Aussies in Diamond League podium finishes

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Kelsey-Lee Barber, Nicola Olyslagers and Ollie Hoare all enjoyed podium finishes but couldn't emulate Australian teammate Nina Kennedy's triumphant heroics at the Diamond League final in Zurich.

On a night when Jamaican sprint legend Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce shone once more, there had been hopes among the elite Australian contingent at the Letzigrund Stadium that they might match pole vaulter Kennedy's win in the nearby Sechselautenplatz city square 24 hours earlier.

But world champion Barber had to settle for runner's-up spot in the javelin climax on Thursday, while Olyslagers finished third in the high jump and Hoare was also third in an electric 1500 metres.

Barber had to give best to American Kara Winger, who hurled a fifth round 64.98m throw to surpass Barber's second-round 63.72, which had looked poised to earn the Brisbane-based field eventer another big event triumph.

Her attempt at a last-round biggie fell short as she could only reach 62.09m, but the 30-year-old held on for second despite Haruka Kitaguchi nearly overhauling her with a 63.56m final attempt.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen proved unstoppable in the 1500 metres, the Norwegian phenomenon powering to victory to take the title in 3 minutes 29.02 seconds, while also taking 0.03sec off his world-leading time for the year.

Neither Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot (3:30.27) nor Commonwealth champion Hoare (3:30.59) could live with the remarkable 21-year-old, while the ever-reliable Australian luminary Stewy McSweyn couldn't complain with his fifth-place finish in 3:31.45.

The high jump, for which Australian world champion Eleanor Patterson didn't qualify, was dominated by Ukrainian world silver medallist Yaroslava Mahuchikh, who cleared 2.03m for an emotional triumph.

Olyslagers, the Olympic silver medallist, could only get over 1.94, well below her PB of 2.02 and was beaten for second place on countback by another Ukrainian Iryna Gerashchenko.

Toowoomba's Matt Denny threw 64.81m but it wasn't enough to stop the Commonwealth champ propping up the six-man field in the discus, with Slovenian Kristjan Ceh taking the title with a 67.10m clincher in the final round.

International star of the night was the irrepressible 35-year-old Fraser-Pryce, who was cheered by the 25,000-strong crowd to her fifth 100m triumph in the end-of-season Diamond League showpiece.

She avenged a rare defeat by her compatriot Shericka Jackson in Brussels last week to power home in a sizzling 10.65 seconds and become the first woman to run below 10.70 seven times in a single season.

"I'm just excited to have won. I'm feeling good to be able to compete. This was remarkable and I'm very proud that I came away with 10.65," she said.

The equivalent men's race was won by American Trayvon Bromell, who clocked 9.94 to beat Jamaica's Yohan Blake (10.05) and Canadian Aaron Brown and win his maiden Diamond trophy.

Olympic silver medallist Marileidy Paulino won the women's 400m with a personal best 48.99 - the fastest time this year - and favourite Kirani James took the men's title in 44.26 for a third Diamond trophy after 2011 and 2015.

World champion Tobi Amusan took the women's 100m hurdles in 12.29 for back-to-back titles, before Grant Holloway sealed the men's 110m hurdles crown in 13.02 to cap off a memorable season.

With Reuters