Two Americans won the gold medal on Friday from the Diamond League athletics events in Monaco on Friday. Olympic silver medalist Evan Jager of Algonquin, Illinois won the gold medal in the men's 3000m steeplechase and Kendra Harrison of Memphis, Tennessee won the gold medal in the women's 100m hurdles. The victories for Jager and Harrison are significant because they came in the last Diamond League competition prior to the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations World Championship in London.
Jager, who won a silver medal in the men's 3000m steeplechase at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, posted a winning time of 8:01.29. Jairus Kipchoge Birech of Kenya won the silver medal in Monaco with a time of 8:07.68. Stanley Kipkoech Kebenei of Fayetteville, Arkansas won the bronze medal with a time of 8:08.3. Jager earned a medal by 10.09 seconds. Ben Kigen of Kenya finished in fourth place with a time of 8:11.38.
Harrison posted a winning time of 12.51 seconds. Sharika Nelvis of Memphis, Tennessee won the silver medal with a time of 12.52 seconds. Danielle Williams of Jamaica won the bronze medal with a time of 12.58 seconds. Harrison earned a medal by 0.17 seconds over Nia Ali of Norristown, Pennsylvania, who finished in fourth place with a time of 12.68 seconds. The gold medals for Jager and Harrison will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.