2010 Rome Diamond League Recap and Results

by  LetsRun.com
June 10, 2010

Six world leading performances showed why the Rome Golden Gala is one of the of the top track meets in the world.

Brief Event by Event Recaps below with results. Men first. Women below or click here.

Men's 100m: Asafa Powell 9.82 World Leader

Powell ran a world leading 9.82, a time only 2 other people have run faster than, and it was almost expected. Powell has been that good in 2010. Christophe Lemaître a white 19 year old Frenchman who turn twenty tomorrow was 2nd in 10.09.

100 Metres - Men Final                                        Wind: +0.6 m/s

    1 Powell , Asafa                   JAM       9.82
    2 Lemaître , Christophe            FRA      10.09
    3 Mbandjock , Martial              FRA      10.09
    4 Saidy Ndure , Jaysuma            NOR      10.17
    5 Clarke , Lerone                  JAM      10.19
    6 Forsythe , Mario                 JAM      10.25
    7 Collio , Simone                  ITA      10.29
    8 Lewis-Francis , Mark             GBR      10.30
    9 Pognon , Ronald                  FRA      10.32

Men's 200m: Walter Dix is Back

Walter Dix had a horrible 2009 as he was involved in a contract dispute with his agent (and injured as well). The former Florida State star is back with a vengeance in 2010 and he showed it for the first time on the international stage in Rome as he easily beat Wallace Spearmon. (Dix has already run 9.98 and 19.89 90 minutes apart earlier this year in a low key meet).

200 Metres - Men                                              Wind: +0.5 m/s
                                                            Pts
    1 Dix , Walter                     USA      19.86          4        
    2 Spearmon , Wallace               USA      20.05          2        
    3 Hession , Paul                   IRL      20.60          1        
    4 Carter , Xavier                  USA      20.60                   
    5 Mullings , Steve                 JAM      20.73                   
    6 Devonish , Marlon                GBR      20.79                   
    7 Waugh , Ainsley                  JAM      20.80                   
    8 Marani , Diego                   ITA      20.91                   
    9 Anderson , Marvin                JAM      26.30 

Jeremy Wariner of the U.S. (R) crosses the finish line to win the 400m men's race at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting in Rome June 10, 2010. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca(ITALY - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
Who Won?

Men's 400m: Jeremy Wariner Wins With a World Leader

Jeremy Wariner has had his hands full with LaShawn Merritt the last 2 years. However, with Merritt out with a drug suspension Wariner is now the guy to beat. He showed that on Thursday as he got the narrowest of wins over two-time Olympic hurdle champ Angelo Taylor.  Wariner led down the homestretch but Taylor closed at him and fell at the finish with Wariner winning by .01.

400 Metres - Men                                              
                                                            Pts
    1 Wariner , Jeremy                 USA      44.73          4        
    2 Taylor , Angelo                  USA      44.74          2        
    3 Brown , Chris                    BAH      45.05          1        
    4 Quow , Renny                     TRI      45.52                   
    5 Bingham , Michael                GBR      46.04                   
    6 Licciardello , Claudio           ITA      46.32                   
    7 Borlée , Jonathan                BEL      46.62                   
      Neville , David                  USA        DNF                   
      Gonzales , Jermaine              JAM        DNF     

Men's 1500m: Augustine Choge Gets 2nd Win in a Diamond League Meet

Choge defeated Olympic champ Asbel Kiprop in Shanghai to start out his Diamond League 1500m season and he continued his fine form with a convincing win in Rome. Choge was clearly the best man over the final lap. At Rome however the 1500m was not technically a Diamond League event. We have on idea what that means. All we can tell you is right now Augustine Choge is the top 1500m runner in the world. Splits: Kimutai, Philomon (KEN) 55.23, Kimutai, Philomon (KEN) 1:53.51,  Cheboi, Collins (KEN) 2:50.76 1200m

1500 Metres - Men                                             

    1 Choge , Augustine Kiprono        KEN    3:32.21
    2 Komen , Daniel Kipchirchir       KEN    3:33.08
    3 Rono , Geoffrey Kipkoech         KEN    3:33.89
    4 Zerguelaine , Anter              ALG    3:34.82
    5 Gathimba , Gideon                KEN    3:34.92
    6 Tanui , William Biwott           KEN    3:34.92
    7 Ruiz , Diego                     ESP    3:35.06
    8 Higuero , Juan Carlos            ESP    3:35.10
    9 Kowal , Yoann                    FRA    3:35.14
   10 Gebremedhin , Mekonnen           ETH    3:35.40
   11 Baddeley , Andrew                GBR    3:35.50
   12 Lalang , Boaz Kiplagat           KEN    3:35.80
   13 Ali , Belal Mansoor              BRN    3:35.83
   14 Chepseba , Nixon Kiplimo         KEN    3:37.12
   15 Boukensa , Tarek                 ALG    3:41.33
      Kimutai , Philemon Kipkorir      KEN        DNF                   
      Iguider , Abdalaati              MAR        DNF                   
      Cheboi , Collins                 KEN        DNF    

Imane Merga of Ethiopia (L) crosses the finish line to win the 5000m Men event, ahead of Sammy Alex Mutahi of Kenya (2nd L), Vincent Kiprop Chepkok of Kenya (2nd R) and Tariku Bekele of Ethiopia, at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting in Rome June 10, 2010.  REUTERS/Ciro De Luca (ITALY - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
Too Close to Call in Men's 5k

Men's 5000m: Imane Merga Wins a Strange One

This was a strange race.

The first lap was sub 60 seconds then it got slower and slower . The 1st k 2:31.97, the 2nd km 2:35.20, the 3rd guy 2:38.99, the 4th km, 2:42.14. The real racing did not begin until the bell.  There were at least 10 guys in contention at the bell including World XC Champ Joseph Ebuya who was in 2nd or 3rd.

So now of course all 10 guys would sprint for home right? Not quite. Ebuya would just drop out going around the turn and he did not appear to be injured. He is a very interesting character to say the least (read or download our in depth Training Talk podcast about him).

The rest of the guys were racing for the win. Coming down the stretch Sammy Mutahi appeared to be in the best shape to win. Former World XC runner-up Moses Kipsiro of Uganda was right behind him and trying to get by on the inside but there wasn't  much room so he pushed Mutahi in the back (it wasn't a vicious push but still a slight push, perhaps to balance himself). Meanwhile Imane Merga who had gotten the impressive 12:53 win over Lagat in Oslo was flying from way back down the homestretch. He appeared to pass Mutahi right before the line but slightly mistimed his lean and it was very close between them with Kipsiro right there as well. In the end, Merga and Mutahi were credited the same time but Merga got the important win.

The days when 13:00 for 5000m was considered fast are over in case you didn't know it.  Eliud Kipchoge had his second sub par performance after his 12:51 win in Doha to open the Diamond League.

5000 Metres - Men                                             
                                                            Pts
    1 Merga , Imane                    ETH   13:00.12          4        
    2 Mutahi , Sammy Alex              KEN   13:00.12          2        
    3 Kipsiro , Moses Ndiema           UGA   13:00.15          1        
    4 Bekele , Tariku                  ETH   13:00.81                   
    5 Chepkok , Vincent Kiprop         KEN   13:01.37                   
    6 Kisorio , Mathew Kipkoech        KEN   13:02.72                   
    7 Medhin , Teklemariam             ERI   13:04.55                   
    8 Daba , Bekana                    ETH   13:05.20                   
    9 Komon , Leonard Patrick          KEN   13:07.78                   
   10 Kuma , Abera                     ETH   13:07.83                   
   11 Rotich , Lucas Kimeli            KEN   13:11.72                   
   12 Kipchoge , Eliud                 KEN   13:18.30                   
   13 Kogo , Micah Kipkemboi           KEN   13:32.56
      Ebuya , Joseph                   KEN        DNF                   
      Simotwo , Suleiman Kipses        KEN        DNF                   
      Birgen , Bethwell                KEN        DNF             

Men's Long Jump Super Man Gets World Leading Win

Dwight Phillips got the world leader as promised as he easily held off Irving Saladino and Fabrice Lapierre. 8.42 is 27'7.5" and a new world leader. The old world leader belonged to Arkansas Alain Bailey who leaped 8.35 at the SEC Champs.

Long Jump - Men                                               
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Phillips , Dwight                USA       8.42          4              -0.8
    2 Saladino , Irving                PAN       8.13          2              -0.4
    3 Lapierre , Fabrice               AUS       8.11          1              +0.1
    4 Johnson , Brian                  USA       8.06                         -0.5
    5 Badji , Ndiss Kaba               SEN       7.91                         -0.1
    6 Tomlinson , Christopher          GBR       7.79                         -0.4
    7 Tornéus , Michel                 SWE       7.79                         -0.4
    8 Formichetti , Emanuele           ITA       7.57                         -0.3
    9 Martínez , Wilfredo              CUB       7.49      -0.4

Men's Shot: Cantwell Comes Up Big on Final Throw

Christian Cantwell had to work for this win as he only got it on his final throw but he showed why he's the dominant shot putter in the world.

Shot Put - Men                                                
                                                            Pts
    1 Cantwell , Christian             USA      21.67          4        
    2 Armstrong , Dylan                CAN      21.46          2        
    3 Hoffa , Reese                    USA      21.15          1        
    4 Lyzhyn , Pavel                   BLR      20.89                   
    5 Majewski , Tomasz                POL      20.75                   
    6 Taylor , Daniel                  USA      20.32                   
    7 Bartels , Ralf                   GER      20.13                   
    8 Nelson , Adam                    USA      19.88                   
    9 Niaré , Yves                     FRA      19.72

Men's 110m Hurdles Robles Wins as You Would Expect

110 Metres Hurdles - Men                                      Wind: +0.9 m/s
                                                            Pts
    1 Robles , Dayron                  CUB      13.14          4        
    2 Thomas , Dwight                  JAM      13.31          2        
    3 Brathwaite , Ryan                BAR      13.34          1        
    4 Wilson , Ryan                    USA      13.37                   
    5 Turner , Andrew                  GBR      13.48                   
    6 Payne , David                    USA      13.61                   
    7 Richardson , Jason               USA      13.65                   
    8 Svoboda , Petr                   CZE      13.86                   
    9 Sharman , William                GBR      14.07

Women's 100m: False Starts DQ Olympic Champ

This is the first year of the no false start rule and for the first time at the Diamond League it had a big impact as 2 runners got DQd including World and Olympic champ Shelly Ann Fraser.

100 Metres - Women                                            Wind: +0.2 m/s
                                                            Pts
    1 Moore , LaShauntea               USA      11.04          4        
    2 Sturrup , Chandra                BAH      11.14          2        
    3 Harrigan , Tahesia               IVB      11.17          1        
    4 Ferguson-McKenzie , Debbie       BAH      11.31                   
    5 Asumnu , Gloria                  USA      11.31                   
    6 Bailey , Aleen                   JAM      11.40                   
    7 Alloh , Audrey                   ITA      11.79                   
      Barber , Mikele                  USA         DQ                   
      Fraser , Shelly-Ann              JAM         DQ  

Halima Hachlaf of Morocco (C) reacts as she crosses the finish line to to win the 800m Women event, ahead of Jemma Simpson of Britain (L) and Janeth Jepkosgei of Kenya, at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting in Rome June 10, 2010. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca (ITALY - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
Yes You Really Beat Them

Women's 800: Halima Hachlaf Breaks 2 For First Time in World Leaing 1:58.40

Halima Hachlaf had never broken 2 minutes until Thursday night but she picked the perfect time to emerge on the World stage (she had won the Rabat international earlier this year but in 2:00.63). Jenny Meadows of Britain led down the final straight but she was running out of steam as former world champ Janeth Jepkosgei was right there. However, it was Halima who had the best finish by far and she won by nearly half a second. 6 women broke 2:00 and American Maggie Vessey used her late charging style to run a seasonal best but only finished 9th in 2:00.74. Fellow American Hazel Clark faded to 11th in 2:01.57.

800 Metres - Women                                            
                                                            Pts
    1 Hachlaf , Halima                 MAR    1:58.40          4        
    2 Busienei , Janeth Jepkosgei      KEN    1:58.85          2        
    3 Meadows , Jennifer               GBR    1:58.89          1        
    4 Balciünaité , Egle               LTU    1:59.54                   
    5 Simpson , Jemma                  GBR    1:59.58                   
    6 Bernard-Thomas , Neisha          GRN    1:59.70                   
    7 Cusma Piccione , Elisa           ITA    2:00.11                   
    8 Krevsun , Yuliya                 UKR    2:00.29                   
    9 Vessey , Maggie                  USA    2:00.73
   10 Reina , Daniela                  ITA    2:01.09
   11 Clark , Hazel                    USA    2:01.48
   12 Hak , Yvonne                     NED    2:01.57
   13 Petlyuk , Tetiana                UKR    2:05.06
      Darden , Dominique               USA        DNF    

Women's Steeple: Milcah Chemos Cheywa Comes From Behind on Final Straight

Cheywa had won in Oslo in a world leading 9:12.66. Here on the final lap she appeared to be out of it as countrywomen Kipkemoi and Rotich were well clear of her. However, she had a furious final 200m and ended up winning by over a second in a world leading 9:11.71. A super impressive come from behind win - the exact opposite of her front winning win in Oslo.

3000 Metres Steeplechase - Women                              
                                                            Pts
    1 Cheywa , Milcah Chemos           KEN    9:11.71          4        
    2 Kipkemoi , Gladys Jerotich       KEN    9:13.22          2        
    3 Rotich , Lydia Jebet             KEN    9:19.01          1        
    4 Assefa , Sofia                   ETH    9:24.51                   
    5 Frankiewicz , Wioletta           POL    9:29.68                   
    6 Njoroge , Mercy Wanjiku          KEN    9:30.78                   
    7 Kowalska , Katarzyna             POL    9:35.56                   
    8 Duarte , Sophie                  FRA    9:38.55                   
    9 Bobocel , Ancuta                 ROU    9:42.18                   
   10 Grøvdal , Karoline Bjerkeli      NOR    9:51.89                   
   11 Clitheroe , Helen                GBR    9:57.28                   
   12 Vieira , Zenaide                 BRA    9:59.79                   
      Hyman , Mardrea                  JAM        DNF                   

Women's 400mh: Lashinda Demus Dominates

Lashinda Demus ran faster to win the World Champs last year but this was a very impressive sub 53 world leading run.

400 Metres Hurdles - Women                                    
                                                            Pts
    1 Demus , Lashinda                 USA      52.82          4        
    2 Spencer , Kaliese                JAM      53.48          2        
    3 Antyukh , Natalya                RUS      54.00          1        
    4 Hejnová , Zuzana                 CZE      54.13                   
    5 Lucas , Josanne                  TRI      54.84                   
    6 Jesien , Anna                    POL      54.96                   
    7 Morosanu , Angela                ROU      55.70                   
    8 Odumosu , Muizat Ajoke           NGR      55.75                   
    9 Gentili , Manuela                ITA      56.06

Women's High Jump: Vlašic Wins Exciting Duel With Chaunte Howard Lowe

Blanka Vlasic of Croatia (R) dances with Chaunte Howard-Lowe of the U.S. after winning the women's high jump event at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting in Rome June 10, 2010.  REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito (ITALY - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
The "High" light of the Evening

This was the battle of the evening as both Vlasic and the new American record holder Lowe put on a show. Vlasic had to take 3 attempts to clear 1.98 and stay in the competition. At 2.01 it took Howard-Lowe three attempts and now we were at a meet record 2.03. Both women cleared it on the 2nd attempt, but Vlasic had cleared sooner at 2.01 so she had the lead and would get the win as both women missed at 2.05 (which would have been a new American record). An entertaining show to say the least.

Not to mention the dancing the 2 did together.

High Jump - Women                                             
                                                            Pts
    1 Vlašic , Blanka                  CRO       2.03          4        
    2 Howard Lowe , Chaunté            USA       2.03          2        
    3 Spencer , Levern                 LCA       1.95          1        
    4 Di Martino , Antonietta          ITA       1.95                   
    5 Beitia , Ruth                    ESP       1.95                   
    6 Gordeeva , Irina                 RUS       1.90                   
    6 Styopina , Vita                  UKR       1.90                   
    8 Green , Emma                     SWE       1.90
    8 Shkolina , Svetlana              RUS       1.90 

More Action

Discus Throw - Men                                            
                                                            Pts
    1 Malachowski , Piotr              POL      68.78          4        
    2 Kanter , Gerd                    EST      67.69          2        
    3 Kövágó , Zoltán                  HUN      67.26          1        
    4 Harting , Robert                 GER      66.33                   
    5 Hadadi , Ehsan                   IRI      66.09                   
    6 Mayer , Gerhard                  AUT      65.24                   
    7 Cadee , Erik                     NED      64.27                   
    8 Alekna , Virgilijus              LTU      63.47                   
    9 Zitelli , Marco                  ITA      56.68

4x100 Metres Relay - Men                                      

    1 France                           FRA      38.50
    2 Italy                            ITA      38.72
    3 Jamaica                          JAM      39.05
    4 Poland                           POL      39.30
    5 Switzerland                      SUI      39.34
    6 Italy "B"                        ITA      39.78
    7 Netherlands                      NED      39.92
    8 Spain                            ESP      39.99
    9 Belgium                          BEL      40.64





Pole Vault - Women                                            
                                                            Pts
    1 Murer , Fabiana                  BRA       4.70          4        
    2 Spiegelburg , Silke              GER       4.70          2        
    3 Rogowska , Anna                  POL       4.60          1        
    3 Ptácniková , Jirina              CZE       4.60                   
    5 Golubchikova , Yuliya            RUS       4.60                   
    6 Polnova , Tatyana                RUS       4.50                   
    7 Dennison , Kate                  GBR       4.50                   
    8 Pyrek , Monika                   POL       4.40                   
    9 Scarpellini , Elena              ITA       4.20
      Johnson , Chelsea                USA         NM                   

Triple Jump - Women                                           
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Savigne , Yargeris               CUB      14.74          4              +0.4
    2 Rypakova , Olga                  KAZ      14.74          2              -0.2
    3 Saladuha , Olha                  UKR      14.44          1              +0.3
    4 Pyatykh , Anna                   RUS      14.38                         +0.1
    5 La Mantia , Simona               ITA      14.17                         -0.7
    6 Alekhina , Nadezhda              RUS      14.05                         -0.1
    7 Demut , Katja                    GER      13.94                         -0.5
    8 Martínez , Magdelín              ITA      13.89                         -0.4
    9 Smith , Trecia                   JAM      13.51      -1.4

Javelin Throw - Women                                         
                                                            Pts
    1 Špotáková , Barbora              CZE      68.66          4        
    2 Viljoen , Sunette                RSA      63.04          2        
    3 Rebryk , Vira                    UKR      62.44          1        
    4 Obergföll , Christina            GER      62.36                   
    5 Stahl , Linda                    GER      62.02                   
    6 Ratej , Martina                  SLO      62.01                   
    7 Sayers , Goldie                  GBR      61.23                   
    8 Klimešová , Jarmila              CZE      59.48                   
    9 Bani , Zahra                     ITA      57.14 

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