Morgan Uceny's 1500m Win Highlights 2011 Lausanne Distance Action

By LetsRun.com
June 30, 2011
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2011 Lausanne Athletissma Diamond League Results

The big news from the US distance perspective in Lausanne was the 1500m victory by American Morgan Uceny. We recap it below, briefly mention the other distance highlights (return of David Rudisha), and have some video and results.

Asafa Powell's 9.78 was the highlight of the meet (video of Powell's run here) as Teddy Tamgho went long in the triple jump. IAAF recap here.

Morgan Uceny Shows How Impressive Her USA 1500m Victory Was

Morgan Uceny, the dominant 2011 US 1500m champion, got the biggest international win of her career Thursday as she ran away from the field the final 100m to win the 1500m at the Lausanne Athletissma Diamond League meet in 4:05.52.

Uceny made it look easy on the final lap versus a field that included 2007 and 2009 World Champ Maryam Jamal and recent 4:00 1500m runner Kalkidan Gzezahegne.

The pace was just a tad slower across the board compared to Morgan's win at USAs. The leaders splits were 64, 2:11 and 3:19, Uceny at 300 was 48 point, at 700 1:55 point, and 3:03 at 1100 which all were just a tad slower than her pace at USAs. At the bell there were a lot of people in contention and Morgan was just off the shoulder of the leader, Viola Jelagat,  heading into the final turn. On the backstretch there was some jostling but Morgan remained in the top 3.

Then at 200m she went to the front and held the lead coming off the final turn. France's Hind Dehiba was right there and Janeth Jepkosgei and Viola Jelagat were nearby. Surely it would be a fierce battle the final 100m.

What did Morgan do? She just ran away from the field the last 100m. She extended her lead until about 20 meters from the finish where it wasn't clear if she slowed down because the race was in the bag or because she was tired but there was no way she was going to lose at that point. She ended up getting the win by a comfortable 3 meters (10 feet) over Anna Mischenko.

What did Morgan do differently here to beat the international field that she didn't do at USATFs?  Nothing. At USA Morgan closed in 62.3,  in Lausanne she closed in roughly 62 seconds, the pace was just a couple seconds slower at 1100. Morgan won comfortably at USAs versus a very strong field. The strength of that win was validated here, although later in the season one would expect a stronger challenge from Jamal and others.

Watch Morgan's win below or here:

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USA
4:05.52
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UKR
4:06.00
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FRA
4:06.58
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KEN
4:06.67
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ETH
4:06.87
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KEN
4:07.00
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KEN
4:08.22
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ETH
4:08.75
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BRN
4:09.85
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BRN
4:10.21
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MAR
4:10.42
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NOR
4:10.76
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RSA
4:16.36
 
POL
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GBR
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UKR
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Intermediate times:
400m  Plis, Renata (POL)1:03.66
800m Plis, Renata (POL) 2:11.50
1200m Jelagat, Irene (KEN) 3:19.80

David Rudisha Returns to Diamond League With a Win

World record holder David Rudisha had missed the early part of the season with injury. He returned to action with a 1:43.46 win last week in a low key meet in France. This was his first Diamond League meet of the year and he ran like he was better than everyone else.

After 400 (49.48) by Rudisha's favorite pace Sammy Tangui, Rudisha just powered away from the field the next 200m. He kept extending his lead and it was a thing of beauty. Then down the homestretch he slowed a bit and Poland's Marcin Lewandowski got a bit closer, but this one was never in doubt as Rudisha won in 1:44.15, .86 seconds ahead of Lewandowski. Yes that is how dominant Rudisha was. He won by nearly a second and we mention his lead narrowing.

Race video below.

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1:44.15
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Intermediate times:
400m Tangui, Sammy (KEN) 49.48
600m Rudisha, David (KEN) 1:16.56

Men's 5000m: Mad Kick For the Field
The men's 5000m in the Diamond League races are becoming very similar. There is a huge pack, some fierce kicking at the end, and the top guys usually break 13 minutes. That was no different here as Vincent Chepok (12:51 pb last year) got the win over world xc champ and 2010 DL winner Imane Merga. Video highlights and results below.

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KEN
12:59.13
MR
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ETH
12:59.47
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KEN
12:59.71
SB
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KEN
13:03.73
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ETH
13:05.52
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ETH
13:07.27
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KEN
13:10.96
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ETH
13:17.74
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KEN
13:20.00
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KEN
13:21.24
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KEN
13:25.69
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ERI
13:27.51
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ETH
13:38.92
 
QAT
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IRL
DNF
 
KEN
DNF
 
RSA
DNF

Women's Steeple: Milcah Chelmos Wins Again

2011 World leader and 2010 Diamond League champion Milcah Chemos showed why she's the best steepler in the world as she made it 4 for 4 in DL meets in 2011.

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KEN
9:19.87
MR
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ETH
9:20.50
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KEN
9:20.51
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TUN
9:21.02
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ETH
9:26.31
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ETH
9:28.27
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KEN
9:35.83
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IRL
9:38.88
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KEN
9:45.57
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NOR
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DNF
 
JAM
DNF
 
POR
DNF

Video of Asafa Powell's 9.78 World leader in the 100m in Lausanne
Enjoy!


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2011 Lausanne Athletissma Diamond League Results

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