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:

1 629 Bernard Lagat Americas USA 7:54.75 . 8
2 544 Moses Ndiema Kipsiro Africa UGA 7:54.98 (SB) 7
3 613 Bayron Piedra Americas ECU 7:55.52 . 6
4 512 Tariku Bekele Africa ETH 7:55.79 . 5
5 523 Vincent Kipsegechi Yator Africa KEN 7:57.46 . .
6 737 Adrian Blincoe Asia-Pacific NZL 7:57.67 . 4
7 829 Daniele Meucci Europe ITA 7:57.98 (SB) 3
8 715 Ben St.Lawrence Asia-Pacific AUS 7:58.55 . 2
9 834 Mateusz Demczyszak Europe POL 7:59.92 . 1
10 813 Noureddine Smaïl Europe FRA 8:11.66 . .
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.

Results:

1 6 521 David Lekuta Rudisha Africa KEN 1:43.37 (CR) 8
2 5 835 Marcin Lewandowski Europe POL 1:44.81 . 7
3 3 716 Belal Mansoor Ali Asia-Pacific BRN 1:44.92 . 6
4 8 604 Kleberson Davide Americas BRA 1:44.96 . 5
5 4 636 Nick Symmonds Americas USA 1:44.98 . 4
6 1 823 Michael Rimmer Europe GBR 1:45.91 . 3
7 2 516 Shiferaw Wola Africa ETH 1:46.56 . 2
8 7 743 Tristan Garrett Asia-Pacific AUS 1:50.32

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

Results:

1 404 Hind Déhiba Chahyd Europe FRA 4:19.78 . 8
2 204 Nicole Edwards Americas CAN 4:21.34 . 7
3 236 Christin Wurth-Thomas Americas USA 4:21.46 . 6
4 312 Mimi Belete Asia-Pacific BRN 4:22.27 . 5
5 438 Asli Cakir Europe TUR 4:22.43 . 4
6 334 Nikki Hamblin Asia-Pacific NZL 4:22.45 . 3
7 107 Gelete Burka Africa ETH 4:23.76 . 2
8 117 Nancy Jebet Langat Africa KEN 4:23.93 . 1
9 305 Kaila McKnight Asia-Pacific AUS 4:27.40 . .
. 121 Btissam Lakhouad Africa MAR DNF

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.

Results:

1 114 Vivian Cheruiyot Africa KEN 16:05.74 . 8
2 142 Sentayehu Ejigu Africa ETH 16:07.11 . 7
3 227 Molly Huddle Americas USA 16:08.60 . 6
4 436 Elvan Abeylegesse Europe TUR 16:10.36 . 5
5 140 Zakia Mrisho Africa TAN 16:12.94 . .
6 314 Shitaye Eshete Asia-Pacific BRN 16:15.47 . 4
7 418 Jessica Augusto Europe POR 16:18.20 . 3
8 207 Megan Metcalfe Americas CAN 16:29.63

Men's And Women's Steeplechase: Mateelong Narrowly Maintains, Cheywa Can't Quite Live Up To Kenyan Standard

Men's Results

1 519 Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong Africa KEN 8:09.67 (CR) 8
2 513 Roba Gari Africa ETH 8:09.87 (NR) 7
3 811 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad Europe FRA 8:09.96 . 6
4 543 Benjamin Kiplagat Africa UGA 8:14.47 . .
5 831 Ion Luchianov Europe MDA 8:22.86 . 5
6 700 Youcef Abdi Asia-Pacific AUS 8:23.39 (SB) 4
7 717 Tareq Mubarak Taher Asia-Pacific BRN 8:26.54 . 3
8 625 Daniel Huling Americas USA 8:27.59 . 2
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)

1 434 Yuliya Zarudneva Europe RUS 9:25.46 (CR) 8
2 115 Milcah Chemos Cheywa Africa KEN 9:25.84 . 7
3 106 Sofia Assefa Africa ETH 9:29.53 . 6
4 123 Hanane Ouhaddou Africa MAR 9:39.39 (SB) .
5 224 Lisa Aguilera Americas USA 9:41.48 . 5
6 215 Korene Hinds Americas JAM 9:45.08 . 4
7 406 Hatti Dean Europe GBR 9:45.36 . 3
8 318 Zhenzhu Li Asia-Pacific CHN 9:47.28 (SB) 2
9 405 Sophie Duarte Europe FRA 9:49.93 . .
10 324 Minori Hayakari Asia-Pacific JPN 10:04.97

 

 

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