2010 Gateshead Diamond League Recap

by  LetsRun.com
July 10, 2010
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Gay Over Powell, Alysia Johnson Wins 800m, Leo Manzano Impresses
The highlight of the Gateshead Diamond League Athletics Meet in the UK was the showdown at 100m between Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay. Powell has been unbeatable in 2010 on the track and Gay has been injured and in his first race back last week at Prefontaine was beaten in the 200m by Walter Dix.

Saturday's meet was the first time this year any of the big 3: Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell or Usain Bolt had squared off.

When it was all said in done on Saturday, Powell got a tremendous start and was clear of Gay. Gay, however, did not quit and clawed back at Powell, just nipping him at the line by .02. The loss does nothing to diminish Powell's reputation for choking not performing in the bigger races. He'll get a chance to redeem himself next week as he takes on the Big Kahuna, Usain Bolt at 100m in Paris.

The big winner on the American side was Alysia Johnson. The US champ powered away from the field to win the 800m and go sub-2:00 once again. Leo Manzano impressed in the 1,500m, battling Olympic champ Asbel Kiprop to the line. Galen Rupp ran a 13:10.05 PR in the men's 5k. Ben Bruce ran an 8:22.88 PR in the steeple.

Race-By-Race Recaps Below

We start with the distance races, then go men's events, then women's. Event-by-event results here

GATESHEAD, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Asbel Kiprop of
Kenya (R) in action in the mens 1500m final during the Aviva British Grand Prix at Gateshead International Stadium on July 10, 2010 in Gateshead, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Men's 1,500m: Asbel Kiprop Edges The Good Leo Manzano

The USA's Leo Manzano has made an Olympic team and won 5 NCAA titles and is a fierce competitor, but sometimes a different Leo shows up. Leo was last at Pre this year by 9 seconds, last last year at the adidas meet by 8 seconds, 2nd to last at Pre last year. The good Leo Manzano showed up in Gateshead and a week after finishing more than 100m behind Asbel Kiprop at the Prefontaine mile, Leo was battling down the homestretch with Kiprop for the win.

Coming onto the final straight, Kiprop was in front and he started to pull away. However, he had Augustin Choge, who was 2-for-2 in Diamond League 1,500s this year, still giving chase, and then there was Manzano going wide and pumping furiously after Kiprop. Manzano and Choge were gaining on Kiprop but Kiprop had just enough to hold them off for the win in 3:33.34 to Choge and Manzano's 3:34.51 (Choge was given 2nd over Manzano).

Manzano clearly likes the Gateshead track as he won here last year, but that was against a lesser quality field. This was a Diamond League meet and a great run by Manzano.

1500 Metres - Men                                             
                                                            Pts
    1 Kiprop , Asbel                   KEN    3:33.34          4        
    2 Choge , Augustine Kiprono        KEN    3:33.51          2        
    3 Manzano , Leonel                 USA    3:33.51          1        
    4 Gebremedhin , Mekonnen           ETH    3:33.96                   
    5 Baddeley , Andrew                GBR    3:34.50                   
    6 Rono , Geoffrey Kipkoech         KEN    3:34.51                   
    7 Lancashire , Thomas              GBR    3:34.87                   
    8 van der Westhuizen , Peter       RSA    3:35.97                   
    9 McCourt , Colin                  GBR    3:37.06                   
   10 McCormick , Nick                 GBR    3:37.97                   
   11 Brooks , Niall                   GBR    3:38.62                   
   12 Moses , Lewis                    GBR    3:56.81                   
      Krummenacker , David             USA        DNF                   

GATESHEAD, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Vincent
Chepkok of Kenya (front R) in action in the mens 5000m final during the Aviva British Grand Prix at Gateshead International Stadium on July 10, 2010 in Gateshead, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Homestretch

Men's 5k: No One Breaks 13:00, Rupp And Farah PR

This race was billed as an attempt for Britain's Mo Farah to break Dave Moorcroft's 28-year-old British record of 13:00.41 (yes, a Brit ran 13:00 nearly 30 years ago). That sort of race would bode well for American Galen Rupp becoming the 5th American in the last year to go sub-13:00.

The pacing at the 1,600 (4:07 for the rabbits) was right on, but then things started to slow. With 3 laps to go, the field needed to close in about 3:00 to break 13:00. Surely doable, but it seemed likely at this point Farah or America's Galen Rupp was not going to win the race and go sub-13:00. Rupp was out of contention before the bell and Farah was soon out of it as well. Coming down the final straight, four familiar faces would battle it out. The four were Vincent Chepkok (who ran 12:51.45 in Doha but has been 5th in 2 Diamond League races since then), Eliud Kipchoge (who won in 12:51 in Doha but had struggled mightily until a 4th at Pre last week), Imane Merga (wins in Oslo and Rome, 3rd at Pre) and Tariku Bekele (winner at Pre). Bekele was the first to crack and Chepkok had just enough to turn the tables on Kipchoge, who beat him in Doha. Chepkok got the win by .04 with Merga another .24 back.

Farah finished in a PR of 13:05.66 and Rupp got a PR of 13:10.05.

Please take a moment to remember a Brit ran 13:00 28 years ago. A Westerner should be under 12:50 by now for sure.

5000 Metres - Men                                             
                                                            Pts
    1 Chepkok , Vincent Kiprop         KEN   13:00.20          4        
    2 Kipchoge , Eliud                 KEN   13:00.24          2        
    3 Merga , Imane                    ETH   13:00.48          1        
    4 Bekele , Tariku                  ETH   13:01.32                   
    5 Kipsiro , Moses Ndiema           UGA   13:02.10                   
    6 Kisorio , Mathew Kipkoech        KEN   13:04.79                   
    7 Farah , Mohammed                 GBR   13:05.66                   
    8 Kogo , Micah Kipkemboi           KEN   13:07.62                   
    9 Rupp , Galen                     USA   13:10.05                   
   10 Ebuya , Joseph                   KEN   13:11.09                   
   11 Thompson , Christopher           GBR   13:11.51                   
   12 Macharinyang , Hosea Mwok        KEN   13:21.15                   
   13 Cragg , Alistair Ian             IRL   13:21.66
      Birgen , Bethwell                KEN        DNF                   
      Kigen , Mike Kipruto             KEN        DNF                   
      Gathimba , Gideon                KEN        DNF                   
      Mutahi , Sammy Alex              KEN        DNF                   
      Gala , Mumin                     SOM        DNF                   
      Silva , Rui Pedro                POR        DNS                   

Men's 3,000m Steeple: Ben Bruce PR
For a Diamond League meet, this was an incredibly weak field. In the end, Linus Chumba (who ran 8:11 in 2005 but was only 12th in Doha) got the win comfortably over Michael Kipyego (8:09 best, 8th in Doha). The biggest surprise was American Ben Bruce in 3rd lowering his PR from 8:26.08 to 8:22.88.

3000 Metres Steeplechase - Men                                
                                                            Pts
    1 Chumba , Linus Kipwambok         KEN    8:19.72          4        
    2 Kipyego , Michael                KEN    8:21.91          2        
    3 Bruce , Ben                      USA    8:22.88          1        
    4 Gunn , Luke                      GBR    8:28.89                   
    5 Abdi , Youcef                    AUS    8:28.93                   
    6 Kiplagat , Bisluke Kipkorir      KEN    8:36.52                   
    7 Alcorn , Kyle                    USA    8:38.22                   
    8 Ramolefi , Ruben                 RSA    8:41.80                   
    9 Teixeira , Mário                 POR    8:41.98                   
   10 Slattery , Steve                 USA    9:18.97 
July 10, 2010 - United Kingdom - Athletics -
IAAF
Diamond League - Aviva British Grand Prix - Gateshead International Stadium - 10/7/10..USA's Alysia Johnson wins the womens 800m.

Women's 800m: Alysia Johnson Dominates Down The Homestretch

Alysia Johnson has shown she is back on form in 2010 (world indoor bronze, USATF 800m champ). She "struggled" at Pre last week, only finishing 5th but running a PR 1:58.84. On Saturday, she dominated down the homestretch and pulled away for the comfortable win over Halima Hachlaf. Haven't heard of Hachlaf? She ran 1:58.40 to win in Rome, so this is a nice win for Johnson. Former world champ Janeth Jepkosgei and 2009 US star Maggie Vessey were well beaten.

800 Metres - Women                                            
                                                            Pts
    1 Johnson , Alysia                 USA    1:59.84          4        
    2 Hachlaf , Halima                 MAR    2:00.49          2        
    3 Krevsun , Yuliya                 UKR    2:00.67          1        
    4 Wurth-Thomas , Christin          USA    2:00.75                   
    5 Klocová , Lucia                  SVK    2:00.97                   
    6 Meadows , Jennifer               GBR    2:01.07                   
    7 Okoro , Marilyn                  GBR    2:01.55                   
    8 Busienei , Janeth Jepkosgei      KEN    2:01.60                   
    9 Griffiths , Victoria             GBR    2:01.67
   10 Bernard-Thomas , Neisha          GRN    2:01.76
   11 Chebet , Winny                   KEN    2:02.65
   12 Vessey , Maggie                  USA    2:02.71

July 10, 2010 - United Kingdom - Athletics
- IAAF Diamond League - Aviva British Grand Prix - Gateshead International Stadium - 10/7/10..Great Britain's Lisa Dobriskey (C) wins the womens 1500m.
Women's 1,500m: Brit Dobriskey Outkicks Morgan Uceny

Last race out, Uceny became the #10 American all-time and she contended for the win here versus Dobriskey, who got the surprise silver last year at Worlds. Dobriskey, however, has a great finish and was able to pull away from Uceny over the final 100. The finish was similar to earlier in the week in Lausanne when Uceny ran 4:02, as Dobriskey beat her there as well.

1500 Metres - Women                                           

    1 Dobriskey , Lisa                 GBR    4:03.69
    2 Uceny , Morgan                   USA    4:04.26
    3 England , Hannah                 GBR    4:04.33
    4 Clitheroe , Helen                GBR    4:06.04
    5 Mwangi , Ann Karindi             KEN    4:06.58
    6 Twell , Stephanie                GBR    4:07.43
    7 Bowman , Sarah                   USA    4:08.22
    8 Clement Moser , Treniere         USA    4:10.38
    9 MacLarty , Morag                 GBR    4:15.98
   10 Dahl , Heidi                     USA    4:16.23
      Pallant , Emma                   GBR        DNF                   
      Shinkins , Karen                 IRL        DNF        
            
GATESHEAD, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Tyson
Gay of USA (L) beats Asafa Powell of Jamaica to win the Mens 100 metres final during the Aviva British Grand Prix at Gateshead International Stadium on July 10, 2010 in Gateshead, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Men's 100: Gay Chases Down Powell

Usain Bolt
may get all the attention and Asafa Powell may be tearing up the track in 2010, but Tyson Gay reminded the world on Saturday that he is very, very good. The Gay-Powell showdown lived up to its billing. Powell got a tremendous start and was well clear of Gay. With Powell's top-end speed clearly this one was over? Not so fast. Tyson Gay reminded us all he's a 9.69 guy, as he kept fighting and nipped Powell right at the line, winning with 9.94 to 9.96. The race is an equivalent to a 9.83 without any wind a pretty damn good run. The top mark in the world this year is Bolt's and Powell's 9.82, although Powell did run a 9.83 into the wind.

Men' results

100 Metres - Men Final                                        Wind: -1.7 m/s

    1 Gay , Tyson                      USA       9.94
    2 Powell , Asafa                   JAM       9.96
    3 Bailey , Daniel                  ANT      10.15
    4 Kimmons , Trell                  USA      10.18
    5 Saidy Ndure , Jaysuma            NOR      10.23
    6 Bailey , Ryan                    USA      10.24
    7 Frater , Michael                 JAM      10.29
    8 Devonish , Marlon                GBR      10.34

100 Metres - Men Heats Race 1                                 Wind: -1.6 m/s

    1 Gay , Tyson                      USA       9.96
    2 Saidy Ndure , Jaysuma            NOR      10.15
    3 Frater , Michael                 JAM      10.28
    4 Devonish , Marlon                GBR      10.29
    5 Thompson , Richard               TRI      10.32
    6 Smith , Nick                     GBR      10.53
    7 Pickering , Craig                GBR      10.59
    8 Ejehu , Junior                   GBR      10.83

100 Metres - Men Heats Race 2                                 Wind: -2.0 m/s

    1 Powell , Asafa                   JAM      10.11
    2 Bailey , Daniel                  ANT      10.16
    3 Kimmons , Trell                  USA      10.23
    4 Bailey , Ryan                    USA      10.24
    5 Dixon , Leroy                    USA      10.40
    6 Crawford , Shawn                 USA      10.57
    7 Gilling , Tremanye               GBR      10.58
    8 Akins , Tyrone                   USA      10.78
            

 

Men's 200m: Dix Gets 3rd 200m Win In A Week

Walter Dix beat Tyson Gay at 200m on Pre last weekend and followed that up with a 19.86 win on Thursday in Lausanne, so it might be natural that he was a bit tired on Saturday with his 3rd 200m in a week. Dix got the win but it was a narrow win over Wallace Spearmon and Jaysuma Ndure of Norway.

200 Metres - Men                                              Wind: -0.9 m/s
                                                            Pts
    1 Dix , Walter                     USA      20.26          4        
    2 Spearmon , Wallace               USA      20.29          2        
    3 Saidy Ndure , Jaysuma            NOR      20.31          1        
    4 Taylor , Angelo                  USA      20.50                   
    5 Martina , Churandy               AHO      20.62                   
    6 Devonish , Marlon                GBR      20.68                   
    7 Smith , Calvin                   USA      21.11                   
    8 Pickering , Craig                GBR      21.34                   

            

Men's 400m: Ricardo Chambers Barely Goes Sub-45

400 Metres - Men                                              

    1 Chambers , Ricardo               JAM      44.98
    2 Bingham , Michael                GBR      45.08
    3 Rooney , Martyn                  GBR      45.44
    4 Tobin , Robert                   GBR      45.56
    5 Yousif , Rabah                   SUD      45.69
    6 Torrance , Jamaal                USA      46.07
    7 Williams , Conrad                GBR      46.19
    8 Greene , David                   GBR      46.84

Triple Jump: Brit Phillips Idow Gets Win Before Hometown Fans

Triple Jump - Men                                             
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Idowu , Phillips                 GBR      17.38          4              +0.1
    2 Lewis , Randy                    GRN      17.29          2              +1.1
    3 Copello , Alexis                 CUB      17.09          1              +0.1
    4 Sands , Leevan                   BAH      16.83                         +0.8
    5 Valukevic , Dmitrij              SVK      16.81                         -0.8
    6 Laine , Samyr                    HAI      16.67                         -0.8
    7 Bell , Kenta                     USA      16.58                         +1.1
    8 Babatunde , Ade                  GBR      15.50                         +0.9
	

More Men's Action

110 Metres Hurdles - Men                                      Wind: -0.2 m/s

    1 Thomas , Dwight                  JAM      13.38
    2 Turner , Andrew                  GBR      13.41
    3 Sharman , William                GBR      13.43
    4 Richardson , Jason               USA      13.46
    5 Akins , Tyrone                   USA      13.49
    6 Payne , David                    USA      13.56
    7 Clarke , Lawrence                GBR      13.73
    8 Craddock , Kevin                 USA      13.86

High Jump - Men                                               
                                                            Pts
    1 Thörnblad , Linus                SWE       2.29          4        
    2 Torro , Osku                     FIN       2.26          2        
    3 Williams , Jesse                 USA       2.26          1        
    4 Bába , Jaroslav                  CZE       2.26                   
    5 Thomas , Donald                  BAH       2.26                   
    6 Oni , Samson                     GBR       2.23                   
    7 Bernard , Martyn                 GBR       2.20                   
    8 Jonas , Dusty                    USA       2.20                   
    9 Manson , Andra                   USA       2.16

Long Jump - Men                                               
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Lapierre , Fabrice               AUS       8.20          4              +0.0
    2 Tornéus , Michel                 SWE       8.01          2              +0.0
    3 Saladino , Irving                PAN       7.96          1              +1.4
    4 Evilä , Tommi                    FIN       7.95                         +0.1
    5 Jensen , Morten                  DEN       7.85                         +0.3
    6 Tomlinson , Christopher          GBR       7.80                         -0.9
    7 Rutherford , Greg                GBR       7.70                         -0.3
    8 Noffke , Chris                   AUS       7.64                         +0.0
    9 Hicks , Jeremy                   USA       7.58      +1.2

Discus Throw - Men                                            
                                                            Pts
    1 Malachowski , Piotr              POL      69.83          4        
    2 Kövágó , Zoltán                  HUN      67.02          2        
    3 Malone , Casey                   USA      65.60          1        
    4 Israel , Märt                    EST      65.46                   
    5 Mayer , Gerhard                  AUT      64.49                   
    6 Wierig , Martin                  GER      63.50                   
    7 Morse , Brett                    GBR      61.69                   
    8 Cadee , Erik                     NED      61.28                   


GATESHEAD, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Carmelita
Jeter of USA in action in the women's 100m Final during the Aviva British Grand Prix at Gateshead International Stadium on July 10, 2010 in Gateshead, England. Carmelita Jeter won in a time of 10.95 seconds. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Women's 100m: Carmelia Jeter Loves Gateshead
Carmelita Jeter ran 10.67 at Gateshead last year into the wind, which is on paper more impressive than Marion Jones' drugged 10.65 (many assume Flo Jo's 10.49 world record was wind-aided). Jeter showed her love again for Gateshead, as she went sub-11 to get the win in 10.95.

100 Metres - Women Heats Race 2                               Wind: -1.5 m/s

    1 Jeter , Carmelita                USA      11.08                   
    2 Barber , Mikele                  USA      11.33                   
    3 Solomon , Shalonda               USA      11.35                   
    4 Sturrup , Chandra                BAH      11.36
    5 Bailey , Aleen                   JAM      11.37
    6 Calvert , Schillonie             JAM      11.43
    7 Asumnu , Gloria                  USA      11.50
    8 Turner , Laura                   GBR      11.53

100 Metres - Women Heats Race 1                               Wind: +1.2 m/s

    1 Baptiste , Kelly-Ann             TRI      10.93                   
    2 Simpson , Sherone                JAM      11.13                   
    3 Russell , Carrie                 JAM      11.14                   
    4 Brooks , Sheri-Ann               JAM      11.19                   
    5 Ferguson-McKenzie , Debbie       BAH      11.20                   
    6 Myers , Marshevet                USA      11.20
    7 Maduaka , Joice                  GBR      11.50
    8 Endacott , Katherine             GBR      11.51

100 Metres - Women Final                                      Wind: +0.3 m/s
                                                            Pts
    1 Jeter , Carmelita                USA      10.95          4        
    2 Baptiste , Kelly-Ann             TRI      11.00          2        
    3 Simpson , Sherone                JAM      11.02          1        
    4 Solomon , Shalonda               USA      11.24                   
    5 Ferguson-McKenzie , Debbie       BAH      11.25                   
    6 Brooks , Sheri-Ann               JAM      11.28                   
    7 Russell , Carrie                 JAM      11.35                   
    8 Barber , Mikele                  USA      11.52

Women's 400: Shericka Williams Turns Back Debbie Dunn

Debbie Dunn has been a pleasant surprise in 2010, but she could not get 2 wins in a row, as Shericka Williams beat her.

400 Metres - Women                                            
                                                            Pts
    1 Williams , Shericka              JAM      50.44          4        
    2 Dunn , Debbie                    USA      50.66          2        
    3 Williams-Mills , Novlene         JAM      50.90          1        
    4 Hastings , Natasha               USA      51.15                   
    5 Rosolová , Denisa                CZE      51.76                   
    6 Cox , Shana                      USA      52.33                   
    7 Sanders , Nicola                 GBR      52.89                   
      Montsho , Amantle                BOT        DNS  

Women's 100 Hurdles: Lolo Jones Cruises

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

    1 Jones , LoLo                     USA      12.79
    2 Carruthers , Danielle            USA      12.98
    3 Felicien , Perdita               CAN      13.01
    4 Lopes-Schliep , Priscilla        CAN      13.06
    5 Ennis-London , Delloreen         JAM      13.11
    6 Ofili , Tiffany                  USA      13.19
    7 Hazel , Louise                   GBR      13.61
      Crawford , Ginnie                USA        DNS                   

More Women's Action

200 Metres - Women                                            Wind: -1.4 m/s

    1 Knight , Bianca                  USA      22.71
    2 Whyte , Rosemarie                JAM      22.81
    3 McLaughlin , Anneisha            JAM      22.95
    4 Amertil , Christine              BAH      23.27
    5 Mothersille , Cydonie            CAY      23.30
    6 Freeman , Emily                  GBR      23.34
    7 Oyepitan , Abiodun               GBR      23.41
    8 Ennis , Jessica                  GBR      23.55
	
400 Metres Hurdles - Women                                    
                                                            Pts
    1 Spencer , Kaliese                JAM      54.10          4        
    2 Hejnová , Zuzana                 CZE      54.83          2        
    3 Morosanu , Angela                ROU      54.87          1        
    4 Shakes-Drayton , Perri           GBR      55.67                   
    5 Tosta , Sheena                   USA      55.92                   
    6 Child , Eilidh                   GBR      56.13                   
    7 Darden , Dominique               USA      58.15                   
    8 Wilson , Nickiesha               JAM      58.50                   

Pole Vault - Women                                            
                                                            Pts
    1 Feofanova , Svetlana             RUS       4.71          4        
    2 Murer , Fabiana                  BRA       4.61          2        
    3 Spiegelburg , Silke              GER       4.61          1        
    4 Schwartz , Jillian               ISR       4.51                   
    5 Dennison , Kate                  GBR       4.41                   
    6 Janson , Lacy                    USA       4.41                   
    7 Ptácniková , Jirina              CZE       4.41                   
    8 Paxton , Henrietta               GBR       4.21                   
      Zachariadi , Marianna            CYP         NM                   

Shot Put - Women                                              
                                                            Pts
    1 Ostapchuk , Nadzeya              BLR      20.57          4        
    2 Vili , Valerie                   NZL      20.06          2        
    3 Kleinert , Nadine                GER      19.01          1        
    4 Mikhnevich , Natallia            BLR      18.77                   
    5 Hinrichs , Denise                GER      18.15                   
    6 Camarena-Williams , Jillian      USA      17.68                   
    7 Carter , Michelle                USA      17.56                   
    8 Francis , Eden                   GBR      15.11                   

Javelin Throw - Women                                         
                                                            Pts
    1 Viljoen , Sunette                RSA      64.32          4        
    2 Patterson , Kara                 USA      63.11          2        
    3 Špotáková , Barbora              CZE      62.02          1        
    4 Hjálmsdóttir , Ásdís             ISL      60.72                   
    5 Klimešová , Jarmila              CZE      56.21                   
    6 Whittingham , Laura              GBR      51.90                   
    7 Ennis , Jessica                  GBR      46.15                   
      Jelaca , Tatjana                 SRB        DNS                   

            

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