Recap Of 2013 Bislett Games: Ayanleh Souleiman Wins Dream Mile, Yekaterina Poistogova Wins Women’s 800

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by LetsRun.com
Jun 13, 2013

The 2013 ExxonMobile Bislett Games were held in Oslo today.

We’ve recap most of the action below for you. The marquee events got their own article:

LRC Usain Bolt Returns To His Winning Ways – Wins 2013 Bislett Games 200 In World- Leading 19.79

LRC Women’s 5,000: Meseret Defar Emphatically Wins Her Rematch With Genzebe Dibaba

LRC Men’s Steeple: Conseslus Kipruto Beats Ezekiel Kemboi Again

We start with the running events first and give a decent size recap to the Dream Mile and women’s 800 before quickly telling you what happened in the other events.

Dream Mile: Ayanleh Souleiman Goes Out Really Hard & Is Rewarded With A Victory

Djibouti’s Ayanleh Souleiman got the win in the Dream Mile as he outlasted 3:29.77 man Nixon Chepseba of Kenya. Souleiman won in 3:50.53 to Chepseba’s 3:50.95.

The pace was scorching hot early on as Souleiman was going for it big time. The rabbit covered the first 409+ in 54.87 and Souleiman was only .5-.6 behind, so call it 55.5 for 409+ meters.

That pace would take its toll on Souleiman late as his winning time was actually .13 slower than his fourth place time in the Bowerman mile. His last lap was 58.20.

Souleiman on his way to victory on the final turn

Souleiman On His Way To Victory On The Final Turn

At the bell (2:52.33), Souleiman and Chepseba were clear of the rest of the field. Chepseba would stay in the hunt until the final turn. Halfway around it Souleiman pulled clear. His margin narrowed really late but victory was never in doubt.

Quick Take (QT) #1: The pace was too fast for the first lap and the field should have aimed for more even splits. That being said, the pace at the Pre Classic was even faster. The IAAF reports the splits as 400, 800, and 1,200 but we’re virtually certain in reality they were 409m, 809m and 1,209m as we watched the clock record them.

Pre Classic 409, 809, 1,209: 54.16, 1:52.43, 2:51.19
Dream Mile 309, 809, 1,209: 54.86, 1:53.52, 2:52.33

QT #2: There’s not really a politically correct way to put this, so here goes – this was not a good race for the white guys. At the bell, the six white guys in the race occupied the last six positions in the race. That being said, they had run the first 1,209 in between about 2:55 and 2:57.5 and yet still were ahead of no one as everyone was going for it tonight.

Spain’s David Bustos may have had the best finish of anyone in the field as he finished sixth in 3:53.40. Not doing well was Norway’s Olympic 5th placer and 1,500 national record holder Henrik Ingebrigtsen, who finished only 11th in 3:58.27. Also running a 3:58 (3:58.83) was Aussie 1,500 record holder Ryan Gregson.

Results and then a race video below.

RankAthleteNationResultDiamond PointsDiamond Ranking
1
DJI
3:50.53
4
2
2
KEN
3:50.95
PR
2
4
3
KEN
3:51.11
SB
1
6
4
TUR
3:52.30
5
KEN
3:52.70
1
6
6
ESP
3:53.40
7
KEN
3:53.46
8
AUT
3:53.95
9
RSA
3:54.86
10
ETH
3:55.00
11
NOR
3:58.27
12
AUS
3:58.83
13
GBR
4:00.43
ETH
DNF
2
4
KEN
DNF
KEN
DNF
Intermediate times:
409m: Rotich, Andrew Kiptoo (KEN) 54.86
 809m: Rotich, Andrew Kiptoo (KEN) 1:53.52
1,209m: Rono, Geoffrey Kipkoech (KEN) 2:52.33

Women’s 800: Yekaterina Poistogova Ties Up The Least

2012 Olympic bronze medallist Yekaterina Poistogova, who was just seventh at Pre, got the win here in a seasonal best of 1:59.39 as she went from fifth to first in the homestretch as everyone tied up really badly.

The rabbit took things out in 56.19 and the leading competitors were 56 high / 57 flat and then 1:28 at 600. But the hot early pace took its toll on everyone late.

Yekaterina Poistogova tied up the least

Yekaterina Poistogova Tied Up The Least

Quick Take #1: 56 was too fast for this field on the first lap. Often in the 800, you are racing physiology just as much as you are racing everyone else. Poistogova didn’t outkick everyone – she just slowed down the least.

QT #2: This was the first race since June 9th of last year for Ethiopian national record holder Fantu Magiso, who ran 1:57.48 in New York last season. Magiso certainly was very aggressive early on and didn’t play it safe and tied up big time.

It’s nice to see her back on the circuit. By the end of the year, we expect her to be in 1:57 shape for sure.

QT #3: Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba, who is the world leader at 1:56.72 from Prefontaine and was on the starting list earlier in the week, didn’t race.

ankAthleteNationResultDiamond PointsDiamond Ranking
1
RUS
1:59.39
SB
4
2
2
UKR
1:59.59
SB
2
4
3
KEN
2:00.09
4
3
4
ETH
2:00.25
5
KEN
2:00.52
6
KEN
2:01.21
7
IRL
2:02.69
PR
8
FRA
2:03.54
SB
9
CZE
2:04.33
LTU
DNF
Intermediate times:
400m Balciunaité, Eglé (LTU) 56.19
 600m Jepkosgei, Nelly (KEN) 1:28.09

Women’s 400 Hurdles: Hejnová Wins Again As Demus Continues To Struggle

The Olympic bronze medallist Zuzana Hejnová remained undefeated on the year for 400 hurdles as she improved to a seasonal best of 53.60. Hejnová has won at Drake, Shanghai, Eugene, Prague and now Oslo this year.

Britain’s Perri Shakes-Drayton was second in 54.03 – not too far off her 53.77 PR.

The struggles of America’s 2011 world champion and 2012 Olympic silver medallist Lashinda Demus continued, although she did crack 55 for the first time this year. 6th in Shanghai and 5th in Eugene, she was fifth here as well.

RankAthleteNationResultReaction timeDiamond PointsDiamond Ranking
1
CZE
53.60
SB
0.153
12
1
img
2
GBR
54.03
SB
0.225
2
2
3
USA
54.33
PR
0.153
1
5
4
ROU
54.52
0.215
2
2
5
USA
54.69
SB
0.164
6
UKR
55.41
0.181
7
ITA
55.68
0.233
1
5
8
NOR
58.49
0.221

Men’s 400: Santos Continues To Struggle

The recent struggles of 2012 Olympic silver medallist Luguelin Santos continued. Santos, who ran 44.74 at Drake but was only third in Shanghai and fourth at Pre, was only fourth tonight in 45.69.

The surprise winner was Asian champ Youssef Al-Masrahi of Saudi Arabia. He PRed at the Asian champs at 44.72, was second at Rome, and got the win here, although he was very lucky not to have been DQed for a false start.

RankAthleteNationResultReaction timeDiamond PointsDiamond Ranking
1
KSA
45.33
0.168
4
3
2
BAH
45.58
SB
0.237
2
4
3
GBR
45.63
0.151
1
5
4
DOM
45.69
0.168
1
5
5
BEL
45.86
0.143
6
GBR
46.11
0.203
7
DEN
46.80
0.224
8
FRA
1:02.69
0.158

 

 Women’s 100: Lalova Wins In 11.04

Employee 1.0’s favorite sprinter Ivet Lalova got the narrow victory at the line.

Wind:+1.2
RankAthleteNationResultReaction timeDiamond PointsDiamond Ranking
1
BUL
11.04
SB
0.134
4
2
2
CIV
11.05
SB
0.157
2
4
3
UKR
11.07
0.146
1
5
4
UKR
11.15
0.146
5
GER
11.24
SB
0.142
6
NOR
11.30
SB
0.135
7
JAM
11.34
0.163
8
FRA
11.38
SB
0.159

Women’s 100 Hurdles: Tiffany Porter Romps

Former Michigan Wolverine Tiffany Porter won easily.

RankAthleteNationResultReaction timeDiamond PointsDiamond Ranking
1
GBR
12.76
0.169
4
2
2
BEL
12.95
SB
0.143
2
3
3
AUT
12.97
SB
0.153
1
6
4
ITA
12.99
0.228
5
BLR
13.03
=SB
0.167
6
NOR
13.16
PR
0.167
7
FRA
13.19
0.155
8
FRA
13.31
0.175

Field Events

Men’s Discus Throw: Kanter Wins

Estonia’s Gerd Kanter, the 2008 Olympic champ, got the win.

Quick Thought: Interesting to note that the man who had the 35-competitions win streak before Hengelo, the 2012 Olympic champ Robert Harting, didn’t compete here. The man who beat him in Hengelo, Piotr Malachowski, did compete but didn’t record a mark.

RankAthleteNationResult
Wind
Diamond PointsDiamond Ranking1.2.3.4.5.6.
1
EST
65.52
SB
6
1
img
61.59
61.9063.1764.4865.52x
2
IRI
64.63
3
4
64.63
xxx64.12x
3
POL
64.58
2
5
63.72
x63.00x63.4564.58
4
GER
63.92
60.71
63.02x63.92xx
5
NED
63.73
60.82
x63.73x63.0762.47
6
ESP
62.64
61.07
62.64xx60.9261.89
7
NOR
57.18
56.37
55.04x55.14x57.18
8
NOR
54.94
54.94
54.2953.2453.1754.3354.73
9
SWE
54.36
54.36
xx
POL
NM
6
1
img
x
xx

 Women’s Triple Jump: Caterina Ibargüen Wins

Caterina Ibargüen, the 2012 Olympic silver medallist, got the win.

RankAthleteNationResult
Wind
Diamond PointsDiamond Ranking1.2.3.4.5.6.
1
COL
14.81
12
1
img
14.39
(+1.5)
14.25
(+0.3)
14.71
(+2.5)
x14.8114.78
2
UKR
14.56
+0.6
6
2
14.01
(0.0)
14.30
(-0.2)
14.56
(+0.6)
14.2814.3414.26
3
RUS
14.16
=SB
1
3
x
(+0.8)
14.03
(+1.0)
13.82
(+0.8)
13.6214.0014.16
4
SLO
14.10
=SB
x
(+1.0)
13.96
(+1.5)
13.70
(+2.0)
xx14.10
5
JAM
13.98
1
3
x
(+0.1)
x
(-0.1)
13.9313.81
(+1.6)
x13.98
6
SVK
13.92
+0.1
13.59
(+1.1)
13.92
(+0.1)
13.74x
(+1.7)
xx
7
RUS
13.84
13.84
x13.39
(+0.8)
x13.63x
8
GBR
13.82
+0.7
x
(0.0)
13.62
(+0.9)
13.82
(+0.7)
13.69
(-0.3)
x13.75
9
UKR
13.66
x
(0.0)
13.56
(+1.4)
13.66
10
NOR
12.70
+3.1
x
(+0.8)
12.70
(+3.1)
x

 

 Women’s Shot Put: Schwanitz Wins Again

Germany’s Christina Schwanitz who got the win in Shanghai with a 20.20 PR, got the win in 20.10.

RankAthleteNationResult
Wind
Diamond PointsDiamond Ranking1.2.3.4.5.6.
1
GER
20.10
8
1
img
19.83
19.1920.1019.84xx
2
GER
18.17
2
4
17.95
x17.9417.9117.8418.17
3
CHI
18.00
=SB
1
6
17.63
x17.7617.6717.5018.00
4
GER
17.63
x
16.9317.1317.6317.45x
5
NOR
14.48
13.81
x13.8614.4814.08x

Women’s Pole Vault: Spiegelburg Wins

Olympic 4th placer Silke Spiegelburg got the win in a season’s best. 2011 world champ Fabiana Murer no-heighted.

RankAthleteNationResultDiamond PointsDiamond Ranking4.00
4.70
4.20
4.75
4.30
4.70
4.40
4.65
4.504.60
1
GER
4.65
SB
5
1
img

xxx

x
o
o
o
o
2
GRE
4.60
SB
2
4


xxx
o
x
o
x
o
o
3
POL
4.50
=SB
1
7
o
o
xxx
4
SWE
4.50
SB
o
o
xxo
xxo
xxx
5
GER
4.40
=SB
o
xo
o
xxo
xxx
6
CZE
4.30
o
xxx
7
GER
4.30
xo
xxx
8
NOR
4.20
xo
xxo
xxx
BRA
NM
2
4
xxx

Women’s High Jump: Svetlana Shkolina Wins

The Olympic bronze medallist Svetlana Shkolina remained undefeated on the year (she also won in Rome).

Blanka Vlašić, who cleared 1.95 in New York and 1.95 in Rome, only cleared 1.85 in Oslo.

RankAthleteNationResultDiamond PointsDiamond Ranking1.80
1.99
1.85
2.01
1.901.931.951.97
1
RUS
1.97
8
1
img


xxr
o
o
o
xxo
2
SWE
1.95
SB
4
4
o
o
o
o
xxx
3
RUS
1.95
5
2
xo
o
xo
o
xxx
4
NOR
1.90
SB
o
xo
xxo
xxr
5
ESP
1.85
o
o
xxx
5
CRO
1.85
5
2
o
xxx
7
EST
1.85
o
xo
xxx
8
RUS
1.85
o
xxo
xxx
9
FRA
1.80
o
xxx


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