June 5, 2016
Below we recap the distance action from the 2016 Birmingham League Diamond League track meet.
David Rudisha and Pierre-Ambroise Bosse put on a battle for the ages in the men’s 600m, running the 2nd and 3rd fastest times ever, Mo Farah got the one British record he didn’t have, Francine Niyonsaba showed the 800 is a different event this year as the Americans continued to struggle, Asbel Kiprop proved he’s way better than the rest of the world, as did Conseslus Kipruto.
In non-distance action (IAAF recap here, full results here), English Gardner got a big win the 100m over Dafne Schippers while Andre De Grasse won and Caterine Ibarguen’s 38-win streak in the triple jump came to an end.
Men’s 600m: David Rudisha is Back, Runs 2nd Fastest 600m Ever
Shame on those who have written off David Rudisha.
The world’s greatest 800m runner, Rudisha led wire to wire and finished in 1:13.10, the second fastest time ever. However, it wasn’t an easy victory as he was challenged to the line by France’s Pierre-Ambroise Bosse in a great race with Ambroise-Bosse running the third fastest time ever in 1:13.21.
This one showed guys can run fast without rabbits when they get after it from the gun. The BBC and presumably race organizers did not think a world record was even a remote possibility as Johnny Gray’s mark (1:12.82) was never mentioned on the broadcast or shown on the screen.
Afterwards Rudisha revealed that the world record was on his mind and he ran like it. He hit 200 in 23.31 and 400m in 47.71, but was trailed only by a meter or so by Bosse. As they came off the final turn, Bosse still trailed Rudisha but down the homestretch he started to gain on Rudisha. Rudisha kept his form pretty well and held on for the victory, just .11 ahead of Bosse.
Afterwards, Rudisha told the BBC it was “a little bit windy. I knew I was somewhere close to the world record. I think I just miscalculated my pace and I lost it in the last 100m.”
Erik Sowinski of the US was a distant third in this quick race in a personal best of 1:15.06.
QT #1: Rudisha Has Still Got It – Did the Wind Prevent the WR?
Rudisha had only been 5th in 1:46.24 in his one 800m on the Diamond League circuit this year last month in Shanghai. However, he missed the starter’s gun in that race in a ‘debacle’ and spotted the field a huge advantage, yet somehow by 200m was in the lead. It was a pretty impressive performance and the run today shows David Rudisha is still the man to beat at 800m. His demise in Shanghai was widely exaggerated by people who didn’t see the race.
The 600m today was run into a headwind twice (winds were usually over 1 m/s in the sprints). If it had started at the finish and run so that the runners would have had a tailwind on 2 straights, could he have got the world record?
QT #2: The Future is Very Bright for Bosse
This was a great run by Bosse, who at only 23 years old has a respectable resume. He won the 800m at the Rabat Diamond League meet earlier this year, was 5th at Worlds last year, ran 1:42.53 in 2014, and looks to have a very bright future.
His present is very bright as well as he seems capable of challenging Rudisha in Rio. Great run in a great race.
600 Metres - Men 1 Rudisha , David Lekuta KEN 1:13.10 2 Bosse , Pierre-Ambroise FRA 1:13.21 3 Sowinski , Erik USA 1:15.06 4 Ralph , Joshua AUS 1:15.50 5 Rimmer , Michael GBR 1:15.87 6 Lewandowski , Marcin POL 1:16.45 7 Mathews , Luke AUS 1:18.05 8 Rotich , Andrew Kiptoo KEN 1:18.56
Men’s 3000m: Mo Farah Gets David Moorcroft’s British 3000m Record – Now Has All Records 1500-10k
Mo Farah brought the meet to close in grand fashion for the loud British fans as he ran a 59.54 final lap to clock 7:32.62, just beating David Moorcroft’s British record of 7:32.79 from 1982.
The rabbit went through 1600 in 4:01.8 with Farah right on his heels. As often is the case when Farah races in the UK, the field was not that strong so after 2km (5:01.75) he was all on his own. The record was in doubt at the bell, but Farah summoned just enough to get it and he now holds all the British records from 1500 through the 10,000m.
Afterwards, Farah paid tribute to Muhammad Ali by shadowboxing in the air and then telling the BBC this race was for Ali and his family. Farah said of Ali, “He was one of my heroes” and noted he wrote about his respect for Ali in his autobiography.
As for the British record, Farah was clearly going after it, but didn’t know what it was. He told the BBC, “I thought I just missed it.”
Finish line lap splits
QT #1: Farah is the King of England
Farah is already the king of the distance world, but now he’s the all-time best in the UK from 1500m to 10,000m. As good as Farah is at 1500 and the 10,000, it’s a surprise this record has lasted as long as it has. But Farah’s specialty is not time trialing, it’s racing.
3000 Metres - Men 1 Farah , Mohamed GBR 7:32.62 2 Kiptanui , Mathew KEN 7:44.16 3 Maiyo , Hillary Kipkorir KEN 7:44.99 4 Butchart , Andrew GBR 7:45.00 5 Birgen , Bethwell KEN 7:48.59 6 D'Hoedt , Jeroen BEL 7:53.36 7 St.Lawrence , Ben AUS 7:53.68 8 Taylor , Jonathan GBR 7:57.96 9 Kibiwott , Abraham KEN 8:02.95 10 Weir , Richard GBR 8:04.59 11 Griffiths , Dewi GBR 8:05.59 12 Robinson , Brett AUS 8:11.01 Rono , Vincent Kipsang KEN DNF Bett , Reuben KEN DNF
Women’s 800: Niyonsaba Runs Quick 1:56.92 and the Americans Struggle Again
Francine Niyonsaba won this one in a quick 1:56.92, showing why she is the current world #2 in the women’s 800.
The race went out in a quick 56.79, but the entire field was still there at the bell. When the rabbit dropped out Niyonsaba had the lead and would start her push for home on the final stretch. In the end, no one would be able to stay with Niyonsaba, but Canada’s Melissa Bishop held on the longest around the final bend until Renelle Lamote of France closed the best of everyone to get second in a huge PB of 1:58.01 (previous best 1:58.84). The Americans were non-factors in this one on the final lap with Chanelle Price finishing 6th in 2:00.80, Ajee Wilson 7th in 2:00.81, and Laura Roesler last in 2:01.54.
800 Metres - Women Pts 1 Niyonsaba , Francine BDI 1:56.92 10 2 Lamote , Renelle FRA 1:58.01 6 3 Bishop , Melissa CAN 1:58.48 4 4 Sharp , Lynsey GBR 1:59.29 3 5 Arzamasova , Marina BLR 1:59.97 2 6 Price , Chanelle USA 2:00.80 1 7 Wilson , Ajee USA 2:00.81 8 Józwik , Joanna POL 2:01.24 9 Roesler , Laura USA 2:01.54 Galligan , Rose-Anne IRL DNF
QT #1: The 800 is a Different Event This Year
With the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) suspending the limitations on hyperandrogenic athletes last year, the 800 has been completely transformed. Caster Semenya and Niyonsaba are back atop the world and everyone else is fighting for scraps behind them. Niyonsaba has been overlooked this outdoor season as Semenya has destroyed her in the final 100m the two times they’ve raced (Rome and Rabat).
Niyonsaba’s run today shows that she can run fast in a fast race. If that’s the case, just imagine what Semenya could do if she really ran hard the entire race. Semenya has beaten Niysonaba by over a second every time they’ve raced this year with all of that coming in the final 100m.
Most of the world’s 800 women have been silent on the hyperandrogenism issue, but here, UK’s Lynsey Sharp spoke a bit on the subject. Sharp said, “Everyone can see it’s two separate races so there’s nothing I can do. There’s nothing anyone else can do. It’s out of our control really so you just have to focus on your own race. But know I’m there or thereabouts with the rest of the world.” Sharp added that she hoped that CAS would reevaluate their ruling on testosterone levels in women’s sport.
QT #2: It Might Be Time for the Americans to Worry
Two years ago, Ajee Wilson was the fastest women in the world with a 1:57.67, and ended up ranked #2 in the world.
This week she has been an afterthought in her two Diamond League races. Wilson ran 2:03.33 in Rome on Thursday and you could say perhaps that was due to jetlag. Today she improved to 2:00.81, but that isn’t the kind of time that will put her in the hunt for a medal or even making the final in Rio. She was bumped today a little bit on the backstretch when Lamote went wide to make her move, but that wasn’t enough to excuse the slow time.
Former world indoor champ Chanelle Price was .01 ahead of Wilson. As far back as Wilson and Price were, they both set seasonal bests today. After falling in the “B” heat in Rome, Laura Roesler was last today. She seems to have suddenly lost her form as two weeks ago she ran 2:00.15 at Oxy.
Here are the current US lists for 800m from All-Athletics.com. 800m newcomer Chrishuna Williams went sub-2:00 last night in Atlanta in the meet on ESPN2.
|1:59.89||1.||1.||Chrishuna WILLIAMS||93||USA||F||3.||Atlanta (USA)||04.06||1155|
|2:00.05||2.||2.||Kate GRACE||88||USA||F1||1.||Portland (USA)||15.05||1152|
|2:00.15||3.||3.||Laura ROESLER||91||USA||F3||1.||Los Angeles (USA)||20.05||1150|
|2:00.18||4.||4.||Brenda MARTINEZ||87||USA||F3||2.||Los Angeles (USA)||20.05||1150|
|2:00.44||5.||5.||Molly LUDLOW||87||USA||F||4.||Atlanta (USA)||04.06||1145|
|2:00.65||6.||7.||Charlene LIPSEY||91||USA||F||5.||Atlanta (USA)||04.06||1142|
|2:00.8h||7.||9.||Alysia MONTAÑO||86||USA||F||1.||Eugene (USA)||27.05||1139|
|2:00.80||8.||10.||Chanelle PRICE||90||USA||F||6.||Birmingham (GBR)||05.06||1139|
|2:00.81||9.||11.||Ajee WILSON||94||USA||F||7.||Birmingham (GBR)||05.06||1139|
The Olympic Trials will definitely have a lot of drama.
Men’s 1500m: Asbel Kiprop Gets First Sub-3:30 Clocking of the Year
Asbel Kiprop‘s dominance was on full display as he won by nearly 4 seconds in 3:29.33, putting up the first sub-3:30 of the year.
The rabbit went out quick in 54.38 and only Kiprop and Abdalaati Iguider were with him. By 800 (1:51.72) Iguider had had enough and Kiprop was chasing the rabbit and the clock. At 1200 (2:47.79), the only question was whether Kiprop could hold on and go sub-3:30. It turned out that he definitely could as his picked it up just a tad the final lap (55.61) to clock 3:29.33. Iguider was a clear second in 3:33.10 and Nick Willis beat the rest of the pack to get third in 3:34.29.
QT #1: Asbel Kiprop is A Lot Better Than the Rest of the World Right Now
No one else in the world has run under 3:32 this year.
Final 400 (55.61)
1500 Metres - Men Pts 1 Kiprop , Asbel KEN 3:29.33 10 2 Iguider , Abdalaati MAR 3:33.10 6 3 Willis , Nicholas NZL 3:34.29 4 4 Kibet , Vincent KEN 3:34.60 3 5 Magut , James Kiplagat KEN 3:35.18 2 6 Gregson , Ryan AUS 3:35.50 1 7 Kiplagat , Silas KEN 3:35.52 8 Ingebrigtsen , Henrik NOR 3:36.00 9 Wightman , Jake GBR 3:37.53 10 Wolde , Dawit ETH 3:37.60 11 Lancashire , Thomas GBR 3:37.77 12 Benitz , Timo GER 3:37.77 13 Hannes , Pieter-Jan BEL 3:41.10 Olmedo , Manuel ESP DNF Kiptoo , Elijah Kipchirchir KEN DNF Rotich , Andrew Kiptoo KEN DNF
Men’s Steeplechase: The Conseslus Kipruto Show Just Missed 8:00 Again
This one started just like a replay of the Rome Diamond League steeplechase three days ago: very fast with Conseslus Kipruto and Jairus Birech going after it. The first kilometer was a very quick 2:35.27 (even faster than Rome’s 2:35.8) and there would be only one man who could keep the pace going and that was Kipruto.
Halfway through the race he was way in front chasing his first sub-8:00 clocking and unlike Rome, Birech could not keep up. Birech was passed by Paul Koech during the second kilometer and would fade badly.
Kipruto was still under 8:00 pace at 2km (5:18.73), but would slow just enough the final kilometer to miss going sub-8:00. He crossed the line and saw 8:00.12 on the clock and shook his head with a smile in disbelief and clapped his hands (photo on right). Surely sub-8:00 is in his future, but for now Kipruto will have to settle for being the best steeplechaser in the world.
QT #1: Kipruto Is the Best in the World
4 Diamond League races, 4 Diamond League wins for Kipruto this year, each faster than the one before.
A message board poster pointed out there has never been a sub-8:00 in the UK.
3000 Metres Steeplechase - Men Pts 1 Kipruto , Conseslus KEN 8:00.12 10 2 Koech , Paul Kipsiele KEN 8:10.19 6 3 Kipyego , Barnabas KEN 8:14.74 4 4 Kipruto , Brimin Kiprop KEN 8:19.33 3 5 Birech , Jairus Kipchoge KEN 8:20.31 2 6 Kemboi , Clement Kimutai KEN 8:21.07 1 7 Zalewski , Krystian POL 8:29.00 8 Milne , Taylor CAN 8:30.42 9 Winter , Chris CAN 8:31.06 10 Mullett , Rob GBR 8:31.13 11 Gunn , Luke GBR 8:52.60 Taleb , Brahim MAR DNF Kipsang , Lawrence Kemboi KEN DNF
Women’s 5000m: Vivian Cheruiyot Can Still Kick
This one came down to a final lap duel between four-time world champion Vivian Cheruiyot and Mercy Cherono. Cheruiyot trailed nearly the entire final homestretch before just nipping Cherono thanks to a 59.72 final lap.
Almaz Ayana owns the 5000m this year, but the nice finish here shows Cheruiyot should still be a factor in Rio in the 10,000m (she won 10,000 at Worlds last year).
Former Florida Gator Genevieve LaCaze had a 14-second PB in 15:27.13.
5000 Metres - Women Pts 1 Cheruiyot , Vivian Jepkemoi KEN 15:12.79 10 2 Cherono , Mercy KEN 15:12.85 6 3 Kisa , Janet KEN 15:19.48 4 4 Tesfay , Haftamnesh ETH 15:24.04 3 5 Wellings , Eloise AUS 15:26.19 2 6 LaCaze , Genevieve AUS 15:27.13 1 7 Fente , Birtukan ETH 15:39.55 8 Napieraj , Dominika POL 15:41.47 9 Andrews , Jessica GBR 15:46.82 10 Pavey , Joanne GBR 15:47.64 11 Byrne , Deirdre IRL 15:58.65 12 Clayton , Emma GBR 16:07.47 13 Buscomb , Camille NZL 16:11.17 Coulson , Jessica GBR DNF Plis , Renata POL DNF Treacy , Sara Louise IRL DNF