A Fan's Guide To Day 1 The 2012 Samsung Diamond League London Track & Field Meet

Mo Farah, Dathan Ritzenhein, Morgan Uceny, Jenny Simpson, A Great Men's 110h, 400h and 100 Headline

By LetsRun.com
July 12, 2012

The 8th of the 14 Samsung Diamond League track and field meets for 2012 and the next to last one before the Olympics takes place on Friday and Saturday in London.

The meet features some great action across the board - Dai Greene, Javier Culson and the Americans in the 400 hurdles; Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Keston Bledman in the 100; the three guys who have gone sub-13 this year in the 110 hurdles. And that's just on day 1.

Mid-d and distance-wise on day 1, there is a women's 5000 with Vivian Cheruiyot, a fantastic women's 1500 with practically everyone not from Russia, Ethiopia or Kenya, a men's 5000 with Mo Farah and Dathan Ritzenhein, an 800 with Abubaker Khaki, Matt Centrowitz and many of Nick Symmonds' rivals for a bronze medal, a great men's mile with Silas Kiplagat, Nick Willis, Leo Manzano and Bernard Lagat, and a women's 800 and steeple.

This is a two-day meet. Below we preview in great detail all of the middle distance and distance action from day one for you first before getting to the rest of the day 1 events (in the order that they occur).

*Day 2 Preview Here

You can see the start times of the actual events below. All times have been changed to ET in case you are planning on watching or following it live.

Friday's Schedule

Time (ET)

 

Event

M/F

Status

Points

12:35 pm
Pole Vault M Entry list Standings
12:40 pm
Discus M Entry list Standings
12:46 110m Hurdles M Entry list
12:56 110m Hurdles M Entry list
1:11 T53/54 100m M Entry list
1:22 400m Hurdles F Entry list
1:34
400m Hurdles M Entry list Standings
1:40
High Jump F Entry list Standings
1:44
100m Heat 1 M Entry list
1:54
100m Heat 2 M Entry list
2:00
Long Jump M Entry list Standings
2:04
200m F Entry list Standings
2:14 5000m F Entry list
2:36
1500m F Entry list Standings
2:48 110m Hurdles M Entry list
2:59
100m M Entry list Standings
3:09
5000m M Entry list Standings
3:34 T53/54 800m F Entry list
3:43 T12 100m F Entry list

Saturday's Schedule

Time (ET)

 

Discipline

M/F

Status

Points

8:00 am Triple Jump F Entry list
8:20 am High Jump M Entry list
8:41 800m On Camp With Kelly F Entry list
8:50 400m National M Entry list
8:59 T37 200m F Entry list
9:11 100m F Entry list
9:21 100m F Entry list
9:30
Shot Put M Entry list Standings
9:34 T53/54 800m M Entry list
9:44
100m Hurdles F Entry list
9:54
100m Hurdles F Entry list
10:04
800m M Entry list Standings
10:15 200m M Entry list
10:20
Javelin F Entry list Standings
10:26 400m M Entry list
10:32
Triple Jump M Entry list Standings
10:37 1 Mile M Entry list
10:49 800m F Entry list
11:00
3000m Steeplechase F Entry list Standings
11:18 100m F Entry list
11:28 4 x 100m Relay M Entry list
11:39
100m Hurdles F Entry list Standings
11:49
400m F Entry list Standings

 

Women's 5,000: Vivian Cheruiyot Tries To Get Ready For Tirunesh Dibaba

2011 Double world champ (10,000 & 5,000) Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya will look to show good form in the women's 5,000 to prove she's ready to take on double Olympic champ Tirunesh Dibaba at the Olympics. Cheruiyot hasn't lost a track race since this meet was held two years ago on August 13, 2010. That sounds impressive, but she's going to have to be in top form, as Dibaba hasn't lost since September 12, 2009.

In this race, Cheruiyot will be challenged by two very hungry Kenyans in Sylvia Kibet and Linet Masai. Masai, the 2009 world 10,000 champion (and 10,000 bronze medallist last year), missed qualifying for the Kenyan team this year as did the 2009 and 2011 World Championships silver medallist Kibet, who as 4th at the Kenyan Trials. Both women are probably wondering why Kenya didn't have a wild card selection in place for this year like they have at times in the past. The 6th placer at the Kenyan Trials in Veronica Nyaruai is also racing.

Athlete DATE OF BIRTH Nation PB SB
13.01.1992
ETH
14:43.29
15:17.24
10.10.1991
GBR
15:35.12
15:35.12
09.09.1981
GBR
15:12.77
15:12.77
07.05.1991
KEN
14:35.13
15:17.74
11.09.1983
KEN
14:20.87
14:35.62
28.03.1984
KEN
14:31.91
14:46.73
05.12.1989
KEN
14:31.14
16:23.75
04.04.1993
KEN
15:17.75
15:17.75
25.11.1990
GBR
15:47.61
15:47.61
29.10.1989
KEN
14:44.82
14:44.82
04.06.1989
GBR
15:35.27
15:35.27
10.06.1991
GBR
15:23.40
15:44.01
09.11.1982
AUS
14:54.11
15:20.28
02.09.1985
GBR
15:33.38
15:33.38

Women's 1,500: A Fantastic Field With Uceny, Simpson, England, Rowbury, Dobriskey, Jamal and Langat


Hannah England

The women's 1,500 features a stellar field as it features last year's world #1 Morgan Uceny, last year's world champion Jenny Simpson, last year's world silver medallist Hannah England, 2009 silver medallist Lisa Dobriskey, 2009 bronze medallist Shannon Rowbury, 2008 Olympic champ Nancy Langat and 2007 and 2009 world champ Maryam Jamal.

Langat isn't on the Kenyan Olympic team this year and Jamal was only 10th in Paris last week, so in our minds the answer to the following question will likely be the winner of the race: "Who is the fastest Westerner in the world?"

Uceny, who won the US champs the last two years, is the heavy favorite in our minds. She earned the world #1 ranking last year for a reason - she's very good. This year, she's run faster than everyone else in the field and there is no reason to think she won't get the job done here.

QT #1: The top Africans from Kenya, Ethiopia and Morocco aren't here; nor are the Russians or Turkey's Asli Cakir, and they have been running really fast this year. Considering that last year no one in the world broke 4:00 in the women's 1,500, it's hard to believe that Uceny, the #1 seed with a 4:01.59 seasonal best, is only the 18th-fastest woman in the world this year (6 of 9 Russians are removed from the list as Russia can only send 3 to the Olympics). So far this year, 12 different women have gone sub-4:00.

QT #2: It will be interesting to see how Hannah England looks. The Brit has only run 4:04 this year but that's because she's only run one 1,500 and she won that in Hengelo. Her Achilles was spiked though in the meet and she skipped the UK Trials as a precaution. In this race, she'll face the #1 and #2 from the UK Trials in Laura Weightman and Lisa Dobriskey, as all three UK Olympic 1,500 runners are running.

QT #4: Two-time world champ Maryam Jamal was only 10th in Paris but her 4:02.84 wasn't too bad for a 1,500 opener. If she takes a step forward here and gets the win or contends, we're not ruling her out for tehe Games, but we aren't expecting that to happen. In some ways, despite the 4:02 time, she was still 10th in Paris and 10th isn't very good at the world level.

QT #5: This race is big for everyone involved. If world champion Jenny Simpson doesn't look way better than she has so far this year, it seems as if her medal chances are almost gone.

Athlete DATE OF BIRTH Nation PB SB
21.12.1988
AUS
4:05.06
4:07.52
19.01.1974
CAN
4:05.02
4:19.49
23.12.1983
GBR
3:59.50
4:02.13
06.03.1987
GBR
4:01.89
4:04.05
16.09.1984
BRN
3:56.18
4:02.84
22.08.1981
KEN
4:00.13
4:18.00
05.05.1986
AUS
4:05.61
4:05.61
31.03.1984
USA
3:59.38
4:05.42
14.09.1984
USA
4:00.33
4:05.11
23.08.1986
USA
3:59.90
4:05.17
10.03.1985
USA
4:00.06
4:01.59
01.07.1991
GBR
4:04.88
4:04.88

Men's 5000: World Champ Mo Farah Gets Ready As Does Dathan Ritzenhein

World 5,000 champion Mo Farah is one of the marquee attractions of the meet as he'll get to run his best event in front of the home crowds. For the most part, he faces a bit of a watered-down field, as the Kenyan and Ethiopian Olympians are off getting ready for the Olympics.

The biggest challenger (and really only challenger in our minds) is 2007 World Championships bronze medallist Moses Kipsiro of Uganda. Kipriso has run 13:00 and 27:04 so far this year and in those two races, he was pretty close to the lead. In the 13:00 race, he was 1.76 seconds behind 12:46 man Dejen Gebrmeskel and in the 27:04 race, he was 1.89 seconds behind Kenenisa Bekele.

Non-African born stars of past and present also are competing in this race. US fans will undoubtedly be focused on how 10,000 Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein performs. Earlier this year, Ritzenhein said he was on track to a sub-13:00 clocking later in the year - will he show that type of form here? 2005 World Championships bronze medallist Craig Mottram is clearly past his prime, but he's racing and probably hoping to make the Olympic final. He ran 13:16.08 - a seasonal best - on July 7th in Heusden. Aussie Collis Birmingham has run 13:10 twice in his career - in 2010 and this year at Pre - and will be looking to go under 13:10 for the first time ever.

QT# 1: We thought the Diamond League was supposed to have the very best athletes. This is another race that is seemingly set up to let the best Westerner win. 15 guys so far this year have broken 13:00 in the 5,000 and only 8 of them can be in the Olympics (3 Kenyans, 3 Ethiopians and Galen Rupp). We know the Olympic Kenyans and Ethiopians are off limits, but would it be too much to ask to have one or two of the other seven in this race to challenge Farah?

QT #2: We'll be glued to the tv watching Ritzenhein but he's done nothing this year to indicate he's in sub-13 shape other than talk about it. A 27:36 at the US trials is a long way from sub-13.

More: MB: Farah & Ritz in London 5K - American AR in jeopardy?

Athlete DATE OF BIRTH Nation PB SB
24.06.1983
MEX
13:09.81
13:13.54
30.03.1983
KEN
13:08.35
13:08.35
27.12.1984
AUS
13:10.51
13:10.51
03.05.1989
NOR
13:28.07
13:34.72
23.03.1983
GBR
12:53.11
12:56.98
23.03.1991
UGA
13:15.18
13:23.88
15.01.1986
KEN
12:58.58
13:25.47
02.09.1986
UGA
12:50.72
13:00.68
21.06.1976
KEN
12:53.46
13:06.23
19.09.1989
GBR
13:36.39
13:53.36
18.06.1980
AUS
12:55.76
13:16.08
01.06.1989
KEN
13:00.12
13:16.21
03.02.1988
KEN
30.12.1982
USA
12:56.27
13:14.72
26.11.1986
JPN
13:23.57
13:28.79
07.11.1981
AUS
13:10.08
13:24.30
31.08.1987
ERI
13:11.85
13:27.40

Other Events

Men's Pole Vault:  Renaud Lavillenie Looks To Stay Unbeaten

So far 2012 has been magical for world leader Renaud Lavillenie of France as he's undefeated and won all 8 of his competitions this year. The 2012 world leader will face 2012 world #2 Björn Otto, US champ Brad Walker and 2008 Olympic champion Steve Hooker who hasn't gone higher than 5.42 this year.

Athlete DATE OF BIRTH Nation PB SB
17.07.1989
GER
5.72
5.72
26.11.1986
GRE
5.75
5.72
28.09.1989
GER
5.80
5.77
16.07.1982
AUS
6.00
5.42
18.09.1986
FRA
6.01
5.97
20.05.1986
GBR
5.72
5.72
13.07.1977
FRA
5.95
5.72
16.10.1977
GER
5.92
5.92
10.07.1991
GBR
5.43
5.43
21.06.1981
USA
6.04
5.72

Men's Discus: Virgilijus Alekna Headlines

Two-time Olympic and two-time world champ Virgilijus Alekna of Lithuania, who is #2 in the world so far this year at 70.28, is still throwing well at age 40!!! He will face last year's silver medallist at worlds in Gerd Kanter.

QT: Maybe we'll pay attention to the discus some more. The idea that a 40-year old might be an Olympic champ is amazing.

Athlete DATE OF BIRTH Nation PB SB
13.02.1972
LTU
73.88
70.28
26.06.1982
GBR
65.44
65.24
15.02.1984
NED
67.30
67.30
18.10.1978
ESP
67.91
67.74
14.10.1982
AUS
67.53
67.53
06.05.1979
EST
73.38
67.71
12.10.1982
AUS
65.63
65.63
11.02.1989
GBR
66.06
64.35
06.10.1991
GBR
68.24
68.24
09.07.1981
NED
67.77
66.97

Men's 110 Hurdles: The Sub-13 Men Battle!!!

The three men who have gone sub 13.00 this year will square off in a fantastic men's hurdles as the man who would have won worlds last year had he not been fouled, Lix Xiang, will face 2011 world champ, Jason Richardson, and 2012 US champ, Aries Merritt.

QT #1: Richardson was one of the best, if not the best interviews in Eugene. We were going to start paying a lot of attention to a non-distance guy but once we learned that he continues to hang out with a guy with a 10-year doping ban, we lost all respect for him.

Athlete DATE OF BIRTH Nation PB SB
02.03.1989
GBR
13.67
13.67
06.06.1988
BAR
13.14
13.29
31.01.1980
USA
13.20
13.23
12.03.1990
GBR
13.33
13.33
21.01.1988
USA
13.35
13.70
16.04.1988
GBR
13.57
13.68
12.03.1983
USA
13.09
13.14
13.07.1983
CHN
12.88
12.97
24.07.1985
USA
12.93
12.93
27.11.1985
USA
13.08
13.08
15.05.1992
GBR
13.35
13.35
04.04.1986
USA
12.98
12.98
12.09.1984
GBR
13.30
13.55
19.09.1980
GBR
13.22
13.41
19.12.1980
USA
13.02
13.20
11.07.1990
CHN
13.46
13.48

Women's 400 Hurdles: Davydova vs. Walker & Spencer

2012 European champion Irina Davydova, who was the runner-up at the world university games last year, is #2 in the world this year at 53.77. She'll face the silver medallist from last year's worlds in Melaine Walker and 4th placer in Kaliese Spencer. Walker and Spencer went 1-2 at the Jamaican champs.

Athlete DATE OF BIRTH Nation PB SB
24.10.1989
USA
54.74
54.81
20.02.1987
GBR
54.96
54.96
27.05.1988
RUS
53.77
53.77
21.12.1988
GBR
54.18
55.25
06.05.1987
JAM
52.79
54.39
01.03.1983
JAM
52.42
54.62
05.02.1983
USA
53.28
55.01
28.07.1986
JAM
53.97
55.50

Men's 400 Hurdles: Dai Greene vs. Javier Culson

Last year at worlds, Dai Greene won and Javier Culson was second. Last week in Paris, Greene ran a PB but was unable to beat Culson. A salivating re-match will take place here. The Americans normally dominate this event and can't be ignored though as 2000 and 2008 Olympic champ Angelo Taylor, the runner-up at the US Trials, is here as is the surprise US champ Michael Tinsley and US 4th placer Bershawn Jackson.

Athlete DATE OF BIRTH Nation PB SB
25.07.1984
PUR
47.72
47.78
13.12.1986
USA
48.46
48.97
06.10.1991
GBR
48.98
49.22
11.04.1986
GBR
47.84
47.84
08.05.1983
USA
47.30
48.20
30.08.1977
DOM
47.25
48.56
29.12.1978
USA
47.25
48.57
21.04.1984
USA
48.02
48.33

Women's High Jump: Chicerova Vs. Lowe

In the women's high jump, the top two on the 2012 world list will battle as world champion Anna Chicherova will face US champion Chaunte Lowe.

Athlete DATE OF BIRTH Nation PB SB
17.01.1990
NOR
1.97
1.97
01.04.1979
ESP
2.02
1.97
22.07.1982
RUS
2.07
2.03
08.12.1984
SWE
2.01
1.92
16.02.1978
BEL
2.05
1.96
07.10.1990
GER
1.93
1.92
12.01.1984
USA
2.05
2.01
13.07.1992
LTU
1.96
1.95
21.12.1992
GBR
1.90
1.90

Men's Long Jump: The Aussies + Rutherford Against The Best From 2008

2011 world outdoor silver medallist Mitchell Watt of Australia will battle fellow Aussie Henry Frayne, the 2012 world indoor silver winner, in the men's long jump. Chris Tomlinson, who is the co-British record holder with Greg Rutheford, is also competing. We have no idea where Rutherford is.

2008 Olympic silver medallist Godfrey Mokoena may be the man to beat however as he's got the best mark on the year - 8.29m (#6 in the world). But this is definitely an interesting event as it also includes 2008 Olympic champ Irving Saladino of Panama in his 2012 debut.

Athlete DATE OF BIRTH Nation PB SB
10.09.1991
ESP
8.27
8.06
31.03.1989
GER
8.20
8.20
14.04.1990
AUS
8.27
8.27
20.07.1983
GHA
8.43
7.99
03.10.1985
GBR
8.04
8.01
06.03.1985
RSA
8.50
8.29
23.01.1983
PAN
8.73

****

15.09.1981
GBR
8.35
8.01
25.03.1988
AUS
8.54
8.21

Women's 200: Sherone Simpson

Beijing silver medallist at 100m Sherone Simpson headlines. Her 22.37 makes her the 9th fastest so far this year.

Athlete DATE OF BIRTH Nation PB SB
22.04.1985
GBR
23.09
23.09
16.01.1976
BAH
22.19
23.67
02.01.1989
USA
22.35
22.46
06.01.1986
JAM
22.54
22.61
12.08.1984
JAM
22.00
22.37
19.12.1985
USA
22.15
22.82
29.10.1986
FRA
22.32
22.74
27.03.1987
USA
22.55
22.70

Mens' 100: A Real High Quality Affair With Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell, Keston Bledman & Others

The men's 100 is a very high quality affair as Tyson Gay will clash with Asafa Powell as upstart Keston Bledman tries to spoil the party.

Gay, the double world champ in 2007, and Powell, the former world record holder, are really well known but the 24-year old Bledman came within .03 of Blake in New York and then ran 9.86 at the Trinidad and Tobago championships.

Those aren't the only good guys in the field as it also includes US third placer Ryan Bailey and a ton of others.

All together there are 8 guys in this race who have gone sub-10 - the #4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11 and 17th guys on the 2012 world list are all here.

QT #1: With Bolt and Blake absent, this race may be a preview of the battle for the bronze medal at the Olympics. Yes, world #3 Gatlin isn't here either but Gay beat him last week.

Athlete DATE OF BIRTH Nation PB SB
13.04.1989
USA
9.88
9.93
10.01.1992
JAM
10.00
10.00
08.03.1988
TRI
9.86
9.86
10.11.1985
JAM
9.78
9.95
05.04.1978
GBR
9.97
10.25
07.07.1981
JAM
9.99
9.99
05.04.1976
SKN
9.98
10.05
06.10.1982
JAM
9.88
9.94
09.08.1982
USA
9.69
9.86
04.05.1989
JAM
10.08
10.08
13.07.1985
USA
9.95
10.02
04.09.1982
GBR
10.04
10.32
23.11.1982
JAM
9.72
9.85
17.12.1990
GBR
10.29
10.31
24.04.1985
USA
9.85
9.94
16.01.1986
GBR
10.03
10.29

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