’s Olympics coverage ACTION 40 2016 SCHOOL GAMES Anna Burt and Holly Mills among the record-setters at Loughborough 44 DIAMOND LEAGUE Laura Muir loses but gains the overall series title in Zurich NEWS 6 CityGames a “perfect fit” for Muir 8 Latest Paralympics news 10 Box4Kids scheme revels in athletics A BRIT ABROAD 30 Television commentator Tim Hutchings looks back on his travels to Rio and recent Diamond Leagues PERFORMANCE 32 Sports science news 34 Eilish McColgan on the ‘pressures’ of being a child of elite athletes 36 Tom McNab continues his expert look at techniques at the Olympics 38 Products – sports socks reviewed PREVIEWS 16 Great North CityGames preview 20 Great North Run preview 54 Previews – Paralympics and Brussels Diamond League RESULTS & FIXTURES 46 Results round-up, including report from Berlin’s ISTAF meeting 57 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 61 Quiz – test your athletics knowledge 62 Dip Finish