LRC Recap - Day 2 Distance Events From IAAF Continental Cup In Split, Croatia
By LetsRun.com's Emory Mort
September 5, 2010
Bernard Lagat Wins 3k
24 hours after winning a slow 5,000 with a 51-second last lap, American Bernard Lagat doubled his weekend earnings to $60k by winning a pedestrian 3,000m with a 53-second final lap.
Ugandan ace Moses Kipsiro again provided the best challenge to Lagat, a surprise given the presence of Tariku Bekele in the field. Bekele led the race until the final 150m - running mostly 65s - before succumbing unsurprisingly to Lagat and Kipsiro.
The surprise was the 3rd-place finish by Bayron Piedra of Ecuador. Piedra's 3,000m best is only 7:47, almost 20 seconds off the new American record of 7:29 set a week ago by Lagat. While Piedra's 800m background gives credence to his otherwise completely unexpected defeat of the younger Bekele, his 3rd-place showing still comes as a big shock.
Men's 3,000 Results:
|2||544||Moses Ndiema Kipsiro||Africa||UGA||7:54.98||(SB)||7|
|5||523||Vincent Kipsegechi Yator||Africa||KEN||7:57.46||.||.|
|11||618||Diego Alberto Borrego||Americas||MEX||8:12.92||(SB)|
Men's 3,000 Message Board Discussion:
*Lagat GOLD in 3k
*Who also has never heard of Ecuadoran Bayron Piedra?
*LAGAT wins again! What a championship racer.
Men's 800: Rudisha Runs Solo 1:43-Low
The race announcers mentioned that 2-time world record-setting David Rudisha asked the IAAF what the non-rabbited world record 800m time was. He was told it was "1:42-low" and by the looks of things after 250m it looked like he might go for it on Sunday against a weak field.
By 400m, however, it was clear that Rudisha, hitting the bell at 50.84 after clicking 24.3 at 200, was going to win big, but win easy. His time of 1:43.37 set a meet record and earned the big paycheck. Rudisha, 1.5 seconds clear of the next competitor, jogged nonchalantly around the stadium looking bored after such an easy effort. American Nick Symmonds ran from last and ended up less than 0.2 out of 2nd in 1:44.98.
|1||6||521||David Lekuta Rudisha||Africa||KEN||1:43.37||(CR)||8|
|3||3||716||Belal Mansoor Ali||Asia-Pacific||BRN||1:44.92||.||6|
Women's 1,500: Nancy Langat Gets Kicked Down And Tries To Drag Her Competitor Down With 10m To Go
Olympic champion Nancy Langat was apparently as surprised as we were to have competition at the end of the women's 1,500. The great Langat looked completely in control but French national Hind Dehiba Chahyd (who?) had a great kick to pass the Kenyan with precious meters left. Langat responded by pulling over to lane 2 and even grabbing Chahyd's arm before crashing to the track. Canada's Nicole Edwards and America's Christin Wurth-Thomas picked up 2nd and 3rd in the tactical race. Two post-race surprises included Langat's non-DQ and Gelete Burka's dismal finish 4 seconds off the lead.
Not Very Sympathetic Message Board Discussion: NANCY LANGAT IS A CHEATER
|1||404||Hind Déhiba Chahyd||Europe||FRA||4:19.78||.||8|
|8||117||Nancy Jebet Langat||Africa||KEN||4:23.93||.||1|
Women's 5,000: They Ran a 93-Second Lap, Enough Said
The slow pace made this race interesting. As part of the hilariously slow 2nd kilometer covered in 3:44, the women's field was running over 6-minute pace. How many times have you seen a 93-second lap in a women's track 5,000 with $30k on the line? Proven star Vivian Cheruiyot won over phenom Sentayehu Ejigu 16:05 to 16:07 with a 60-second final lap. American Molly Huddle - thanks to a 63 final lap - ran well to defeat Elvan Abeylegesse for 3rd in 16:08. Sunday's performance was Huddle's first since setting her new American record 14:44.76 in the 5,000 in Brussels, where she finished only 10th.
Men's And Women's Steeplechase: Mateelong Narrowly Maintains, Cheywa Can't Quite Live Up To Kenyan Standard
|1||519||Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong||Africa||KEN||8:09.67||(CR)||8|
|7||717||Tareq Mubarak Taher||Asia-Pacific||BRN||8:26.54||.||3|
|9||612||José Alberto Sánchez||Americas||CUB||8:48.11||.||1|
|10||802||José Luis Blanco||Europe||ESP||8:48.79|
Women's Results (Much-Deserved Wire-To-Wire Win For Yuliya Zarudneva)
|2||115||Milcah Chemos Cheywa||Africa||KEN||9:25.84||.||7|