American Ronnie Baker won a tight 100 metres race at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting on Sunday and heads to his first Olympics in Tokyo as a leading medal contender.
Baker, 27, clocked 10.03 seconds, edging out Italian Marcell Jacobs by 0.02 seconds with Britain’s CJ Ujah third in 10.10.
“I’m pleased to be able to run and compete and beat these guys,” Baker told reporters. “There’s a lot of guys running fast and some of the top guys are coming out of America but ultimately I try not to focus on my competition and focus on what I’m doing.”
World record holder Armand Duplantis did not disappoint his home fans as the Swede won the pole vault with a leap of 6.02 metres.
He finished ahead of American Sam Kendricks who managed a season’s best 5.92m and France’s Renaud Lavillenie who also cleared 5.92.
“It was really important…