Brussels Diamond League Recap – Evan Jager Challenges Conseslus Kipruto to the Line, Kiprop Has a Problem with His Shorts, Machine Beats Man and Elaine Thompson Runs Fast

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by LetsRun.com
September 9, 2016

The 2016 IAAF Diamond League season is in the books. The curtain came down in Brussels tonight, as 16 more Diamond League champions were crowned, including Asbel Kiprop in the men’s 1500, Ferguson Rotich in the men’s 800, Conseslus Kipruto in the men’s steeple and Almaz Ayana in the women’s 5,000.

The two biggest headlines from an American perspective were the spectacular performances of Shannon Rowbury and Sandi Morris. Rowbury took down Molly Huddle’s American record by running 14:38.92 in the 5,000, while Morris became just the second woman ever to clear 5 meters in the pole vault outdoors, breaking the Diamond League record in the process. However, because of the USATF’s silly policy, it’s not an official American record as USATF only recognizes one record in the pole vault between indoors and outdoors and Jenn Suhr has gone higher indoors (5.03). Rowbury and Morris’ performances were so special that we gave them their own articles:

LRC: Shannon Rowbury Breaks the American 5000m Record (14:38.92) as Almaz Ayana’s WR Attempt Comes Up Short

LRC: Watch Sandi Morris Become Just 2nd Women In History Outdoors To Clear 5.0 meters (16′ 4¾”) Outdoors In The Pole Vault

Other highlights included Evan Jager challenging Conseslus Kipruto for the win all the way until the final barrier in the steeple (though both fell short of sub-8:00), Elaine Thompson breaking 10.80 for the fourth straight meet and Caster Semenya winning the 400 in a personal best of 50.40.

We recap all the action below starting with the distance action.

Men’s Steeplechase: Conseslus Kipruto Wins Great Duel with Evan Jager

Fans didn’t get to witness a world record, an American record or a sub-8:00 clocking but they got to see a great race between the top two steeplechasers in the world as Conseslus Kipruto turned back a stiff challenge from Evan Jager to win in 8:03.74 to Jager’s 8:04.01.

The rabbit Jeroen D’hoedt took this out in 2:39.54 and the chance for a world record 7:53.63 was likely gone. D’hoedt then fell while going over a barrier and tumbled to the track, but fortunately there was no calamity behind him as Evan Jager quickly adjusted and ran wide around D’hoedt.

Conseslus Kipruto hit 2k in 5:21.72 it was a two-man race as Kipruto and Jager were well clear of the field with Jager in Kipruto’s slipstream. Would they be able to kick it in and get the first sub-8s of their career?

The pace continued to slow and at the bell (7:01:21) it was going to take a gargantuan effort to get a sub-8:00. Jager had moved up on shoulder of Kipruto and on the backstretch would challenge him for the lead but not take it. They entered the final water jump side by side with Jager on the outside and entered the water, but then Jager stumbled coming out of the water. It was enough to put Kipruto half a stride in front. Jager would close back on Kipruto and be right with Kipruto at the final barrier, but when Kipruto landed he put in the slightest burst of speed which Jager did not have. It was enough to ensure that Kipruto would get the win and Jager would be second just as they were in Rio at the Olympics.

Olympic bronze medallist Mahiedine Mekhissi closed tremendously well to finish 3rd in 8:08:15. Behind him, 7th placer at the Olympics American Hillary Bor

Jager Stumble in Final Water

Jager stumbles out of the final water jump

set a huge pb (8:13.68, previous best 8:22.74), and fellow American Andy Bayer (8:16.11, previous best 8:17.39) also PR’d.

Neither Kipruto nor Jager were happy with the result. Kipruto said, “To be honest I am a little disappointed. My goal was really the WR, and a goal is a goal. I was relaxed in the first three laps, but then saw it was little too slow. The win is nice, but the disappointment is bigger than the happiness.”

Jager said, “I am not really happy. I really came to go sub eight. In the last laps there was a lack of pace, and in the beginning the pacemakers could not hold on far enough. I wanted to follow Kipruto as long as possibly. I believed I could win until the last hurdle, but then he was too fast. The laps before he did not let me help to keep the pace high.”

QT: Evan Jager is at a new level in 2016

Evan Jager may have run faster last year when he ran 8:00.45 when falling in Paris, but he’s at a new level this year, clearly the world #2. Last year Jager did not medal at Worlds (he was 6th) and at times did not run with the confidence that he was one of the best in the world. Jager tonight showed once again he’s not afraid to run with anyone in the world.

As good as the Americans are at distance running this year, Jager and possibly Galen Rupp are the only two Americans capable of hanging in a race where someone is setting a world leader. Shannon Rowbury broke the American 5,000m record today, but was 20 seconds behind the leader.

Final Barrier

Final Barrier

QT #2 Kipruto Caps a Great Year

Kipruto won every steeplechase he ran this year with the exception of the Kenyan Olympic Trials which was at altitude and the top three (Kipurot was second) were clearly not going all-out.

6 Diamond League races, 6 Diamond League wins. There are easier ways to win $100,000, which is what he won the on DL this year.

QT #3: Hillary Bor With a Huge PB

In Rio, Bor talked very confident saying he was there to medal. That sounded crazy for a guy who had an 8:24.10 PR at the time. That PR is now 8:13.68.

    1 Kipruto , Conseslus              KEN    8:03.74         20        
    2 Jager , Evan                     USA    8:04.01         12        
    3 Mekhissi , Mahiedine             FRA    8:08.15          8        
    4 Bett , Nicholas Kiptonui         KEN    8:11.20          6        
    5 Kibiwott , Abraham               KEN    8:12.81          4        
    6 Bor , Hillary                    USA    8:13.68          2        
    7 Bayer , Andrew                   USA    8:16.11                   
    8 Kowal , Yoann                    FRA    8:16.21                   
    9 Elbakkali , Soufiane             MAR    8:19.10                   
   10 Kemboi , Clement Kimutai         KEN    8:20.86                   
   11 Kipsang , Lawrence Kemboi        KEN    8:22.59                   
   12 Seboka , Tafese                  ETH    8:24.06                   
   13 Kipruto , Brimin Kiprop          KEN    8:25.65
   14 Koech , Paul Kipsiele            KEN    8:29.18
   15 Zerrifi , Abdelhamid             ALG    8:41.57
      Mutai , Abel Kiprop              KEN        DNF                   
      D'Hoedt , Jeroen                 BEL        DNF

Men’s 1500: Kiprop Has a Problem With His Shorts but Still Wins Overall DL Title

Kenya’s Asbel Kiprop didn’t end up getting the win but he got a nice parting gift by finishing third – the $40,000 Diamond League series jackpot.

With the jackpot on the line and 19 people in the field, Kiprop didn’t take any chances like he did in the Olympics. He ran hard at the start (and in the end) and hit 400 in roughly 54 high as the first racer with the rabbits a second ahead. At 800 (1:50.64 for the rabbits), the lead racers were roughly 1:51 flat. At the bell (2:35.35), the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Abdelaati Iguider and 2012 Olympic champ Taoufik Makhloufi had both moved ahead of Kiprop. The pace was getting slower with each passing lap and this was bound to come down to the final 200.

Kiprop was just 5th with 200 to go and the question remained would he fade and lose to jackpot to his Kenyan rival Elijah Manangoi, who only trailed by 3 points. But Kiprop rallied and competed for the win. He didn’t get the win – that honor went to 20-year-old Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot, who missed out on the Olympics after finishing 4th at the Kenyan Trials, in 3:31.34, just ahead of Iguider (3:31.40) – but Kiprop won the jackpot by finishing third (3:31.87) with Makhloufi 4th (3:32.21).

“I wanted to win this race, so I’m not fully satisfied. I had a technical problem with my shorts, they prevented me from sprinting decently. Eventually I’m happy to win the Diamond League of course,” said Kiprop after the race. (We didn’t see anything with Kiprop’s shorts but others noticed it and you can discuss it here)

Behind them there were a number of athletes with PRs as Norway’s 23-year-old Filip Ingebrigtsen was 5th in 3:32.43 (previous pb 3:33.72) and American Olympian Ben Blankenship was 9th in 3:34.26 (previous pb of 3:35.02).

Robby Andrews’ post-Olympic struggles continued as he was last, just like he was at the 5th Avenue Mile in New York on Saturday.

1500 Metres - Men                                             
                                                            Pts
    1 Cheruiyot , Timothy              KEN    3:31.34         20        
    2 Iguider , Abdalaati              MAR    3:31.40         12        
    3 Kiprop , Asbel                   KEN    3:31.87          8        
    4 Makhloufi , Taoufik              ALG    3:32.21          6        
    5 Ingebrigtsen , Filip             NOR    3:32.43          4        
    6 Biwott , Robert Kiptoo           KEN    3:33.05          2        
    7 Kibet , Vincent                  KEN    3:33.56                   
    8 Birgen , Bethwell Kiprotich      KEN    3:34.03                   
    9 Blankenship  , Ben               USA    3:34.26                   
   10 Manangoi , Elijah Motonei        KEN    3:34.53                   
   11 Gregson , Ryan                   AUS    3:34.65                   
   12 Ngetich , Hillary Cheruiyot      KEN    3:35.31                   
   13 Cheboi , Collins                 KEN    3:35.74
   14 Debjani , Ismael                 BEL    3:36.23
   15 Hannes , Pieter-Jan              BEL    3:36.90
   16 Grice , Charlie                  GBR    3:38.48
   17 Andrews , Robby                  USA    3:46.63
      Kiptoo , Elijah Kipchirchir      KEN        DNF                   
      Rotich , Andrew Kiptoo           KEN        DNF

Quick Thought #1: Who will be ranked #1 in the event at the end of the year?

We think the answer should be Matthew Centrowitz. While he didn’t race a single time all year on the Diamond League circuit in the mile or 1500, which normally would make it impossible to be world #1, he won both the Olympics and World Indoors. If Kiprop had dominated here and if Centro only had won the Olympics and didn’t also win World Indoors, we might have thought the #1 title should go to Kiprop who won Doha, Eugene, and Oslo and ran more than a second faster than anyone else in the world at 1500 (3:29.33) and also was the world leader in the mile (3:51.48).

Discussions: MB: Centro #1 in the World for 1500 in 2016?
*Here’s an Excuse We’ve Never Heard Before: Asbel Kiprop Says a Problem With His Shorts Prevented Him from Sprinting

Men’s 800: Adam Kszczot Goes From Last to First Over the Final 100 Meters to Win His Second Straight Diamond League Final

With the king of the 800, David Rudisha, sitting this one out, this one was wide-open on paper, and that’s exactly how it played out. World U20 champ Kipyegon Bett found the lead at 200 meters but wasn’t interested in going with rabbit Bram Som, so American Clayton Murphy moved to the front on the turn just after 200. Murphy wasn’t inclined to follow Som either, however, and he hit 400 in 51-high (Som came through in 50.70).

Bett made a move to challenge Murphy on the backstretch, but the American held him off. Then Alfred Kipketer, who won in Paris two weeks ago, made an even more aggressive move at the end of the backstretch and passed Murphy into the lead as they entered the home stretch. Victory was far from assured for the Kenyan, however; the entire field was still in contention as Amel Tuka, Ferguson Rotich and Adam Kszczot, who was in last on the inside of lane 1 with 150 to go, all swung wide off the final turn (Kszczot into lane 3) in their own desperate bids for the win. All of them were moving well and Murphy quickly ran out of gas, his long season catching up to him. Kszczot, who had the most work to do of anyone (he was still in last after having to run the most distance to go wide off the final turn), was running fastest of all, but Bett had now moved up on the inside and was also in contention. Ultimately, it was Kszczot who got the win with a big lean in 1:44.36. That surprised Bett, who had already put his arms out in celebration a few feet from the line. Kszczot had come from so far back (and was separated from Bett by so many bodies across the track) that the 18-year-old Kenyan had no clue what had happened until it was too late.

By finishing ahead of Pierre Bosse (by .04), Ferguson Rotich won the DL title.

800 Metres - Men                                              
                                                            Pts
    1 Kszczot , Adam                   POL    1:44.36         20        
    2 Bett , Kipyegon                  KEN    1:44.44         12        
    3 Tuka , Amel                      BIH    1:44.54          8        
    4 Rotich , Ferguson Cheruiyot      KEN    1:44.59          6        
    5 Kipketer , Alfred                KEN    1:44.61          4        
    6 Bosse , Pierre-Ambroise          FRA    1:44.63          2        
    7 Murphy , Clayton                 USA    1:45.15                   
    8 Kitilit , Jonathan Kiprotich     KEN    1:46.12                   
      Som , Bram                       NED        DNF                   

Quick Take #1: What a crazy race

This was close to a blanket finish as the top six guys all crossed within .27 of each other. It’s very rare to enter the final 100 meters of a distance race with the entire field still in contention for the win, but that’s what happened tonight.

Quick Take #2: For Adam Kszczot, whether he wins a race often comes down to whether he has room to run late

Kszczot has one of the best closes of any 800 runner, but at times he’s struggled to put it to use. In Monaco earlier this year, Kszczot was moving better than anyone at the end of the race but he was boxed in and had to weave through traffic on the home straight, which meant he came up .02 short of the win. Kszczot wasn’t in great position on the final turn tonight, but rather than having to make a couple of moves, he only had to make one hard one, swinging out wide on the final turn. Though he still had to run more distance than the rest of the field, once he hit the home straight he had nothing but clear track in front of him, and that allowed him to roll up everyone and take the win.

Quick Take #3: Another good sign for Amel Tuka heading into 2017

Tuka came out of nowhere to run a world-leading 1:42.51 and earn bronze at Worlds last year but failed to reproduce that form in 2016 and went out in the semis in Rio. He’s showed good form in his last few races, however, winning in Velenje on August 31 in 1:46.79, running a season’s best of 1:44.80 to win in Rovereto on Tuesday and running another sb of 1:44.54 to take third tonight. Heading into the Olympics, his best was just 1:45.23, so to run fast and compete well with the world’s best was a sign that another medal could be possible in 2017.

Quick Take #4: Clayton Murphy finishes seventh in his first DL 800

Murphy had nothing to lose tonight, and he mixed things up by taking the lead much earlier than usual. Though he ultimately faded to seventh, he got some good experience by running in his first DL meet and exposing himself to a new race situation. Murphy’s already a great tactician at 21, and by putting himself in unfamiliar positions, he’ll be even better equipped to handle whatever the future may throw at him.

Women’s 400: Caster Semenya comes on late to win her first DL 400

Semenya, showing her 800 roots, went out extremely conservatively and spotted the leaders a lot of ground through the first 200 meters. But Semenya’s strength paid dividends; as the rest of the field was tying up over the last 100, Semenya rolled them up one by one, eventually passing leader Stephenie Ann McPherson of Jamaica a few meters from the line to take the win in 50.40, an improvement on her 50.74 personal best from earlier this year. American Courtney Okolo, the NCAA champ for Texas in June, closed well on the outside and nipped McPherson at the line for second. McPherson won’t mind too much, though, as she still won the $40,000 Diamond Race jackpot.

400 Metres - Women                                            
                                                            Pts
    1 Semenya , Caster                 RSA      50.40         20        
    2 Okolo , Courtney                 USA      50.51         12        
    3 McPherson , Stephenie Ann        JAM      50.51          8        
    4 Jackson , Shericka               JAM      50.73          6        
    5 Hastings , Natasha               USA      50.84          4        
    6 Zemlyak , Olha                   UKR      51.44          2        
    7 Grenot , Libania                 ITA      51.65                   
    8 Guei , Floria                    FRA      52.01                   
    9 Muir , Carline                   CAN      52.97

 

Quick Take #1: Semenya would have been a serious medal threat at 400 in Rio, and if she trained specifically for the event, we think she’d have a good shot to beat Shaunae Miller and Allyson Felix

Semenya beat five of the Olympic finalists tonight (including bronze medallist Shericka Jackson) and though her time would only have been good for fifth in Rio, she clearly has untapped potential in the 400. First, Semenya has been training for the 800 all year yet had no problem stepping down and beating the 400 specialists. Second, though her conservative approach was effective tonight, it’s not the most efficient way to run her fastest 400 possible. If she really focused her training on the 400 and learned to run the best possible splits, she could definitely break 50 seconds and would have a great chance to challenge Miller and Felix, the clear top two in the world right now at 400 (Miller’s pb is 49.44, Felix’s 49.26).

Man against Machine 600: Machine comes on late to win it

This race pitted Kenyan 1:43 800 man Nicholas Kipkoech against the Indupol One, a solar-powered car designed by a team of students from the University of Leuven in Belgium. Kipkoech got out to a big early lead and led by over 100 meters with 200 to go, but the car really picked up speed late and wound up blowing by Kipkoech in the homestretch. The Indupol One took the victory in 1:13.17 to Kipkoech’s 1:16.70. The good news is that the machines haven’t totally taken over; the car still couldn’t beat Johnny Gray’s 1:12.81 world record.

Women’s 100: Elaine Thompson Finishes Off A Great Year In Style

The Olympic 100m champ Elaine Thompson came and got exactly what she wanted.

Another win over rival Dafne Schippers? Check.
The $40,000 DL jackpot? Check

The meet record of 10.72? Check.

Thompson absolutely destroyed Schippers and the rest of the field in equaling the 10.72 meet record. The 10.72 was the 5th time on the year that Thompson has broken 10.80 and her third straight sub-10.80. We believe five sub-10.80s in a single year is the 3rd most in history.

Most Sub-10.80s in A Given Year
Marion Jones – 10 (1998)
Flojo – 7 (1988)
Thompson – 5 (2016)

Only 5 women have ever run faster than 10.72.

  1. FloJo 10.49
  2. Carmelita Jeter 10.64
  3. Marion Jones 10.65
  4. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 10.70
  1. Elaine Thompson 10.70

After getting third at World Indoors in the 60, Thompson lost her first two outdoor 200m races of the year (Pre on May 28 and Oslo on June 9) but won every single other race.

“Honestly I wanted (to go) faster, but OK, I won. Now I can go finally back home. I keep on smiling, because this season was really great. If I have to summarize it in one word: Wonderful!,” said Thompson.

100 Metres - Women                                            Wind: +0.6 m/s
                                                            Pts
    1 Thompson , Elaine                JAM      10.72         20        
    2 Schippers , Dafne                NED      10.97         12        
    3 Williams , Christania            JAM      11.09          8        
    4 Henry , Desiree                  GBR      11.12          6        
    5 Horn , Carina                    RSA      11.14          4        
    6 Facey , Simone                   JAM      11.23          2        
    7 Tarmoh , Jeneba                  USA      11.40                   
    8 Morrison , Natasha               JAM      11.64                   

 

Men’s 200: Forte Wins A Super Tight Race

Panama’s Alonso Edward won the jackpot just for showing up but he was a non-factor in this extremely close race where the top 3 were separated by just .01. In the end, the winner was Jamaica’s Julian Forte in 19.97 – the same time that Britain’s Adam Gemili ran – personal bests for both. Churandy Martina was third in 19.98.

The 23-year-old Forte didn’t get to run in the Olympics even though he was 3rd at the Jamaican Trials as Bolt got a wild-card selection.

200 Metres - Men                                              Wind: +0.8 m/s
                                                            Pts
    1 Forte , Julian                   JAM      19.97         20        
    2 Gemili , Adam                    GBR      19.97         12        
    3 Martina , Churandy               NED      19.98          8        
    4 Lemaitre , Christophe            FRA      20.16          6        
    5 Guliyev , Ramil                  TUR      20.21          4        
    6 Edward , Alonso                  PAN      20.23          2        
    7 Talbot , Daniel                  GBR      20.26                   
    8 Bockarie , Solomon               NED      20.50                   
    9 Vanderbemden , Robin             BEL      20.85

Women’s 400 hurdles: Cassandra Tate gets the win and the Diamond League title

Great Britain’s Eilidh Doyle entered with a six-point lead atop the standings but had to beat Tate to be assured of the DL title. Doyle went out very hard and led at halfway, but Tate, who was only fifth at the Olympic Trials, ran the best final 100 in the field to win in a season-best 54.47 seconds while Doyle lost ground and faded to fifth.

“I knew before the race today that it was still possible to win the DL, but I didn´t want to put too much pressure on myself. I just wanted to do my best. I ran a SB today and I won the DL trophy This kind of makes up for not being at the Olympics. It’s a great way to end the season,” said Tate.

400 Metres Hurdles - Women                                    
                                                            Pts
    1 Tate , Cassandra                 USA      54.47         20        
    2 Petersen , Sara Slott            DEN      54.60         12        
    3 Spencer , Kaliese                JAM      55.05          8        
    4 Hejnová , Zuzana                 CZE      55.12          6        
    5 Doyle , Eilidh                   GBR      55.26          4        
    6 Nel , Wenda                      RSA      55.41          2        
    7 Stepter , Jaide                  USA      55.88                   
    8 Titimets , Anna                  UKR      55.92                   
    9 Dauwens , Axelle                 BEL      58.34

Men’s 400m: Luguelin Santos Sends Borlee Brothers Home Devastated
This was the final track race of the meet and was set up for one of the Borlee brothers to get the win. The Borlees had been 3/4 of the Belgian team in the 4×400 at Olympics and finished 4th. However, Luguelin Santos, the only guy who had run under 45 this year in the field, got the win comfortably over the Borlee brothers, who went 2-3-4.

400 Metres - Men                                              

    1 Santos , Luguelín                DOM      45.02                   
    2 Borlée , Jonathan                BEL      45.55                   
    3 Borlée , Dylan                   BEL      45.61                   
    4 Borlée , Kévin                   BEL      45.67                   
    5 Watrin , Julien                  BEL      45.72                   
    6 Anne , Mame-Ibra                 FRA      45.96                   
    7 Bonevacia , Liemarvin            NED      46.08                   
    8 Norwood , Vernon                 USA      46.39                   
      Quow , Renny                     TTO        DNF

Women’s 100 hurdles: With no Keni Harrison, Jasmin Stowers takes advantage for the win

There was no DL title on the line (Keni Harrison already won it in Zurich last week) so this non-Diamond Race event featured a slightly weaker field than usual. But generally it makes sense to bet on the Americans in the women’s 100 hurdles, and if you bet on the sole American in the field tonight — Jasmin Stowers — you were happy as she denied home favorite Anne Zagre from winning, 12.78 to 12.82.

How thoroughly have Americans dominated the women’s 100 hurdles on the DL circuit? Well an American has won the last 25 Diamond Race 100 hurdles races — the last time a non-American won was in Oslo on June 13, 2013. The winner there was Tiffany Porter — who was born and raised in Michigan. Before that you’d have to go back to Aussie Sally Pearson in Paris on July 6, 2012.

100 Metres Hurdles - Women                                    Wind: +0.1 m/s

    1 Stowers , Jasmin                 USA      12.78                   
    2 Zagre , Anne                     BEL      12.82                   
    3 Hildebrand , Nadine              GER      12.83                   
    4 Roleder , Cindy                  GER      12.91                   
    5 Neziri , Nooralotta              FIN      12.94                   
    6 George , Phylicia                CAN      12.97                   
    7 Kallur , Susanna                 SWE      13.02                   
    8 Ivancevic , Andrea               CRO      13.04

Men’s 110 Hurdles: Ortega Comes on Late To Win

Spain’s Orlando Ortega, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist, already had won the DL jackpot coming in but you’d never know it based on the way he raced. Ortega trailed France’s Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, the 4th placer in Rio, throughout, but came on strong at the last hurdle and got the win in 13.08.

110 Metres Hurdles - Men                                      Wind: +0.2 m/s
                                                            Pts
    1 Ortega , Orlando                 ESP      13.08         20        
    2 Martinot-Lagarde , Pascal        FRA      13.12         12        
    3 Belocian , Wilhem                FRA      13.32          8        
    4 Bascou , Dimitri                 FRA      13.37          6        
    5 Omoregie , David                 GBR      13.43          4        
    6 Trajkovic , Milan                CYP      13.44          2        
    7 Baji , Balázs                    HUN      13.50                   
    8 Eaton , Jarret                   USA      13.54                   
    9 Manga , Aurel                    FRA      13.64

Men’s High Jump: Erik Kynard Survives the Pressure the Best and Wins $50,000

Four men — Bohdan Bondarenko, Erik Kynard, Mutaz Essa Barshim, and Robert Grabarz — could take home $50,000 ($10,000 for the win tonight and $40,000 for the Diamond League title) with a win here.

Three of them — Kynard, Barshim, and Grabarz — cleared 2.32 but none could make 2.35 and that meant Kynard was your winner thanks to clearing 2.32 on his second attempt.

QT#1: 2:32 to win the DL title
We doubt any of these guys thought 2.32 (7′ 7¼) would be enough to win tonight, but Kynard wasn’t apologizing saying, “This was an extremely tough competition, a real dog fight. We knew that the one who would take this meet, would come out on top of the Diamond League. It was really nerve-wrecking especially after I missed so closely on 2.35. But I was the lucky one to win in the end. And I prefer winning with 2.32 to being third with 2.38. The marks don’t matter to me, I count my wins.

High Jump - Men                                               
                                                            Pts
    1 Kynard , Erik                    USA       2.32         20        
    2 Barshim , Mutaz Essa             QAT       2.32         12        
    3 Grabarz , Robert                 GBR       2.32          8        
    4 Protsenko , Andriy               UKR       2.29          6        
    5 Seliverstau , Pavel              BLR       2.29          4        
    6 Ghazal , Majd Eddin              SYR       2.29          2        
    7 Thomas , Donald                  BAH       2.26                   
    8 Ghuys , Bram                     BEL       2.20                   
    8 Baker , Chris                    GBR       2.20
    8 Bondarenko , Bohdan              UKR       2.20
      Tobe , Naoto                     JPN         NM

Women’s High Jump Belgians Get What They Want as Nafissatou Thiam Wins

Thiam was one of the big surprises in Rio, winning the heptathlon gold, with a big help thanks to a 1.98 jump (6′ 6″) in the high jump there, a mark which was actually higher than the 1.97m (6′ 5½”) that won the gold in the high jump. Tonight she only could manage 1.93 (6′ 4″) but it was enough to get the win before the home crowd and the Belgian royalty in attendance.

High Jump - Women                                             

    1 Thiam , Nafissatou               BEL       1.93                   
    2 Spencer , Levern                 LCA       1.93                   
    3 Radzivil , Svetlana              UZB       1.93                   
    3 McPherson , Inika                USA       1.93                   
    5 Levchenko , Yuliia               UKR       1.90                   
    6 van Hessche , Hanne              BEL       1.80

Women’s Triple: Caterine Ibarguen Wins

All Ibarguen needed to do to win the Diamond League title was show up but she did what she’s done at every meet except for one since 2012 – win. She had four jumps that would have won tonight, but saved her best for last, jumping 14.66 in round 6.

Triple Jump - Women                                           
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Ibargüen , Caterine              COL      14.66         20              -0.4
    2 Rypakova , Olga                  KAZ      14.41         12              +0.1
    3 Mamona , Patrícia                POR      14.16          8               0.0
    4 Papahrístou , Paraskeví          GRE      13.84          6              +0.6
    5 Williams , Kimberly              JAM      13.84          4              +0.5
    6 Veldáková , Dana                 SVK      13.59          2              -0.7
    7 Costa , Susana                   POR      13.55                          0.0

Men’s Long Jump Luvo Manyonga Dominates

Luvo Manyonga, the Olympic silver medallist from South Africa, dominated tonight as any of his four legal jumps would have won the competition. Manyonga saved his best for his final legal jump, an 8.48 PR (previous best 8.37 in Rio).  

Fabrice Lapierre finished ahead of Gao Xinglong to win the Diamond League title.

Long Jump - Men                                               
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Manyonga , Luvo                  RSA       8.48         20              +0.1
    2 Lapierre , Fabrice               AUS       8.17         12              +0.2
    3 Lawson , Jarrion                 USA       8.04          8              -0.1
    4 Gao , Xinglong                   CHN       7.98          6               0.0
    5 Lasa , Emiliano                  URU       7.90          4              +0.3
    6 Forbes , Damar                   JAM       7.77          2              +0.4
    7 Frayne , Henry                   AUS       7.75                         +0.1
    8 Gföhler , Benjamin               SUI       7.49                         +0.1

Men’s Discus: Sweden’s Daniel Stahl wins it but Piotr Malachowski takes DL crown

Daniel Stahl didn’t even make the final in Rio but surprised the field to win his first career Diamond League event tonight, going 65.78 on his third attempt (Stahl won in Stockholm earlier this year but the discus was not a Diamond Race event there). Poland’s Piotr Malachowski only needed to finish fifth to clinch his third straight DL title and he cruised to the title in the end, finishing second with a best toss of 65.27 meters.

Discus Throw - Men                                            
                                                            Pts
    1 Ståhl , Daniel                   SWE      65.78         20        
    2 Malachowski , Piotr              POL      65.27         12        
    3 Weisshaidinger , Lukas           AUT      64.73          8        
    4 Kupper , Martin                  EST      62.49          6        
    5 Milanov , Philip                 BEL      62.38          4        
    6 Parellis , Apostolos             CYP      62.28          2        
    7 Urbanek , Robert                 POL      61.96                   
    8 Kanter , Gerd                    EST      61.12                   
    9 Kövágó , Zoltán                  HUN      58.31

Women’s Javelin: Palameika closes her season with a PB and a Diamond League title

Palameika rebounded from Olympic heartbreak (she struggled and finished just 10th in Rio) by throwing a lifetime best of 66.18 meters on her first attempt tonight. That was more than enough to give the Latvian her first DL title (she only needed fourth), the first time someone other than Barbora Spotakova or Christina Obergfoll had claimed the crown.

Javelin Throw - Women                                         
                                                            Pts
    1 Palameika , Madara               LAT      66.18         20        
    2 Špotáková , Barbora              CZE      63.78         12        
    3 Winger , Kara                    USA      61.86          8        
    4 Ratej , Martina                  SLO      60.19          6        
    5 Khaladovich , Tatsiana           BLR      59.08          4        
    6 Laasma , Liina                   EST      57.95          2        
    7 Mitchell , Kathryn               AUS      57.08                   

 


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