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Lawrence Okoye and Shara Proctor staged spirited late comebacks to come away impressive winners in the discus and the long jump respectively at the Hanzekovic Memorial in Zagreb, applying a gloss finish to the close of their summer campaigns.

Both athletes seem to be treading on parallel trails in recent weeks as they made their respective finals in style but could not quite follow through to slip outside the top eight places in London so maybe it shouldn’t come as casual they earned their spurs on an identical pattern.

Okoye was enjoying a solid outing lying in third place on a second-round 64.51m, Dutchman Erik Cadee narrowly leading from Piotr Malachowski (POL) through a 65.67m in his fifth, but hardly anything in the build-up had suggested what was about to come as the giant 20-year-old Brit stepped into the ring for a final time.

This time round his throwing came all together to let fly the implement way beyond to a powerful 67.25m, his third farthest mark ever, and stun his rivals at the death as they were barely left with any chance or time to respond in a manner reminiscent of Manchester United’s renowned late winners.

A ‘continent’ best and meeting record on his part, the Croydon thrower marked a return to winning ways for the first time since July and he will be brimming with confidence heading to his last major fixture in Brussels, the formal curtain drawer of the Diamond League series and the Olympic season.

Cadee, closing out the competition with only 63.43m, had to do with second in the end and Malachowski remained third on a fourth-attempt 65.64m while Indian Vikas Gowda came fourth at 64.06 further behind.

Likewise, UK record holder Proctor was stranded down in the 6.50m region and fourth place up to her fifth attempt, a best of 6.58 (-0.2) in round four, as the main action was played out between Natassia Mironchik-Ivanova and season find Chelsea Hayes (USA) at 6.68 (-0.3) and 6.64 (0.0) up front in the long jump pit.

Yet, the Briton somehow drew inspiration to grind out a last-ditch 6.79 (0.3), a meeting record at that, and steal an unlikely victory out of the hands of a shell-shocked Belarusian, who could reach no further than 6.49 in her last effort, to bow out of the term on a winning note and smile – as ever, nothing is over until is over!

Funmi Jimoh was fourth at 6.59 and a very quiet Darya Klishina, a major absentee from London, faltered well below in sixth at just 6.39m.

Martyn Rooney had added a third British win in between in the men’s 400m as he controlled the race through in lane five and never left the final outcome in doubt. Building up nicely round the top bend, he carved out plenty of distance on the field to ease down the home straight to 45.78 secs on top with 1:42 800m man Duane Solomon back in third in a decent 46.39 secs.

Jeneba Tarmoh, a member of the world record-breaking US sprint relay in the Olympics, put up some decent fight over the first 60m or thereabouts but world champion Carmelita Jeter had too much in the final third of the women’s 100m to draw away to a clear victory in 11.06 to 11.30 secs into a slight headwind (-0.6).

Anyika Onuora just managed to dodge last spot by a hundredth of a second from Hayes, before taking up her long jump duties, in 11.59 but fared much better over the 200m to take fourth in 23.17 as sprint superstar Allyson Felix dominated with ease in a professional 22.35 (-0.2), another meeting landmark in the process.

Aileen Bailey and Charonda Williams battled stride for stride down the home straight and it was the Jamaican to sneak the runner-up spot in 22.95 to 22.96 on the line.

In the men’s dash, Ryan Bailey returned to winning ways as he weathered evergreen Kim Collins’s trademark blast as far as around 70m fabulously to power through to a convincing victory in 10.02 secs against the former world champion’s 10.14 at the end, while Mario Forsythe got third in 10.25 ahead of Darvis Patton and Michael Frater who were tied in 10.31.

Nickel Ashmeade, sadly, pulled up around 60m into the race apparently due to a hamstring injury and that could signify a slightly early end to a sound season of his.

Jason Richardson didn’t get off to the best of starts but his neat hurdling saw him swiftly restore order to storm through to a commanding 13.08 secs (-0.4) and well ahead of US record holder David Oliver in the 110m hurdles, the latter leaving a trail of disaster in his wake as he clattered no less than six hurdles with his trail leg on the way – and still managed a very respectable 13.22 secs!

The Olympic silver medallist, as well as the reigning world champion, has been enjoying a fabulous season, having posted 12.98 secs three times, save that he cannot find a way past an imperious Aries Merritt who looks invincible these days.

South African Lehann Fourie was third marginally off his PB in 13.28 followed by Ryan Wilson in fourth in 13.43, Jeff Porter and Beijing silver medallist David Payne tied in 13.55 secs.

Kellie Wells was first out of the blocks but slipped over hurdle two never to recover thereon, Kristi Castlin enduring a nightmare of a race in the adjacent right lane, which opened the way to the in-late-form duo of Ginnie Crawford and Queen Harrison to notch up the top two slots in 12.68 and 12.74 respectively in the women’s equivalent of the 100m hurdles, with Canadian Priscilla Lopez-Schliep third in 12.86 secs.

Reese Hoffa has taken the bit between his teeth since his defeat in London to dominate over double Olympic champion Thomasz Majewski (POL) nonchalantly once more as he pounded the 21m region of the sector relentlessly through the six rounds of the shot put; 21.34. 21.76, 21.56, 21.80, x and 21.70m to tell the tale as any of his valid five efforts would have claimed the spoils comfortably.

“What if” must be turning through the American’s mind, unbeaten since the Olympics, as the Pole could not mount any sort of response at any point to come a distant second over a metre down at 20.70 with world indoor champion Ryan Whiting in third at 20.52m.

Local heroine Sandra Perkovic had no trouble whatsoever to boss the women’s discus on a second-attempt 65.79m, plus two more throws in that province, while in-late-peak Jamaican Rosemarie Whyte was a runaway winner over the women’s quarter-mile in a meeting record and SB of 50.08 secs.

Denisa Rosolova was second in 52.07 and Marilyn Okoro came through strongly in the late stages to grab third in 52.67 secs in another solid performance.

Elsewhere, Olympic champion Taoufik Makhloufi comfortably put away a quality men’s 1500m in 3:32.58 with a familiar surge over the last 300m, Jairus Birech saw off Abel Mutai in 8:11.80 (MR) to 8:12.47 over the men’s ‘chase and Maggie Vessey shadowed the women’s 800m in 1:59.61 although her let-up at the end almost cost her the win to fast-finishing compatriot Brenda Martinez, who shattered her PB into 1:59.63.

Full Results

http://www.zagreb-meeting.com/en/results/

Costas Goulas

World champions Jesse Williams, high jump, and Carmelita Jeter, 100m, have been announced winners of this year’s Jesse Owen awards last night, which amounts to the highest sport honour in the USA, to wrap up magnificent seasons on the global stage.

A rather late bloomer approaching his 28 late next month, Williams showed his intentions from the indoor season when he spared plenty of daylight on the bar over an impressive 2.34m behind a dominant-in-the-term Ivan Ukhov (RUS) and picked up where he left off on his opener at Walnut with a straight global lead of 2.34m in May.

From there on, he built up through a string of sound performances on the Diamond League circuit, which he eventually topped, to peak to a PB of 2.37m in winning the US Trials in Eugene, which was meant to stay as the highest mark in the world this season.

Nevertheless, the crown to his campaign was set at the World Championships in Daegu where he weathered some earlier failures to rise over a decisive 2.35m at the first time of asking and claim the title on countback over Russian Aleksey Dmitrik. That was the first major title by an American in the high jump since Charles Austin‘s gold in the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.

Jeter, also a late developer herself, was no surprise by any means and had very much shown her credentials when she blazed into a brace of 10.6s late into the 2009 outdoor season but lacked a title to fully establish herself at the top of the world’s women sprinting. However, she made no mistakes about her business this time round, save the odd defeat on the way, to rise to the occasion and hold off great Venonica Cambell-Brown (JAM) to claim the global title in 10.90 (-1.4m/sec), having also set the fastest mark in the world in 10.70 secs on a perfect tailwind (2.0m/sec) at the Steve Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.

She did deliver a surprise package in the longer sprint out of virtually nowhere, however, to place runner-up on three different ends; at the US Trials in Eugene, the global lists in a PB of 22.20 secs in Monaco (-0.4m/sec) and eventually a silver medal in Daegu behind Campbell-Brown – which might have been gold but for a rather careless mistake midway through the home straight.

The Great North City Games up in Gateshead, Tyneside, on Saturday followed by the Great North Run from Newcastle to South Shields (13.1 miles) today provide the main athletics attraction on British soil, while the international meeting Notturna di Milano in Milan (Italy), featuring some Britons in action, and the two-day multi-venture of Decastar in Talence headlined by Tatiana Chernova , trailing Olympic champion Natalya Dobrinska in the heptathon overnight, are the most important events around the continent this weekend. So let’s start picking up the action around:

Great North City Games, Newcastle Gateshead, Saturday 17 September

A large crowd turned out in the streets of a damp Gateshead to hail Daegu hero Mo Farah on his first outing since claiming gold over 5000m in Daegu and the world champion returned the welcome home by means of a romp to an easy victory over 2 miles in 8:37.72, pulling away from American Brian Olinger in the late stages to win by over four seconds. A household name after his heroics in Korea, the Briton is enjoying large acknowledgement and deep affections among people around the country and even received a standing ovasion when recently presented to the crowd during the interval of a game of his beloved Arsenal at the Emirates.

Mo Farah wins the 2 mile race in Gateshead

That was the one of only three wins of a depleted British team against seven of an always superior American outfit that boasted the likes of Carmelita Jeter, Jason Richardson, Dwight Phillips, Bernard Lagat and Walter Dix among their ranks as Hannah England employed her trademark kick to come away from a spirited Helen Clitheroe for a convincing victory over the women’s mile in 4:39.49 to 4:40.65 respectively, a fitting follow-up on her recent exploits on the international stage.

The global 1500m silver medalist has got a further race scheduled in a road rematch against Americans Jenny Simpson and Morgan Uceny in the 5th Avenue Mile in New York on Sunday before she calls time on her season.

Jenny Meadows, on a rare outing overdistance, came a decent fourth in 4:44.99 to split the American girls behind the top two but Emma Pallant could finish only last way adrift in 4:53.45, still looking to find her way.

Harry Aikines-Ayreety and Christian Malcolm made a second one-two for Britain in the men’s dash in 10.27 and 10.45 secs respectively (1.5m/sec) ahead of makeshift sprinters Jeff Porter (Tiffany‘s husband) and Omo Osaghae, over to the flat from the high hurdles. From there on, however, it was all USA across the board.

Fresh from an electrifying 19.53 over 200m behind Yohan Blake in Brussels the previous night, Walter Dix had bundles of pace in his legs to tear away to a sizzling 14.65 secs (1.4m/sec, 10.11 through 100m) for a striking victory over the rare ‘straight’ 150m, as Marlon Devonish set a British best ever in 14.87 secs (10.19 at 100m) well behind in second. Arguably, this looks to form the Briton’s best distance on the quality of his runs over the last couple of years but such a shame he cannot translate his times into the 200m, having lost that final third that could render him a real force on international level.

Rising young American Maurice Mitchell came third in 15.08 (10.22 at 100m) and James Ellington filled the last spot in a personal best of 15.18 (10.30 at 100m).

In the women’s version, new world 100m champion Carmelita Jeter made light work to dominate in 16.50 secs (1.5m/sec, 11.31 at 100m), a world best over a ‘straight’ 150m, as Anyika Onuora (16.90, 11.42 at 100m) and Abi Oyepitan (16.98, 11.48 at 100m) trailed a long way behind, with high hurdles Olympic champion Dawn Harper deputizing over the flat in 17.19 secs (11.62 at 100m).

Jason Richardson, the new world champion, demolished a field that involved last summer’s global topper David Oliver with aplomb in a fast 13.16 secs (0.7m/sec) to wrap up a sensational season in style, the latter setting 13.36 secs for runner-up – apparently carrying a complaint though. Britain’s Andy Turner hit a hurdle hard early into the race to stumble out of contention and eventually let up off the final flight in 14.08 secs for last as William Sharman swept past in 13.82 secs.

Elsewhere, Bernard Lagat romped to an easy victory over the men’s mile in 4:06.01, Andie Osagie third in an unfamiliar outing in 4:09.53, Dawn Harper and Danielle Carruthers were a couple of gears up on the British girls in fast 12.73 and 12.77 secs over the women’s sticks (0.3m/sec) while young Holly Bleasdale struggled once again at the end of a very long season to come second over 4.12m in the pole vault, American Becky Holliday getting the win at 4.27m.

Results

http://www.greatcitygames.org/Events/Great-North-City-Games/TV.aspx

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Great North Run, Newcastle, Tyneside, Sunday 18 September

Jo Pavey has finished top Briton in fourth in 70:48 in the women’s race to set up nicely for marathon duty in a few weeks time as Helen Clitheroe followed closely home a place behind for an excellent debut of 70:57 over the distance, in particular coming on the back of a runner-up spot behind Hannah England in the mile yesterday.

Lucy Wangui Kabuu laid the ground for a Kenyan double as she totally dominated the field on the Newcastle to South Shields course to clinch victory in 67:06, shaping a well over two minures gap on following marker Jessica Augusto (POR) who posted 69:27. Another Portoguese, Marisa Barrios, was third in 70:29.

Martin Matathi (KEN) moved through the gears over the last third of the race to surge inside 59 mins for a new course record of 58:56 and thoroughly win the men’s affair from compatriot Jonathan Maiyo, who had broken away around the 5th mile but couldn’t hold on to his lead to eventually finish a distant secondĀ  in 59:27.

The Kenyans occupied all four top positions as pre-race favourite Emanuel Mutai wound up third in 59:52 and Micah Kogo was fourth in 60:03.

Keith Gerrard, 25, made a very promising debut of his own in 63:39 to move straight fourth in the UK charts this season and might as well start contemplating an earlier move up to the marathon on the evidence of this showing. The US-based runner has also made substantial headway over 10000m by means of a PB of 28:27.03 this term so a solid platform is already in place to mount a move up.

Among other Britons, Scot Freya Murray swang back into action after a long lay-off due to injury to make a strong debut of 72:44 for 10th in the women’s race while veteran Ian Hudspith ran his fastest time since 2007 in 64:14 in 15th place, former steeplechaser Matt O’Dowd (V35) drew his best time since 1999 in 64:32 for 17th, returning John Beattie ran a debut 64:50 following next and Darren Deed posted a personal best of 64:58 a further spot adrift in the men’s race.

Andy Vernon may have been slightly disappointed to come only 20th in 65:45 (SB).

Full Results

http://www.greatrun.org/Results/Default.aspx

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Decastar, Talence, France

Day I

Olympic champion Natalya Dobrynska (UKR) is mounting a slight surprise at the moment as she is leading new global champion Tatiana Chernova (RUS) by a healthy 56pts overnight, 3867 to 3811pts respectively after four disciplines.

The Russian, as expected, got to the front after the hurdles running slightly outside her PB in a 13.37 secs (-0.7m/sec, 1069pts) against a familiar modest start from her main rival in 13.76 secs (-0.5m/sec, 1013pts) for the duo to come tied at 1.82m out of the high jump (1003pts).

But Dobrynska bided her time to strike back through a SB of 16.28m (947pts) in the shot that, combined with a poor effort of 12.90m by Chernova (721pts), propelled her to a sound lead of 170pts after the third stop of the heptathlon. However, another modest trip round 200m in 24.80 secs (0.0, 904pts) had her advantage curtailed down to just 56pts at the end of the first day as Chernova was substantially faster in 23.61 secs (-0.7m/sec, 1018) in her heat.

Rather surprisingly, Jessica Zelinka (CAN) is not that far off in third on 3752pts with Karolina Tyminska (POL) fourth on 3706pts.

In the decathlon, favourite Leonel Suarez (CUB) is stuttering way down in eighth on just 3925 after a horrid first day (11.43, 7.18, 13.24, 1.97, 49.39) and will need to call up on his deepest reserves if he is to turn around a nasty situation of a 290pts deficit on overnight leader Andres Raja (EST) on 4215pts.

Day I Results & Standings

http://www.iaaf.org/wce11/results/eventCode=4742/sex=W/discCode=HEP/combCode=hash/roundCode=4/summary.html#det

Day II

Natalya Dobrynska‘s challenge and potential upset quickly fizzled out into the second day to open the way to Tatiana Chervona for a comfortable victory in the end on an eventual total of 6679pts, the Ukrainian still pulling together a SB of 6539pts.

The Russian actually didn’t even need to reach her best form as a 6.57m (1.8m/sec, 1030pts) leap proved enough to turn round a 56pts deficit into a 28pts advantage from the off since Dobrynska faltered at just 6.31m (1.8m/sec, 946pts) in the long jump.

And it was as good as game over when the world champion landed her spear at 50.62m (872pts) to settle matters in the javelin with her rival unable to go further than 47.40m (810pts), rendering the tail-end 800m a virtual lap of honour as Chernova sailed through in 2:09.92 to wrap up her third straight multi-eventer win – the Ukrainian crossing the line in 2:13.42.

Karolina Tyminska came third on 6301pts through a strong ending of a 2:06.51 over 800m and Canadian Jessica Zelinka was fourth on 6296pts.

Over to the decathlon, Leonel Suarez could make no ground nor improve on a dismal opening day to end up a mere seventh on a vastly disappointing 7889pts as Hans van Alphen (BEL) came through from behind to snatch victory by a mere 16pts out of the hands of Mikk Pahapill (EST) at the death, running narrowly outside his PB in 4:21.10 for 804 and a total of 8200pts against the latter’s much slower 4:38.43 (690pts) to a final tally of 8184pts.

Results

http://www.iaaf.org/wce11/results/eventCode=4742/index.html

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Notturna di Milano, Milan, Italy, September 18

Luke Fagan and Leon Baptiste‘s hopes of fast times over the dash in Milan were blown away by a strong headwind of -3.4m/sec down the home straight, as well as pouring rain, to strive home in 10.57 and 10.65 secs for second and fifth respectively, although the former may be content enough to have placed runner-up behind new Jamaican star Nickel Ashmeade (9.96) who crossed the line in 10.42 secs.

Apparently, that was Fagan’s last piece of action to a breakthrough season while Baptiste will be likely running one more race over his specialty, the 200m, in Watford midweek.

Chris Clarke fared much better than in Brussels two days ago to come runner-up in 46.29 over 400m not far off winner Oscar Pistorius (RSA), who sneaked inside 46 secs to a time of 45.97.

In the men’s 1500m, Kenyan Silas Kiplagat was rampant to storm to a devastating victory by around four and a half seconds in 3:33.28 over a field that involved former world champion Yussuf Saad Kamel, the son of great Billy Konchellah (KEN), who is still working his way back and ended up fourth in a 3:39.05.

James Brewer came home in the middle of the field in eighth in a SB of 3:41.10 but will be satisfied to have claimed the scalp of Spaniard Arturo Casado who finished a place behind in 3:41.86.

Mohammed Amman stuns mighty David Rudisha down the home straight on a damp track

The highlight of the meeting belonged without a doubt to late season’s revelation Mohammed Amman (ETH) who forced mighty world record holder David Rudisha into his first defeat over 800m in two years, edging narrowly ahead in the dying stages to a fast 1:43.50 against the Kenyan’s 1:43.57. A massive win and confidence boost for the 17-year-old Ethiopian who emerges as a force to reckon with in view of the London Olympics next summer.

Olha Saladuha (UKR) carved out arguably the other top display of the meeting as she reached out to a slightly windy 14.94m (2.4m/sec) in the triple jump to comfortably hold off second-placed Olga Rypakova (KAZ), who achieved a best of 14.69 (2.8m/sec) on the day, while Anna Chicherova (RUS) cleared 1.96m to edge out home favourite Antonietta di Martino (1.93) in the women’s high jump.

Results

http://www.dbresults.net/sitof/risultati/at/2011/Milano1809201101/at/indexframe.htm

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Meeting International Tangier, Morocco, Sunday 18 September

Dwain Chambers edged out local record holder Ouhadi Aziz to a useful international win in the men’s 100m in 10.28 to 10.32 secs (-0.4m/sec), Lerone Clarke (JAM) last in a dismal 10.84 secs (injured?), and came back later to take third on a first, and probably last, showing over the longest sprint in 20.86 secs (-0.1m/sec) some way behind winner Ainsley Waugh‘s meet record of 20.71 secs, Aziz marginally second in 20.85 secs.

Jemma Simpson was a convincing winner in the women’s 800m in 2:02.21 but had to wait for a while to learn of her time as the clock stopped at 1:52 during the last stages of the race – that would have been an awesome world record!

The overall outlook of displays on the track and the infield ranged on a moderate trail apart from Canadian Dylan Armstrong‘s 21.76m to win the men’s shot from Portoguese Fortes Marco (20.61) and former world champion Christian Cantwell (20.58), suggesting that conditions may have not been very performance conductive.

Results

http://www.meetingdetanger.ma/2011-live.cfm

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IAAF Race Walking Challenge Final, La Coruna, Spain, Saturday 17 September

Long-unbeaten Valerie Borchin and Olga Kaniskina (RUS), the world champions over the men and women’s 20km in Daegu, took their form to the streets of La Coruna in Spain and dominated the respective 10km races at the Race Walking Challenge Final with relative ease.

Borchin always maintained a firm hold on the men’s affair and was barely threatened at any point to claim a convincing win, along with a $30,000 prize, in a huge SB of 38:42 ahead of China’s Zhang Wang (38:49, SB), who finished just outside the medals in Daegu, and Wafei Chu (39:06, SB).

For her part, Kaniskina upped the ante in the late stages to pull well clear of Daegu’s silver medalist Hong Liu (CHN) to an eventual 42:37 (SB), placing a good 17 secs distance between herself and her rival.

Results

Men 1.Valerie Borchin (RUS) 38:42 (SB), 2.Zhang Wang (CHN) 38:49 (SB), 3.Wafei Chu (CHN) 39:06 (SB), 4.Joao Vieira (POR) 39:09 (SB), 5.Eder Sanchez (MEX) 39:13 (SB), …, 10.Jared Tallent (AUS) 39:48

Women 1.Olga Kaniskina (RUS) 42:37 (SB), 2.Hong Liu (CHN) 42:54 (SB), 3.Melanie Seeger (GER) 43:06 (SB), 4.Ana Capacinha (POR) 43:12 (PB), 5.Susana Feitor (POR) 43:37 (SB)

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BAL Qualifier, Abingdon, Saturday 17 September

Merwyn Luckwell has returned to the top of the British javelin after two years as he released an Olympic B qualifier of 80.60m in Abingdon, showing that he is totally over the long-term injury problems that blighted him since 2009. That mark was the farthest by a Brit since his own PB of 81.05m two years ago to move past James Campbell, a SB of 80.18 back in May, to the top of the UK rankings in the process.

There was further good news from the javelin quarters at the bow-out of the season as U20 Richard Shuttleworth improved to a PB of 71.61m behind Luckwell, scratching his former figure of 70.73m in qualification at the European U20 Championships in Tallinn (Estonia). Both throwers are coached by Esa Utriainen.

Mick Woods-coached Charlie Purdue continued her tentative return to action in a 10:04.1 low-key race over 3000m having missed the bulk of the summer following surgery in May.

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English Schools Combined Events Championships, Exeter, September 17-18

18-year-old Liam Ramsey worked up a new U20 best total ever of 7308 pts during a two-day adventure in the decathlon across the weekend in Exeter, to move up from his previous figure of 7233pts in Doncaster back in June. His card read 11.46w (4.6m/sec) in the 100m, 6.94m (2.6m/sec) in the long jump, 13.74m in the shot (6kgr), 1.96m in the high jump (ePB), 49.26 secs over 400m, 14.46 over the junior sticks (PB, 1.2m/sec), 37.66m in the discus, 4.03m in the pole vault, 43.75m in the javelin and rounded out in 4:33.44 in the 1500m.

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.

Top female performer in Daegu

Who was the top female performer in Daegu in your view? I think there is a wide range of top performances on offer although many emotionally may tend towards Sally Pearson straight away. Personally, I find it really hard to pick as I was also highly impressed and enthralled by Maria Abakumova‘s 71.99m to instantly respond with her back to the wall to Barbora Spotakova‘s (CZE) seeming winner of 71.58m minutes earlier in the women’s javelin and Lashinda Demus‘s (USA) sizzling run of 52.47 secs in windy conditions over 400m hurdles, in a race that defending champion Melaine Walker (JAM) also dipped under 53 secs.

As we move into the second half of the World Championships from tomorrow morning, in fact late night in Europe, let’s take a look back at some of the most exciting moments of the first four days.

Carmelita Jeter (USA) wins the women’s 100m from Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM) and Kelly-Ann Baptiste (TRI)

Amantle Montsho (BOT) narrowly holds off a fast-finishing Allyson Felix (USA) in the women’s 400m

The controversial 110m hurdles final that saw Dayron Robles (CUB) eventually disqualified after crossing the line first, with Jason Richardson (USA) the new World champion and Andy Turner (GBR) getting a surprise bronze

Vivian Cheruiyot leads a clean sweep for Kenya in the women’s 10000m

Valerie Adams hurls the shot to an area record of 21.24m in the women’s shot

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 bellĀ  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.

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