Armand Duplantis got back to winning ways in Paris today ©Getty Images

Olympic champions Armand Duplantis, Elaine Thompson-Herah and Hansle Parchment, all beaten in Lausanne on Thursday (August 26) night, re-asserted themselves in style here today with emphatic victories at the Paris Diamond League meeting.

In an arena close to full, and in weather far more clement than it was in Switzerland two days earlier, Swede Duplantis won his pole vault competition with a first-time clearance of 5.96 metres before clearing 6.01m first-time and then having three good efforts at improving his world record to 6.19m.

Thompson-Herah, running her third Diamond League 100 metres in the space eight days, won in 10.72sec, and fellow Jamaican Parchment, eighth and last in the Lausanne 110m hurdles, earned victory with a season’s best of 13.03sec.

Duplantis, 21, saw off a strong challenge of Ernest Obiena of the Philippines and Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Chris Nilsen of the United States.

As he rose from the landing bed following the decisive 5.96-metre success he pointed a wagging finger of gratitude back down the runway at his unofficial coach in the absence of his father Greg - 34-year-old home vaulter Renaud Lavillenie, his predecessor as world champion, who is still suffering from ankle trouble and went out early on 5.45m.

Obiena, who had only managed to clear 5.81m at his third attempt and had passed at 5.86m, rose superbly to the challenge of 5.91m, clearing it at his first attempt and setting a Philippines national record in the process.

He also took the lead as Nilsen and then Duplantis failed with their first attempts, with both then passing to 5.96m.

But then the 21-year-old world record-holder made his class tell, and it proved too much. 

After two failures, Obiena threw the dice once more by passing to 6.01m, but failure there confirmed a hugely honourable second place.

Nilsen, meanwhile, placed third after two unsuccessful attempts at 5.96m.

Thompson-Herah, who had been due for a third consecutive contest with compatriot and fellow double Olympic champion in this event, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, until the latter pulled out yesterday because of fatigue - floated away from a top-class field over the final 40 metres.

She was followed home by Jamaica’s Olympic bronze medallist Shericka Jackson, who clocked 10.97sec, with third place, in 11.06, going to Britain’s world 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith, who won 4x100m bronze in Tokyo but had to miss contesting the longer sprint due to a hamstring injury.

"I know everybody is thinking I am targeting the world record," Thompson-Herah said.

"I know it is close but for this season I am already super-happy."

Last weekend in Eugene, Thompson-Herah clocked 10.54, the second-fastest time in history; in Lausanne she ran 10.64 but had to give best to Fraser-Pryce, who ran the third-fastest time in history, 10.60.

Parchment powered to victory ahead of Thursday night’s winner, Devon Allen of the US, who was second in a season’s best of 13.08, with his compatriot Daniel Roberts third in 13.16.

Australia’s Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Nicola McDermott earned victory over a women’s high jump field that included Olympic champion Mariya Lasitskene in dominant, and tactical fashion.

McDermott, who set an Oceania record of 2.02 metres in Tokyo, made a first-time clearance at 1.98m to move onto 2.01m, accompanied only by the Authorised Neutral Athlete, who had progressed at her third attempt, but neither could go further and the Australian won easily on countback.

"I have been second and third so many times this season so I am glad that it is finally the win," McDermott said.

Allyson Felix received a warm welcome from the Paris crowd, but had to settle for third place ©Getty Images
Allyson Felix received a warm welcome from the Paris crowd, but had to settle for third place ©Getty Images

Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, whose celebrations at reaching the women’s 5,000 metres final in Tokyo were stilled when she was disqualified for running out of lane, earned a measure of recompense with a commanding victory in the women’s 3,000m in a national and meeting record of 8min 19.08sec - the sixth-fastest time in history.

The Rio 2016 800m silver medallist, who has moved up the distances in keeping with World Athletics' ruling on female runners with naturally high testosterone levels, is making a successful transition to a new field of athletic endeavour.

As the long-time leader came round the final bend it seemed for a moment as if she would be passed by Ejgayehu Taye, but responded to the challenge to finish a couple of metres clear, with the Ethiopian clocking a national record of 8:19.52 in second place.

Sandra Perković, who missed a Tokyo 2020 women’s discus medal by one place having won the two previous Olympic titles, returned to winning form as she showed the nerve of a true champion against a field that included all three competitors who made the Tokyo podium.

Perković's second-round effort of 66.08 metres was the best of the day but was only enough to earn her one of the final-three places.

After the Olympic champion, Valarie Allman of the US, had thrown 64.51m, Cuba’s Yaime Perez produced her best effort of 65.31m to put the pressure on the 31-year-old Croatian as she stepped up for the last throw of the event.

Perković was already exulting as the disc flew. 

She knew. 

It landed at 65.68m and she made two fulsome, triumphant, ceremonial bows to the appreciative crowd.

Olympic 100 metres silver medallist Fred Kerley, beaten over 200m by his US compatriot Kenney Bednarek two days earlier, reversed the result here as he recorded a legal-wind personal best of 19.79sec.

His rival - who took silver in this event at the Tokyo 2020 Games - clocked the same time but was five thousandths of a second slower, with third place going to Aaron Brown of Canada in 20.20.

One of the biggest cheers of the afternoon arrived when the field for the women’s 400m was announced and the camera arrived in front of the 35-year-old American athlete who has 11 Olympic medals, more than any other female track competitor- Allyson Felix.

Felix, who won individual 400m bronze in Tokyo, flew through the opening 200m in 24sec, but as the field came into the straight the powerful figure of Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Marileidy Paulina of the Dominican Republic moved past her to win in 50.12sec, with Sada Williams of Barbados taking second place in 50.30 and Felix finishing third in 50.47.

Hugues Fabrice Zango, Burkina Faso’s Olympic triple jump bronze medallist, earned victory with a final-three effort of 16.97 metres in a competition where the best effort of the day, 17.16m, came from newcomer Yasser Triki of Algeria, who placed fifth in the Tokyo final with a national record of 17.43m.

Triki had to settle for second place after recording 16.71m with his final effort, with Tiago Pereira of Portugal, who had a best of 16.66m, third.

There was the familiar sight of a Kenyan clean sweep in the men’s 3,000 metres steeplechase as Benjamin Kigen finished 20m clear of his compatriot Abraham Kibiwott to clock a 2021 world-leading mark of 8min 07.12sec, with the latter clocking 8:09.35.

Leonard Bett took third place in 8:10.21.

For the two most illustrious names in the field, however, there was disappointment. 

Morocco’s Olympic champion Soufiane El Bakkali failed to finish, as did the world and Rio 2016 champion Conseslus Kipruto, who limped away clutching at his left leg.

Grenada’s world men’s javelin champion Anderson Peters proved triumphant on the day with a final-three effort of 84.84 metres that proved sufficient to push Germany’s 2017 world champion Johannes Vetter, second on the all-time list, into second place.

Vetter, who had produced the best effort of the competition, 87.20m, could only manage 80.23m with his last throw, with Andrian Mardare of Moldova taking third place with 79.91m.