Category: Diamond League


Samsung Diamond League have announced the distribution of the 32 pronounced ‘diamond events’ among the 14 meetings that comprise the third season of the glamorous IAAF series in 2012, calling across Europe, USA and Asia.

The winners of each ‘diamond event’ are to earn a good 40,000 USD in prize money on top of a Diamond Trophy as there are points on offer for the top three finishers on each leg in a 4, 2, 1 grading order apiece towards the overall discipline standings, save the last two stops in Zurich and Brussels where points are doubled.

Diamond League events per meeting
http://www.iaaf.org/mm/Document/06/29/50/62950_PDF_English.pdf

Race season as per event
http://www.iaaf.org/mm/Document/06/29/49/62949_PDF_English.pdf

Yohan Blake storms round the furlong to an astounding 19.26 secs, leaving virtually everyone in a daze before they realized what had just happened!

Usain Bolt thought he had just bagged the meeting’s highlight when he set a scintillating world-leading 9.76 secs over the dash… but was soon to find out he had just performed the prelude to that.

Dai Greene couldn’t haul in Xavier Coulson this once in the men’s 400m hurdles but that hardly mattered as he did enough to ensure of top placing in the overall standings and a priceless diamond to go with his world gold.

Carmelita Jeter convincingly holds off Veronica Campbell-Brown to further confirm her number one status in the women’s sprint

Great Kenenisa Bekele marks an astonishing return to form with a classy win over a very competitive high quality field in the 10000m.

Sebastian Coe shatters Steve Ovett’s two-day-old world record over the mile in a staggering 3:47.33

Kenenisa Bekele returns tonight to the track where he set that intimidating world record of 26:17.53 in 2005

The overwhelming battle between Hickam El Guerrouj and Bernard Lagat over 1500m in 2001, finishing in 3:26.12 and 3:26.34!

Diamonds for Jenny

Jenny Meadows has made up for some of the disappointment of Daegu a week ago as she came a sound third in 1:58.92 in a packed high quality field over 800m in Zurich to claim top place in the overall standings of the event in the Diamond League series, earning herself a well-deserved precious stone for her efforts round the season.

Again, it can be argued that the Briton may have gone through a little too fast splits at 200 and 400m, slightly behind pacemaker Liliya Lobanova (UKR) in 56.83 secs, that eventually dented her chances of winning the affair as she ran short of any response towards the end. New world champion Mariya Savinova (RUS) measured her effort well round the first lap, just as she did in Daegu, to  come strong through the field in trademark fashion in the late stages and clinch the race in 1:58.27, with always enterprising American Alysia Montano (nee Johnson) holding on to second in 1:58.41.

But the end justifies the means since the main objective was fulfilled, with pre-race standings leader Kenia Sinclair (JAM) falling well off the pace, and Jenny was proudly presenting her new asset all smiles after the race.

Result

http://www.diamondleague-zurich.com/en/Results/Overview/800m/

A reshuffled British 4x100m relay side nearly snatched an unlikely win as reinstated anchor man Mark Lewis-Francis was narrowly pipped by the superior footwork of new global champion Yohan Blake in the final strides, crossing the line in 38:35 to Jamaica’s 38.29 secs for an encouraging performance. Harry Aikines-Ayreety shifted back on the lead-off and James Ellington, also overlooked in Daegu, came in on the back straight to provide more shape and cohesion to the team as Marlon Devonish linked up with Lewis-Francis in a smooth and slick way out in front reminiscent of Britain’s epic triumph in the Olympics in Athens in 2004. Perhaps selectors will take notice and come up with the right formation and combinations in their next major tournament.

Result

http://www.diamondleague-zurich.com/en/Results/Overview/4x100m-Zurich-Trophy/

A revamped British quartet slightly misses out on win against a strong Jamaican side in the 4x100m

All four sprinters had been in individual action in the pre-program races and Ellington enjoyed a moment of glory as he edged out Pole Pawel Stempel to take the A race in 10.40 to 10.43 secs (-0.2m/sec) while Aikines-Ayreety came fourth in a harder second heat in 10.31 (-0.8m/sec), with Devonish a place behind in 10.33 and Lewis-Francis seventh in 10.36 secs as a sharpener.

Goldie Sayers had to endure very much the same nightmare as in Daegu a week earlier but this time round she ground out a fifth round 62.25m to save the day by way of a fifth place in yet another scintillating javelin encounter that ranged in high territories but displayed a different set of leading characters. After mysteriously faltering in yet another major final, Christina Obergfoll (GER) was back to her very best to gain a commanding lead from early on due to a second attempt 68.95m and come under relative pressure only in the late stages, which surprisingly materialized from neither Maria Abakumova (RUS) nor Barbora Spotakova (CZE) who spent a rather quiet evening.

It was world bronze medalist Sunette Viljoen (RSA) who grew in confidence as the competition moved on to pull together an excellent late series of 66.96, 67.46 and 67.22m, her best ever, for a comprehensive second place but could not eventually shake the German at the top, who saved a big SB and meeting record of 69.57m when the affair was over as a contest to wrap up a classy display in style. With the top four markers appearing to be drawing away into the high 60s-low 70s, Goldie may need to claw her way into the 65m and knock a chunck off the gap before the season goes out – it’s going to be important to head into the winter in a more advanced position on her major rivals.

Result

http://www.diamondleague-zurich.com/en/Results/Overview/Javelin-Throw/

Kirani James (GRN) pulls away from Lashawn Merritt (USA) down the home straight for a convincing victory in a new national record of 44.36 secs over 400m, getting the better of the American for a second time on the trot

Martyn Rooney produced maybe his most assured run of a shaky season to come sixth in 45.63 secs from a tight inside lane in an upgraded version of the 400m final in Korea that saw teen prodigy Kirani James (GRN) pull away from Olympic champion Lashawn Merritt (USA) in similar fashion down the home straight to a new national record of 44.36 secs, second fastest time in history by an U20 behind Steve Lewis‘s 43.87 secs in winning gold in the Seoul Olympics in distant 1988. Merritt was comprehensively beaten into runner-up for a second time on the bounce by the youngster in 44.67 secs and will have a lot to ponder heading into his winter training after the end of the track season while Jamaica’s Jermaine Gonzales finished a distant third in 45.39 secs.

Result

http://www.diamondleague-zurich.com/en/Results/Overview/400m/

World bronze medalist Andy Turner was fifth in 13.41 (0.1m/sec) as the men’s sprint hurdles turned into a duel between Dayron Robles and season’s surprise package Jason Richardson (USA) from the off, the more experienced Cuban holding his form and a slight lead from hurdle one nicely through the race in his flawless hurdling to claim the spoils in a SB of 13.01 secs. The latter, new world champion in the event, came runner-up in a fast 13.10 secs followed on by last summer’s overwhelming number one David Oliver (USA) in 13.26 secs, possibly already setting his sights on next summer. Twice global finalist William Sharman trailed a long way back in 14.12 secs.

Result

http://www.diamondleague-zurich.com/en/Results/Overview/110m-Hurdles/

Dayron Robles wins from Jason Richardson in a SB of 13.01 secs in the 100m hurdles

A rather tired Daegu finalist Helen Clitheroe finished towards the back of the field of the women’s 5000m in 15:29.85 as the Kenyan girls totally dominated as has been a familiar sight this summer to occupy the top five places, in hot form Vivian Cheruiyot holding off Sally Kipiego to extend her superb unbeaten run in a meeting record of 14:30.10 to the latter’s PB of 14:30.42. That was a signing off the track season for the Brit who will be running the Great North Run before she swings into the winter.

Result

http://www.diamondleague-zurich.com/en/Results/Overview/5000m/

Beyond British interest in Zurich, an invincible Sally Pearson (AUS) demolished yet another quality field nonchalantly to win over 100m hurdles in 12.52 secs (0.2m/sec) from Olympic champion Dawn Harper (12.81) and Daegu finalist Phylisia George (CAN, 12.84), Carmelita Jeter making mo mistakes around to reel in an aggressive early Allyson Felix down the home stretch for a convincing win in 22.27 against 22.40 secs (-0.1m/sec) in the 200m.

Yohan Blake (JAM) breezed off to a comfortable victory over former world record holder Asafa Powell in a PB of 9.82 secs to 9.95 secs in totally still conditions and Jenn Suhr pulled off a dramatic turnround of fortunes to swing from fourth, needing all three attempts to better 4.62m, to a first-time 4.72m clearance to snatch victory on countdown from Sielge Spiegelburg (GER) in the women’s pole vault. Yelena Isinbayeva was third at 4.62m whereas Daegu silver medalist Martina Strutz (GER) failed to register a single height.

Dimitris Hondrokoukis became the first Greek athlete to win at a Diamond League meeting as he equalled his PB of 2.32m for a second time this term to upset the likes of world champion Jesse Williams (USA), fourth at 2.28m, while Valerie Adams (NZL) turned a champion’s response to deny Nadezdha Ostapchuk even a consolation victory as she stepped into the ring to overturn the Belarusian’s momentary lead of 20.48m towards the end of the fifth round by planting the shot at 20.51m straight off and retain her unbeaten record this season.

Full Results

http://www.diamondleague-zurich.com/en/Results/Overview/

Eilish McColgan, the daughter of former 10000m champion and coach Eliz, will be forced to miss the rest of the season due to a foot injury she suffered during the women’s 3000m steeplechase race at the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Eilish McColgan sets a UK U23 record of 9:47.03 in Birmingham

The 20-year-old Scot necessarily needed a last-gasp second B qualifier to secure her place on the British team to Daegu and had to put in a brave effort in the late stages as she hit hard the penultimate water jump barrier around 600m out. Despite an injured foot, she gritted her teeth and kept going to draw home still inside her target in what was also a substantial new UK U23, Scottish record and a PB of 9:44.80, improving her recent previous figure of 9:47.03.

She was hoping that the injury could turn out not serious and get back in training soon but now a scan has revealed a fractured ankle that comes to cruelly take away what she won through hard graft on the track. Needless to say that she won’t be able to compete in her first World Championships 20 years on her mother’s golden triumph in Tokyo in 1991.

Eilish is to undergo surgery on Wednesday so best wishes over to her for a speedy recovery.

Crystal Palace highlights

Mitchell Watt’s huge foul in the long jump (slow motion)

Sanya Richards-Ross mounts a return to her best in her first victory of a mentally demanding season and couldn’t have done it at a better time

Walter Dix dazzles round to a sizzling 20.16 secs into a fierce headwind of -2.0m/sec, signaling Bolt that he’s got a fight in his hands

Carmelita Jeter demonstrates that she is going to be the red hot favourite for the 100m title in Daegu, comprehensively seeing off Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Dayron Robles narrowly holds off a burgeoning Jason Richardson in the men’s 110mh

Kaliese Spencer (JAM) destroys a world class field in a staggering 52.79 secs over 400mh with Perri Shakes-Drayton coming through strong to grab a superb third in a SB of 54.62 secs

Jamaican Yohan Blake storms to an impressive 9.95 secs into a headwind to win the men’s 100m

 

The last major athletics event of the summer on British soil, shaping the main stage in the last act of the qualification process for places on the British team to Daegu, has arrived and there will be a packed two days of top-level star-set action staged at Crystal Palace, featuring the likes of David Rudisha, David Oliver, Phillips Idowu, Bernard Lagat, Mo Farah, Angelo Taylor, Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sanya Richards-RossCarmelita Jeter, and Barbora Spotakova. So let’s have a look through the schedule of the first day and pick up some of the  most interesting stories and characters today moving top-down, that is from the end of the day backwards.

Men’s 3000m

I speculate that Mo Farah could be out to gain hold of David Moorcroft‘s last-standing British record of 7:32.79, set on this very track way back in 1982, and provide the ‘crescendo’ at the end of the first day as well as getting a good sharperner under his belt as the make-up of the race suggests.

There is Kenyan Mark Kosgei Kiptoo to provide a good challenge, a SB of 12:59.91 over 5000m, and an excellent pacemaker in American David Krumenacher while breakthrough Aussie Ben StLawrence, who ran 27:24.95 over 10000m at Stanford in May, reliable Irishman Alastair Cragg and also Kenyan Sammy Alex Mutahi to add quality to the field, though the latter is nowhere near his last summer 13:00.12 form at the moment.

But this is definitely not a top-tier tussle by any means and Mo should prevail with ease having beaten Kiptoo comprehensively in Monaco recenthly, more so of a Mo vs the clock  affair and his devastating form suggests that he should surge inside 7:30 anytime now. Therefore, I can’t really see how Moorcroft’s mark could possibly survive a potential onslaught by Mo today. On the other hand, Mohammed Mourhit‘s European record of 7:26.62 may prove a tough nut to break but nothing could be ruled out.

Women’s 4x100m

I don’t know what the line-ups of the US’s Stars & Stripes or Jamaica are going to be but there are several top sprinters from both countries down for the sprints to pick from, so that could make a very interesting race ahead of Daegue where gold is expected to be decided mainly between the two sides. Britain are competiting through two different quartets but Jeanette Kwakye and Laura Turner have already ruled themselves out.

Men’s 100m

As fortune would have it, neither Tyson Gay nor Asafa Powell, who withdrew due to a groin injury a few hours ago, are going to make the starting line of the men’s dash dealing the finishing blow to what was supposed to shape the climax and the highlight of the meeting a few months ago. Therefore, spectators and viewers will ‘have to do’ with a less glamorous affair between Nesta Carter (JAM), Yohan Blake (JAM), Mike Rodgers (USA), Daniel Bailey (ANT) and Richard Thompson (TRI) that could make for a tight enthralling sprint tussle nevertheless, surprisingly most of them in a packed second semi earlier on.

Which, in turn, is going to make the task of Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francies, in an effective run-off for the third remaining dash spot in the British team, particularly tough to make it through to the final later on, more likely the better of them as a fastest loser. Ricky Fifton is a late addition to this one.

By contrast, Harry Aikines-Ayreety has got a far better chance in the first semi, mainly against Blake, Trell Kimmons (USA) and an inconsistent Keston Bledman (TRI), as Dwain Chambers‘s exile continues due to a substantially groundless and senseless now policy upheld by the organisers. Craig Pickering also goes in this one out in lane eight.

Men’s 110m hurdles

This is building up very much as a dress rehearsal, minus former Olympic champion Liu Xiang (CHN), to what looks now like the ultimate showdown of the World Championships in Daegu as David Oliver and Dayron Robles engage in an anticipated fiercesome and breathtaking decisive encounter over the sticks, where gaining a pcychological edge and boost may be worth well more than prize money at the far end of it. Nevertheless, there is a menacing new force that emerges large on the global scene in the shape of new American star Jason Richardson, who stunned Oliver in Monaco and will fancy his chances of running away with the spoils.

Andy Turner will be looking to close the gap further on them, hopefully dipping into the 13.1 secs, while Lawrence Clarke, William Sharman and Gianni Frankis will be fighting it out for the remaining two places on the British team.

Men’s 400m

Martyn Rooney goes into this one looking to land the A qualifying standard that will fully ensure him of a berth to Daegu and will have to do it the hard way as he has been handed the outside lane, meaning running blind with a strong field inside him even if neither Lashawn Merritt or Jeremy Warriner, who will miss the rest of the season, will be among them. Germaine Gonzales (JAM), great hurdler Angelo Taylor (USA), Christopher Brown (BAH) and prodigy Kirani James (GRN) are expected to set up a thrilling race in the 44 secs region, with in very good form European champion Kevin Borlee also involved.

Women’s 800m

This is effectively the UK Trials race even if nearly a week late save Jenny Meadows who is the only to have secured her place and will be solely focussed on gaining a valuable win over the likes of in-form Kenia Sinclair (JAM),  Irina Maracheva (RUS) and Molly Beckwith (USA), as well as a fast time heading to Daegu. Tara Bird will be pacemaking this one and anyone among Emma Jackson, Marilyn Okoro, returning Jemma Simpson and Lindsay Sharp that finishes inside 1:59.80 and in an incorporated top domestic three will be guaranteed a place.  Otherwise, it will boil down to the ‘shootout’ of B standards.

Men’s 5000m

Just before his ‘best half ‘ makes or breaks in the women’s 800m, Chris Thompson will be venturing on a similar mission to claim the A qualifying standard in a late-inserted race over the distance, where the presence of Kenyan Titus Kipjumba Mbishei and Aussie Craig Mottrah will ensure of a good sustained pace. Andy Vernon may still hold hopes of sneaking under the B standard.

Men’s Long Jump

Reigning world champion Dwight Phillips has withdrawn but there is still a stern test awaiting Chris Tomlinson and Greg Rutherford, both having enjoyed excellent seasons so far, as they will be squaring off with in-hot-form Mitchell Watt (AUS), Olympic champion Irving Saladino (PAN) and Gontsho Mokoena (RSA) in an anticipated pulsating encounter. The recent British record of 8.35m from Tomlinson could go either way where new UK champion Julian Reid is also in looking for a late B standard.

Men’s 800m

This could turn a cracker in so many aspects as last year’s top global athlete David Rudisha clashes with Abubaker Kaki, who has been ranging well beyond his regular distance boundaries lately and it will be interesting to see the effects. American Nick Symmonds and Kenyan Boaz Lalang are two more individuals to watch out for and in good form while I sense that Andie Osagie is poised to take his game into new territories running off such high quality rivals. Muchtar Mohammed will be looking to follow up on his breakthrough 1:45.90 win in Sweden midweek and make it a full quota of athletes for Britain in the event while Welshman Gareth Warburton gets a chance to improve on his own SB substantially.

Women’s 200m

Britain’s teenage sensation Jodie Williams makes her Diamond League debut, has got a great lane in three and will be looking to make the most of some high qualify opposition involving US champion Shalonda Solomon to tear inside Kathy Smallwood-Cook‘s long-standing U20 record of 22.70 since 1979 – always weather-permitting. The American should be a hot favourite to clinch the race.

Women’s Pole Vault

I’ve got a sneaky feeling that sensational Holly Bleasdale could stage a major upset here in a contest that is very much a dress rehearsal of the World Championships in Daegu save Yelena Isinbayeva. and Anna Rogowska (POL). She’s fresh from a huge UK record of 4.70m and a European U23 title, so on a momentum right now, but what has intrigued me is that she cleared that very height at a warm-up attempt in Ostrava to hint that there is a lot more in the tank for her.

Kate Dennison will be also eyeing to improve on her recent PB of 4.61m as she has turned a page into her career while Jenn Suhr (USA), Fabianna Murer (BRA), Martina Struntz (GER), Svetlana Feofanova (RUS) and Nikol Kyriakopouloy (GRE) will be among a top tier field.

Women’s 400m hurdles

Perri Shakes-Drayton looks rampant on the back of a flat/hurdles 400m double at the UK Trials and will be brimming with confidence and form heading into a high level clash with Zuzana Hejnova (CZE), Kaliese Spencer (JAM) and Olympic champion Melaine Walker (JAM), with a sub 54 time beckoning at the finish line. Eilish Child, facing the tough outside lane, is on the verge of a breakthrough inside 55 secs and hopefully she will be on the other side of it shortly today.

Women’s Javelin

Barbora Spotakova (CZE) locks horns with Christina Obergfoll (GER) once again as both will be aiming in the high 60s while Goldie Sayers will hope to return to the mid 60m region and hopefully pick off one of the two, which will be a sound confidence booster.

Mo Farah comes off his sterner test since emerging as a serious gold medal contender in Daegu with flying colours as he beats great Bernard Lagat where his strength lies; in a more tactical late burn-up race and still shattering the British record into a new figure of 12:53.11. On top of that, in a race that Lagat still runs faster than ever in a new American record of 12:53.60. What a race!

Mo Farah‘s burgeoning fame, reputation and unbeaten winning run came to the ultimate test on the way as the 5000m race shaped up past the middle stages round the track in Monaco on Friday night, with the laps suddenly dropping off to 64 secs.

It was the scenario looming in the minds of many as probably the achilles heel in the powerful armoury of the double European champion as among a star-packed field racing against him was a certain man; a legend and a master of tactics, Bernard Lagat, a man who possesses a deadly kick and who simply feels so much at home when a race comes to a late fast burn-up. Further, a man back to his very best and maybe even slightly better as his season so far suggests.

Farah had the element of surprise on his side when he destroyed a superb field, and Mohammed Mourhit‘s European record in the process, over 10000m in Eugene and he was the host when he comprehensively saw off Imane Merga (ETH) for a second time on the trot in a relatively slow race with a fierce late burn-up in Birmingham over 5000m.

But now he was the target and the centre of attention and had come under the most demanding situation as Lagat was stalking his moves and was looking particularly comfortable right behind him. Yet, once again, he turned equal to a mighty challenge and came off with flying colours, coping superbly with everything thrown at along the way, to firmly establish himself at the top of global distance running.

Unfazed and composed, he stuck to his guns and eased to the front in the penultimate lap to control affairs, forcing the pace towards the bell  as he led a healthy bunch tucked behind with Lagat biding his time, while Merga had resorted to all possible means to remain close in contention to evade an embarrassing third straight defeat – the previous two laps saw him send both Gallen Rupp and Chris Solinsky (USA) crashing out.

Into the final lap, he wound up the race in trademark fashion to stretch the field up the back straight, kicking hard 200m out for home – nonetheless Lagat could not be undone or shaken still, coming strongly back at him round the second half of the bend. This was the ultimate test, coming under immense pressure from a man boasting a 3:26 speed over 1500m, but Mo amazed once again as he somehow reached a last resource of strength and dug deep again to grind out a crucial edge that he held through the home stretch for a massive victory. The American could find no answer this time round. “There can be only one” somewhat sounded in the end.

Such was the intensity of that fierce duel round the last lap, most vividly impressed in their faces as the replays of the last stages played on, that it took a few moments before everyone realised that Farah had also smashed the British record to a new mark of 12:53.11 in the process, having covered the last 800m in around 1:53.

He dit it again despite a patchy race pacewise recommending that he could as well have drawn under 12:50 at a more even pace while he beat Lagat at his best as the screen board indicated a new American record of 12:53.60 on the part of the latter. As importantly, he had not only answered any questions posed but also raised even more in the minds of his rivals over how he could get beaten, which is going to be instrumental in the mental game heading to Daegu.

Isaiah Kiplangat Koech (KEN) was third in an outdoor World Youth best of 12:54.18 and Merga followed well beaten again in 12:55.47 as seven runners overall, rounded out by Tariku Bekele, dipped under 13 mins to display the quality and depth of the race.

Idowu prevails again

Following the premature departure of Teddy Tamgho from the scene due to injury, World and European champion Phillips Idowu‘s greatest opponent might be complacency as he very much turns a huge favourite to claim a second world title in a row. He is vastly experienced, though, to cope with that sneaky situation.

Anyway, he did somewhat struggle to assert his authority on the field as he couldn’t build on a leading second-round 17.36m (-0.6m/sec) to come under pressure from in-form Alexis Copello in the late stages as the Cuban reached 17.26 (0.2m/sec) and 17.25 (0.1m/sec) in his last two efforts. But he eventually held on to another big win on the road and stretch his impressive run this season.

Whether his ongoing rift with Charles van Commennee had any impact on his performance is hard to tell but he needs to leave that behind him and focus solely on his competitive goals where Copello could serve as a challenge to keep him on his toes on a recent 17.68m in Spain.

Ukrainian bolt-from-the-blue Sheryf El-Sheryf sank deep in such a high quality field and showed that he is not yet a triple jumper of the calibre that his startling 17.72m the previous weekend in Ostrava suggests, therefore forming hardly any threat. But what can really happen if everything clicks together on the occasion!

Offili-Porter smashes her British record

For those who were quick to write off Tiffany Offili-Porter as a potential medal contender or assert that she switched to Britain because she was never going to make the US team, Monaco’s women’s sprint hurdles race must have given plenty of food for thought to revise their hasty assessments.

Olympic silver medalist Sally Pearson continued to dictate proceedings in commanding manner as she swept to a convincing win in 12.51 secs (0.9m/sec) ahead of Kellie Wells, runner-up in 12.58 secs, but narrowly behind the American dipped the 23-year-old Brit to shatter her recent UK record of 12.77 secs at Hengelo into a swift 12.60 secs for third.

That also doubled as a big new PB to erase that 12.73 secs dating to her ‘American’ days and saw her move up to fifth in the world rankings this season, rising as a serious medal prospect in the wake. For good measure, the scalps of Danielle Carruthers (12.76) and Olympic champion Dawn Harper (12.79) offer a substantial mental boost as Daegu looms large on the horizon.

The rest of the Brits…

European champion Dai Greene suffered his first defeat after two back-to-back victories in the Diamond League series but maintained his record of top three finishes this season intact as he came a well convincing third in 48.43 secs, coming back from illness. Therefore, drawing plenty of positives from the race.

Two-time Olympic champion Angelo Taylor underlined his own class and challenge as he powered to a commanding win in 47.97 secs over compatriot Bershawn Jackson, second in 48.23, while early season leader LJ van Zyl came well off the pace in fourth in 48.72 secs.

Lisa Dobriskey got what she came for in the form of an A standard of 4:04.76 back in eighth place in the women’s 1500m as she maintains her swift recovery of form before heading to the UK Trials where she is going to face Friday revelation Hannah England, who replaced her at the top of the British rankins through a huge PB of 4:01.89 a little later that night in Barcelona.

The woman who hung on to the world title by a mere 0.01 secs ahead of the Briton in Berlin, Maryam Yusuf Jamal (BRN), was a firm winner in 4:00.59 followed by Morocco’s Ibtissam Lakhouad in 4:01.09 (SB) and American Morgan Uceny in a PB of 4:01.51.

Finally, Goldie Sayers was fourth with a third-round 60.97m in a high quality competition that saw Barbora Spotakova (CZE) launch a massive 69.45m to mount the top of the global rankings, as Christina Obergfoll (GER) fared well below at 64.86m and Latvia’s Madara Palameira was third at 62.06.

The performance of the meeting, and marginally shy of a dream curtain-drawer of a world record, was laid out by Olympic champion Brimin Kiprop Kipruto who rode out a furious pace set by countryman Ezekiel Kemboi before he stormed round the last 250m to cross the line a mere hundredth of a second outside Saif Saaeed Shaheen‘s all-time topper in 7:53.64 in the men’s 3000m steeplechase. It can’t get closer than this and hopefully he won’t live to regret slightly slowing down before the final barrier.

Kemboi held on for a clear second in a PB of 7:55.76 and Paul Kipchiele Koech steered into third in a SB of 7:57.32 to make it the second race in history to witness three men inside 8 mins, the other 10 years back in Brussels when Brahim Boulami (MAR) set a then world record of 7:55.28.

Usain Bolt had to sweat before he finally got to pip compatriot Nesta Carter on the line in the men’s 100m, both setting SBs of 9.88 and 9.90 secs respectively (1.0m/sec), while Carmelita Jeter ran a storming bend and held her form nicely down the home stretch in a PB of 22.20 secs (-0.4m/sec) to upset triple world champion Allyson Felix in the women’s 200m, sending out a clear message of her intentions on the big stage this season. For her part, the latter still came out with a SB of 22.32 secs.

Full Results

http://www.diamondleague-monaco.com/en/Program/Overview/