2015 adidas Grand Prix: David Rudisha Is Back, Usain Bolt Is In Trouble, Ajee Wilson Is Dominant And American Boris Berian Has Turned The US 800 Ranks Upside Down

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by LetsRun.com
June 13, 2015

NEW YORK, NY — World Record holders David Rudisha and Usain Bolt both got victories here today at the 2015 adidas Grand Prix but Bolt’s victory was extremely narrow and generated way more questions than it answered. Ajee Wilson showed she is a gold medal threat at 800 and American Boris Berian arrived on the world scene at 800m.

We breakdown the meet for you below, except for the men’s 5,000, which is recapped here: LRC Ben True Becomes The First American Diamond League 5,000 Winner

Women’s 800: Ajee Wilson is totally dominant as her terrific season continues

Wilson once again showed that she’s on a completely different level from every other American 800 runner as she controlled the race and crushed the competition over the final 100, winning in 1:58.83. The pace was quick early (57.19 for the rabbit at 400 with Wilson close behind) and Wilson kept pressing as she ran unchallenged in the lead over the second lap as she led onto the backstretch with the wind at her back. Coming off the final turn, Wilson Chanelle Price was the only one within striking distance and Wilson powered away from her to cruise to a 1:58.83 victory. 2007 world champ Janeth Jepkosgei of Kenya closed well to take second in 1:59.37, while Price hung on for third in a new pb of 1:59.47. Brenda Martinez, the 2013 world bronze medalist, was never a factor and finished just fifth in 2:00.33.

Qtake #1: Ajee Wilson is America’s Best Hope for Distance Gold (Along with Jenny Simpson)
Eunice Sum edged Wilson earlier this year in Wilson’s only loss, but she showed again today she is one of the best 800m runners in the world who rarely has a bad race.

Don’t let the time deceive you, this was a dominant impressive win, as it was windy on Randall’s Island causing slow times in all the sprints.

Post-Race interview with Wilson:

Post-Race interview with Price:

Post-Race Interview With Treniere Moser:

800 Metres - Women                                            
                                                            Pts
    1 Wilson , Ajee                    USA    1:58.83          4        
    2 Busienei , Janeth Jepkosgei      KEN    1:59.37          2        
    3 Price , Chanelle                 USA    1:59.47          1        
    4 Beckwith-Ludlow , Molly          USA    1:59.93                   
    5 Martinez , Brenda                USA    2:00.33                   
    6 Sharp , Lynsey                   GBR    2:00.37                   
    7 Moser , Treniere                 USA    2:00.42                   
    8 Meadows , Jennifer               GBR    2:00.55                   
    9 Lipsey , Charlene                USA    2:00.60
   10 Yarigo , Noélie                  BEN    2:00.97
   11 McDonald , Kimarra               JAM    2:02.38
   12 Lagat , Viola                    KEN    2:03.26
      Hargrove , Monica                USA        DNF

Men’s 800: David Rudisha is back; American Boris Berian rips a 1:43.84

After injury concerns following his DNF in Ostrava on May 26, David Rudisha showed that he’s not only healthy, but fit as well as he ran an impressive 1:43.58 from the front to win in New York for the fourth straight year. Rudisha running 1:43 in windy conditions was somewhat surprising given his season to this point, but “Rudisha runs 1:43” doesn’t rank as a shocking headline at all.

Behind Rudisha  the American results were pretty surprising. Boris Berian, yes Boris Berian was the top American in 1:43.89,  Matt Centrowitz had a big pb and went sub 1:45 for the first time in his career (1:44.62, previous pb of 1:45.86), Robby Andrews struggled in the last 100, Duane Solomon dropped out and Andrew Wheating was way back.

“Boris Berian runs 1:43” isn’t something we thought we’d be writing today. The 22-year-old former Adams State runner, who now trains under coach Carlos Handler (Brenda Martinez’ husband) with the Big Bear Track Club, skipped the 1:44s entirely as his PR coming in was 1:45.30. Amazingly, Berian’s PR was 1:48.89 at the start of the year, so he’s now dropped five seconds off his PR in two months.

Rudisha won this race in similar fashion to how Ajee Wilson won the women’s 800 earlier in the meet. He ran slightly behind rabbit Ryan Martin through 400 (50.10) before starting to push during the second lap. Just before the bell, Robby Andrews was in good position on Rudisha’s shoulder and even though Berian moved past him into second at 400, he still looked set for a strong finish. But Andrews fell back in the field on the backstretch as Rudisha started to string out the field. Berian was surprisingly hanging tough and with 100 to go, Rudisha led Berian and France’s 1:42 man Pierre-Ambroise Bosse. Rudisha looked strong as he crossed the line in first, with Berian winning the battle for second over Bosse, 1:43.84 to 1:43.88.

Duane Solomon, running in the middle of the pack at the bell, stepped off the track with 300 to go and wound up a DNF.

Quick Take #1: This was a very good sign for David Rudisha

Going in, we mentioned in our preview that there was some uncertainty about Rudisha’s current fitness given he hadn’t finished a race in almost three months. Rudisha’s 1:43.58 — just .02 off Mo Aman’s world leader — was a great sign, especially given the windy conditions in New York.

Rudisha still isn’t back to his peak form of 2012 — that version wouldn’t have been so close to Berian and Bosse — but this was a convincing win and the time suggests he’s right at the level of Aman and Nijel Amos right now — if not a little ahead.

The next test for Rudisha will be a race against Aman or Amos, which will hopefully come before Worlds in August. Asked about his recovery from the Ostrava injury Rudisha said it’s “not bad” as the massage work he’s done has helped a lot. He said it’s “almost there”, although at the start he felt like he couldn’t push off as hard as he normally would.

Quick Take #2: Welcome to the spotlight, Boris Berian

The 22-year-old is currently unsigned and it’s a good thing he didn’t sign a contract before today as his value will skyrocket now that he’s run 1:43.84 (he ran in a New Balance kit, but that was only because Brenda Martinez gave him one to wear). The men’s 800 has been an event very much in flux in 2015 as Duane Solomon still hasn’t finished an 800 (he DNF’ed today) and Nick Symmonds has yet to regain his 2013 form as his best 800 is just 1:46.37, which is tied for 15th on the U.S. list. Those two men have accounted for the last seven U.S. titles; Khadevis Robinson was the last non-Solomon/Symmonds winner in 2007. It looked like the 800 at USAs was going to be anyone’s race.

That is, until Berian blitzed a 1:43.84 in New York today, the fastest time by an American since Symmonds’ 1:43.56 in Zurich in August 2013. He’s now a commanding first on the U.S. list in 2015, .88 of a second ahead of #2 Matthew Centrowitz. But Centrowitz and #3 Leo Manzano are both going to be running the 1500 at USAs, which means Berian is 1.56 seconds ahead of the next-fastest American in 2015, Charles Jock (1:45.40). For context, Jock is closer to the #20 guy on the list, Brandon Johnson (1:46.90) than he is to Berian.

Berian did have the benefit of following Rudisha, who has led many a runner to a PR, but it should be remembered that there was a lot of wind on the homestretch, which  slowed the time. 1:43.84 — however you run it — is very, very fast.

Berian believe it or not now has to be considered the favorite at USAs. He’s tied for 9th on the all-time U.S. list and the only other active guys to break 1:44 in their careers — Symmonds, Solomon and Johnson — aren’t close to that shape. Berian is in 1:43 shape right now and with USAs only 12 days away, it’s hard to see anyone getting close to that level between now and then. That doesn’t make Berian a lock for the title — he’s inexperienced in big races and the 800 can always produce unpredictable results. But he has a better case for the win than anyone right now, and that includes Symmonds and Solomon.

We have a good interview with Berian below who was obviously very happy with his big PR. He and his coach knew he was in good shape and ready for at least a 1:44-low race. Normally he likes to lead, but with Rudisha in the race he knew he’d have the perfect rabbit.

If you’re wondering where he was the last couple years, Berian actually didn’t race any 800s at all in 2013 as he was academically ineligible at Adams State. He then decided to leave school and just focus on running. While an education is important, you can’t argue with his results.

Quick Take #3: What now for Robby Andrews?

The good news: this was Andrews’ fastest 800 since 2012 and was very good for the first 650. The bad news: he only ended up sixth, and fourth among Americans. Andrews certainly would have wanted to be further up in the field, but it seems based on this evidence that he should run the 800 at USAs (although he didn’t commit one way or the other in his post-race interview). Right now, it’s unclear if his 3:57.15 mile will get him into USAs, and even if he runs, it will be hard to make the team — he just lost to two 1500 guys today. The 800 is a lot less predictable and a lot fewer guys are running well right now. He has a better shot of finishing top-three in the 800 than beating one of Centro, Leo or Ben Blankenship.

Andrews’ result today was also a little better than it looks on paper. He did not run his typical “come from behind” in the last 200 strategy which he is known for. As he says in his interview below, he “went for it” and stayed right on David Rudisha’s shoulder trying to give himself a shot to win if Rudisha was off his game. He admitted this was too aggressive a start for him, but says his fitness is great and he’s very confident going into USAs.

Quick Take #4: Another Poor Race For Andrew Wheating

Andrew Wheating ran poorly for the second time this week as he followed up his 1:49.72 7th place finish in Canada on Monday with a 1:47.75 here as the last finisher. Wheating says he’s “missing the last 200m of his race” and doesn’t know why. Coming in he felt ready to do something, but then didn’t have anything left at the end. He said he was sick before the Canada meet so that might have played a role.

Asked about the 1500 or the 800 at USAs Wheating said the “logical choice” was the 1500 so he was leaning towards that, but not 100% decided. He has ran better at that distance this year with a 3:38 in March in Australia and 3:39 at the Hoka One One Distance meet a month ago. He didn’t run great though at the Pre Classic and considering Duane Solomon and Nick Symmonds aren’t running too well right now, maybe he’d be better off in the 800.

Wheating used to be one of the brightest distance hopes. The portion of the LRC crew watching this race on TV from NCAAs forgot he was in the field as he was never a factor. He has to find some magic by USAs.

800 Metres - Men                                              
                                                            Pts
    1 Rudisha , David Lekuta           KEN    1:43.58          4        
    2 Berian , Boris                   USA    1:43.84          2        
    3 Bosse , Pierre-Ambroise          FRA    1:43.88          1        
    4 Centrowitz , Matthew             USA    1:44.62                   
    5 Manzano , Leonel                 USA    1:45.24                   
    6 Andrews , Robby                  USA    1:45.98                   
    7 English , Mark                   IRL    1:46.12                   
    8 Rutt , Michael                   USA    1:46.83                   
    9 Wheating , Andrew                USA    1:47.75
      Martin , Ryan                    USA        DNF                   
      Solomon , Duane                  USA        DNF                   

Messageboard talk: Centro 1:44 800 is a mistake. Wrong direction

3000 Steeplechase: Ayalew breaks the weak field early and cruises to win

Ayalew, the 2014 world #1, made a break on the second lap of the race and quickly had a lead of 35 meters with five laps to go. She came through 1k in 3:05.36 but running alone, she slowed down to 3:10.63 for the second kilometer. Fortunately for her, the chase pack didn’t gain on her at all; in fact, her lead grew as the chasers struggled to make up the deficit due to the sunny, hot conditions (82 degrees).

By the bell, the only question to be settled was who would finish second. The chase pack was down to six at that point, with Americans Ashley Higginson and Aisha Praught and Australian Genevieve LaCaze all in contention.

Higginson made a big push over the final lap and put a decent dent into Ayalew’s lead, but the deficit was too much to overcome. Ayalew took the win in 9:25.26, the slowest winning time on the DL circuit since this meet in 2013, while Higginson ran 9:31.32 for second. That time was only four seconds off her PR — not bad given the conditions.

Quick Thought #1: This field was totally subpar from a Diamond League perspective.

DL points leader Virgnia Nyambura was a scratch and there only ended up being one African in the race. Considering that the women’s steeple is one of the weakest events in all of track and field in terms of depth, that’s not a good thing. Coming in, only 10 women on the year had broken 9:30 and only two of them were entered here.

One would think that Americans like Emma Coburn (no steeples this year) or Stephanie Garcia (#7 on the year so far, 9:27.92) might have raced here but they passed.

We’re not fans that every DL meet has to basically have half of the events. Some locations aren’t suited for certain events. With the poor distance running weather, people don’t want to race in NY often and it showed. We’d rather the DL save the money and get everyone to run in another race.

Quick Thought #2: 9:31 For Higginson in these conditions is pretty good.

Her pb is 9:27 so 9:31 is a good sign she’s in great form and should be able to pb at USAs.

Here’s a post-race interview with Higginson:

Here’s a post-race interview with Bridget Franek:

Here’s a post-race interview with Genevieve LaCaze:    

3000 Metres Steeplechase - Women                              
                                                            Pts
    1 Ayalew , Hiwot                   ETH    9:25.26          4        
    2 Higginson , Ashley               USA    9:31.32          2        
    3 Kudzelich , Sviatlana            BLR    9:31.70          1        
    4 LaCaze , Genevieve               AUS    9:35.17                   
    5 Lalonde , Geneviève              CAN    9:35.69                   
    6 Franek , Bridget                 USA    9:36.88                   
    7 Praught , Aisha                  USA    9:39.19                   
    8 Bush , Nicole                    USA    9:44.68                   
    9 Bell , Rolanda                   PAN    9:47.16                   
   10 Stowe , Rebeka                   USA    9:55.12                   
   11 Claude-Boxberger , Ophélie       FRA   10:00.06                   
   12 Fougberg , Charlotta             SWE   10:07.08                   
      Nganga , Virginia Nyambura       KEN        DNS

Boys Dream Mile: Grant Fisher repeats

Sub-4:00 miler and two-time Foot Locker champ Grant Fisher added a second Dream Mile title to his ever-growing resume, kicking away from the field over the final 250 to win in 4:01.73. The race went out at a fast but manageable pace of 61.51 seconds for the first 400 behind rabbit Myles Marshall. At 800 (2:02.28), Fisher moved to the front with Mikey Brannigan in second. Once Marshall dropped out at 900, Andrew Hunter (4th at Foot Lockers) passed Fisher to move into the lead and the pace slowed slightly, with a 62.57 penultimate lap.

Hunter continued to press until 250 to go, when Fisher moved to the front and launched into his kick. Hunter and Brannigan battled for position behind Fisher on the final turn and Brannigan made contact, causing Hunter to momentarily lose his balance. The three were all still close with 100 to go, but Fisher was growing his lead with every stride and cruised to the win in 4:01.73. Hunter (4:02.36) and Brannigan (4:03.18) both set PRs in second and third.

Watch out for Hunter, who is currently a junior, next year. He ran only marginally slower than Fisher did in this race last year and faster than Matthew Maton (4:03.23), both of whom wound up breaking 4:00 this year.

Post Race Interviews: Both Fisher and Brannigan will race again at the Brooks PR Meet in Seattle, WA where they’ll be in the 2-mile.

Grant Fisher:

Mikey Brannigan:

 

Pl.AthleteNat.BirthResult
1.Grant FISHERUSA974:01.73
2.Andrew HUNTERUSA974:02.36
3.Mike BRANNIGANUSA964:03.18
4.Joe KLECKERUSA4:04.13
5.Logan WETZELUSA964:04.60
6.Avery BARTLETTUSA4:08.01
7.Philip HALLUSA974:08.80
8.Conner MANTZUSA964:09.20
9.Olin HACKERUSA974:09.37
10.Carlos VILLAREALMEX974:14.92
11.Matt PLOWMANUSA964:19.04
12.Jack SALISBURYUSA984:23.35
Austin TAMAGNOUSA97DNF
Myles MARSHALLUSA97DNF
Bolt was having fun before the race

Bolt was having fun before the race

Men’s 200: Usain Bolt In Trouble?

Running in NY for the first time since setting his first 100m world record in 2008, Usain Bolt got the win but just barely. He came of the turn in good position but didn’t pull away at all from 19-year old Zharnel Hughes of Antigua over the final 100 and won in a modest 20.29 (-2.6 m/s) to Hughes’ 20.32.

Struggling to beat Hughes, who is a top prospect but only has a 20.15 pb, isn’t a good sign for Bolt. Hughes was 4th at World Juniors last year.

Want to know more about Hughes? We featured him last year in some coverage when we went to Jamaica:

LRC Meet Zharnel Hughes: The 18 yr old has a shot a taking down Yohan Blake’s 10.21 and Usain Bolt’s 20.25 ‘Champs’ records

LRC Jamaican Champs: Zharnel Hughes Breaks Yohan Blake’s “Champs” 100m Record With 10.12

Post-Race With Usain Bolt

Post Race With Hughes

200 Metres - Men                                              Wind: -2.8 m/s

    1 Bolt , Usain                     JAM      20.29                   
    2 Hughes , Zharnel                 AIA      20.32                   
    3 Forte , Julian                   JAM      20.46                   
    4 Edward , Alonso                  PAN      20.62                   
    5 Cotton , Terrell                 USA      20.63                   
    6 Dwyer , Rasheed                  JAM      21.06                   
    7 Silmon , Charles                 USA      21.24                   

Girls Dream Mile: Christina Aragon Over Ryen Frazier

Christina Aragon ran 4:37.91 to beat Ryen Frazier by .68-seconds.

Interview With Aragon:

Pl.Athlete / TeamCnt.BirthResultScore
1.Christina ARAGONUSA974:37.911063PB
2.Ryen FRAZIERUSA974:38.591058PB
3.Amanda GEHRICHUSA974:40.251046PB
4.Katie RAINSBERGERUSA984:40.921042PB
5.Julia HEYMACHUSA984:41.311039PB
6.Danielle JONESUSA964:41.351039
7.Destiny COLLINSUSA4:43.451024PB
8.Hannah LONGUSA974:45.151012SB
9.Stephanie JENKSUSA974:51.47969
10.Malia ELLINGTONUSA974:52.51962SB
11.Anna ROHRERUSA974:54.35950PB
12.Rachel MCARTHURUSA4:58.12925
13.Lucy BILESUSA975:00.60909
Marissa SHEVAUSA97DNF

Women’s 400: Francena McCorory Runs Word Leader

The 26-year old American dominated and won by .80 as she eclipsed Sanya Richards-Ross’s 49.95 world leading time by a ton.

400 Metres - Women Race 2                                     
                                                            Pts
    1 McCorory , Francena              USA      49.86          4        
    2 Miller , Shaunae                 BAH      50.66          2        
    3 McPherson , Stephenie Ann        JAM      50.84          1        
    4 Hastings , Natasha               USA      50.99                   
    5 Day , Christine                  JAM      51.48                   
    6 Beard , Jessica                  USA      51.51                   
    7 Guei , Floria                    FRA      51.94                   
      Williams-Mills , Novlene         JAM        DNF


Men’s 100: Tyson Gay FTW

Running into a 1.7 m/s wind, Tyson Gay beat by .01 Keston Bledman who ran the race under protest after a false start. The false start was upheld and Bledman DQd.

June 16th update: Updated results sent by the IAAF have Bledman reinstated.

100 Metres - Men                                              Wind: -1.7 m/s
                                                            Pts
    1 Gay , Tyson                      USA      10.12          4        
    2 Bledman , Keston                 TTO      10.13          2        
    3 Carter , Nesta                   JAM      10.15          1        
    4 Simbine , Akani                  RSA      10.18                   
    5 Batson , Deondre                 USA      10.24                   
    6 Ashmeade , Nickel                JAM      10.28                   
    7 Kimmons , Trell                  USA      10.40                   
    8 Morris , Joseph                  USA      10.45

Women’s 200: Tori Bowie dominates with sensational 22.23

22.23 is the third fastest time in the world but when you consider Bowie ran that into a -2.8 m/s wind it’s incredibly impressive. Impressive enough that 2nd place was .44 behind.

200 Metres - Women                                            Wind: -2.8 m/s
                                                            Pts
    1 Bowie , Tori                     USA      22.23          4        
    2 Okagbare , Blessing              NGR      22.67          2        
    3 Simpson , Sherone                JAM      22.69          1        
    4 Duncan , Kimberlyn               USA      22.99                   
    5 Townsend , Tiffany               USA      23.04                   
    6 McGrone , Candyce                USA      23.10                   
    7 Tenorio , Ángela                 ECU      23.13                   
    8 Williams , ChaRonda              USA      23.27                   

Men’s 110 hurdles: David Oliver wins after firing his coach

Oliver didn’t like his coach’s comments to him after the Pre Classic and fired him shortly thereafter. He responded well today, winning in 13.19 seconds despite a 1.2 m/s headwind.

110 Metres Hurdles - Men                                      Wind: -1.2 m/s
                                                            Pts
    1 Oliver , David                   USA      13.19          4        
    2 Richardson , Jason               USA      13.26          2        
    3 Darien , Garfield                FRA      13.32          1        
    4 Ash , Ronnie                     USA      13.33                   
    5 Ortega , Orlando                 CUB      13.34                   
    6 Porter , Jeff                    USA      13.34                   
    7 Brathwaite , Shane               BAR      13.44                   
    8 Harris , Aleec                   USA      13.50                   
    9 Wilson , Ryan                    USA      13.84

Men’s Triple Jump: PPP keeps rolling

Pedro Pablo Pichardo has owned the triple jump this year and won his third straight DL event, leaping 17.56 despite a massive 2.5 m/s headwind.

Former NY Giants running back David Wilson did not get his pro TJ career off to the best start as he was a distant last place.

Triple Jump - Men                                             
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Pichardo , Pedro Pablo           CUB      17.56          4              -2.5
    2 Claye , Will                     USA      16.96          2              -0.9
    3 Craddock , Omar                  USA      16.55          1              +0.5
    4 Revé , Ernesto                   CUB      16.53                         -0.7
    5 Oke , Tosin                      NGR      16.47                         -0.6
    6 Benard , Chris                   USA      16.45                         +0.3
    7 Durañona , Yordanis              DMA      16.25                         -1.2
    8 Compaoré , Benjamin              FRA      15.96                         -2.5
    9 Wilson , David                   USA      14.66      -1.4
      Schembri , Fabrizio              ITA        DNS                   

Men’s Shot Put: Kovacs throws 21.67

2014 U.S. champ Joe Kovacs won his second straight DL shot, beating out fellow American Jordan Clarke for the win.

Shot Put - Men                                                
                                                            Pts
    1 Kovacs , Joe                     USA      21.67          4        
    2 Clarke , Jordan                  USA      21.34          2        
    3 Walsh , Tomas                    NZL      21.16          1        
    4 Richards , O'Dayne               JAM      21.00                   
    5 Hoffa , Reese                    USA      20.85                   
    6 Whiting , Ryan                   USA      20.15                   
    7 Cantwell , Christian             USA      20.11                   
    8 Cremona , Orazio                 RSA      19.51                   
    9 Szyszkowski , Jakub              POL      19.50

Women’s Pole Vault: Fabiana Murer takes second straight victory

Murer followed up last week’s win in Birmingham with a season’s best of 4.80 meters, enough to beat Greece’s Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou (who set a national record) on countbacks.

Pole Vault - Women                                            
                                                            Pts
    1 Murer , Fabiana                  BRA       4.80          4        
    2 Kyriakopoúlou , Nikoléta         GRE       4.80          2        
    3 Suhr , Jennifer                  USA       4.54          1        
    4 Ahbe , Kelsie                    CAN       4.44                   
    4 Silva , Yarisley                 CUB       4.44                   
    6 Lutkovskaya , Alena              RUS       4.44                   
    7 Keppler , Janice                 USA       4.24                   
      Stefanídi , Ekateríni            GRE         NM                   

Men’s 400 Hurdles: Javier Culson wins it

Culson came off the final hurdle strong and pulled away to win the race in a season-best 48.48 seconds. It was his first first DL win of the year after three in 2014.

400 Metres Hurdles - Men                                      
                                                            Pts
    1 Culson , Javier                  PUR      48.48          4        
    2 van Zyl , L.J.                   RSA      48.78          2        
    3 Gibson , Jeffery                 BAH      48.97          1        
    4 Cato , Roxroy                    JAM      48.97                   
    5 Ukaoma , Miles                   NGR      49.25                   
    6 Gordon , Jehue                   TTO      49.34                   
    7 White , Annsert                  JAM      49.62                   

Men’s Javelin: Vesely takes it

Czech Republic’s world champ Vitezslav Vesely only took two throws, but that was all he needed as his first-round heave of 83.62 meters held up for the win. Finland’s Ari Mannio came close to Vesely, throwing 83.37 on his final attempt, but had to settle for second.

Javelin Throw - Men                                           
                                                            Pts
    1 Veselý , Vítezslav               CZE      83.62          4        
    2 Mannio , Ari                     FIN      83.37          2        
    3 Peacock , Hamish                 AUS      82.91          1        
    4 Röhler , Thomas                  GER      81.40                   
    5 Dolezal , Riley                  USA      81.16                   
    6 Krukowski , Marcin               POL      79.87                   
    7 Glover , Tim                     USA      73.99                   
    8 Martínez , Guillermo             CUB      73.07                   
    9 van Rooyen , Rocco               RSA      72.78

Women’s Discus: Sandra Perkovic wins again

Perkovic is now four-for-four in DL discus competition this year as she won here in 68.44 to go with victories in Doha, Rome and Birmingham.

Discus Throw - Women                                          
                                                            Pts
    1 Perkovic , Sandra                CRO      68.44          4        
    2 Pérez , Yaime                    CUB      65.86          2        
    3 Robert-Michon , Mélina           FRA      62.77          1        
    4 Craft , Shanice                  GER      62.69                   
    5 Lewis-Smallwood , Gia            USA      61.44                   
    6 Ashley , Whitney                 USA      60.69                   
    7 Podominick , Liz                 USA      55.51                   
    8 Brown Trafton , Stephanie        USA      54.46

Women’s Long Jump: Canada’s Christabel Nettey surprises

Nettey, the two-time defending Canadian champ, was just seven centimeters off her PR, jumping 6.92 meters despite a -1.3 m/s headwind. That was good for her first Diamond League victory.

Long Jump - Women                                             
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Nettey , Christabel              CAN       6.92          4              -1.3
    2 Bartoletta , Tianna              USA       6.89          2              -0.7
    3 Proctor , Shara                  GBR       6.72          1              +0.5
    4 Jimoh , Funmi                    USA       6.50                         -2.4
    5 Hayes , Chelsea                  USA       6.35                         -0.8
    6 Jarder , Erica                   SWE       6.34                         -0.1
    7 Costa , Keila                    BRA       6.19                         -0.4
    8 Gaines , Jessie                  USA       6.07                         -1.6
    9 Gipson , Whitney                 USA       5.65      -1.1

Women’s 100H: Sharika Nelvis wins in 12.65′

Lolo Jones was back in 5th, but says she raced through an injury at Drake Relays when she really shouldn’t have, so is lucky to even be back and healthy at this point. She missed a lot of time and didn’t think she’d even get to race before USAs. Jones also talks about possibly going back to bobsled after Rio 2016 and how new weight requirement rules (which call for lighter athletes) would make her more “valuable”.

 

100 Metres Hurdles - Women                                    Wind: -1.7 m/s

    1 Nelvis , Sharika                 USA      12.65                   
    2 Porter , Tiffany                 GBR      12.81                   
    3 Williams , Danielle              JAM      12.89                   
    4 Jones , LoLo                     USA      12.95                   
    5 DeLoach Soukup , Janay           USA      13.05                   
    6 Castlin , Kristi                 USA      13.09                   
    7 Williams , Shermaine             JAM      13.19                   
    8 Jones , Tenaya                   USA      13.21

Girls Dream Mile: Christina Aragon Wins In 4:37

Full results here.

Women’s High Jump: Ruth Beitia wins

The 36-year-old Beitia took her second DL victory of the year as she and Blanka Vlasic both cleared 1.97 meters.

High Jump - Women                                             
                                                            Pts
    1 Beitia , Ruth                    ESP       1.97          4        
    2 Vlašic , Blanka                  CRO       1.97          2        
    3 Spencer , Levern                 LCA       1.91          1        
    4 Pooley , Isobel                  GBR       1.91                   
    5 Lowe , Chaunté                   USA       1.91                   
    6 Frederick , Priscilla            ANT       1.88                   
      Amata , Doreen                   NGR         NM                   
      Kovalenko , Iryna                UKR         NM                   
      Kasprzycka , Justyna             POL        DNS                   

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