50th Bislett Games Recap: Asbel Kiprop wins the Dream Mile, Genzebe Dibaba comes up short in 5000 WR attempt, and the HJ fizzles

by LetsRun.com
June 11, 2015

The 2015 ExxonMobil Bislett Games Diamond League track and field meeting – the 50th edition of the meet – was held today in Oslo.

Below we recap all of the events for you except for the women’s 1500 – starting with the mid-d and distance events.

The women’s 1500 recap is here: Women’s 1500: Laura Muir Becomes First Brit To Win A Diamond League 1500 As Her Brave Front-Running Gets Rewarded.

Men’s Dream Mile: Patien Asbel Kiprop Gets Rewarded, Souleiman’s 3:44 Attempt Gets Punished

Asbel Kiprop wins Asbel Kiprop wins

Asbel Kiprop secured his first Diamond League victory of 2015 in 3:51.45 as Ayanleh Souleiman couldn’t hold on after going out aggressively (1:53.48 at 800). Souleiman went in with the goal of running 3:44 but he struggled to keep the extremely fast pace up once the rabbits dropped out at 1k and ultimately didn’t have enough to kick for the win. The final 100 meters were very exciting as five men — Kiprop, Souleiman, Silas Kiplagat, Ronald Kwemoi and Belgium’s Pieter-Jan Hannes — were all in the mix coming off the final turn, but ultimately Kiprop was able to open up a gap and sprint to the win.

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The Race
The early stages of the race were reminiscent of the women’s 1500 earlier in the meet as Souleiman was the only one to go through the pacers, hitting 400 meters in 55.48 and 800 in 1:53.48, giving him a lead of 12 meters over the chase pack, led by Kiplagat (Kiprop was in third).

The final rabbit stepped off at 1000 meters and at that point it was up to Souleiman to do what Muir did and finish a wire-to-wire victory. However, Souleiman’s lead wasn’t nearly as big as Muir’s and by the time Souleiman hit 1200 in 2:53.50 (60.02 lap), Kiplagat, Kiprop and Norway’s Henrik Ingebrigtsen were right behind him with much of the pack in striking distance just behind them.

Just less than 100m to go Just less than 100m to go

With 200 to go, Kiplagat went to the front and Kiprop followed, though Souleiman was not dropped entirely and still lurked in third. By the time they hit the home stretch, those three men were together but were joined by Pieter-Jan Hannes of Belgium and Ronald Kwemoi, both of whom had moved up aggressively on the final turn. It was anyone’s race.

Pieter-Jan Hannes after his national record. Pieter-Jan Hannes (l) after his national record.

Kiprop made the strongest move and seized the lead, opening a gap on Kiplagat midway through the home stretch. Surprisingly, Hannes had gone right with Kiplagat and the two were running next to each other for much of the final straightaway as Souleiman and Kwemoi dropped back. Neither Kiplagat nor Hannes could make enough of a dent into Kiprop’s lead, however, as Kiprop used a 55.7 (ht) last lap to take the win in 3:51.25. Kiplagat separated from Hannes at the end for second, but Hannes was still overjoyed with third as he pointed to the sky in celebration of his new national record (3:51.84, a 3.47-second PR).

Bernard Lagat, who was initially entered, wound up a late scratch with the flu.


One Mile - Men                                                
    1 Kiprop , Asbel                   KEN    3:51.45          4        
    2 Kiplagat , Silas                 KEN    3:51.72          2        
    3 Hannes , Pieter-Jan              BEL    3:51.84          1        
    4 Souleiman , Ayanleh              DJI    3:52.69                   
    5 Kwemoi , Ronald                  KEN    3:53.07                   
    6 Holuša , Jakub                   CZE    3:53.46                   
    7 Ingebrigtsen , Henrik            NOR    3:54.44                   
    8 Philibert-Thiboutot , Charles    CAN    3:54.52                   
    9 Gregson , Ryan                   AUS    3:54.88                   
   10 Cronje , Johan                   RSA    3:58.80                   
      Bett , Reuben                    KEN        DNF                   
      Ngetich , Hillary Cheruiyot      KEN        DNF                   
      Lagat , Bernard                  USA        DNS

Quick Take #1: For Asbel Kiprop, this was the opposite of last year’s race in Monaco

Last year in Monaco, Asbel Kiprop went for a fast time but was denied the win. In Oslo this year, Kiprop didn’t follow Ayanleh Souleiman’s attempt at a fast time but was rewarded with the victory.

In 1500s/miles, when athletes go for truly fast times, they run the risk of either running out of steam or acting as a rabbit for the rest of the field, which can lead to defeats. Last year, Silas Kiplagat used Kiprop’s aggressive running to blast a 3:27.64 in Monaco. Heck, even Hicham El Guerrouj was in danger of losing when he set his mile WR of 3:43.13 as he dragged Noah Ngeny along to a 3:43.40.

Kiprop looked good at the Pre Classic two weeks ago, closing well to take third despite being 11th with a lap to go. He put himself in much better position this time and that enabled him to run away from everyone over the final 100. If he is to win a third straight world title in Beijing this year, he’ll need to follow the tactics from today, not Pre.

Quick Take #2: A massive run by Pieter-Jan Hannes

Hannes was surprisingly in contention with 100 to go and closed extremely well, battling for second with Kiplagat for a long time before eventually succumbing and taking third. Still, Hannes was over the moon with the time — a big PR which smashed the Belgian record of Marc Corstjens (3:54.57), also set in Oslo 22 years ago. This was a huge step forward for Hannes, who a year ago didn’t even make it out of the heats at the European Championships (he was 12th in the 3k at Euro Indoors this year).

Quick Take #3: Don’t sweat Souleiman’s fourth-place finish

Finishing fourth and losing to Hannes certainly isn’t something Souleiman expected coming into the race, but as Kiprop learned last year in Monaco, trying to run a really fast time saps your kick. That meant that Souleiman, who usually looks strong in the final 100, was a non-factor once the kicking really got going and had to settle for fourth. Had he chosen to race for the win and not time, Souleiman’s chances would obviously have been much better. He’s still incredibly fit and will be one of the favorites at Worlds this year.

Women’s 5000: Genzebe Dibaba’s Comes Up Well Short in WR Attempt

World records are hard to beat. Genzebe Dibaba is figuring that out this outdoor season.

Dibaba took her second crack at her sister’s Tirunesh’s world record of 14:11.15 , and came up well short running 14:21.29 for a dominating 17 second win over countrywoman Senbera Teferi, the 2015 World Cross Country silver medallist.

The pace started our all right as the first kilometer was covered in 2:50.91 (14:14 pace), but things slowed and when the second rabbit dropped out at 1800 with the pace already slowing Dibaba was in trouble. They slowed to 2:44.87 the second km (5:45.78) and countrywoman Teferi who would finish the race in second  (14:38.57 pb) took over up front to help out Dibaba. When Dibaba went to the front, she churned out a few faster laps in the 67 second range but as she hit 4 laps to go she would need a sub 4:24 final 1600 to get the world record. Dibaba slowed again running a 69 point lap followed by a 70 and the question became could she break 14:20 or pr (14:19.76 outdoors). She came up just short despite a 65 second last lap as she was left with a 14:21.29 dominating win.


5000 Metres - Women                                           
    1 Dibaba , Genzebe                 ETH   14:21.29          4        
    2 Teferi , Senbere                 ETH   14:38.57          2        
    3 Kibiwot , Viola Jelagat          KEN   14:40.43          1        
    4 Burka , Gelete                   ETH   14:41.55                   
    5 Cheptai , Irene Chepet           KEN   15:03.84                   
    6 Kuijken , Susan                  NED   15:07.38                   
    7 Grøvdal , Karoline Bjerkeli      NOR   15:15.18                   
    8 Masai , Magdalene                KEN   15:16.17                   
    9 O'Connell , Jessica              CAN   15:19.91                   
   10 Twell , Stephanie                GBR   15:21.36                   
   11 Williams , Alisha                USA   15:43.50                   
   12 Belete , Mimi                    BRN   15:45.12                   
      Broniatowska , Katarzyna         POL        DNF                   
      Tverdostup , Tamara              UKR        DNF

Quick Take #1: Dibaba may not be the best 5000m runner in the world

With all of the focus on Dibaba’s world record attempts here and at Pre, one thing that has been lost is that Almaz Ayana has the fastest 5000m in the world with year a 14:14.32 win in Shanghai. Instead of a solo record attempt by Dibaba, track fans would much better benefit from a match-up from Almaz and Dibaba.They could get that at Worlds although there is no guarantee Dibaba runs the 5000m at Worlds. Dibaba told LRC at the Pre Classic the 1500 is still her favorite event but also told Sabrinna Yohannes that she’s moved to the 5000 this year.

While the 1500-5000 double is very doable at Worlds (The 1500 is first and ends before the 5000 starts), Dibaba might benefit from racing Ayana if she wants to only run one of the events at Worlds. Seeing how she stackes up wtih Ayana could help her figure out if she should run 1500 at Worlds. Considering she’s run 3:55 indoors before, it seems like she may have her best shot at gold in that event. But she hasn’t raced a 1500 outdoors this year or challenged Ayana at 5000 so she doesn’t really know.

Men’s Steeple: Jairus Birech Dominates, Donn Cabral Gets A Tiny PR

After losing a close battle with 5 time global steeple champion Ezekiel Kemboi at Prefontaine, 22-year old Kenyan Jairus Birech, who won six of the 7 DL steeples last year, returned to his dominating ways in the men’s steeple tonight in Olso as he won going away in 8:05.63. 2013 World Champion silver medallist Conseslus Kipruto, who had started off his year with third place showings in Shanghai and Eugene, moved up a spot to second in 8:11.92. The only other man under 8:15 was Kenya’s Paul Kipsiele Koech (8:12.20, for 3rd).

Birech clearly wanted the pace hot so he could drop Kemboi before the bell as Kemboi has a lethal kick. Birech was on the heels of the rabbit early on.The first km was 2:39.52 and by 2km (5:21.83 for Birech), Birech had gapped the field and Kemboi was alread in 4th some 3-4 seconds back. After that, Kemboi totally packed it in as he ended up 10th in 8:30.07.

American Donn Cabral was fifth in a new pb of 8:19.07.


3000 Metres Steeplechase - Men                                
    1 Birech , Jairus Kipchoge         KEN    8:05.63          4        
    2 Kipruto , Conseslus              KEN    8:11.92          2        
    3 Koech , Paul Kipsiele            KEN    8:12.20          1        
    4 Yego , Hillary Kipsang           KEN    8:18.01                   
    5 Cabral , Donald                  USA    8:19.07                   
    6 Taleb , Brahim                   MAR    8:21.33                   
    7 Zalewski , Krystian              POL    8:22.44                   
    8 Ndiku , Jonathan Muia            KEN    8:25.80                   
    9 Mullera , Ángel                  ESP    8:27.95                   
   10 Kemboi , Ezekiel                 KEN    8:30.07                   
   11 Kipyego , Barnabas               KEN    8:30.70                   
   12 Korme , Sisay                    ETH    8:32.54                   
   13 Kristensen , Bjørnar Ustad       NOR    8:49.53
      Kimutai , Clement Kemboi         KEN        DNF                   
      Lagat , Haron                    KEN        DNF

Quick Thought #1: This race should have Evan Jager smiling.

6-times Evan Jager has broken 8:10 in his life. HE’s already run 8:05 this year. Very few guys in the world seem capable of that this year. Here are the people in the world under 8:10.

1 8:01.71 Ezekiel Kemboi KEN
2 8:01.83 Jairus Birech KEN
3 8:05.20 Conseslus Kipruto
4 8:05.28 Evan Jager USA

QT#2: Donn Cabral Is Consistent At 8:19

Running a PR is always a good thing but we imagine Donn Cabral must be tired of seeing 8:19 pop up on the clock. He’s PR today was a tiny one – by .07 – and now he’s now run in the 8:19s on four different occasions.

He ran his previous pb of 8:19.14 at Oxy in 2012. He ran 8:19.81 later that year to make the Olympic team. He ran 8:19.24 at Pre a few weeks ago and then 8:19.07 today.

Sprint Action

Women’s 100: Ahoure Gets Out Fast and Holds off VCB

Muriellle Ahoure got out great here and held off a late charge from Veronica Campbell Brown to win in 11.03 over VCB’s seasonal best of 11.08.

Ahoure was coming off a 10.81 second place PB finish at Pre. However, once you adjust for the wind (+1.7 at Pre, -.4 Oslo), Pre was equal to a 10.91 and this run a 10.99. Considering it was a cool night (60s) Ahoure – the double silver medallist in the 100 and 200 at the last World Championships – is really starting to find her form.

100 Metres - Women                                            Wind: -0.6 m/s
    1 Ahouré , Murielle                CIV      11.03          4        
    2 Campbell-Brown , Veronica        JAM      11.08          2        
    3 Santos , Rosângela               BRA      11.27          1        
    3 Young , Jessica                  USA      11.27          1        
    5 Philip , Asha                    GBR      11.35                   
    6 Lalova , Ivet                    BUL      11.47                   
    7 Akakpo , Stella                  FRA      11.52                   
    8 Okparaebo , Ezinne               NOR      11.53

Women’s 100h: That’s What We Call A Photo Finish

After hitting a hurdle last week in Rome and false-starting in Birmingham on Sunday, American Jasmin Stowers — who had dominated the hurdles scene this year to that point — got back on top with a 12.84 victory in Oslo. 2013 world champ Brianna Rollins led almost the entire way, but Stowers closed better off the final hurdle and nipped Rollins at the line as both were credited with the same time. The winning time (12.84, the slowest in a DL race since June 2011) was slowed by a 1.4 m/s headwind on the home straight. Lolo Jones, running her first DL event of the year, was fourth in 13.14 as Americans swept the first five places.

Brianna Rollins (inside) and Jasmin Stowers - That's what we call a tight finish Brianna Rollins (inside) and Jasmin Stowers – That’s what we call a tight finish
The winner is Stowers on the outside The winner is Stowers on the outside


100 Metres Hurdles - Women                                    Wind: -1.4 m/s
    1 Stowers , Jasmin                 USA      12.84          4        
    2 Rollins , Brianna                USA      12.84          2        
    3 Harrison , Queen                 USA      13.02          1        
    4 Jones , LoLo                     USA      13.14                   
    5 Coward , Jacqueline              USA      13.18                   
    6 Talay , Alina                    BLR      13.18                   
    7 Pedersen , Isabelle              NOR      13.27                   
    8 Hansen , Ida Bakke               NOR      14.20                   


Women’s 400h: Spencer Stays Unbeaten

28-year old Jamaican Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica stayed unbeaten on the year as she earned a narrow victory over American Georgine Moline in a world leading 54.15 to Molines seasonal best of 54.29.

The previous world leader, Asian champ Kemi Adekoya of Bahrain (54.31), struggled and was just fourth in 55.37.

Spencer has now won all three of the DL races on the season in Shanghai, Birmingham and Oslo. Moline was the winner in Rome but the 400h didnt count in the standings there.

400 Metres Hurdles - Women                                    
    1 Spencer , Kaliese                JAM      54.15          4        
    2 Moline , Georganne               USA      54.29          2        
    3 Hejnová , Zuzana                 CZE      55.14          1        
    4 Oluwakemi , Adekoya              BRN      55.37                   
    5 Rosolová , Denisa                CZE      55.60                   
    6 Child , Eilidh                   GBR      55.97                   
    7 Williams , Tiffany               USA      56.28                   
    8 Titimets , Anna                  UKR      57.46

Men’s 200 – Lemaitre FTW

2011 World Championships bronze medalist Christophe Lemaitre recorded his second career DL win, taking the 200 in 20.21 in a watered-down field (no Jamaicans, no Americans except for Harry Adams). It was a solid time for Lemaitre — .07 faster than he ran in Rome a week ago, even though he had a 0.8 m/s tailwind in Rome and a 1.2 m/s headwind in Oslo.

200 Metres - Men                                              Wind: -1.2 m/s
    1 Lemaitre , Christophe            FRA      20.21          4        
    2 Jobodwana , Anaso                RSA      20.39          2        
    3 Kilty , Richard                  GBR      20.54          1        
    4 Adams , Harry                    USA      20.75                   
    5 Nkanata , Carvin                 KEN      20.77                   
    6 Zalewski , Karol                 POL      20.89                   
    7 Ellington , James                GBR      20.90                   
    8 Saidy Ndure , Jaysuma            NOR      20.97                   


Men’s 400 – Teenager Wins It

19-year-old Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas got the win in his first-ever Diamond League race, separating over the second turn to run 44.64 and move up to #8 on the world list in 2015 (he came in ranked #17 at 44.98).. With no Kirani James or any Americans, the field was pretty weak in this one, but Gardiner still put in a good performance, lowering his PR by .34 of a second despite wind on the homestretch.

400 Metres - Men                                              
    1 Gardiner , Steven                BAH      44.64          4        
    2 Hudson-Smith , Matthew           GBR      45.09          2        
    3 Maslák , Pavel                   CZE      45.39          1        
    4 Rooney , Martyn                  GBR      45.46                   
    5 Makwala , Isaac                  BOT      45.74                   
    6 Warholm , Karsten                NOR      46.23                   
    7 Williams , Delanno               GBR      46.32                   
    8 Ekelund-Arenander , Nick         DEN      46.38

Field Events

Men’s High Jump: The World Record Hype Fizzles

The dream matchup in the men’s high jump failed to materialize as in a field that contained Mutaz Essa Barshim, Bohdan Bondarenko, Ivan Ukhov, Erik Kynard and Derek Drouin, the top two finishers were a total surprise: China’s Guowei Zhang, who got the win, clearing 2.36, and Marco Fassinotti of Italy, who was one of four men to clear 2.33 (he took second on countbacks as he had no misses until 2.36). Barshim and Bondarenko both cleared 2.33 but wound up just tied for third and fifth, respectively.

High Jump - Men                                               
    1 Zhang , Guowei                   CHN       2.36          4        
    2 Fassinotti , Marco               ITA       2.33          2        
    3 Barshim , Mutaz Essa             QAT       2.33          1        
    3 Kynard , Erik                    USA       2.33          1        
    5 Bondarenko , Bohdan              UKR       2.33                   
    6 Drouin , Derek                   CAN       2.29                   
    6 Tsyplakov , Daniil               RUS       2.29                   
    8 Ukhov , Ivan                     RUS       2.25                   
    9 Protsenko , Andriy               UKR       2.25
   10 Donisan , Mihai                  ROU       2.25
   11 Thomas , Donald                  BAH       2.20


Men’s Long Jump: Rutherford Is In Great Form

The Olympic champion Greg Rutherford of Britain is starting to have a fine 2015 campaign. We don’t know how the rest of it will turn out but he’s had an amazing 4 days.

Four days ago in Birmingham he jumped his second best mark ever 8.35 for the win. Here in Oslo he followed up with an 8.25 win. Michael Hartfield of the US was a distant second in 8.04.

Long Jump - Men                                               
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Rutherford , Greg                GBR       8.25          4               0.0
    2 Hartfield , Mike                 USA       8.04          2              +0.4
    3 Menkov , Aleksandr               RUS       8.00          1              +2.2
    4 Taylor , Christian               USA       7.93                         -0.6
    5 Mokoena , Godfrey Khotso         RSA       7.90                         -0.6
    6 Visser , Zarck                   RSA       7.85                         +1.1
    7 Tornéus , Michel                 SWE       7.75                         -0.5
    8 Cáceres , Eusebio                ESP       7.69                         -1.1

Men’s Discus Throw: Urbanek Gets His First Win

Poland’s Robert Urbanek won his first Diamond League event with a third toss of 63.85 meters, good enough to best the Netherlands’ Erik Cadee and Poland’s Piotr Malachowski, both of whom threw 62.32. Urbanek’s winning mark was just the 50th-best throw of 2015 and was the shortest winning throw in Diamond League history.

Discus Throw - Men                                            
    1 Urbanek , Robert                 POL      63.85          4        
    2 Cadée , Erik                     NED      62.32          2        
    3 Malachowski , Piotr              POL      62.32          1        
    4 Harting , Christoph              GER      62.19                   
    5 Kanter , Gerd                    EST      61.18                   
    6 Hadadi , Ehsan                   IRI      60.46                   
    7 Kupper , Martin                  EST      60.43                   
    8 Skagestad , Sven Martin          NOR      58.72                   
    9 Aunevik-Berntsen , Magnus RøsholmNOR      54.83
   10 Isene , Ola Stunes               NOR      53.25

Women’s Triple Jump: 25 In A Row For Ibargüen

Colombia’s Caterine Ibargüen won her 25th straight triple jump competition with a 14.68m leap. Ibargüen was actually trailing Bulgaria’s Gabriela Petrova, who is just 22, entering the 4th round as Petrova jumped 14.57 in round three but Ibargüen would surpass that in roung 4 with her 14.68 and then again in round 6 (14.58).

Triple Jump - Women                                           
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Ibargüen , Caterine              COL      14.68          4              -0.1
    2 Petrova , Gabriela               BUL      14.57          2              -0.9
    3 Saladukha , Olga                 UKR      14.46          1              +0.3
    4 Koneva , Ekaterina               RUS      14.36                         -1.2
    5 Knyazyeva-Minenko , Hanna        ISR      14.22                         -1.3
    6 Mamona , Patrícia                POR      14.19                         -0.8
    7 Costa , Susana                   POR      13.58                         -0.3
    8 Costa , Keila                    BRA      13.58                         +0.1


Women’s Shot Put: Schwanitz Continues To Roll

German Christina Schwanitz, the 2013 worlds silver medallist, continued to be the top shot putter in the world with Valerie Adams still not having competed this year. Schwanitz, the world leader at 20.77, picked up her second Diamond League victory of the year and in four days (she also won in Birmingham on Sunday) with a 20.14 throw. American Michelle Carter was second with an outdoor seasonal best of 19.20m (previous best 18.51 but she threw 19.45 indoors).

Shot Put - Women                                              
    1 Schwanitz , Christina            GER      20.14          4        
    2 Carter , Michelle                USA      19.20          2        
    3 Smith , Brittany                 USA      18.93          1        
    4 Johnson , Felisha                USA      18.66                   
    5 Brooks , Tia                     USA      18.54                   
    6 Borel , Cleopatra                TTO      18.50                   
    7 Márton , Anita                   HUN      17.96                   
    8 Sundsteigen , Kristin            NOR      13.87                   

Women’s Javelin Throw:  Marharyta Dorozhon Sets National Record – Gets Win

27-year old Marharyta Dorozhon of Israel, the 2006 world junior bronze medallist, broke her own Israeli national record of 63.85m and picked up her first ever DL win with a 64.56m throw.

2011 bronze medallist Sunette Viljoen, the world leader in 2015 at 66.62, was second in 64.56. Two-time Olympic champ Barbora Špotáková was third in 64.10m – an improvement of her 63.45m seasonal best.

Javelin Throw - Women                                         
    1 Dorozhon , Marharyta             ISR      64.56          4        
    2 Viljoen , Sunette                RSA      64.36          2        
    3 Špotáková , Barbora              CZE      64.10          1        
    4 Ratej , Martina                  SLO      62.59                   
    5 Gleadle , Elizabeth              CAN      61.84                   
    6 Winger , Kara                    USA      61.64                   
    7 Obergföll , Christina            GER      60.88                   
    8 Hjálmsdóttir , Ásdís             ISL      59.77                   
    9 Palameika , Madara               LAT      59.51
   10 Abakumova , Maria                RUS      57.68


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