July 5, 2018
The 5th of the 10 European Diamond League track and field / athletics meetings for 2018 took place tonight in Lausanne and it did not disappoint. We recap all of the action for you from the 2018 Athletissima Lausanne including the Michael Norman versus Noah Lyles clash at 200 meters for you below. We start our recap with the mid-d and distance action, before recapping the sprints, then field events, but the women’s 1500 win by American Shelby Houlihan was so good it got it’s own good article: After a Dominant 3:57.34 Win (US #4 All-Time) in Lausanne, Is Shelby Houlihan the World’s Best 1500 Runner?
Women’s 800: Francine Niyonsaba holds off Ajee Wilson in home straight
Anyone thinking Ajee Wilson might be able to finally win a Diamond League with Caster Semenya running the 1500 in Lausanne forgot about Francine Niyonsaba. While Semenya has owned the event since the start of 2016, Niyonsaba — who is also believed to be hyperandrogenous — has been almost as difficult to beat. Aside from Semenya, only two women have defeated Niyonsaba over 800m during the time period — Margaret Wambui at the 2017 Pre Classic, and Ajee Wilson at the 2018 Pre Classic.
While both those women were in the field tonight, neither could hang with Niyonsaba, who was too strong in the final 100 meters, winning in 1:57.80 as Wilson took second in 1:58.20.
The race began way too quickly as rabbit Chrishuna Williams took the first lap out in 55.61 — a pace only Semenya should be attempting. Behind her, Niyonsaba and Wilson had already begun to separate from the field 250 meters in, and they hit 400 well clear of the pack in 56.2.
Ethiopia’s Habitam Alemu made an effort to join them around the first turn of the bell lap, and by 600 (1:27.21), it was a three-woman race, with Niyonsaba followed by Wilson and Alemu in that order.
In contrast to Wilson, who always looks smooth and relaxed, Niyonsaba’s running form is naturally more volatile, and as a result, Wilson, just a step behind Niyonsaba, looked to have the advantage coming off the final turn. But Niyonsaba would not give in, and though Wilson and Alemu tried their best to overcome her, neither could get by over the final 100 meters.
Niyonsaba looked totally exhausted after this one, the result, perhaps, of her 56.2-61.6 splits, but she in the end she had her first Diamond League win of 2018.
800 Metres - Women - Diamond Discipline Pts 1 Niyonsaba , Francine BDI 1:57.80 8 2 Wilson , Ajee USA 1:58.20 7 3 Alemu , Habitam ETH 1:58.38 6 4 Wambui , Margaret Nyairera KEN 1:59.03 5 5 Rogers , Raevyn USA 2:00.12 4 6 Jepkosgei , Nelly KEN 2:00.26 3 7 Sum , Eunice Jepkoech KEN 2:00.33 2 8 Sharp , Lynsey GBR 2:01.02 1 9 Lipsey , Charlene USA 2:04.17 Williams , Chrishuna USA DNF
Quick Take: If an Olympian can’t rabbit a race, then who can?
Chrishuna Williams made the 2016 US Olympic team at 800. This year, she’s only managed to run a 2:02.45 and didn’t even make the final at USAs. If she’s hoping to find a career as a rabbit, she’s got to do better than what she did today. She had a huge gap on the field 300 into this race (how about looking over your shoulder at 200?) and then hit 500 in 55.6. 55.6 is too fast for anyone not named Caster Semenya.
Heck, maybe there shouldn’t be any rabbits in the 800 and everyone else can just chase Semenya. That’s what happened in Paris on Saturday, and everyone ran a lot faster (five women ran faster than Niyonsaba’s 1:57.80 winning time today).
Quick Take: The 800 remains totally predictable
The last two Prefontaine Classics has shown that Niyonsaba can be beaten, but it’s still an extremely rare feat. And Semenya hasn’t lost an 800 since the start of 2016. Ajee Wilson deserves a ton of credit for getting out there and bringing it every time (and so do Niyonsaba and Semenya, for that matter), but the fact is that until the hyperandrogenism rules officially change, this event will remain totally predictable for the foreseeable future.
Men’s 5000: What a wild finish
The guys in Lausanne wanted to break 13:00, but once again the rabbitting was horrible on the DL circuit. It blows our minds how this happens race after race.
The racers tried to get after it as the first 7 men (counting the rabbit) got out in under 60. However, the rabbit ran his second lap in 63.9. After a 4:10 first 1600, they hit 3000 in 7:54 – way off the 7:45 they were hoping for. Still, a lot of big names were in it and a sub-13:00 seemed doable with a lap to go as the three previous laps had all been faster than one another (63.55, 62.66, 61.12).
At the bell, 6 guys were within a half-second of the lead and if the leaders closed in in 55.1 or faster, we’d have our first sub-13:00 of the year.
On the backstretch, the race turned into a three-man battle between Yomif Kejelcha, the two-time world indoor champ at 3000 who was competing in his first race outdoor race of 2018, Selemon Barega, the world leader at 5000 who was runner-up in the 3k indoors, and Birhanu Balew, the 2018 world #2 at 5000.
With 200 meters remaining, Kejelcha led Barega and they had a couple of meters on Balew. A 26.5 would result in the first sub-13:00 of the year. The only question was who would be the winner – the Nike Oregon Project’s Kejelcha or Barega.
Then this happened.
Madness in the men’s 5k in Lausanne. Yomif Kejelcha, leading with 150 to go, loses his balance and believes Selemon Barega is responsible.
— LetsRun.com (@letsrundotcom) July 5, 2018
— LetsRun.com (@letsrundotcom) July 5, 2018
Barega clipped Kejelcha from behind, and rather than go down alone, Kejelcha grabbed Barega and tried to take him down with him.
Balew had been given a gift more often seen in short track speed skating, not Diamond League 5000s, but he celebrated halfway down the home straight before crossing the line in a world-leading 13:01.13. While Barega lost all of his momentum, he never went down and he’d end up second in 13:02.67. Kejelcha would eventually get up and jog across the line outside the top 10 but was DQ’d for grabbing Barega.
1 Balew , Birhanu BRN 13:01.09 8 2 Barega , Selemon ETH 13:02.67 7 3 Hadis , Abadi ETH 13:03.62 6 4 Molla , Getaneh ETH 13:04.04 5 5 Yator , Richard KEN 13:04.97 4 6 Edris , Muktar ETH 13:06.24 3 7 Bekele , Telahun Haile ETH 13:07.02 2 8 Kifle , Aron ERI 13:07.59 1 9 Kissa , Stephen UGA 13:10.93 10 Kiplangat , Davis KEN 13:13.57 11 Bouqantar , Soufiyan MAR 13:34.73 12 Ingebrigtsen , Henrik NOR 13:35.33 13 Wanders , Julien SUI 13:36.24 Kejelcha , Yomif ETH DQ Bett , David Kiprotich KEN DNF Cheboi , Collins KEN DNF Kaazouzi , Brahim MAR DNF Kipchirchir , Sylvester KEN DNF Letting , Vincent KEN DNF Tesfaye , Homiyu GER DNF Wolde , Dawit ETH DNF
Quick Take: Barega vs Kejelcha was likely to be a great rivalry over the next few years but now it will be even better
The claim can be made for both Kejelcha and Barega that they are the heir apparent to Mo Farah. Their rivalry was likely to be intense in the years to come. This will make it even more intense and perhaps personal.This is how the two intereracted after the race:
— LetsRun.com (@letsrundotcom) July 5, 2018
We understand why Kejelcha was DQ’d – what he did was outrageous – but also think Barega might have been deserving of a DQ as well. We haven’t seen a good angle of what cost Kejelcha his momentum, but if you clip a runner from behind and cost them the race in the final 200, shouldn’t that also be a DQ?
Anyway, we can’t wait to see them race again – but wonder if it might not be until the DL final as Barega is now going to focus on World Juniors.
For his first race of the outdoor season, today’s race was fantastic for Kejelcha. Now as a member of Nike Oregon Project, he ran very smart. He didn’t go out stupidly fast on the first lap — he was next to last at 400. If you combine huge talent with impeccable tactics and the NOP’s money to keep people healthy (though Kejelcha was hurt earlier this year, he clearly bounced back quickly), it’s a tough combo to crack.
Men’s 200: Noah Lyles remained undefeated on the DL circuit and takes down Norman
Michael Norman and Noah Lyles are both massive talents, both 20 years old and both world leaders, Lyles at 100/200 (9.88/19.69) and Norman at 400 (43.61). The clash between them tonight for the first time on the professional circuit was much anticipated and it did not disappoint.
Norman ran a fantastic turn and had the lead hitting the homestretch but Lyles ran him down and won, equaling his 19.69 world lead and personal best in the process as Norman was second in 19.88. Ecuador’s Alex Quiñonez, the 2012 Olympic finalist who broke 20.00 for the first time last month to when the South American Games, was third in 20.08 with Rai Benjamin, the third-fastest 400 hurdler in history, fourth in 20.16.
After the race, the collegian Norman admitted it’s been a long year. “I feel really good after this race. This season has been a very long season so I am evidently fatigued.
With regard to the race itself, the first 60 meters was great, I then kept the pace until the 90th meter and towards the end of the race and the last 25 meters, I didn’t have much going for me. My objectives for the season have been obtained as I have run sub-20 seconds in 200 meters and sub-44 seconds in 400 meters,” said Norman. “Now, I’m going to relax and have some good Swiss ice cream.”
200 Metres - Men - Diamond Discipline Wind: +0.4 m/s Pts 1 Lyles , Noah USA 19.69 8 2 Norman , Michael USA 19.88 7 3 Quiñónez , Alex ECU 20.08 6 4 Benjamin , Rai ANT 20.16 5 5 Camilo de Oliveira , Paulo André BRA 20.33 4 6 Young , Isiah USA 20.43 3 7 Wilson , Alex SUI 20.65 2 8 Edward , Alonso PAN 20.86 1
Quik Take: We hope Lyles and Norman continue to clash over the next few years and don’t dodge each other
It was great to see two huge men’s sprint talents actually race each other on the DL circuit. We hope after they hold Olympic medals that they don’t avoid each other time after time. To be honest, a matchup at 200, Lyles’ favorite event, probably isn’t quite fair for Norman – maybe 300 would be fairer.
Men’s 400 Hurdles: Samba wins again
For the 7th time this year, Abderrahmane Samba of Qatar raced the 400 hurdles and for the 7th time he emerged with a victory, this time in 47.42 – his 7th sub-48 of the year (six times he’s run a 47 and once a 46.98). Coming into the homestretch, Samba led 2017 world champ Karsten Warholm by at most half a stride but as usual, Samba’s last 100 was too much too handle.
“I am happy with the race tonight. I went out stronger than usual in the first part of the race. So although it looked easy, the last 100m were tough as always,” said Samba. “I am happy with my fitness of the moment. I want to break the world record. It clearly is a goal for me in my career as an athlete. Now, whether it will happen this year or in the coming ones is hard to say and not really of major importance in the grand scheme of things. The objective of the season for me is the Asian Games which will take place towards the end of August.”
400 Metres Hurdles - Men - Diamond Discipline Pts 1 Samba , Abderrahman QAT 47.42 8 2 Warholm , Karsten NOR 47.94 7 3 Copello , Yasmani TUR 48.85 6 4 Holmes , TJ USA 48.94 5 5 Mägi , Rasmus EST 49.04 4 6 Jackson , Bershawn USA 49.31 3 7 Green , Jack GBR 49.52 2 McMaster , Kyron IVB DNF
Men’s 110 hurdles: Sergey Shubenkov stays hot with another sub-13
No one has been hotter in the high hurdles recently than 2015 world champ Sergey Shubenkov, and even though there were two botched starts in this race (no one was DQ’d), it didn’t affect him in the slightest as he broke 13 for the third time in his last four competitions, winning in 12.95.
Olympic/world champ Omar McLeod was actually ahead through five hurdles, but eventually he cowed to Shubenkov’s pressure and as Shubenkov began to pull away, McLeod panicked and butchered hurdle #8 before totally misjudging the finish as well.
110 Metres Hurdles - Men - Diamond Discipline Wind: +0.6 m/s Pts 1 Shubenkov , Sergey ANA 12.95 8 2 Allen , Devon USA 13.29 7 3 Martinot-Lagarde , Pascal FRA 13.30 6 4 Baji , Balázs HUN 13.36 5 5 McLeod , Omar JAM 13.41 4 6 Merritt , Aries USA 13.44 3 7 Joseph , Jason SUI 13.54 2
Women’s 100: Marie Josee Ta Lou wins again
Ta Lou, the silver medalist at Worlds last year in the 100 and 200, entered this meet five-for-five in the 100 in 2018 and she exited it six-for-six with a 10.90 victory. Murielle Ahoure actually got the best start in this one as she was ahead at 60 meters — perhaps not surprisingly as she was the World Indoor 60m champ in March — but it was Ta Lou who held her speed the best and finished as the clear winner.
Olympic champ Elaine Thompson was second in 10.99 as U.S. 200 champ Jenna Prandini took third in 11.00. The biggest cheers, however, were for Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji, who set a national record of 11.03 in fifth — .13 off her previous NR.
100 Metres - Women - Diamond Discipline Wind: +1.3 m/s Pts 1 Ta Lou , Marie-Josée CIV 10.90 8 2 Thompson , Elaine JAM 10.99 7 3 Prandini , Jenna USA 11.00 6 4 Schippers , Dafne NED 11.02 5 5 Kambundji , Mujinga SUI 11.03 4 6 Ahouré , Murielle CIV 11.03 3 Okagbare-Ighoteguonor , Blessing NGR DNS
Women’s 200: Harvard’s Gabby Thomas wins it
The breakout year of Harvard sprint star Gabby Thomas continued in her first-ever European race as she took on the pros and won in Lausanne in 22.47. Though this was not an official Diamond League event, there was some quality in this field, including Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson, who won the 200 in Paris (which was a DL event) in 22.05 on Saturday.
But it was Thomas who held a slight lead off the turn and she’d protect it all the way to the line as Jackson on her outside would fade to third.
Thomas, who was 2nd at NCAAs last month and set the 200 NCAA record indoors, still has one year of eligibility remaining for the Crimson. She skipped USAs to stay fresh but plans on running a few European races this summer while balancing an internship in Boston this summer.
— Harvard T&F | XC (@HarvardTrack_XC) July 5, 2018
200 Metres - Women - Promotional Event Wind: +0.4 m/s 1 Thomas , Gabrielle USA 22.47 2 Samuel , Jamile NED 22.68 3 Jackson , Shericka JAM 22.84 4 Williams , Jodie GBR 22.85 5 Duncan , Kimberlyn USA 22.92 6 Jefferson , Kyra USA 23.11 7 Atcho , Sarah SUI 23.16 8 Ahye , Michelle-Lee TTO 23.66
Women’s 400: Salwa Eid Naser wins again
20-year-old Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain has raced five times in 2018 and she’s won 5 times as she remained undefeated today as she won the 400 easily in 49.78. Naser had a big lead coming off the second turn and was never challenged on the way home as US runner-up
Jessica Beard was second (50.40) for the third straight race (USAs, Paris, Lausanne) with co-world leader Shakima Wimbley, the US champ, third in 50.58. Former USC 400 hurdler
Jaide Stepter was fourth in a pb of 50.63.
400 Metres - Women - Diamond Discipline Pts 1 Naser , Salwa Eid BRN 49.78 8 2 Beard , Jessica USA 50.40 7 3 Wimbley , Shakima USA 50.58 6 4 Stepter , Jaide USA 50.63 5 5 McPherson , Stephenie Ann JAM 50.84 4 6 Le-Roy , Anastasia JAM 51.12 3 7 Botlogetswe , Christine BOT 51.37 2 8 Okolo , Courtney USA 51.63 1
Quik Take: We can’t wait for Naser vs Miller-Uibo in Monaco
Naser, who has won this year in Rome, Oslo, Stockholm, Paris, and Lausanne, has had a perfect 2018 so far although her streak of 2 straight PBs came to an end today. That being said, she may not be the best 400 woman on the planet as Olympic champ Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas is also undefeated on the year (1 win at 150, 5 wins at 200, 1 at 300 and 2 at 400) and has run faster than Naser (49.52 vs 49.55).
They’re racing each other in Monaco on July 20th.Naser may have been preparing for that race today as it’s clear she worked on getting out hard as her last 100 is always strong. “This season I have been not starting too well and I was quite happy to start great today,” said Naser after the race.
Women’s 400 Hurdles: US champ Shamier Little edges Jamaica’s Janieve Russell
US champ Shamier Little and Jamaican champ Janieve Russell waged a really tight battle over the final 100 meters of the women’s 400 hurdles tonight. Russell had a slight lead coming off the final hurdle but Little ended up with a narrow victory in a seasonal best of 53.41 (previous sb of 53.61) as Russell broke 54 for the second time in her career to grab second in a pb of 53.46 (53.78 previous pb). Olympic champ Dalilah Muhammad was just fourth.
400 Metres Hurdles - Women - Diamond Discipline Pts 1 Little , Shamier USA 53.41 8 2 Russell , Janieve JAM 53.46 7 3 Moline , Georganne USA 53.90 6 4 Muhammad , Dalilah USA 54.61 5 5 Spencer , Ashley USA 54.74 4 6 Sprunger , Léa SUI 54.79 3 7 Tate , Cassandra USA 55.45 2 8 Petersen , Sara Slott DEN 1:30.61 1
Quick Take: With world leader Sydney McLaughlin having said she won’t compete again this year, Little seems to be the woman to beat in the 400 hurdles
Women’s 4×100: National record for the Swiss
The Swiss team gave the home crowd something to cheer about as they ended the meet with a win and national record of 42.29, breaking the 42.50 national record which had stood since last year’s World Champs.
Women’s Pole Vault
2016 Olympic and 2017 world champ Katerina Stefanidi edged 2012 Olympic champ Jenn Suhr in the women’s pole vault as both women cleared 4.82 on their second attempt. Surh had a miss a 4.72 however and thus Stefanidi was the winner. Russian Anzehlika Sidorova (ANA) also cleared 4.82 — but on her third attempt — and was third.
Pole Vault - Women - Diamond Discipline Pts 1 Stefanidi , Katerina GRE 4.82 8 2 Suhr , Jennifer USA 4.82 7 3 Sidorova , Anzhelika ANA 4.82 6 4 McCartney , Eliza NZL 4.72 5 4 Morris , Sandi USA 4.72 5 6 Bengtsson , Angelica SWE 4.72 3 7 Silva , Yarisley CUB 4.72 2 8 Nageotte , Katie USA 4.52 1 9 Kyriakopoúlou , Nikoléta GRE 4.52 10 Peinado , Robeilys VEN 4.42 11 Kennedy , Nina AUS 4.27
Two Olympic Champs Just went 1st and 2nd at Lausanne Diamond Meet. Both over 15’10”. pic.twitter.com/bw9JvjWjok
— Jenn Suhr (@JennSuhr) July 5, 2018
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Women’s Javelin: Nikola Ogrodnikova wins
Ogrodnikova, a former heptathlete (she was the European junior bronze medalist in 2007), has enjoyed a breakout year in the javelin this year. She did not even make the final at Worlds last year, but threw a PR of 65.61 in April (62.24 was her pb before this year) and today earned her first DL victory.
Javelin Throw - Women - Diamond Discipline Pts 1 Ogrodníková , Nikola CZE 65.02 8 2 Liu , Shiying CHN 64.46 7 3 Ratej , Martina SLO 63.28 6 4 Winger , Kara USA 63.02 5 5 Borge , Sigrid NOR 61.12 4 6 Khaladovich , Tatsiana BLR 61.00 3 7 Hussong , Christin GER 59.94 2 8 Palameika , Madara LAT 59.15 1 9 Witek , Marcelina POL 56.72
Women’s Long Jump: Mihambo wins with clutch 6th-round jump
Germany’s Malaika Mihambo, the 4th placer at the 2016 Olympics, got the win over Ivana Spanovic of Serbia, the three-time outdoor global bronze medallist, thanks to a clutch 6th-round jump of 6.90m for Mihambo, which tied her with Spanovic. But Mihambo’s 5th round jump of 6.70 was better than Spanovic’s second-best jump (6.62 in the 6th round).
Mihambo and Spanovic are also tied for #2 on the 2018 world list in terms of seasonal bests at 6.99m. The world leader, Lorraine Ugen, who won the British champs last week at 7.05m, was just 7th at 6.48m.
Spanovic wasn’t happy after losing. “I am not fully satisfied with my performance today. Quite often, I was too far away from the board. Although, I also want to go and check the video because I believe that my second jump has not been measured properly,” said Spanovic after it was over.
Long Jump - Women - Diamond Discipline Pts Wind 1 Mihambo , Malaika GER 6.90 8 +1.3 2 Španovic , Ivana SRB 6.90 7 +0.8 3 Ibarguen , Caterine COL 6.77 6 +1.7 4 Brume , Ese NGR 6.66 5 +0.9 5 Proctor , Shara GBR 6.62 4 +2.0 6 Stratton , Brooke AUS 6.62 3 +0.1 7 Ugen , Lorraine GBR 6.48 2 -0.1 Bartoletta , Tianna USA DNS NWI
Men’s Shot Put: Tom Walsh Wins
Tom Walsh was struggling after 4 throws tonight, sitting only in 5th place at 20.80. He then improved to 21.92 and that was enough for him to win over Brazil’s Darlan Romani, who threw 21.38 also in the 5th round for 2nd.
Shot Put - Men - Diamond Discipline Pts 1 Walsh , Tomas NZL 21.92 8 2 Romani , Darlan BRA 21.38 7 3 Haratyk , Michal POL 21.21 6 4 Hill , Darrell USA 21.04 5 5 Stanek , Tomáš CZE 20.99 4 6 Whiting , Ryan USA 20.91 3 7 Elemba , Franck CGO 20.52 2 8 Žunic , Stipe CRO 20.31 1
Men’s Triple Jump: Christian Taylor edges PPP
In his first triple jump at a Diamond League meet since the Pre Classic on May 26, double Olympic champ Christian Taylor got the best of world leader Pedro Pablo Pichardo, who was competing in his first DL triple jump since Doha on May 4. Taylor’s third-round jump of 17.62m was .01 better than Pichardo’s second-round leap of 17.61m.
Triple Jump - Men - Diamond Discipline Pts Wind 1 Taylor , Christian USA 17.62 8 +0.7 2 Pichardo , Pedro Pablo POR 17.61 7 +1.8 3 Benard , Chris USA 16.92 6 +1.8 4 Copello , Alexis AZE 16.90 5 +0.1 5 Scott , Donald USA 16.90 4 +1.3 6 Lipsanen , Simo FIN 16.81 3 +2.0 7 Misans , Elvijs LAT 16.35 2 +1.5 do Nascimento de Melo , Alexsand BRA NM NWI
Men’s High Jump: Danil Lysenko wins
With world leader Mutaz Essa Barshim, who had already won in Doha, Eugene, Oslo, and Ostrava this year, out with injury, the win was there for the taking and Danil Lysenko, the 21-year-old indoor world champ (and Russian athlete competing as a neutral), got the win with a seasonal best 2.37m, which moved him into sole position of the #2 mark in the world for 2018 (he came in as the co-#2 at 2.36m). Lysenko jumped 5 times tonight and cleared 5 bars and then didn’t try anything higher.
High Jump - Men - Diamond Discipline Pts 1 Lysenko , Danil ANA 2.37 8 2 Starc , Brandon AUS 2.29 7 3 Robinson , Jeron USA 2.29 6 4 McBride , Bryan USA 2.25 5 5 Thomas , Donald BAH 2.25 4 6 Barry , Trevor BAH 2.25 3 6 Ghazal , Majd Eddin SYR 2.25 3 6 Nedasekau , Maksim BLR 2.25 3 9 Tamberi , Gianmarco ITA 2.25
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