Diamond League Shanghai - Bolt Wins On Fast Day For Distance
May 23, 2010
Bolt Cruises 19.76 | Ejigu Wins Fast Women's 5k | Jelimo, Hooker, Vili Flop
|Video: Usain Bolt's 200m Race From Shanghai|
Men's 200m: Bolt By A Mile
Usain Bolt won the 200m in 19.76, almost 0.6 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Angelo Taylor of the US (20.34, PB). Bolt's time set a new meet record (Asafa Powell, 20.00, 2007), and was 0.2 seconds off his own 2010 world lead of 19.56. According to tilostapaja.org, today's 19.76 marks the 11th time Bolt has run 19.76 or better (wind-legal) in his career. According to iaaf.org statistics, only 10 men besides Usain Bolt have ever run wind-legal 19.76 or better, including Michael Johnson (3 times) and Tyson Gay (3 times).
Final, wind: -0.8
Women's 5000m: Ejigu Wins Great Race With 9 From KEN/ETH Under 15:00
Linet Masai and every other runner in the top 8 set a personal best but it was Ethiopian Sentayehu Ejigu who got the win in a world leading meet record 14:30.96. Sub-30 10k-er Meselech Melkamu and world medalist Sylvia Kibet joined Masai in running 14:31 but coming up just short of victory. Ejigu, the 2010 world indoor 3000m bronze medalist, is now the 12th-fastest women's 5000m runner in history with Masai right behind in 13th.
Boards: Ejigu Smokes Masai - 14:30!!!!!
|2.||Linet Chepkwemoi MASAI||KEN||89||14:31.14|
|4.||Sylvia Jebiwot KIBET||KEN||84||14:31.91|
|9.||Margaret Wangari MURIUKI||KEN||86||14:48.94|
|Video: Liu Xiang returns to action in Shanghai.|
Men's 110m Hurdles: Liu Xiang Beaten By Fellow Chinese
USA's David Oliver ran a very impressive 12.99 world leader (3rd best wind-legal time of his career) but all eyes were on former world record-holder Liu Xiang. China's favorite athlete (under 7'6" tall) ran decently (13.40) but was beaten by 0.01 seconds by China's Shi Dongpeng. World champion Ryan Brathwaite DNF'd.
|8.||Mike VAN KRUCHTEN||NED||87||14.01|
Men's 1500: Choge, Kiprop Battle To Line In Fast Race
Kenya's Asbel Kiprop (3:32.22) showed he is near top form as he battled Augustine Choge (3:32.20) to the line in a fast race where a 3:34.00 clocking would have netted only 8th place. The Kenyans had been worried about Ethiopian Deresse Mekonnen becoming a dominant force in the event, but in fact it was Ethiopian Mekonnen Gebremedhin (3rd, 3:33.35) who provided the lone non-Kenyan place holder in the top-10. World champion Deresse Mekonnen was a DNF in a race that saw some incredibly fast runners including Alex Kipchirchir, Eliud Kipchoge and Haron Keitany fall well behind the leaders' pace (the opening rabbited lap was 53.88). Kiprop's 3:32.22 is only 1.02 seconds off of his personal best set last year in Rome.
|1.||Augustine Kiprono CHOGE||KEN||87||3:32.20|
|4.||William Biwott TANUI||KEN||90||3:33.67|
|5.||Geoffrey Kipkoech RONO||KEN||87||3:33.92|
|6.||Suleiman Kipses SIMOTWO||KEN||80||3:33.96|
|-||Ismail Kipngetich KOMBICH||KEN||85||DNF|
Women's 800m: 2:01 Wins It But Jelimo Fades To 2:03
In the women's 800m, 2008 world dominator Pamela Jelimo stormed to the lead between 400 and 600 but then faded badly to finish out of the money. Kenyan Janet Jepkosgei Busienei (2:01.06) won the race narrowly over Great Britain's world medalist Jenny Meadows (2:01.34) with Jamaica's Kenia Sinclair (2:01.87) in 3rd.
|1.||Janeth Jepkosgei BUSIENEI||KEN||83||2:01.06|
|Video: Wariner beats Neville over 400m|
Men's 400m: Wariner Wins In Shaky Time
Jeremy Wariner took the win in a modest 45.41. His best competition came from Olympic bronze medalist David Neville (US, 45.70) and former Wake Forest standout Michael Bingham (GBR, 45.84) who had some very impressive showings last year on the professional circuit after his collegiate season ended (Bingham placed 2nd in the Berlin World Champs semi-final last year in 44.74).
Women's 100m: Jeter Jets Past Fraser
In the most anticipated head-to-head matchup of the meet, US sprinter Carmelita Jeter powered past '08 Olympic and '09 World champion Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser 11.09 to 11.29.
Women's 400m Hurdles: Demus Off To Another Fast Start
American Lashinda Demus lowered the 2010 world best and meet record with a 53.34 smashing of the field. Olympic champion Melaine Walker was left 2 seconds behind in fifth and even second place was 1.5 seconds behind Demus.
Men's Long Jump: LaPierre Currently World's Best Long Jumper
Australia's Fabrice LaPierre picked up a confidence-building win by defeating '09 World Champion Dwight Phillips of the USA. LaPierre timed the wind right, getting a 0.0 reading for his winning 8.30m jump. But it wasn't only the wind that helped LaPierre, who has a wind-aided 8.75m from earlier in the year. The Aussie had a total of 3 jumps in Shanghai better than Phillips' best, an 8.15m into a significant -3.4m/sec headwind.
Women's Shot Put: Vili Beaten Handily
Valerie Vili, the New Zealand shot-putter who was unbeatable for almost 3 years, lost her world lead to Belarusian Nadezhda Ostapchuk. Now working with a new coach, Vili's best attempt was almost 1 meter off the winning put of 20.70m and didn't record a single toss farther than Ostapchuk's worst.
Men's Pole Vault: Hooker's Strategy Flops
After missing his first attempt at 5.50m, Aussie Olympic and World Champ Steve Hooker then cleared the height and passed to 5.70m. His strategy didn't work out too well as he missed all three attempts at 5.70m and left the meet stuck in 6th place, over 40cm lower than his world leading 5.91m set back in February.
Men's High Jump: Not An Impressive Day
Americans Jesse Williams (2nd, 2.24m), Tora Harris (5th, 2.20m) and Andra Manson (9th, 2.20m) traveled to the Far East but didn't get the great competition - or the performances - they were hoping for. Poland's Sylwester Bednarek won in a very average 2.24 and only three jumpers took jumps at 2.27m.
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