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Athletics: Ujah's stock rises

Chijindu Ujah impressed at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm by finishing third in the men's 100 metres.

The 20-year-old from London underlined his potential by dipping under the 10 seconds barrier with a 9.96-seconds run earlier this year and only finished behind Nesta Carter and Keston Bledman.

Jamaica's Carter ran a season's best 9.96s, while Bledman of Trinidad and Tobago was runner-up in a time of 10.09s, with Ujah a further 0.01s back.

European bronze medallist Harry Aikines-Aryeetey finished fifth in a time of 10.20s.

Meanwhile, Olympic champion Allyson Felix won the women's 200 metres ahead of fellow American Tori Bowie in 22.85s.

"I'm coming into form again after injury and slowly progressing," said Felix, who failed to finish last year's world championships final after injuring her right hamstring.

Another American, Queen Harrison, won the 100 metres hurdles in 12.66s after Olympic champion Sally Pearson was disqualifed for false starting, while Finland's new European champion Antti Ruuskanen defeated a classy men's javelin field including the other two Zurich medallists and the 2014 world leader.

On a difficult evening for the athletes with frigid conditions and shifting winds followed by light rain towards the end of the meeting, at the 1912 Olympic stadium, Ruuskanen won with his second throw of 87.24 metres.

Egypt's Ihab Abdelrahman, who holds this year's world best of 89.21m, was fifth while Czech Vitezslav, the European silver medallist who had prevented a Finnish clean sweep, finished in last place. German Thomas Roehler was second and Finn Tero Pitkamaki, the bronze medallist in Zurich, was again third.

"I had problems with my shoulder so I took only three throws," Ruuskanen told reporters. "I'm happy again today and I've got a lot of power now."

There was a shock in the men's pole vault when French Olympic champion and world record holder Renaud Lavillenie, unbeaten in his previous 22 competitions, failed to clear a height.

"I didn't hurt myself, it was just really hard tonight," he told reporters. "I was really close to the bar and the pole slipped in my hand so I was scared. This was the most difficult competition of the year for me."

Greek Konstadinos Filippidis finished first with a vault of 5.60m, the height Lavillenie was unable to clear in three attempts.