Olympic high jump champ Mariya Lasitskene wins Diamond League finals

ZURICH -- Olympic high jump champion Mariya Lasitskene soared above her gold medal leap to clear a world-leading 2.05 meters (6.72 feet) at the Diamond League finals on Wednesday.

Other winners included an American double in shot put for Olympic champion Ryan Crouser, at a meet record 22.67 meters, and Maggie Ewen with her season-best 19.41.

Another stellar three-way contest was sealed by Lasitskene going one centimeter beyond her title-winning clearance from the Tokyo Olympics. The Russian also earned $30,000 for winning the event.

Olympic bronze medalist Yaroslava Mahuchikh placed second at 2.03 meters, and silver medalist Nicola McDermott peaked at 2.01.

It was the first time a women's high jump podium all cleared 2.01 since the Diamond League launched in 2010.

The event was the start to the two-day finals meeting, which features all 32 track and field disciplines for men and women. Zurich's historic Opera House was the backdrop for seven events at a temporary lakeside site downtown.

Thursday's action is more like a traditional Weltklasse meeting at the Letzigrund track and soccer stadium