Christian Taylor 

Christian Taylor 

Erik van Leeuwen, Wikimedia Commons

Three American athletes won the gold medal in the opening Diamond League event in Doha, Qatar on Friday. The Americans who found themselves on top of the podium were Christian Taylor of Fayetteville, Georgia (men's triple jump), Kendra Harrison of Clayton, North Carolina (women's 100 metre hurdles) and Michelle Carter of San Jose, California (women's shot put). Carter and Taylor won the gold medal in their respective disciplines at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, while Taylor also won at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The gold medals for Taylor, Harrison and Carter will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. 

Carter won the gold medal in Doha with a throw of 19.32 metres in the women's shot put. Anita Marton of Hungary won the silver medal with 18.99 metres. Aliona Dubitskaya of Belarus won the bronze medal with 18.9 metres. 

Taylor won the gold medal in Doha with a jump of 17.25 metres. Omar Craddock of Killeen, Texas won the silver medal with  a jump of 17.08 metres. Alexis Copello of Azerbaijan won the bronze medal with a jump of 16.81 metres. 

Harrison won the gold medal in Doha with a time of 12.59 seconds. Cindy Roleder of Germany won the silver medal with a time of 12.9 seconds. Sharika Nelvis of Memphis won the bronze medal with a time of 12.91 seconds.

The gold medal for Harrison was a little bit of redemption after a disappointing 2016 hurdles season where she failed to make the American Olympic team. Harrison only finished sixth at the United States Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Ironically, Harrison broke the world record in July in the women's 100 metre hurdles at the London Muller Anniversary Games. Despite being the world record holder in the women's 100 metre hurdles, she wasn't on a star-studded American women's 100 metre hurdles team that swept the Olympic podium in Rio de Janeiro on August 17.