Lausanne Women’s Recap: Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn Have to Settle for 3rd as Sifan Hassan (4:02.36) & Virginia Nyambura (9:16.99) Grab Wins in 1500, Steeple

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by LetsRun.com
July 9, 2015

Coming into the 2015 Athletissima Lausanne Diamond League track and field meeting, it seemed quite possible that America might have two gold medal favorites in the women’s mid-d and distance events as teammates Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson had been running very well so far this year. However, the two were both soundly beaten today so they may head into Beijing in their more familiar underdog roles.

Of course, the 2015 IAAF Beijing World Championships don’t start for another 6+ weeks, so a lot can change between now and then.

We break down all of the women’s action for you below, starting with the women’s steeple and 1500.

You can read about all of the men’s action, including Nijel Amos‘ win over David Rudisha in the 800 and Mo ‘s victory in the 5,000 in a separate article here.

All 2015 Athletissima Lausanne coverage 

Women’s Steeple: Virginia Nyambura Makes It Three Out of Four

At USAs a few weeks ago, Emma Coburn ran 9:15.59 in oppressively hot conditions. Running in mid-70s temps today, there was speculation that Coburn could run both an American record (Coburn ran 9:11.42 on July 12, which is the fastest time ever by an American but not technically the American record) and 2015 world leader. Instead, Coburn only managed a third-place showing of 9:20.67 as 21-year-old Kenyan Virginia Nyambura picked up her third DL win of the season in four attempts in 9:16.99 as Ethiopian Hiwot Ayalew, our #1-ranked steepler last year, was second in 9:17.22.

Results

3000 Metres Steeplechase - Women                              
                                                            Pts
    1 Nganga , Virginia Nyambura       KEN    9:16.99          4        
    2 Ayalew , Hiwot                   ETH    9:17.22          2        
    3 Coburn , Emma                    USA    9:20.67          1        
    4 Jebet , Ruth                     BRN    9:26.87                   
    5 Getnet , Tigist                  ETH    9:31.53                   
    6 Chepkurui , Lidya                KEN    9:33.03                   
    7 Tuigong , Caroline Chepkurui     KEN    9:34.15                   
    8 Kudzelich , Sviatlana            BLR    9:35.42                   
    9 Fente , Birtukan                 ETH    9:39.97                   
   10 Franek , Bridget                 USA    9:40.53                   
   11 Quigley , Colleen                USA    9:42.53                   
   12 Diro , Etenesh                   ETH    9:43.07                   
   13 LaCaze , Genevieve               AUS    9:43.17
   14 Schlumpf , Fabienne              SUI   10:01.20
   15 Eriksson , Sandra                FIN   10:19.68
      Gathoni , Ann                    KEN        DNF                   
      Mohamed , Buzuayehu              ETH        DNF                   
      O'Connor , Leah                  USA        DNF

The Race

After a first 1k of 3:08 for Coburn and 2k of 6:17, the race came down to the last lap. Nyambura and Ayalew started to open a little gap on Coburn on the backstretch, with Ayalew leading, but Coburn tried to stay in contact. Heading into the last water jump, Nyambura led and hurdled it with both feet, coming over in less-than-classic fashion. However, she still managed to pick up ground despite Ayalew utilizing more traditional hurdle form. Only a fall on the last hurdle would have prevented Nyambura from winning, but that didn’t happen and Nyambura was your winner.

Leader to leader, the last three laps were 74.8, 72.5 and 68.75.

Quick Thought #1: A disappointing day for the Americans

Conditions weren’t perfect tonight as there was some wind on the backstrech (weather reports said 9 mph) but the conditions were still better than what the runners faced in Eugene and the times for two of the three Americans in this one were much slower.

At USAs, Coburn ran 9:15 in a heat wave. Tonight, she ran 9:20.
At USAs, Colleen Quigley ran 9:24. Tonight, she ran 9:42.
Bridget Franek did run faster tonight than at USAs (9:40 versus 9:44).

Quick Thought #2: Virginia Nyambura’s breaktout 2015 continues, but Worlds are a long way off.

In the first DL meet of the season in Doha, Nyambura started the race as the rabbit and ended it as the race winner. She’s now won 3 of 4 DL races she’s run.

Virginia Nyambura’s Steeples in 2015
9:21.51 WL  PB1DiamondDoha15 May
9:15.75   PB (3) 2GGalaRoma4 Jun
9:24.01   1Sainsbury’sBirmingham7 Jun
9:16.99   1AthletissimaLausanne9 Jul

The good news for Coburn fans is that Nyambura is still very inexperienced. Worlds are a long way off for Nyambura, who turns 22 on July 20, and we can’t imagine when she started her season as a rabbit with a 9:58 pb that she was planning on peaking at the end of August.

Women’s 1500: Sifan Hassan Crushes Jenny Simpson Over Last 100m

It’s rare to see someone pull away from Jenny Simpson in the final 100 meters of a 1500, but that’s exactly what happened tonight as the Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan dusted Simpson and the rest of the field on the final straightaway, winning her second straight DL race in 4:02.36 thanks to a 29.1-second final 200. After running 4:01 and losing in her first two 1500s of the year, Hassan is really coming on now as she went 3:59 for second in Rome on June 4 before picking up wins in Birmingham (June 7) and Lausanne (today). This was by no means a disaster for Simpson (third in 4:03.54), who lost to two very strong runners in Hassan and 3:56 woman Faith Kipyegon; as good as she is, it was unlikely that Simpson was going to make it through the season undefeated.

A rare sight: someone pulling away from Jenny Simpson at the end of a 1500

A rare sight: someone pulling away from Jenny Simpson at the end of a 1500

The Race

The rabbits went out insanely fast in this one, coming through 400 in 61.6 seconds — 3:51 pace that even Genzebe Dibaba would be hesitant to follow. The field wisely held off, coming through in 64, led by Ethiopian Senbere Teferi. A 66-second second 800 meant that Dibaba’s world-leading 3:54.11 from Wednesday was off the table; this one would come down to a kick.

At that point, 2013 world 5,000 silver medalist Mercy Cherono led with Simpson and world junior champ Dawit Seyaum of Ethiopia behind her. Hassan, who generally starts slowly before moving up, was still toward the back at that point, but as they ran down the homestretch for the penultimate time, she passed most of the field and had the lead at the bell with Simpson, Cherono and Kipyegon behind her.

With 400 to go, Hassan pressed hard and the field strung out immediately, though Simpson and Kipyegon remained close behind. With 200 to go, Kipyegon made a bid to pass Simpson for second, but Simpson fought back and held her off. Coming off the final turn, Hassan still led and, similar to Farah in the 5,000, she shifted gears with 100 to go. Simpson and Kipyegon had no response and Hassan streaked to a comfortable victory. Kipyegon and Simpson battled for the final 100 with Kipyegon finally edging past with 10 meters to go.

Hassan won her second straight DL race in Lausanne

Hassan won her second straight DL race in Lausanne

Quick Take #1: Simpson’s gold medal odds have taken a hit this week

On Monday, Simpson was the clear favorite in the 1500 at Worlds, with four straight victories on the circuit and a win at USAs. But Dibaba’s 3:54 on Wednesday stirred talk of a double at Worlds for the Ethiopian, and Simpson’s defeat here provided more evidence that she is beatable in Beijing, especially considering the women who beat her both have strong pedigrees (Hassan was the 2014 world leader; Kipyegon has run 3:56.98 and was fifth at Worlds in 2013).

Simpson is still in a good position. She’s been running great this year and has timed her peak perfectly at the last two World Championships. But Dibaba (if she runs the 1500), Hassan, Kipyegon all represent very real threats to Simpson’s supremacy, and she will have to be at her very best if she is to hold them off at Worlds. Plus reigning champ Abebe Aregawi seems to be improving after starting the season slowly.

Quick Take #2: Is 1:58>3:54?

Mathematically, the equation above is false. But when it comes to the 1500 at Worlds, 1:58 could be greater than 3:54. The latter time, of course, is what Dibaba ran in Barcelona on Thursday. The former is what commentator Steve Cram said Hassan has reportedly run in practice for an 800, devastating speed for a 1500 runner (Simpson’s PR is 2:00.45; All-Athletics lists no 800 PR for Dibaba). If Dibaba can manage a 3:54-3:56 at Worlds, it’s possible she could run away from the field.

But the likelier outcome in a championship is a slower race, which makes Hassan’s speed a major asset. It definitely made a difference today, as Hassan had a lot left in the tank after a relatively slow first three laps and was far and away the best in the field over the final 100.

Quick Take #3: In case there was any doubt, Faith Kipyegon should run the 1500 at Worlds

Kipyegon said her dalliance with the 5,000 was only to get her ready for the 1500 after coming back from injury, and she showed tonight that the shorter event is clearly her best chance to medal — or win — at Worlds. Though Hassan put her away over the final 100, Kipyegon beat the top woman in the world coming in (Simpson) and finished second overall. In the 5,000 in Paris on Saturday, she was just seventh, 29 seconds behind the winner and 23 behind second place.

Results

    1 Hassan , Sifan                   NED    4:02.36          4        
    2 Kipyegon , Faith Chepngetich     KEN    4:03.38          2        
    3 Simpson , Jennifer               USA    4:03.54          1        
    4 Cherono , Mercy                  KEN    4:04.24                   
    5 Tsegay , Gudaf                   ETH    4:05.29                   
    6 Hilali , Siham                   MAR    4:05.55                   
    7 Kibiwot , Viola Jelagat          KEN    4:06.40                   
    8 Teferi , Senbere                 ETH    4:06.81                   
    9 Grunewald , Gabrielle            USA    4:07.03                   
   10 Jelagat , Irene                  KEN    4:07.75                   
   11 Seyaum , Dawit                   ETH    4:10.94                   
   12 Belete , Mimi                    BRN    4:14.18                   
      Akkaoui , Malika                 MAR        DNF                   
      Sitonik , Beatrice Chepkoech     KEN        DNF                   
      Kajan , Selma                    AUS        DNF

Women’s 800: Selina Büchel Wins At Home

In this non-DL race, American Shannon Rowbury failed to become just the 5th women in the sub-2:00 for 800 and sub-15:00 for 5000 club as she was fourth in 2:03.53. Selina Büchel, who ran a big pr of 1:57.95 for third in Paris, gave the Swiss fans something to cheer about she won comfortably over Molly Ludlow in 2:01.68.

800 Metres - Women Race 2                                     

    1 Büchel , Selina                  SUI    2:01.68                   
    2 Beckwith-Ludlow , Molly          USA    2:02.08                   
    3 Thomas , LaTavia                 USA    2:03.21                   
    4 Rowbury , Shannon                USA    2:03.53                   
    5 Yarigo , Noélie                  BEN    2:03.54                   
    6 Smith , Jessica                  CAN    2:03.92                   
    7 Nanyondo , Winnie                UGA    2:04.14                   
    8 Assefa , Tigist                  ETH    2:06.71                   
    9 Magiso , Fantu                   ETH    2:07.15
      Masná , Lenka                    CZE        DNF                   
      Perrossier , Estelle             FRA        DNF

400m Women: Shaunae Miller Breaks 50 For The First Time

21-year-old Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas, formerly of the University of Gerogia, absolutely dominated the final 100 and became the third woman under 50 this year as she ran a seasonal best 49.93 to get the win. It was first time that Miller, who was the 2010 world junior champ at age 16 and the NCAA Indoor champ in 2013, has dipped under 50 in her career as her PB coming in was 50.17.

400 Metres - Women                                            
                                                            Pts
    1 Miller , Shaunae                 BAH      49.92          4        
    2 Richards-Ross , Sanya            USA      51.12          2        
    3 Williams-Mills , Novlene         JAM      51.15          1        
    4 Onuora , Anyika                  GBR      51.26                   
    5 Hastings , Natasha               USA      51.29                   
    6 George , Regina                  NGR      51.99                   
    7 Francis , Phyllis                USA      52.04                   
    8 Terrero , Indira                 ESP      53.99                   

400m Hurdles Women: Sara Petersen’s National Record Streak Ends But She Wins Her First DL Race

28-year-old Sara Petersen of Denmark, who had PR’d and set a national record in each of her previous four races, saw her PR streak come to end but she got a very nice consolation prize – her first DL win as she won in a modest 55.01.

Before this year, she was a 55-second woman.

Sara Petersen’s Last Five 400h Races

55.23  NR PB 1 AtletiCAG Genève 6 Jun
55.13  NR PB 1 ETC-2 Stara Zagora 20 Jun
54.79  NR PB 1 Sidło Sopot 27 Jun
53.99  NR PB (3) 2 Areva Saint-Denis 4 Ju
55.01 1st Lausanne  9 Jul

400 Metres Hurdles - Women                                    

    1 Petersen , Sara Slott            DEN      55.01                   
    2 Nel , Wenda                      RSA      55.78                   
    3 Wells , Lauren                   AUS      56.25                   
    4 Sprunger , Léa                   SUI      56.26                   
    5 Rudakova , Vera                  RUS      56.49                   
    6 Dauwens , Axelle                 BEL      56.62                   
    7 Lambarki , Hayat                 MAR      56.62                   
    8 Fontanive , Petra                SUI      58.45

 

100m Hurdles: Dawn Harper-Nelson Runs 12.55 Again

There were three or four women in contention for the win at the end of this one but the winner ended up being Dawn Harper-Nelson, who equalled the time she ran to win USAs in her last race, 12.55. 2015 world #2 Jasmin Stowers, who was 5th at USAs, had the lead heading into the last hurdle in this high-quality race where five women broke 12.70.

100 Metres Hurdles - Women Race 2                             Wind: +1.7 m/s
                                                            Pts
    1 Harper Nelson , Dawn             USA      12.55          4        
    2 Stowers , Jasmin                 USA      12.58          2        
    3 Harrison , Queen                 USA      12.63          1        
    4 Nelvis , Sharika                 USA      12.63                   
    5 Porter , Tiffany                 GBR      12.66                   
    6 Castlin , Kristi                 USA      12.71                   
    7 Talay , Alina                    BLR      12.81                   
    8 Coward , Jacqueline              USA      13.14
100 Metres Hurdles - Women Race 1                             Wind: +1.6 m/s

    1 Jones , LoLo                     USA      12.88                   
    2 Roleder , Cindy                  GER      13.04
    3 Reuse , Clélia                   SUI      13.27
    4 Bendrat , Stephanie              AUT      13.80
    5 Bornoz , Alexane                 SUI      13.93
    6 Baumgartner , Ramona             SUI      13.99
    7 Agnou , Caroline                 SUI      14.00
    8 Rösli , Kiana                    SUI      14.32

200m Women: Allyson Felix Pulls Away

Halfway down the homestretch, Allyson Felix, Dafne Schippers and Murielle Ahoure were basically side by side but Felix’s 400 strength came through as she pulled away to win in 22.10 to Schippers’ 22.29 seasonal best and Ahoure’s 22.36.

200 Metres - Women                                            Wind: +1.9 m/s
                                                            Pts
    1 Felix , Allyson                  USA      22.09          4        
    2 Schippers , Dafne                NED      22.29          2        
    3 Ahouré , Murielle                CIV      22.36          1        
    4 Bryant , Dezerea                 USA      22.63                   
    5 Tarmoh , Jeneba                  USA      22.69                   
    6 Richards-Ross , Sanya            USA      22.94                   
    7 Williams , Bianca                GBR      23.24                   
    8 Kambundji , Mujinga              SUI      23.27

Women’s 100: English Gardner Wins

With a huge tailwind, US runner-up English Gardner won this non-DL event in 10.76.

100 Metres - Women Race 3                                     Wind: +5.4 m/s

    1 Gardner , English                USA      10.76                   
    2 Sailer , Verena                  GER      10.91                   
    3 Whitney , Kaylin                 USA      11.01                   
    4 Kwadwo , Yasmin                  GER      11.16                   
    5 Popowicz , Marika                POL      11.27                   
    6 Strohova , Nataliya              UKR      11.27                   
    7 Kielbasinska , Anna              POL      11.45                   
    8 Pyatachenko-Kashcheyeva , ViktoryUKR      13.73
100 Metres - Women Race 2                                     Wind: +0.8 m/s

    1 Lavanchy , Marisa                SUI      11.60                   
    2 Stuy , Khrystyna                 UKR      11.61
    3 García , Estela                  ESP      11.71
    4 Hjelmer , Moa                    SWE      11.78
    5 Pérez , María Isabel             ESP      12.02
    6 Kambundji , Muswama              SUI      12.19
    7 Humair , Aurélie                 SUI      12.20
    8 Nilsson , Pernilla               SWE      12.23

100 Metres - Women Race 1                                     Wind: +2.2 m/s

    1 Halbheer , Cornelia              SUI      11.82
    2 Frey , Geraldine                 SUI      11.97
    3 Strebel , Irina                  SUI      12.04
    4 Dietsche , Riccarda              SUI      12.08
    5 Del Ponte , Ajla                 SUI      12.13
    6 Gutschmidt , Aurélie             SUI      12.28
    7 Lüber , Anna                     SUI      12.33
    8 Baumann , Alisha                 SUI      12.44

Women’s 4 x 100

4x100 Metres Relay - Women                                    

    1 Switzerland                      SUI      43.73                   
    2 Poland                           POL      44.00                   
    3 Sweden                           SWE      44.69                   
    4 Spain                            ESP      44.96                   
    5 Switzerland U20                  SUI      45.99                   
      Ukraine                          UKR        DNS                   

Field Events

Discus Throw Women: Pérez Wins With World Leader

2010 world junior champ Yaime Pérez, now 24, got the win in a new pb of 67.13 – the 2015 world-leading mark.

Discus Throw - Women                                          
                                                            Pts
    1 Pérez , Yaime                    CUB      67.13          4        
    2 Perkovic , Sandra                CRO      67.06          2        
    3 Caballero , Denia                CUB      66.04          1        
    4 Samuels , Dani                   AUS      64.59                   
    5 Robert-Michon , Mélina           FRA      63.78                   
    6 Müller , Nadine                  GER      63.52                   
    7 Ashley , Whitney                 USA      61.74                   

Long Jump Women: Tianna Bartoletta Wins Again

US champ Tianna Bartoletta, who jumped a world-leading 7.12 at USAs, got the win at 6.86.

Long Jump - Women                                             
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Bartoletta , Tianna              USA       6.86          4              -1.1
    2 Proctor , Shara                  GBR       6.79          2              +1.8
    3 Nettey , Christabel              CAN       6.68          1              -0.1
    4 Okagbare , Blessing              NGR       6.66                         +1.1
    5 Moguenara-Taroum , Sostene       GER       6.60                         +1.3
    6 Španovic , Ivana                 SRB       6.60                         -1.3
    7 DeLoach Soukup , Janay           USA       6.58                         +2.3
    8 Klishina , Darya                 RUS       6.57                          0.0
    9 Pusterla , Irene                 SUI       6.17      +1.2

High Jump Women: Anna Chicherova Wins With 2.03m World Leader

2011 World and 2012 Olympic champ Anna Chicherova got her first DL win of the season in a world leading 2.03m.

High Jump - Women                                             
                                                            Pts
    1 Chicherova , Anna                RUS       2.03          4        
    2 Beitia , Ruth                    ESP       1.94          2        
    3 Kinsey , Erika                   SWE       1.94          1        
    4 Shkolina , Svetlana              RUS       1.94                   
    5 Radzivil , Svetlana              UZB       1.91                   
    5 Šimic , Ana                      CRO       1.91                   
    7 Jungfleisch , Marie-Laurence     GER       1.88                   
    8 Spencer , Levern                 LCA       1.88                   
    9 Amata , Doreen                   NGR       1.85
    9 Pooley , Isobel                  GBR       1.85
   11 Gordeeva , Irina                 RUS       1.85

 


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