2015 Weltklasse Zurich Full Meet Recap: Asbel Reigns Supreme, Ayana Takes Down Dibaba (Again), Eunice Sum Rebounds as David Rudisha and the Steeplechase Medallists Struggle

by LetsRun.com
September 3, 2015

Just four days after the end of the 2015 IAAF World Championships, the first of two Diamond League finals was held at the Wetlklasse Zurich track and field meet today in Switzerland. Jet-lag and/or a post-Worlds hangover definitely impacted some of the performances but a lot of cash was on the line and there was some riveting action as a result as the $40,000 Diamond League jackpot was decided in a number of events.

We recap the entire meet for you below, starting with the mid-d and distance action.

Men’s 1500: Yet Another Beautiful Run by Kiprop

Screenshot (564) Ingebrigtsen’s big lead wouldn’t hold up to the late charge of Asbel Kiprop (in orange).

Watching Asbel Kiprop run the 1500 is a thing of beauty. In a performance similar to his gold medal run in Beijing, Kiprop ran down the field over his 53.4 last lap and got the win in 3:35.79 and DL title in the process. Just as was the case in Beijing, the runner-up with a really late rally was once again Elijah Manangoi (3:36.01), who went from 5th to 2nd in the last 50, just ahead of Kenyan Trials 4th placer Robert Biwott (3:36.04).

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When the gun went off, Kiprop went straight to the back of the field for the first 300. He soon moved up to fourth-to-last and ran most of the next two laps next to American Robby Andrews. We were wondering if Kiprop was just stalking fellow Kenyan Silas Kiplagat, who was mid-pack, as Kiprop needed to beat Kiplagat and be top 3 to win the $40,000 jackpot.

On the last lap, Kiprop was just 10th but he had no trouble gunning down everyone in the field, just as he did in Beijing. Kudos to Norway’s Henrik Ingebrigtsen, famous for having finished 5th in the London Olympics at age 20, for trying to steal this race. With no one interested in running fast, he made a bold move to the front with 500 to go and had close to a 20-meter lead on the field at the bell but it didn’t last. Ingebrigtsen still led by close to 15 meters with 200 to go but there was no stopping Kiprop, who ran 25.9 for his last 200.

MB: Why don’t American 1500 guys run with guts like Ingebrigtsen?.

Results and then quick takes.

1500 Metres - Men                                             
    1 Kiprop , Asbel                   KEN    3:35.79          8        
    2 Manangoi , Elijah Motonei        KEN    3:36.01          4        
    3 Biwott , Robert Kiptoo           KEN    3:36.04          2        
    4 Iguider , Abdalaati              MAR    3:36.11                   
    5 Kwemoi , Ronald                  KEN    3:36.60                   
    6 Ingebrigtsen , Henrik            NOR    3:37.37                   
    7 Ndiku , Caleb Mwangangi          KEN    3:38.13                   
    8 Andrews , Robby                  USA    3:38.78                   
    9 Kiplagat , Silas                 KEN    3:39.69                   
   10 Grice , Charlie                  GBR    3:39.79                   
   11 Manzano , Leonel                 USA    3:41.27                   
   12 Holuša , Jakub                   CZE    3:41.90                   
      Kivuva , Jackson Mumbwa          KEN        DNF                   
      Rotich , Andrew Kiptoo           KEN        DNF

Quick Take #1: Kiprop is an art form

Go back and read the superlatives we gave him after his win in Beijing.

Quick Take #2: Robert Biwott should have made Kenya’s worlds team

The 19-year-old this year has run 1:43.56 for 800 and 3:30.10 for 1500. At the Kenyan Trials, he was 4th in the 1500 but Kenya left him home (even though they got four entrants). We thought it was a mistake at the time and more so today. Timothy Cheruiyot isn’t as good as Robert Biwott.

Here’s a scary thought. One of the following men won’t make Kenya’s team next year – Silas Kiplagat, Elijah Manangoi or Robert Biwott (assuming Kiprop stays healthy, he’s a lock).

Men’s Steeple: 33-year-old Paul Koech gets his first DL win in three years as World Champs fatigue strikes the medallists

Last year’s DL final was the fastest steeple of the year as Jairus Birech produced the only sub-8:00 clocking of the year in Brussels while Evan Jager set an American record. It was a very different story in Zurich tonight as 33-year-old Paul Koech, who didn’t run at Worlds after finishing ninth at the Kenyan Trials, won easily in 8:10.24. Birech clinched the DL title by finishing second in 8:15.64 while American Evan Jager was third in 8:18.39. Beijing medalists Ezekiel Kemboi (gold), Conseslus Kipruto (silver) and Brimin Kipruto (bronze) were 13th, 6th and 7th, respectively.

The Race

A fast race looked possible 10 days after the World Championship final, with cool temperatures and the rabbits tasked with running 7:54 pace (2:38 per kilometer). A quick 2:40.49 first kilometer strung out the field, but seven men remained in the lead pack, led by Conseslus Kipruto (Birech, Jager, Jonathan Ndiku, Koech, Brahim Taleb and Kemboi rounded out the pack).

By 2k (2:45.90 second kilometer), the pace had slipped and the pack had splintered apart, with Birech leading Koech and, a few meters behind, Jager (Kipruto went down on one of the water jumps while the others simply couldn’t hold the pace).

With two laps to go, those three were clear of the field as Taleb was the closest man to them 25 meters back. Coming off the penultimate water jump, Koech attacked and no one could respond; by the bell, he had eight meters on Birech, who in turn had eight meters on Jager. He padded his lead over a 62.16-second final lap and won with ease as the places did not change up front, Birech crossing in second and Jager third.

3000 Metres Steeplechase - Men
    1 Koech , Paul Kipsiele            KEN    8:10.24          8        
    2 Birech , Jairus Kipchoge         KEN    8:15.64          4        
    3 Jager , Evan                     USA    8:18.39          2        
    4 Kimutai , Clement Kemboi         KEN    8:21.16                   
    5 Taleb , Brahim                   MAR    8:23.00                   
    6 Kipruto , Conseslus              KEN    8:24.35                   
    7 Kipruto , Brimin Kiprop          KEN    8:24.66                   
    8 Hughes , Matthew                 CAN    8:25.45                   
    9 Ndiku , Jonathan Muia            KEN    8:26.84                   
   10 Kipsang , Lawrence Kemboi        KEN    8:30.96                   
   11 Mutai , Abel Kiprop              KEN    8:31.88                   
   12 Zalewski , Krystian              POL    8:32.55                   
   13 Huling , Daniel                  USA    8:33.44
   14 Kemboi , Ezekiel                 KEN    8:33.44
   15 Kowal , Yoann                    FRA    8:45.96
      Lagat , Haron                    KEN        DNF

Quick Thought #1: Paul Koech’s amazing sub-8:10 streak may have come to an end

For the past 13 years, Koech has broken 8:10 at least once every season. Entering tonight’s race, his season best was 8:11.39, and while he lowered that tonight, he just missed out on sub-8:10 (8:10.24). With few fast races remaining, Koech’s incredible streak looks set to come to an end.

It’s fitting that Koech won tonight. Throughout his career, he’s always run well in rabbitted races (9 career sub-8:00s with a #3 all-time 7:54.31 PB) but has struggled at major championships with an Olympic bronze in 2004 his only global outdoor medal (he was runner-up in the 3000 at World Indoors in 2008). With no races since the Trials on August 1 and tonight, Koech was far better rested than his rivals who ran at Worlds.

Of his season Koech said, “This season I was late with the training and it was hard for me to catch up with the other guys. Kenyan trials didn’t go well because I don’t feel good racing at high altitudes. I look forward to next year and the Olympic Games.”

Quick Thought #2: What a strange season for Ezekiel Kemboi

Kemboi won his first steeple of the year, running 8:01.71 at the Pre Classic in May, but here are his DL results since then: 10th, 11th, 13th. Of course when we look back at his career, we won’t remember what he did on a September night in Zurich but what he did in Beijing, and his result there was the same as always: first place with a devastating kick.

Still, it’s very odd that he can run so well in Beijing and so poorly in Zurich 10 days later. Running in championship races and rabbitted races is different, but not that different, especially in a race won in 8:10 (Kemboi won Worlds in 8:11). Some slippage due to fatigue is to be expected, but Kemboi shouldn’t be losing to guys like Krystian Zalewski, no matter the race.

Men’s 800: Adam Kszczot With The Upset Win

World Championship silver medallist Adam Kszczot turned the tables on David Rudisha and got the win in this non-DL race in 1:45.55. 2012 Olympic 1500 champ Taoufik Makhloufi was 2nd (1:45.62) and Mo Aman, the man who didn’t get to run the Worlds final as he was DQ’d in the semis, was third (1:45.83). Rudisha was only fourth (1:45.91) but he could have just as easily been sixth as three men ran 1:45.91.

No one went with the rabbit’s 51.01 first lap as Rudisha led the field in about 52.3. On the backstretch, the pace slowed. Any thought that Rudisha was going to control a slowish race from the front like he did in Beijing soon evaporated Rudisha was passed by six people on the backstretch before 600 (1:19.75). Was he packing it in? No, he’d try to come back in the last 100 but it wasn’t to be.

800 Metres - Men                                              

    1 Kszczot , Adam                   POL    1:45.55                   
    2 Makhloufi , Taoufik              ALG    1:45.62                   
    3 Aman , Mohammed                  ETH    1:45.83                   
    4 Rudisha , David Lekuta           KEN    1:45.91                   
    5 Lewandowski , Marcin             POL    1:45.91                   
    6 Balla , Musaeb Abdulrahman       QAT    1:45.91                   
    7 Kinyor , Job Koech               KEN    1:46.00                   
    8 Belhanbel , Nader                MAR    1:46.08                   
    9 Rotich , Ferguson Cheruiyot      KEN    1:46.80
   10 Kipketer , Alfred                KEN    1:47.39
      Tangui , Sammy                   KEN        DNF

Quick Thought #1: The fact that David Rudisha lost wasn’t a surprise, but 4th place was.

Even when David Rudisha was at his very best, he often ended his season with a loss. In 2011, after winning Worlds, he was beaten by Mo Aman. In 2012, after setting the WR at the Olympics, he was beaten by Aman again. However, in both of those races, Rudisha was second. Tonight, he was just 4th (almost sixth) after not finishing worse than 2nd in a race all year.

Just like in his season-ending races in 2011 and 2012, Rudisha did not like the fact it rained (earlier in the day here). He said, “This was a fast race after the World Championships. I could not really move well, I think it is because of the rain. I do not like running in the rain. I did not come fourth on purpose. I did not feel my legs move nicely. I hope to get good weather for my next race in Rieti…. I was looking for a good, fast race and now I am disappointed with my result. The track was a little bit hard and also wet today. And I think I was a little bit afraid of this.”

Women’s 800: Eunice Sum Back on Top and $50,000 Richer

Eunice Sum has dominated the women’s 800m this year except at the World Championships. She continued her winning ways at the Diamond League finale, getting the win in 1:59.14 as Lynsey Sharp of Great Britain was 2nd, Fabienne Kohlmann of Germany held on for 3rd and 1500m runner Sifan Hassan closed well to be the final sub-2:00 runner in 4th in 1:59.95 as world champ Marina Arzamasova was 5th. US runners Brenda Martinez and Chanelle Price were 8th and 9th.

The rabbit took this one out fast in 56.42 and was tracked by Price and Sum as the field was not afraid to go out hard.

The rabbit dropped out at 500m and on the backstretch world championship semi-finalist Kohlmann took the lead and powered to 600 at 1:27.71. Coming around the final bend, a lot of women were still in contention as most of the entire field was still there. Eunice Sum was in 4th, but boxed in on the inside by the 5th- and 6th-place runners. Once Kohlmann hit the homestretch, only two runners had any zip in their legs — Sum and Sharp. Sum went by Kohler for the win and was followed by Sharp.

800 Metres - Women                                            
    1 Sum , Eunice Jepkoech            KEN    1:59.14          8        
    2 Sharp , Lynsey                   GBR    1:59.37          4        
    3 Kohlmann , Fabienne              GER    1:59.68          2        
    4 Hassan , Sifan                   NED    1:59.95                   
    5 Arzamasova , Marina              BLR    2:00.69                   
    6 Lamote , Renelle                 FRA    2:00.75                   
    7 Józwik , Joanna                  POL    2:01.36                   
    8 Martinez , Brenda                USA    2:02.00                   
    9 Price , Chanelle                 USA    2:02.14
   10 Büchel , Selina                  SUI    2:02.43
   11 Oskan-Clarke , Shelayna          GBR    2:05.91
      Almanza , Rose Mary              CUB        DNF                   
      Usovich , Ilona                  BLR        DNF

QT #1: A disappointing year for Brenda Martinez

Martinez was the bronze medallist at Worlds two years ago, going sub-2:00 seven times and clocking 4:00 for 1500. Last year she only went sub-2:00 on four occasions, but she ended the season with a win at the Diamond League finale in Brussels. She may have one or two races left in Europe, but so far this years she’s only been sub-2:00 twice and looks to be headed in the wrong direction. Can she right the ship for Rio?

QT #2: A Consolation Prize for Sum

Eunice Sum is undefeated at 800 this year except for her third place at Worlds. The $40,000 prize she got here was nice, but she’d be $40,000 richer if she had won Worlds (1st place at Worlds was $60,000, third place was $20,000).

She hinted she was not 100% in Beijing as she said tonight, “I didn’t feel well there but I still made the final.”

Women’s 3000: Almaz Ayana takes down Genzebe Dibaba for the second time in five days

In the women’s 5,000-meter final in Beijing, Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana used a devastating long kick to win gold, closing her final 3,000 meters in an astounding 8:19 and shattering countrywoman Genzebe Dibaba’s dreams of double gold in the process. Dibaba had a chance at revenge tonight in Zurich, and though she managed to hold on to Ayana a lot longer this time around, Ayana’s strength once again won out as she put four seconds on Dibaba over the final 250 meters to win in 8:22.34.

It wasn’t enough to clinch the Diamond League title, however, as Dibaba needed only a third-place finish to take home the $40,000 grand prize and she wound up a comfortable second in 8:26.54. American Jenny Simpson finished a solid fourth in 8:34.43, as she was narrowly outkicked by 5,000 silver medalist Senbere Teferi (Simpson still managed to beat Mercy Cherono and world 10,000 champ Vivian Cheruiyot). Shannon Rowbury was seventh in 8:39.92 as the other Americans, Emily Infeld and Emma Coburn, struggled and wound up second-to-last and last, respectively.

Screenshot (511)The Race

This race quickly devolved into a one-on-one battle between Ayana and Dibaba as those two women had a 20-meter lead on the field at 800 meters (2:16.5). That lead would only continue to grow as they passed 1500 in 4:13, at which point the rabbit dropped out and Ayana began her long drive for home.

The question this time became whether Ayana could drop the 1500 world champion again in a shorter race with just four days’ rest. Laps of 65.53 (from 1400 to 1800) and 66.43 (from 1800 to 2200) did not drop Dibaba, but Ayana forced her to work hard, the 3:50 1500 speed draining from her legs with every step.

Ayana slowed to 68.96 for the penultimate lap and Dibaba, sensing vulnerability, attacked with 300 to go. But there was no vulnerability, only strength. Immediately, Ayana responded with a move of her own, once again demonstrating her tremendous strength as she pulled away throughout the final turn, gapping Dibaba by the time she entered the home straight. A 64.63 final lap (and 4:25.55 final 1600) was plenty fast enough to break the formidable Dibaba as Ayana just missed her official PB of 8:22.22 by running 8:22.34. Dibaba’s runner-up showing was good enough for the DL title while Teferi closed well for third in 8:34.32.

3000 Metres - Women                                           
    1 Ayana , Almaz                    ETH    8:22.34          8        
    2 Dibaba , Genzebe                 ETH    8:26.54          4        
    3 Teferi , Senbere                 ETH    8:34.32          2        
    4 Simpson , Jennifer               USA    8:34.43                   
    5 Cherono , Mercy                  KEN    8:35.48                   
    6 Cheruiyot , Vivian Jepkemoi      KEN    8:38.91                   
    7 Rowbury , Shannon                USA    8:39.92                   
    8 Kibiwot , Viola Jelagat          KEN    8:41.93                   
    9 Jelagat , Irene                  KEN    8:47.04                   
   10 Cheptai , Irene Chepet           KEN    8:48.03                   
   11 Infeld , Emily                   USA    8:52.02                   
   12 Coburn , Emma                    USA    8:59.76                   
      Belete , Mimi                    BRN        DNF                   
      Plis , Renata                    POL        DNF                   
      Wafula , Lydia Nasimiyu          KEN        DNF

Quick Thought #1: That’s how you beat a 3:50 1500 runner

The outcome wasn’t much of a surprise given how thoroughly Ayana beat Dibaba in Beijing (and the fact that Dibaba may not be at 100% right now, as she revealed she suffered a foot injury in Beijing) but it was still incredibly impressive. Many times this season, we’ve seen runners on the Diamond League elect not to run with the rabbits, but Ayana has never been one of them, soloing a 14:14 in Shanghai in May, coming up short in a world record attempt in Paris in July and pushing hard over the last mile in Zurich tonight. She’s a runner in the Steve Prefontaine mold, except she’s far more talented (comparatively) than Prefontaine ever was.

Yet even with talent, pushing from the front is a mentally taxing strategy, especially when the fastest 1500 runner of all time is on your heels. Ayana knows that pushing the pace is her best chance of defeating Dibaba, and she deserves a lot of credit for executing that strategy to perfection.

Heading forward, the women’s 5,000 at next year’s Olympic is setting up to be an all-time classic. If Meseret Defar (who missed Worlds with a shin injury) and/or Tirunesh Dibaba return to the track (possible, but not guaranteed), that could create a race featuring the four of five fastest women in history (T. Dibaba, Defar, Ayana, G. Dibaba, Cheruiyot — one of the Ethiopians will have to miss out since Ethiopia can only send three). And with Ayana (still only 23) running aggressively in every race, it’s possible we could have a new world record holder by the time the Olympics start in August.

Quick Thought #2: A very nice run for Jenny Simpson; how would she have done in the steeple in Beijing?

Simpson’s World Championships turned into a nightmare after she lost her shoe with 600 meters to go in the 1500 final, but she rebounded well tonight to finish fourth in 8:34.43 as Teferi just edged her at the line. That snapped a two-race losing streak to rival Rowbury (who beat her in Monaco and Beijing) and again raised questions about what a return to the steeplechase might look like.

In Beijing, Simpson was quite clear that she’s not interested in returning to the steeple right now (she said she would only run it if she thought she could break the world record, currently 8:58.81), but tonight showed just how weak the women’s steeple is compared to the 1500/5,000. Emma Coburn, fifth in the steeple at Worlds, was dead last in this race in 8:59.76, and while that was obviously a bad race for Coburn (who has run 9:15 over barriers this year), the top women in the steeple aren’t nearly as scary as runners like Dibaba, Faith Kipyegon or Sifan Hassan in the 1500 (all of whom closed in 1:57.6 or better for their final 800 at Worlds). Simpson also clearly has the strength to be a factor over the 3,000-meter distance.

In retrospect, Simpson — the American record holder in the steeple at 9:12.50 — would have had a better shot at steeple gold this year (assuming she started doing steeple work again earlier in 2015) than in the 1500 as the steeple was not a strong event at all this year globally.

But it’s not as simple as evaluating this year’s results and saying, “Okay, Simpson should run the steeple from now on.” Simpson has had a lot of success in the 1500 — World Championship gold and silver and the world #1 ranking in 2014 — and to switch events based on one historically fast year may not be the right decision. Maybe Dibaba falls back to Earth in 2016; maybe the steeple becomes a much deeper event in 2016. Simpson clearly enjoys the 1500, and there’s also something to be said for tackling a tougher event and finding success rather than returning to the steeple because the 1500 suddenly got a lot faster.

Quick Thought #3: Vivian Cheruiyot may be a world champion again, but she’s not back to her old form just yet

Cheruiyot ran magnificently at Worlds, winning the 10,000 after giving birth in October 2013, but tonight’s race showed that Ayana and Dibaba are in a different world right now as they gapped her early and finished well ahead of Cheruiyot (sixth in 8:38.91) despite the fact that Cheruiyot had much longer (10 days) to recover from a tactical 10,000 than Ayana and Dibaba did from the 5,000 (four days; remember that Dibaba also ran the 1500). Perhaps by next year Cheruiyot, who turns 32 next week, can be closer to her 14:20/double world champ form of 2011. She’ll need to be if she has any intention of defeating Ayana and Dibaba over 5,000 meters.

Non-Distance Running Events – Men

Men’s 200: Alonso Edward Wins The Race and DL Title

At Worlds, Alonso Edward and Anaso Jobodwana both ran 19.87 but Jobodwana got the bronze medal. The winner between those two here would take home $40,000 and Edward made sure it wasn’t close as he won convincingly.

200 Metres - Men                                              Wind: +0.4 m/s
    1 Edward , Alonso                  PAN      20.03          8        
    2 Dwyer , Rasheed                  JAM      20.20          4        
    3 Jobodwana , Anaso                RSA      20.24          2        
    4 Ashmeade , Nickel                JAM      20.35                   
    5 Francis , Miguel                 ANT      20.44                   
    6 Young , Isiah                    USA      20.55                   
    7 Fujimitsu , Kenji                JPN      20.62                   
    8 Talbot , Daniel                  GBR      20.70                   

Men’s 400: LaShawn Merritt Gets Win and DL Jackpot

LaShawn Merritt got the win in 44.20 but Kirani James won the DL title as the three Beijing medalists took the top three places tonight (world champ Wayde van Niekerk was third). Merritt got out very hard in this one and had a decent lead at the 150-meter mark before James started to narrow the gap on the turn. Van Niekerk started very slowly and had a lot of work to do entering the home stretch. He turned on the jets over the final 100 and made up a significant amount of ground on James and Merritt, but Merritt’s lead was too great and he held on to win it with James holding on for second in 44.28. It was crucial that James did so as van Niekerk wound up just .07 of a second behind him; if the order was reversed, it would be van Niekerk, not James, celebrating the $40,000 DL jackpot.

400 Metres - Men                                              
    1 Merritt , LaShawn                USA      44.18          8        
    2 James , Kirani                   GRN      44.28          4        
    3 van Niekerk , Wayde              RSA      44.35          2        
    4 Santos , Luguelín                DOM      45.03                   
    5 Yousif , Rabah                   GBR      45.39                   
    6 Verburg , David                  USA      45.47                   
    7 Makwala , Isaac                  BOT      45.56                   
    8 Gardiner , Steven                BAH      45.90

Men’s 110 H: Sergey Shubenkov Is The Best Once Again; A Lean Wins David Oliver $40,000

World champ Sergey Shubenkov was clearly best here, getting the win in 13.14. The real battle was for second and the Diamond League title.  World leader Orlando Ortega, who not compete at Worlds because he is switching his allegiance from Cuba to Spain, was in second late in the race; if he finished ahead of the US’s David Oliver, the $40,000 DL title was his. Oliver was closing well and they battled to the line. They both dipped and were both timed in 13.30. However, Oliver was given the advantage on the thousandth and that gave him the DL title.

110 Metres Hurdles - Men                                      Wind: +0.4 m/s
    1 Shubenkov , Sergey               RUS      13.14          8        
    2 Oliver , David                   USA      13.30          4        
    3 Ortega , Orlando                 CUB      13.30          2        
    4 Brathwaite , Shane               BAR      13.43                   
    5 Thomas , Mikel                   TTO      13.54                   
    6 Richardson , Jason               USA      13.59                   
    7 Martinot-Lagarde , Pascal        FRA      13.70                   
    8 Bascou , Dimitri                 FRA      14.07                   
      Darien , Garfield                FRA        DNF

Men’s 400 Hurdles: Hometown Hero Kariem Hussein Comes Through

Switzerland’s Hussein won the European title on this track one year ago and this non-DL event was set up for him to win in front of the hometown fans. And win he did, as Hussein ran out to a big lead heading into the homestretch and hung on for the win in 49.16 despite a late charge from Estonia’s Rasmus Magi.

400 Metres Hurdles - Men                                      

    1 Hussein , Kariem                 SUI      49.16                   
    2 Mägi , Rasmus                    EST      49.37                   
    3 Barr , Thomas                    IRL      49.79                   
    4 Bultheel , Michaël               BEL      49.91                   
    5 Cisneros , Omar                  CUB      50.04                   
    6 Ukaoma , Miles                   NGR      50.08                   
    7 White , Annsert                  JAM      50.22                   
    8 Flannery , Niall                 GBR      51.26

Non-Distance Running Events – Women

W100: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce For the Win and Diamond League Title

SAFP only needed to be top 2 here to guarantee the DL title, but she got a great start and held on for the 10.93 win versus a fast-closing Blessing Okagbare (10.98) as World Champs silver medallist Tori Bowie was 3rd.

100 Metres - Women Race 1                                     Wind: -0.6 m/s

    1 Hyacinthe , Kimberly             CAN      11.77
    2 Atcho , Sarah                    SUI      11.84
    3 Keller , Charlène                SUI      12.06
    4 Del Ponte , Ajla                 SUI      12.10
    5 Weiss , Lena                     SUI      12.21
    6 Brubak , Mari Gilde              NOR      12.31
      Dagry , Samantha                 SUI        DNS                   

100 Metres - Women Race 2                                     Wind: +0.1 m/s

    1 Thompson , Elaine                JAM      11.06                   
    2 Simpson , Sherone                JAM      11.27                   
    3 Pierre , Barbara                 USA      11.27
    4 Stewart , Kerron                 JAM      11.33
    5 Tarmoh , Jeneba                  USA      11.39
    6 Bingham , Khamica                CAN      11.53
    7 Okparaebo , Ezinne               NOR      11.55
    8 Emmanuel , Crystal               CAN      11.59
    9 Thomas , Reyare                  TTO      11.66

100 Metres - Women Race 3                                     Wind: -1.4 m/s
    1 Fraser-Pryce , Shelly-Ann        JAM      10.93          8        
    2 Okagbare , Blessing              NGR      10.98          4        
    3 Bowie , Tori                     USA      11.06          2        
    4 McGrone , Candyce                USA      11.09                   
    5 Ahye , Michelle-Lee              TTO      11.19                   
    6 Campbell-Brown , Veronica        JAM      11.22                   
    7 Morrison , Natasha               JAM      11.30
    8 Baptiste , Kelly-Ann             TTO      11.30
    9 Kambundji , Mujinga              SUI      11.51

W 400 Hurdles: Hejnova Gets Win and DL Title

World champ Zuzana Hejnova got the win and the $40,000 DL title by finishing ahead of Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica. Hejnova and Sara Petersen battled down the homestretch here but Hejnova was too good.

400 Metres Hurdles - Women                                    
    1 Hejnová , Zuzana                 CZE      54.47          8        
    2 Petersen , Sara Slott            DEN      54.57          4        
    3 Moline , Georganne               USA      54.89          2        
    4 Spencer , Kaliese                JAM      55.29                   
    5 Tate , Cassandra                 USA      55.50                   
    6 Nel , Wenda                      RSA      55.82                   
    7 Russell , Janieve                JAM      55.98                   
    8 Child , Eilidh                   GBR      56.14

Women’s 4×100: Jamaica Wins: What Else Would You Expect?

Jamaica had three of the four women who ran for it at the World Champs on its team here and they got the win in a Diamond League record of 41.60. The US at the World Champs didn’t have its best 100m runner, Tori Bowie, on it’s 4×100 team, but she ran here with a US “B” team that despite the cool conditions and no practice was only .15 behind the “A” team at the World Champs.

4x100 Metres Relay - Women                                    

    1 Jamaica                          JAM      41.60                   
    2 United States                    USA      41.83                   
    3 Trinidad and Tobago              TTO      42.94                   
    4 Switzerland                      SUI      43.10                   
    5 Italy                            ITA      43.78                   
    6 Norway                           NOR      44.76                   
    7 Switzerland U23                  SUI      45.03                   
      Canada                           CAN        DNF

Field Events – Men

Men’s Discus: Robert Urbanek Wins the Meet but Malachowski Wins The War

Poland’s Robert Urbanek (bronze in Beijing) got the win but World Champ Piotr Malachowski only needed to finish third to clinch the Diamond League title and he did that, finishing second thanks to a best toss of 65.04 meters on his final throw (he had moved into the 3rd on 5th throw).

Discus Throw - Men                                            
    1 Urbanek , Robert                 POL      65.78          8        
    2 Malachowski , Piotr              POL      65.04          4        
    3 Kanter , Gerd                    EST      64.38          2        
    4 Milanov , Philip                 BEL      63.04                   
    5 Gowda , Vikas                    IND      62.73                   
    6 Parellis , Apostolos             CYP      62.62                   
    7 Wierig , Martin                  GER      62.02                   
    8 Morgan , Jason                   JAM      58.52                   
    9 Harting , Christoph              GER      57.04

Men’s High Jump: Mutaz Essa Barshim Caps Year with DL Title

2015 has been an up and down year for Barshim (and we’re not just talking about his clearances over the bar) as he won the first two DL meets before his form dipped, causing him to leave Beijing without a medal. However, he almost matched his Worlds performance tonight (clearing 2.32 vs. 2.33 in Beijing) and that was enough to win the meet and the DL title, earning him a $50,000 payday. World champ Derek Drouin of Canada was only ninth tonight, but we bet Barshim would trade his DL title in a heartbeat for Drouin’s WC gold.

High Jump - Men                                               
    1 Barshim , Mutaz Essa             QAT       2.32          8        
    2 Bondarenko , Bohdan              UKR       2.30          4        
    3 Zhang , Guowei                   CHN       2.30          2        
    4 Protsenko , Andriy               UKR       2.23                   
    5 Tamberi , Gianmarco              ITA       2.23                   
    6 Bába , Jaroslav                  CZE       2.23                   
    7 Duffield , JaCorian              USA       2.19                   
    7 Thomas , Donald                  BAH       2.19                   
    9 Onnen , Eike                     GER       2.19
    9 Tsyplakov , Daniil               RUS       2.19
    9 Drouin , Derek                   CAN       2.19

M LJ: Greg Rutherford Wins on 2nd-Best Jump

American champ Marquis Dendy tried to make up for not even making the final in the long or triple in Beijing by grabbing the lead with a 8.32 leap in round 4. A win by Dendy could have given him the $40,000 DL title if World and Olympic champ Greg Rutherford wasn’t top three but Rutherford responded with an equal 8.32 jump in round 5. On the tie-break, Rutherford was the winner of the event and both the DL title.

Long Jump - Men                                               
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Rutherford , Greg                GBR       8.32          8              +0.9
    2 Dendy , Marquis                  USA       8.32          4              +0.4
    3 Lapierre , Fabrice               AUS       8.27          2              -0.1
    4 Henderson , Jeff                 USA       8.22                         +0.5
    5 Wang , Jianan                    CHN       7.94                          0.0
    6 Mokoena , Godfrey Khotso         RSA       7.73                         -0.6
    7 Taylor , Christian               USA       7.71                         -0.1
    8 Menkov , Aleksandr               RUS       7.64                         +0.3
    9 Hartfield , Mike                 USA       7.55      -0.3

Field Events – Women

Women’s Shot: World Champ Schwanitz Wins Both

It was a $50,000 day for world champ Christina Schwanitz, who was guaranteed $40,000 for just showing up, as she won with a 19.91 heave in round 2. Her round 1 throw of 19.55 also would have been good enough to win.

Shot Put - Women                                              
    1 Schwanitz , Christina            GER      19.91          8        
    2 Carter , Michelle                USA      19.12          4        
    3 Márton , Anita                   HUN      18.42          2        
    4 Smith , Brittany                 USA      18.39                   
    5 Brooks , Tia                     USA      18.14                   
    6 Dubitskaya , Aliona              BLR      17.74                   
    7 Guba , Paulina                   POL      17.59                   
    8 Camarena-Williams , Jillian      USA      16.66                   
    9 Urbaniak , Lena                  GER      16.57

W Long Jump: Spanovic Upsets Bartoletta with PR on Final Jump

World champ Tianna Bartoletta already had the Diamond League title wrapped up, so this one was about bragging rights as the top 3 from Worlds (Bartoletta, runner-up Shara Proctor, and bronze medallist Ivana Spanovic) squared off. Just like at Worlds, Bartoletta saved her best for last, taking the lead on her final jump, going 6.97. However, Spanovic had one more jump left herself and responded with a 7.02 PR to get the win as Proctor was a distant third.

Long Jump - Women                                             
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Španovic , Ivana                 SRB       7.02          8              +0.5
    2 Bartoletta , Tianna              USA       6.97          4              +1.0
    3 Proctor , Shara                  GBR       6.58          2              +0.1
    4 Sawyers , Jazmin                 GBR       6.55                         -0.2
    5 Nettey , Christabel              CAN       6.46                         +0.7
    6 DeLoach Soukup , Janay           USA       6.40                         +0.2
    7 Rotaru , Alina                   ROU       6.37                         +0.4
    8 Ugen , Lorraine                  GBR       6.31                         -1.1
    9 Klishina , Darya                 RUS       6.26      +0.2

Women’s Pole Vault: Greece’s Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou Takes Home $50,000

Kiriakopoulou only finished third in Beijing, but she bounced back nicely today to win the competition, clearing her winning height of 4.77 meters on her first attempt. The two women she lost to at Worlds, Cuba’s Yarisley Silva and Brazil’s Fabiana Murer, wound up tying for second at 4.72.

Pole Vault - Women                                            
    1 Kyriakopoúlou , Nikoléta         GRE       4.77          8        
    2 Murer , Fabiana                  BRA       4.72          4        
    2 Silva , Yarisley                 CUB       4.72          4        
    4 Büchler , Nicole                 SUI       4.57                   
    5 Stefanídi , Ekateríni            GRE       4.57                   
    6 Spiegelburg , Silke              GER       4.57                   
    7 Sidorova , Anzhelika             RUS       4.47                   
    8 Bradshaw , Holly                 GBR       4.47                   
    8 Morris , Sandi                   USA       4.47
   10 Bengtsson , Angelica             SWE       4.32
   11 Moser , Angelica                 SUI       4.17

Women’s Javelin: Spotakova Finds 50,000 Reasons To Bounce Back

Two-time Olympic champ Barbora Špotáková was only 9th in Beijing but she got the win tonight to secure herself a $50,000 payday to help wash away her World Championship sorrows. Beijing winner Kathrina Molitor was third, with Beijing silver medallist Huihui Lu 7th as Beijing bronze medallist Sunette Viljoen was last.

Javelin Throw - Women                                         
    1 Špotáková , Barbora              CZE      64.31          8        
    2 Gleadle , Elizabeth              CAN      62.70          4        
    3 Molitor , Kathrina               GER      62.43          2        
    4 Palameika , Madara               LAT      62.22                   
    5 Hussong , Christin               GER      61.44                   
    6 Stahl , Linda                    GER      60.98                   
    7 Lyu , Huihui                     CHN      60.36                   
    8 Obergföll , Christina            GER      58.54                   
    9 Winger , Kara                    USA      57.58
   10 Viljoen , Sunette                RSA      57.18

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