Javier Culson got his first win of the year in the 400H.
*Serbia’s Ivana Spanovic Gets Convincing Long Jump Victory Over US's Tianna Bartoletta And Brittney Reese Renaud Lavillenie beat Shawn Barber in the PV, Christian Taylor sailed to a 17.59m TJ win, Ruth Beitia took the HJ, Sandra Perkovic stayed perfect in the discus and Egypt’s Ihab Abdelrahman got a surprise win over Thomas Rohler in the javelin.
*BBC: Diana Asher-Smith Cruises To 200m Win In 22.72/
*IAAF: Ibrahim Jelian And Ruth Jebet Show Olympic Medal Potential As Ferguson Rotich Shocks David Rudisha
The race had been touted as a WR attempt by Dibaba; organizers gave no reason for her withdrawal. Ruth Jebet also canceled her WR attempt in Oslo as she pulled out of the steeple.
Harrison's 12.24 AR was just .03 off the WR from 1988.
Merga just beat out Yasin Haji as they had identical times with steepler Jarius Birech and 5000 Olympic bronze medalist Thomas Longosiwa 3rd and 4th. Aprot beat out Asian steeple record holder Ruth Jebet by 4-seconds as Linet Masai and Mercy Cherono were 3-4.
Kenya’s junior national champ Rosefline Chepngetich (7th place at World XC 2013) and Bahrain's (formerly Kenya's) world junior steeple champ Ruth Jebet are the favorites.
Men's field has Dathan Ritzenhein, WJ 10,000 champ Joshua Cheptegei, Mo Ahmed and Italians Andrea Lalli and Daniele Meucci.
He faces a competitive field in Olympic 5000 bronze medalist Thomas Longosiwa, Micah Kogo and Frankfurt Marathon champ Mark Kiptoo. Bahrain’s 9:20 World Junior steeple champ Ruth Jebet leads the women's field in her first race over 5,000. She faces 1:09 half runner Peris Jepchichir.
This writer wasn't happy about former Kenyan Ruth Jebet’s steeplechase victory for Bahrain at World Juniors.
An interesting quote from the article:
"Besides Jebet, coach Gregory Kilonzo, the man behind the Riruta Central production line, will also be showered with money. 'If I can get money to put food on the table by working for Bahrain, why not?' says Kilonzo, currently serving an indefinite suspension from AK."