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Xie delight Shanghai crowd

Xie Wenjun delighted a Shanghai crowd including the great Liu Xiang with 110 metres hurdles victory in Sunday's Diamond League meeting.

A personal best of 13.23 seconds was enough for Xie to hold off France's Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, with pre-race favourite David Oliver of the United States third.

The sprint hurdles is the blue-ribbon event in China after Liu's successes at World and Olympic level and Xie told the event's website: "Liu is a great model for us all in Chinese athletics to look up to.

"He is a great athlete to compete against and training with him will help me get better and better to reach a high level at the Beijing World Championships next year and the Olympic Games."

Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare won the 200m and long jump double, the latter by one centimetre with a meeting record of 6.86m before passing her final three attempts and storming home in 22.36 seconds in the sprint event.

French pole vault world record holder Renaud Lavillenie set a world lead of 5.92m, before trying and failing to raise his outdoor PB to 6.03m. His world record is 6.16m, set indoors in Donetsk in February.

American Emma Coburn was a surprise winner of the women's 3,000m steeplechase, storming clear of 2013 World Championship medallists Sofia Assefa (second), Milcah Chemos, the champion in Moscow, in eighth and Lydia Chepkurui in ninth.

Croatia's Ana Simic upset a high-quality field in the high jump, winning with a personal best of 1.97m.

Compatriot Sandra Perkovic threw a world-leading 70.52m to win the women's discus and was emulated by Egypt's Abd Ihab El Rahman with 89.21 in the men's javelin.

Justin Gatlin won the men's 100m while fellow American Michael Tinsley took the 400m hurdles, Robert Biwott the 800m and Yenew Alamirew the 5,000m.

In the women's track events, Novlene Williams-Mills took 400m victory with Abeba Aregawi on top in the women's 1,500m with a world-leading three minutes 58.72 seconds.

Christian Cantwell won the men's shot put and Lyukman Adams the triple jump.