2010 Zürich Diamond League Recap: Like Old Times Wariner, Spearmon, Felix, US 4 X 100 Impress, Solinsky Gets Closer

By LetsRun.com
August 19, 2010
*Results

Zürich was the final Diamond League stop for 16 events. $40,000 was on the line for the overall Diamond League winner and $10,000 for each event winner. Event by event recap below.

Men's 5,000: Solinsky Breaks 13:00 Yet Again As David Moorcroft Loses His British Record
Of all the races in Zürich, this is the one the average LetsRun.com visitor was paying the most attention to and those fans that turned in mid-day were rewarded as Chris Solinsky broke 13:00 for the third time this year. More importantly, Solinsky was more compeittive, as he finished in the top three in Europe for the first time this year (his previous best finish had only been 5th) and there was one brief point in the last lap when American fans (even the British announcer) were thinking Chris might have a chance to win this thing.

Tariku Bekele of Ethopia crosses the finish line to win the men's 5000 metres event at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich August 19, 2010.    REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)In hindsight, Solinsky wasn't winning this thing, but it was a bit interesting over the last 400 (but probably not as exciting as last year when Dathan Ritzenhein tried to charge on the great Kenenisa Bekele). The man that was clearly the best over the last lap was Tariku Bekele, who blitzed his last 400 in about 54 to get the win in 12:55.03, but Solinsky gave American fans a brief, albeit possibly false hope for victory.

The race had started off quick, as the opening 1,000 was run 2:32.19 and it was clear from the beginning that Solinsky came to play tonight, as he was up in 7th on the first lap. However, by 2k with the pace still really hot - 5:06.90 was the split (5:07 is 12:47 pace) - Solinsky had fallen back to 12th. The pace would lag over the next 2k and Solinsky would move back up, as he was sixth with three laps to go. The 4km mark was hit in 10:24.05, meaning the second 2k was run in 5:17.15 (that's 13:12 pace from 2k to 4k). The beginning had been too fast, and the middle too slow, but it was clear with a sprint that the top finishers would all break 13:00. The problem was that it looked like the American record of 12:54.12 was slipping away.

Heading into the bell, there were still 10 runners in touch with the leaders, but the contenders were soon separated from the pretenders as the top four moved clear of everyone else and Solinsky was one of those men. He started the final lap in fourth and he soon moved into third. Heading into the final 200, Solinsky and Diamond League leader Imane Merga were battling it out for 2nd, as Tariku Bekele was five or six meters ahead. It was clear that Tariku was running hard and just past the 150 mark, the announcer got excited thinking maybe he'd fade and Solinsky would get the win if he could find a way to beat Merga.

However, none of that happened. Bekele did just the opposite - he extended his lead to more than ten meters before coasting it in for the win. Solinsky, who did move into second early in the homestretch, was unable to hold off Merga, who fought back and got second.

Finishing fifth in a new British record of 12:57.94 was double European champion Mo Farah. Farah had at one point fallen off the leaders, but got back on the main pack when the pace lagged. David Moorcroft's amazing British record of 13:00.41 from July 7th of 1982 was finally history. Boy are we pleased that we hyped the profile of Moorcroft all week. (More on Farah's run here)

American Galen Rupp was also in the race. Sensing that the opening pace was hot, Rupp started off in the back of the field as he was next-to-last (18th) after the first lap. Near the 2k mark, Rupp had moved up to 13th and was close to Solinsky, but Rupp struggled a bit after that point. Nonetheless, while we know Rupp is disappointed he didn't join Solinsky in the sub-13 club, he can't be too upset as he did leave the track with a PR, getting under the 13:10 barrier for the first time and finishing 12th in 13:07.35. Plus, Galen should take heart in the fact that every American-born athlete who has broken 13:10 in history has also broken 13:00 eventually in their careers.

Splits: 1,000m - Birgen, Bethwell (KEN) - 2:32.19. 2,000m - Birgen, Bethwell (KEN) - 5:06.90. 3,000m - Komen, Daniel Kipchirchir (KEN) - 7:44.79. 4,000m - Kipchoge, Eliud (KEN) -10:24.05.

1
ETH
12:55.03
14
2
 
2
ETH
12:56.34
16
1
img
3
USA
12:56.45
2
6
 
4
KEN
12:57.77
6
3
 
5
GBR
12:57.94
NR
 
 
 
6
KEN
12:58.91
SB
 
 
 
7
KEN
13:02.45
 
 
 
8
KEN
13:04.50
PB
 
 
 
9
KEN
13:04.85
 
 
 
10
KEN
13:06.06
PB
 
 
 
11
KEN
13:07.06
6
3
 
12
USA
13:07.35
PB
 
 
 
13
KEN
13:13.81
 
 
 
14
KEN
13:15.93
 
 
 
15
KEN
13:16.60
2
7
 
16
GBR
13:28.43
 
 
 
 
KEN
DNF
 
 
 
 
KEN
DNF
4
5
 
 
KEN
DNF
 
 
 
Nancy Jebet Langat (R) of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the women's 1500 metres event at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich August 19, 2010.     REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SPORT ATHLETICS)

Women's 1,500: Langat Wins Yet Again As Challengers Literally Fall Over Themselves
Watching this race on television was a bit bizarre. Heading into the bell, one runner was way out front - maybe 20 meters ahead - and we were thinking "What the hell is going on?" The announcers were totally ignoring the fact that the leader was Mimi Belete - a runner who has run 4:01 each of the last two times out. Maybe everyone but us knew she was supposed to be the rabbit but she was so far ahead we were thinking, "If she is, she ought to try to steal this race." Try to steal it she did.

The first lap was run in a quick 61.32, but lead rabbit Diane Cummins did an awful job over the next 400, as she only ran a 66.46. Belete ended up with a big lead at the bell as she rammed her third lap back down in the 62-flat range (Belete reached 1,200 in 3:10.99) and no one went with her. However, after she hit 1,200, Belete quickly ran out of steam and was passed by a group of runners entering the final 200. Over the last 200, there was no doubt as to who was the best, as Kenya's Nancy Langat did what she's done every time this summer except once - win.

Once again Langat won, but once again she failed to break 4:00 (her winning time was 4:01.01) due to the uneven pacemaking.

The battle for second was totally disrupted as there was a big fall. Morgan Uceny, who had been the top American in each of the last two Diamond League races (one at 1,500  one at 800), was taken out as the runners rounded the final turn and a slew of runners either went down with her (Anna Pierce included) or lost momentum. Uceny had been following Langat throughout the race and seemed poised to be the top American yet again. In the end, Gelete Burka ended up second in 4:02.26, as Brit Stephanie Twell gave herself a nice birthday present as she lowered her PR to finish third in 4:02.54. Twell had finished third-to-last in London last weekend.

Splits: 400m - Cummins, Diane (CAN) - 1:01.32. 800m - Cummins, Diane (CAN) - 2:07.78. 1,200m - Belete, Mimi (BRN) - 3:10.99

1
KEN
4:01.01
25
1
img
2
ETH
4:02.26
11
2
 
3
GBR
4:02.54
PB
2
4
 
4
GBR
4:02.92
1
6
 
5
KEN
4:03.76
SB
 
 
 
6
KEN
4:04.17
PB
 
 
 
7
ETH
4:05.05
 
 
 
8
USA
4:05.48
 
 
 
9
RUS
4:05.82
8
3
 
10
KEN
4:06.13
 
 
 
11
TUR
4:08.39
 
 
 
12
USA
4:09.37
2
5
 
 
BRN
DNF
1
6
 
 
CAN
DNF
 
 
 
 
USA
DNF
 
 
 
 
USA
DNF
 
 
 
Ezekiel Kemboi (L) of Kenya and his compatriot Paul Kipsiele Koech compete in the men's 3000 metres steeplechase event at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich August 19, 2010.     REUTERS/Michael Buholzer (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SPORT ATHLETICS IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE)

Men's Steeple: Kemboi Wins Battle Over Koech (But Koech Wins War)

2004 Olympic and 2009 world champion Ezekiel Kemboi showed yet again he's a big meet performer, as he won the final Diamond League meet of the year thanks to a 62-second last lap. Paul Kipsiele Koech had the lead heading into the last lap and while no champion enjoys losing, Koech probably wasn't too unhappy as he did hold onto the Diamond League title for the year by finishing second.

Splits: 1,000m: Lagat, Haron (KEN) - 2:38.02. 2,000m:  Koech, Paul Kipsiele (KEN) - 5:20.82.

1
KEN
8:01.74
SB
15
2
 
2
KEN
8:05.48
17
1
img
3
FRA
8:07.20
2
5
 
4
UGA
8:08.70
2
6
 
5
KEN
8:09.25
 
 
 
6
QAT
8:09.63
SB
 
 
 
7
KEN
8:10.02
10
3
 
8
FRA
8:10.50
 
 
 
9
MDA
8:19.91
 
 
 
10
POL
8:24.58
 
 
 
11
KEN
8:25.82
 
 
 
12
ESP
8:26.29
 
 
 
13
USA
8:36.66
 
 
 
 
KEN
DNF
 
 
 
 
KEN
DNF
 
 
 
 
KEN
DNF
3
4
 
David Oliver (R) of the U.S. crashes after he crossed the finish line ahead of U.S. Ryan Wilson (2ndR), compatriot Joel Brown and Czech Republic's Petr Svoboda to win the men's 110m hurdles race at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich August 19, 2010.  REUTERS/Michael Buholzer (SWITZERLAND)

Men's 110 Hurdles: Oliver Remains Perfect
David Oliver
's perfect 2010 continued as he won his 11th straight final. It was clear Oliver wanted more - maybe the world record - as he was running hard at the end - so hard he stumbled and fell to the track at the line.

1
USA
12.93
0.163
28
1
img
2
JAM
13.25
SB
0.147
9
2
 
3
USA
13.26
0.164
8
3
 
4
CZE
13.30
0.167
 
 
 
5
USA
13.31
0.194
 
 
 
6
FRA
13.34
=PB
0.189
1
4
 
7
USA
13.34
=SB
0.165
 
 
 
8
GBR
13.36
0.145
 
 
 
9
GBR
13.51
0.155
 
 
 
Jeremy Wariner of the U.S. celebrates after winning the men's 400 metres event at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich August 19, 2010.       REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SPORT ATHLETICS)

Men’s 400: Wariner Runs Fastest Time In Nearly Two Years
200 meters into the race, Jeremy Wariner was behind Jamaica’s Jermaine Gonzales. But with 150 to go, Wariner started to creep up and the last 100 was all his, as he powered home to his sixth Diamond League victory of the year - a perfect six for six in 2010 for Wariner in the Diamond League.  His winning time of 44.13 was the fastest since Wariner ran 43.82 in this same meet in 2008 and it resulted in him receiving a $20,000 time bonus.

1 WARINER, Jeremy USA 44.13 WL 0.199

28

1

*
2 GONZALES, Jermaine JAM 44.51 0.192

14

2

3 TAYLOR, Angelo USA 44.72 SB 0.179

4

3

4 CHAMBERS, Ricardo JAM 44.96 0.187

3

4

5 BORLEE, Jonathan BEL 45.23 0.186

2

5

6 ROONEY, Martyn GBR 45.67 0.224

7 BINGHAM, Michael GBR 46.00 0.260

1

6

8

GILLICK, David

IRL 46.05 0.182

Wallace Spearmon (L) of the U.S. approaches the finish line to win the men's 200 metres event ahead of Yohan Blake of Jamaica at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich August 19, 2010.   REUTERS/Michael Buholzer (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SPORT ATHLETICS)

Men's 200: Wallace Spearmon Wins In 19.79
Wallace Spearmon
came from behind over the final 200 to capture the Diamond League title by defeating Yohan Blake 19.79 to Blake's 19.86. Spearmon's 19.79 time was his fastest wind-legal time since 2006 (Spearmon did run an aided 19.77 at USAs this year).

We're not sure why the injured Walter Dix didn't show up and walk the race as he would have made $40,000, as he had an unassailable lead in the Dimaond League point race prior to his injury.

1
USA
19.79
MR
0.155
13
1
img
2
JAM
19.86
0.272
6
2
 
3
USA
20.10
PB
0.153
4
3
 
4
JAM
20.11
SB
0.178
 
 
 
5
NOR
20.29
SB
0.156
1
5
 
6
USA
20.38
0.183
1
5
 
7
AHO
20.40
0.157
2
4
 
8
SUI
20.55
SB
0.147
 
 

*On the boards: Watler Dix Lost Out on $40,000 by Not Running Zurich

Allyson Felix of the U.S. celebrates after she won the women's 400 metres race at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich August 19, 2010.  REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (SWITZERLAND)
Women's 400: Felix Remains Undefeated At 400 For Year
Allyson Felix proved she's the best in the world at 400 in 2010 as she added the 400 Diamond League title to her 200 title. Although she only is #8 on the 2010 world list in terms of time, Felix is a perfect four-for-four at 400 meters outdoors this summer and she defeated both the world leader Debbie Dunn and the European champion Tatyana Firova.

1
USA
50.37
0.196
20
1
img
2
USA
50.57
0.282
10
3
 
3
BOT
50.63
0.316
10
2
 
4
JAM
50.73
0.266
5
5
 
5
JAM
50.80
0.374
4
6
 
6
RUS
51.02
0.227
6
4
 
7
ITA
51.07
0.220
 
 
 
8
RUS
52.07
0.277
 
 
 
Michael Rodgers, Wallace Spearmon, Tyson Gay and Trell Kimmons (L-R) of the U.S. celebrate after winning the men's 4 x 400 metres relay at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich August 19, 2010.    REUTERS/Michael Buholzer (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)

Men's 4 x 100: US Runs Fast
Despite two awful handoffs, the US dominated and almost got the US record of 37.40. A fresh Tyson Gay certainly helped the cause.

1
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 
USA
37.45
WL,MR
0.157
2
JAMAICA 
JAM
37.76
0.241
3
GREAT BRITAIN & NI 
GBR
38.41
0.184
4
CANADA 
CAN
38.74
0.213
5
SWITZERLAND 
SUI
38.81
0.158
6
POLAND 
POL
39.27
0.164
7
AUSTRALIA 
AUS
39.45
0.191
8
NETHERLANDS 
NED
40.13
0.161

Women's 110 Hurdles - Priscilla Lopes-Schliep Just Misses Her World Lead Of 12.52

1
CAN
12.53
0.176
2
GER
12.69
0.180
3
USA
12.81
0.194
4
SUI
12.81
PB
0.171
5
NOR
12.93
0.158
6
TUR
12.94
0.187
7
IRL
13.00
0.173
8
UKR
13.11
0.262
9
GER
13.17
0.185

Women's 400 Hurdles - Spencer Wins Again
Diamond League winner Kaliese Spencer capped her Diamond League victory in style as she won her fifth straight race with a new personal best of 53.33.

1
JAM
53.33
PB
24
1
img
2
CZE
54.54
8
2
 
3
NGR
55.11
2
4
 
4
RUS
55.14
5
3
 
5
GBR
55.57
1
5
 
6
ROU
56.43
1
5
 
7
USA
56.68
 
 
 
8
RUS
59.87
 
 
 

Veronica Campbell-Brown (L) of Jamaica runs to win ahead of Carmelita Jeter of the U.S. in the women's 100 metres competition at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich August 19, 2010.  REUTERS/Michael Buholzer (SWITZERLAND)

Women's 100: Jeter Wins In Photo
Carmelita Jeter got the Diamond League title but Veronica Campbell-Brown showed she's the best in the world in our book - albeit by the narrowest of margins. Campbell-Brown seemed to have the race in hand, but she started to lean way too early and Jeter almost caught her at the line. Campbell-Brown has run faster than Jeter this year (10.78 to 10.82) and now is even against Jeter for the year (2 wins 2 losses). For their careers, Campbell-Brown leads 16 to 6.

1
JAM
10.89
0.153
14
2
 
2
USA
10.89
0.185
21
1
img
3
USA
10.97
SB
0.170
2
5
 
4
TRI
11.11
0.136
3
3
 
5
JAM
11.18
0.147
3
3
 
6
NGR
11.19
0.151
 
 
 
7
GER
11.25
0.166
 
 
 
8
NOR
11.45
0.167
 
 
 
9
FRA
11.56
0.196
 
 
 

Men's 100: Trell Kimmons Breaks 10.00 Legally For First Time
Kimmons' legal PR coming in was only 10.09.

1
USA
9.95
PB
0.167
2
USA
10.12
0.143
3
CAN
10.19
0.172
4
GBR
10.26
0.148
5
AUS
10.45
0.154
 
JAM
DNF
0.143
 
JAM
DNF
0.151
 
GBR
DQ
R 162.7
0.030
 
AUS
DQ
R 162.7
0.033

Field Events
Men's Long Jump: Superman Wins In Zürich And Diamond League Crown

Dwight Phillips got the win here to cement his Diamond League title. Fabrice Lapierre of Australia had a chance to catch him coming in but fouled on all six attempts.

1
USA
8.20
-0.3
24
1
img
 
8.20
(-0.3)
x
(0.0)
-
-
8.04
(-0.3)
8.06
(-0.1)
2
GER
8.11
-0.1
4
3
   
x
(0.0)
7.72
(-0.4)
7.59
(-0.6)
7.85
(-0.3)
8.11
(-0.1)
x
(-0.5)
3
GBR
7.97
+0.2
3
4
   
7.75
(+0.1)
7.97
(+0.2)
7.82
(-0.7)
7.81
(-0.2)
7.85
(-0.1)
7.68
(-0.5)
4
RUS
7.88
0.0
1
5
   
7.86
(+0.3)
7.85
(+0.8)
7.82
(-0.6)
7.88
(0.0)
x
(-0.6)
7.60
(-0.5)
5
ITA
7.88
-0.2
   
x
(0.0)
7.81
(+0.2)
7.88
(-0.2)
x
(-0.5)
6.10
(-0.4)
6.31
(-0.7)
6
FRA
7.84
+0.2
   
7.84
(+0.2)
x
(+0.2)
x
(-0.3)
x
(-0.6)
7.70
(-0.8)
7.57
(-0.4)
7
FRA
7.29
-0.9
   
x
(-0.2)
x
(+0.1)
7.29
(-0.9)
x
(-0.4)
x
(0.0)
x
(-0.6)
 
AUS
NM
 
11
2
   
x
(+0.3)
x
(-0.4)
x
(+0.1)
x
(-0.5)
x
(+0.2)
x
(-0.9)

Men's High Jump Ivan Ukhov Wins DL Title

American Jesse Williams could have won the DL title with a win here but Ukhov got the best of him again. It was Williams' 5th runner up finish in the DL this year.

1
RUS
2.29
20
1
img
 
o
-
o
xxx
-
 
o
 
o
 
-
 
2
USA
2.26
13
2
   
-
 
o
 
o
 
o
 
xxx
 
 
 
3
RUS
2.26
2
3
   
-
 
o
 
xo
 
o
 
xxx
 
 
 
4
RUS
2.26
 
 
   
o
 
xxo
 
o
 
o
 
xxx
 
 
 
5
RUS
2.26
2
4
   
-
 
o
 
-
 
xo
 
xxx
 
 
 
6
BAH
2.26
1
5
   
-
 
o
 
-
 
xxo
 
xxx
 
 
 
7
UKR
2.23
 
 
   
o
 
xxo
 
xxo
 
xxx
 
 
 
 
 
8
GBR
2.20
 
 
   
o
 
xo
 
xxx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9
CZE
2.20
 
 
   
o
 
xxo
 
-
 
xxx
 
 
 
 
 
10
USA
2.15
 
 
   
o
 
xxx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Women's Pole Vault: Fabiana Murer Gets Title

1
BRA
4.81
23
1
img
 
-
o
-
o
-
o
o
xxx
o
 
-
 
2
RUS
4.71
14
2
   
-
o
-
x-
o
xx
-
 
o
 
-
 
3
GER
4.61
11
3
   
-
x-
-
xx
o
 
-
 
o
 
-
 
4
USA
4.51
2
4
   
-
 
xo
 
xxo
 
o
 
xxx
 
 
 
5
GER
4.51
 
 
   
-
 
xo
 
xo
 
xxo
 
 
 
 
 
6
GER
4.41
 
 
   
-
 
-
 
xo
 
xxx
 
 
 
 
 
7
RUS
4.41
1
6
   
-
 
xo
 
xo
 
xxx
 
 
 
 
 
8
CZE
4.41
2
4
   
-
 
o
 
xxo
 
xxx
 
 
 
 
 
9
SUI
4.21
 
 
   
o
 
o
 
xxx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BLR
NM
 
 
   
-
 
xxx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Men's Discus: World Champ Robert Harting Gets First DL Win Of Year In His 3rd Attempt

1
GER
68.64
 
10
4
   
61.49
65.89
65.54
x
68.64
67.82
2
POL
68.48
 
18
1
img
 
65.56
63.80
x
x
68.48
x
3
ESP
66.49
 
2
5
   
65.42
x
66.49
x
x
62.90
4
HUN
65.32
 
13
2
   
62.20
65.20
65.32
64.94
x
x
5
EST
65.20
 
10
3
   
64.39
64.59
63.60
x
x
65.20
6
USA
64.49
 
1
6
   
x
64.31
64.49
x
x
x
7
LTU
64.39
 
1
6
   
62.59
62.84
x
63.08
64.39
62.76
8
USA
62.87
 
1
6
   
x
62.87
62.87
61.75
62.67
61.20
9
EST
62.64
 
   
62.30
61.47
62.64
 
 
 

Women's Javelin: Christian Obergföll Gets First DL Win

1
GER
67.31
 
MR
8
3
   
64.33
64.98
x
67.31
65.19
x
2
CZE
65.34
 
20
1
img
 
54.78
61.43
61.79
63.32
-
65.34
3
GER
63.30
 
3
6
   
56.63
63.19
61.31
63.30
62.05
59.71
4
RUS
62.51
 
4
5
   
x
62.51
x
57.65
60.80
60.34
5
GER
62.21
 
   
62.21
62.08
x
x
58.55
x
6
LAT
61.75
 
   
60.38
55.68
61.32
60.61
61.67
61.75
7
RSA
59.95
 
7
4
   
58.47
59.95
56.40
59.27
55.84
x
8
UKR
59.78
 
1
7
   
55.45
54.11
59.78
x
58.93
x
9
USA
59.50
 
10
2
   
57.29
57.88
59.50
 
 
 

 

 

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