05/15/2015 13:39 EDT | Updated 05/15/2016 01:12 EDT

Justin Gatlin wins 100 in 9.74 seconds at Diamond League opener; Stowers, Felix also quick

DOHA, Qatar - Justin Gatlin lived up to the pre-season hype, winning the 100 metres in world-leading 9.74 seconds at the Diamond League opener on Friday for a personal-best time and a new meet record.There was clear daylight between the American and his chasers, with U.S. relay teammate Michael Rodgers second in 9.96 and Keston Bledman of Trinidad and Tobago third.Jasmin Stowers showed she's a rising star by winning the 100 hurdles in a personal-best 12.35 seconds, a new Diamond League record. Olympic champion Sally Pearson and Dawn Harper-Nelson were both outside the top three. Stowers has improved her PB three times in 2015 after 12.40 and 12.39 performances previously this year.Allyson Felix breezed to victory in the 200 metres in a meet-record 21.98 seconds.