September 5, 2014
The Brussels Diamond League meet on Friday brought to the end the 2014 Diamond League season in grand style. $40,000 was on the line for each of the Diamond League champions.
In the sprints, Justin Gatlin pulled off the
greatest fastest 100-200 one day double ever in the sport, in the steeple American Evan Jager broke the American record as Jairus Birech broke 8:00 for the first time, in the 1500 Taoufik Makhloufi got the win after celebrating too soon, and in the 800 Brenda Martinez got the huge win. We recap all of those stories separately at the links above. Below we recap everything else including the women’s 3000m finale and the incredible high jump.
Women’s 3000: Mercy Cherono Gets DL Title as Simpson Edges Rowbury Again
The women’s 3000 came down to the last lap with a slew of women still in contention
1500 specialists like Sifan Hassan and Jenny Simpson were in the mix, actually in first and second with 200 to go, but the woman with the best kick over the final 200 was Kenya’s Mercy Cherono, the 2014 Commonwealth Games champ at 5k and 2013 Worlds 5000 silver medallist, who got the win in 8:28.95 after a 60ish last lap (sub 30 last 200).
With the win, Cherono won $50,000 ($10,000 for the win and $40,000 for the season title) as she needed just to be Genzebe Dibaba in this race to win the season title. Dibaba fought all the way to the line for the money but ended up third in 8:29.41, just behind Hassan who was second in 8:29.38.
The grudge match between American 1500 runners Jenny Simpson and Shannon Rowbury ended up being very tight once again. In the end, Simpson prevailed in fourth in 8:29.58 – the second fastest time ever run by an American, a mark only eclipsed by the drug cheat Mary Slaney’s American record of8:25.83. Rowbury had a nice consolation prize, however, as she was fifth in 8:29.93, making her just the third woman in US history to go under 8:30. Rowbury had come in as the #2 American all-time at 8:31.38.
Quick Thought #1: This race is proof that kicks dont’ come down to who is the fastest, but rather who has the most left at the end. Cherono has a 4:02.31 1500 pb yet she was the race winner.
Quick Thought #2: That’s great running by the two Americans. They were very close last week in Zurich and very close today. Rowbury stalked behind Simpson nearly the entire race, but just couldn’t catch her the final 100m. A tense rivalry between these two is good for the sport.
Men’s 1000: Adam Kszczot Holds off Mo Aman and Marcin Lewandowski in Close Finish
European 800 champ Adam Kszczot of Poland got the win in an entertaining non-DL 1000, holding off 2013 world 800 champ Mo Aman of Ethiopia and fellow Pole Marcin Lewandowski to win in 2:15.72. Aman was second in 2:15.75, while Lewandowski was third in 2:15.79 in a blanket finish. Kszczot and Aman both set national records in the rarely-run event.
Rabbit Bram Som got out quickly and the only man to follow him was 21-year-old Kenyan Anthony Chemut. By 200 meters, they had a gap of about 8 meters on Kszczot and Lewandowski, who in turn had about 5 meters on the rest of the field.
As Som led Chemut through 400 in 52.40, their lead remained large as Kszczot and Lewandowski had faded back to the main pack. Universal Sports announcer Stuart Storey didn’t seem surprised as he believed Chemut was another rabbit, but as the race went on it became apparent to him and his partner Tim Hutchings that Chemut had every intention of finishing the race. Chemut hasn’t rabbitted any races in the past so it’s pretty clear that he ran with Som because it was his race strategy and not because he was a rabbit.
Som dropped out at 600 meters and Chemut had a big lead which we timed at 1.3 seconds. The gap was 7 meters with 300 to go and it was starting to look like Chemut might actually be able to pull it off.
Kszczot and Lewandowski realized they had to pick it up if they were going to catch Chemut and they accelerated rapidly over the back stretch, passing him with 200 to go (they hit 800 in 1:48.87, with Chemut barely in front). Aman joined them over the final turn and as they hit the home stretch, those three had a big gap on the rest of the field.
All three refused to cede ground over the final 100 and they ran three abreast all the way to the finish line. Aman looked as if he was going to move by on the outside several times, but he could never quite get by as Kszczot held on for the win on the inside by .03.
As for Chemut, he’s probably regretting going with Som right now as he had absolutely nothing left once he was passed, going from first with last in the 12-man field over the final 200 meters.
1 Kszczot , Adam POL 2:15.72
2 Aman , Mohammed ETH 2:15.75
3 Lewandowski , Marcin POL 2:15.79
4 Rotich , Ferguson Cheruiyot KEN 2:16.88
5 Musagala , Ronald UGA 2:17.11
6 Hathat , Yassine ALG 2:17.15
7 Bett , Reuben KEN 2:17.98
8 Olivier , André RSA 2:18.11
9 Kitum , Timothy KEN 2:18.33
10 Robinson , Paul IRL 2:18.46
11 Loxsom , Casimir USA 2:19.16
12 Chemut , Anthony KEN 2:19.55
Som , Bram NED DNF
Men’s High Jump: What an Incredible Competition (and Season) in the High Jump as Mutaz Essa Barshim Moves to #2 All-Time
The men’s high jump has been one of the top events all year long so it was only fitting that Barshim saved his best for last. Both Barshim and 2013 World champ Bohdan Bondarenko cleared 2.40 meters, but Bondarenko was ahead on count backs. With no one else left in the field, whoever won today would also win the Diamond League title. Barshim cleared 2.43 on his first attempt which gave him the lead (after Bondarenko missed his first attempt) and sole possession of second place on the all-time list (previously he, Bondarenko and Patrick Sjoberg were tied at 2.42). The only way Bondarenko could win now would be to clear the next height before Barshim. The only problem for both of them was the next height was a new world record of 2.46.
Barshim took some good jumps at 2.46 but missed all three. Bondarenko missed both of his attempts at the world record and had to settle for second in the meet and the Diamond Race.
What a competition.
Afterwards, Barshim said, “In a competition like today, you don’t have the world record on your mind. You just want to win, you want to beat your opponent; you don’t mention what the height is. … Now I’m the prince of the high jump and I’m on the right way to becoming the king. I just need more experience and a crowd like today to beat Sotomayor’s world record.”
Quick Thought #1: 2.43 for Barshim is incredible
To put it into context for American fans, 2.43 meters is 7’11.75” and it’s tied for the third-highest jump in history.
The high jump is incredibly deep this year, as five men have cleared 2.40, but Barshim and Bondarenko have clearly been the best of the best as they’ve each won three DL events and own 14 of the top 18 jumps on the year. They both took several jumps at the world record this year and it looks like it’s only a matter of time until one of them surpasses Javier Sotomayor’s 2.45 world record from 1993.
Results – Pts
1 Barshim , Mutaz Essa QAT 2.43 8
2 Bondarenko , Bohdan UKR 2.40 4
3 Ukhov , Ivan RUS 2.34 2
4 Drouin , Derek CAN 2.31
5 Kynard , Erik USA 2.31
6 Protsenko , Andriy UKR 2.31
7 Tobe , Naoto JPN 2.31
8 Churyla , Andrei BLR 2.25
9 Donisan , Mihai ROU 2.20
10 Hanany , Mickael FRA 2.20
10 Tamberi , Gianmarco ITA 2.20
Women’s 400: Sanya Richards-Ross Goes Sub-50
Sanya Richards-Ross went out hard and had a huge lead at 350 and managed to hold on in the closing meters as she won in 49.98, her second sub-50 showing of the year. Finishing second was the Commonwealth Games champ Stephenie Ann McPherson in a season’s best 50.12. The third-placer was the DL champ, Novlene Williams-Mills, who had the DL title wrapped up coming in. Williams-Mills, who got the silver at Commonwealths, won the DL title without breaking 50.00 all season but got wins in Shanghai, Eugene, Oslo, and Stockholm.
Results – Pts
1 Richards-Ross , Sanya USA 49.98 8
2 McPherson , Stephenie Ann JAM 50.12 4
3 Williams-Mills , Novlene JAM 50.42 2
4 Zemlyak , Olha UKR 51.07
5 Grenot , Libania ITA 51.15
6 Hastings , Natasha USA 51.24
7 McCorory , Francena USA 51.44
8 Day , Christine JAM 51.57
9 Borlee , Olivia BEL 53.38
Men’s 110 hurdles; Martinot-Lagrande Wins Just For Kicks
France’s Pascal Martinot-Lagarde had the DL title wrapped up coming in but he got the win anyway in 13.08.
World record holder Aries Merritt, who has struggled all year, was only 7th in 13.37 but that’s actually his best time of the season in Europe this year (previous best 13.39). He did run 13.27 in Eugene, but not at Pre.
Results – Pts
1 Martinot-Lagarde , Pascal FRA 13.08 8
2 Ortega , Orlando CUB 13.13 4
3 Shubenkov , Sergey RUS 13.22 2
4 Ash , Ronnie USA 13.24
5 Riley , Andrew JAM 13.29
6 Sharman , William GBR 13.31
7 Merritt , Aries USA 13.37
8 Baji , Balázs HUN 13.41
9 Svoboda , Petr CZE 13.74
Women’s 200: Allyson Felix Runs World-Leading 22.02 to Clinch DL Title
Allyson Felix held on in the home stretch to run a world leader of 22.02 and reclaim the Diamond League title (she previously won in 2010). Felix hasn’t looked great in the 100 this year (she was 7th in Zurich and didn’t even make the final in Birmingham), but she’s looked strong in the 200, with wins in Oslo, Stockholm and now Brussels.
200 Metres – Women Wind: +0.1 m/s
1 Felix , Allyson USA 22.02 8
2 Soumaré , Myriam FRA 22.11 4
3 Schippers , Dafne NED 22.30 2
4 Atkins , Joanna USA 22.58
5 Strachan , Anthonique BAH 22.58
6 Okagbare , Blessing NGR 22.60
7 Tarmoh , Jeneba USA 22.64
8 Williams , Jodie GBR 22.92
9 Kambundji , Mujinga SUI 23.38
Women’s 400 hurdles: Kaliese Spencer’s Coronation
Kaliese Spencer continued her spectacular season with the win. She’d already had the DL title locked up as she has been unbeatable since the end of May.
Kaliese opened her 400m hurdle season with a second place finish in Doha. Since then, counting tonight, she is undefeated with nine straight wins including the Commonwealth title.
She’s an inspiration. 4th at Worlds/Olympics in 2009, 2011 and 2012, she got DQ’d in two events (4×400 and 400m hurdles) at Worlds in 2013 but has won everything in sight this year except for the season opener in Doha.
Results – Pts
1 Spencer , Kaliese JAM 54.12 8
2 Rosolová , Denisa CZE 54.54 4
3 Child , Eilidh GBR 54.76 2
4 Titimets , Anna UKR 54.95
5 Tate , Cassandra USA 55.04
6 Moline , Georganne USA 55.16
7 Dauwens , Axelle BEL 55.56
8 Oluwakemi , Adekoya BRN 55.60
9 Nel , Wenda RSA 55.61
Men’s Discus: Robert Harting Wins but Piotr Malachowski Gets DL Title
Harting’s throw of 67.57 was 22 centimeters better than Malachowski, but Malachowski only needed to get second to clinch the Diamond Race and that’s exactly what he did. Harting, who has won the last four global championships, won four of the seven DL events, but Malachowski won three and got second in the remaining four, which gave him enough points to overcome Harting.
Results – Pts
1 Harting , Robert GER 67.57 8
2 Malachowski , Piotr POL 67.35 4
3 Kanter , Gerd EST 65.81 2
4 Urbanek , Robert POL 65.58
5 Wierig , Martin GER 64.72
6 Milanov , Philip BEL 63.04
7 Gowda , Vikas IND 62.90
8 Harradine , Benn AUS 62.38
9 Gudžius , Andrius LTU 62.14
10 Cadée , Erik NED 61.01
Women’s Triple Jump: Caterine Ibarguen Completes Second Straight Perfect Season
Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen had already locked up the DL title entering the meet, but she won today as well, leaping 14.98m on her final jump to complete her second consecutive undefeated season and extend her winning streak to 19.
Results – Pts – Wind
1 Ibargüen , Caterine COL 14.98 8 -0.6
2 Saladukha , Olga UKR 14.53 4 +0.4
3 Koneva , Ekaterina RUS 14.40 2 +0.1
4 Williams , Kimberly JAM 14.25 +0.2
5 Urrutia , Yosiri COL 14.21 -0.1
6 Gumenyuk , Irina RUS 14.19 +0.2
7 Rypakova , Olga KAZ 14.04 +0.2
8 Murtazina , Alsu RUS 13.87 -0.1
Veldáková , Dana SVK NM
Women’s Javelin: A World Leader for Barbora Spotakova
Double Olympic champ Spotakova clinched the DL title with a world-leading toss of 67.99 meters.
Results – Pts
1 Špotáková , Barbora CZE 67.99 8
2 Viljoen , Sunette RSA 64.30 4
3 Mitchell , Kathryn AUS 62.93 2
4 Stahl , Linda GER 60.64
5 Hatsko-Fedusova , Hanna UKR 59.10
6 Palameika , Madara LAT 58.68
7 Ratej , Martina SLO 58.61
8 Molitor , Kathrina GER 55.48
9 Khaladovich , Tatsiana BLR 54.41
Women’s Shot Put: Valerie Adams Makes it 56 in a Row
Valerie Adams continued her dominance by getting her 56th straight victory and the Diamond League title. Adams hasn’t lost in over 4 years. The crazy thing is she’s barely over half-way to Edwin Moses’ amazing 107 straight wins in the 400m hurdles.
Results – Pts
1 Adams , Valerie NZL 20.59 8
2 Schwanitz , Christina GER 19.86 4
3 Carter , Michelle USA 19.73 2
4 Borel , Cleopatra TTO 19.13
5 Kolodko , Evgeniia RUS 18.95
6 Márton , Anita HUN 18.23
7 Johnson , Felisha USA 18.13
8 Dubitskaya , Aliona BLR 17.92
9 Leantsiuk , Yuliya BLR 17.33
Men’s PV: Renaud Lavillenie Reigns Supreme
Lavillenie no-heighted in bad vaulting conditions in Stockholm, but he was back to his best today as he threw down an outdoor world-leading mark of 5.93 to win comfortably (he had already clinched the Diamond Race). Lavillenie dominated the Diamond League once again in 2014 (he’s now won all five editions of the Diamond Race) but it was a little disappointing that he was only able to reach 5.93 meters outdoors after setting the world record at 6.16 indoors in February.
Men’s LJ: Godfrey Mokoena Comes Through When It Counts
Mokoena only scored points at one other DL event this year (he won in Stockholm) and that, coupled with his win in Brussels, was enough to secure the DL title. Mokoena, the 2008 Olympic silver medallist, jumped a 10-centimeter SB today of 8.19, giving him the win over the Netherlands’ Ignisious Gaisah. The U.S.’s Jeff Henderson, who led the DL standings coming in, did not compete in Brussels due to injury.
Results – Pts – Wind
1 Mokoena , Godfrey Khotso RSA 8.19 8 -0.3
2 Gaisah , Ignisious NED 8.06 4 +0.3
3 Taylor , Christian USA 8.06 2 +0.3
4 Hartfield , Mike USA 8.03 -0.5
5 Li , Jinzhe CHN 8.01 0.0
6 Smith , Tyrone BER 7.83 -0.3
7 Gomis , Kafétien FRA 7.82 0.0
8 Visser , Zarck RSA 7.79 0.0
9 da Silva , Mauro Vinicius BRA 7.63 +0.2
10 Nolf , Cedric BEL 7.35 -0.1
Broothaerts , Mathias BEL NM