2017 Ostrava: Usain Bolt Looks Shaky But Wins 100 in 10.06, Mo Farah Doesn’t PR and Runs 27:12 as David Rudisha Is Defeated Again

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By LetsRun.com
June 28, 2017

There was some major star power on display in the Czech Republic on Wednesday evening as Usain Bolt, Wayde van Niekerk, Mo Farah and David Rudisha all competed at the annual Ostrava Golden Spike meet. For the most part, the big names came through, although both Bolt and Farah weren’t close to the times they were hoping ofr. Bolt won a closer-than-expected 100 in 10.06 and Farah ran to a 27:12.09 victory in the 10,000. Rudisha, however, was beaten for the third time in 2017 as he faded down the stretch in the 1000m and wound up fourth in 2:19.43 (Nicholas Kipkoech won the race in 2:18.51).

The best performance of the meet was the 30.81 world record by Wayde van Niekerk in the 300 meters, which gets its own article here: LRC Wayde Van Niekerk Breaks World Record* in 300m

We recap the other meet highlights below, with results and race videos, starting with Bolt’s run in the 100m. Results courtesy All-Athletics.com.

Re-live the meet with our live thread. MB: Ostrava Golden Spike Live Thread: Bolt (2:55 pm ET) , Van Niekerk, Rudisha (2:05 pm) and Farah (10k 2:15 pm ET) all running.

Men’s 100m: Usain Bolt runs 10.06, but has a month until Worlds. Is that enough time?

There wasn’t really anything great about this race for Usain Bolt except he won.

Bad start, not incredible top end speed, and a so-so winning time.

Watch it yourself.

This one was close

This one was close

The good news for Usain Bolt is the World Championships don’t start for another 37 days, with the 100m final 38 days from today. Bolt wasn’t pleased with his race today and said he’d go see his doctor and train hard with his coach and be ready for Worlds.

“I’m not happy with the time,” Bolt said on the broadcast. “But I’m just getting into my running. I have some training to do. [Inaudible] my execution. But I’ll be fine. Gonna get checked out by my doctor, coach give me some training. I should be fine. So I’m in no worries.”

Bolt also said, “I never worry. I always tell you guys if my coach is not worried, I am not worried.” In an article in today’s Jamaica Gleaner, Bolt’s coach Glen Mills admitted that Bolt is behind where he usually is in June, but that he was pleased with his 10.03 season opener on June 10.

“His preparation is not normally where it used to be at this time, so he is certainly has ground to catch up. A number of factors have interfered with his preparation, but I thought he ran brilliantly at the Racers Grand Prix. His 10.03 in his first race in almost a year with the setbacks in place, if we can build on that over the next six to seven weeks, we should be able to be right where we can feel comfortable taking on the rest of the world,” Mills said.

Results (wind: -0.3 m/s)

Pl. Athlete / Team Cnt. Birth Result Score
1. Usain BOLT JAM 86 10.06 1187
2. Yunier PÉREZ CUB 85 10.09 1177 PB
3. Jak Ali HARVEY TUR 89 10.26 1119
4. Ján VOLKO SVK 96 10.26 1119
5. Emre Zafer BARNES TUR 88 10.41 1070
6. Jan VELEBA CZE 86 10.44 1060
7. Zdeněk STROMŠÍK CZE 94 10.49 1044
8. Giovanni CODRINGTON NED 88 10.51 1038

Men’s 1000: Nicholas Kipkoech wins it in 2:18.51 as David Rudisha finishes a well-beaten 4th

At yesterday’s press conference, two-time Olympic 800 champ David Rudisha said he wanted to run 2:15 or faster in his first-ever 1000m, ideally by going through 800 meters in 1:46 or 1:47. But after his run tonight — the longest race of Rudisha’s life — we don’t expect Rudisha to return to the distance anytime soon as he could only manage 2:19.43 for fourth place. Instead, it was his countryman Nicholas Kipkoech, a more proven commodity at the distance (he has run four career 1000’s, including a 2:16.68 PR in Lausanne last year) who emerged victorious, denying the home crowd a victory as he outsprinted 2016 World Indoor 1500 silver medalist Jakub Holusa for the win in 2:18.51.

The pace was slow from the gun (for a guy looking to run 2:15) as the pacer hit 200 in 26.91 (27.3 for Rudisha) and 55.49 for 400, with Rudisha the first of the racers roughly a second behind. Rudisha led at the bell (1:24) when the pacer stepped off and would try to go wire-to-wire. But he could not create separation, and just before 800 (1:52.54), Australian Olympic 1500 finalist Ryan Gregson moved onto Rudisha’s shoulder as the pack began to bunch up behind them. If Rudisha could not pick it up, he was going to get passed.

Rudisha still led around the final turn, but the extra gear that carried him to the Olympic title in Rio was not there and Kipkoech and Holusa blew by him coming off the turn. Those two would battle it out on the home stretch but Holusa could never quite reach Kipkoech, who held him off for the win by .09. Rudisha had nothing the final 100 and had to settle for 4th.

Results

Pl. Athlete / Team Cnt. Birth Result Score
1. Nicholas Kiplangat KIPKOECH KEN 92 2:18.51 1106 SB
2. Jakub HOLUŠA CZE 88 2:18.60 1104 SB
3. Filip SASÍNEK CZE 96 2:19.03 1094 PB
4. David RUDISHA KEN 88 2:19.43 1086 PB
5. Luke MATHEWS AUS 95 2:19.57 1083 PB
6. Jan FRIŠ CZE 95 2:20.05 1072 PB
7. Jacob ROZANI RSA 84 2:20.25 1068 PB
8. Ryan GREGSON AUS 90 2:20.51 1063 SB
9. Charel GRETHEN LUX 92 2:21.05 1051 SB
10. Andreas VOJTA AUT 89 2:26.48 939 SB
Matej PAVLICEK CZE 92 DNF


Quick Take: 1000m is a little far for David Rudisha, who is now 0-for-3 in 2017

David Rudisha entered this year as the defending world and Olympic champion at 800 meters, but it’s now almost July and he has yet to win a race. That’s not necessarily anything to worry about — Rudisha lost his first two Diamond Leagues of 2016 and his last three races before Worlds in 2015 — but right now, his endurance clearly isn’t where it needs to be in London. In all three of his races — Shanghai, the Racers Grand Prix, and Ostrava — Rudisha held the lead only to be run down at the end of the race.

We should point out that this was Rudisha’s first-ever 1000m race (previously, he had never raced anything longer than 800m), so if his endurance still needed work, it was going to be exposed today. Rudisha has always been more of a 400/800 guy than a 800/1500 guy.

At his best, Rudisha is the greatest 800 runner who ever lived, and if can build up his endurance to the point where he can use his devastating speed over the final 200, he’ll win his third world title in London. But if the Rudisha we’ve seen so far in 2017 shows up, he will lose. He has five more weeks to prepare.

Men’s 10,000: Mo Farah keeps his win streak alive with 27:12.09 victory on a warm evening

Farah celebrated after yet another victory

Farah celebrated after yet another victory

Mo Farah ran his win streak in 10,000-meter races to eight in a row as he cruised to a 27:12.10 win. Though there were 18 men on the start-list, for all intents and purposes, this was a two-man race as Farah was chasing his personal best of 26:46.57 and only one man — 19-year-old Matthew Kimeli, who finished 6th in the Kenyan 10,000 Trials just four days ago — was willing to go with him.

Early on, it looked as if the 34-year-old Farah would have a shot at a fast time as the rabbit his 2k in 5:17 which is sub 26:30 pace. But almost every km after that was slower until the last one as after 2k they went 2:41, 2:42, 2:44 (13:25.53 for 5k), 2:44, 2:47, 2:45, 2:50 and 2:38.

Farah had no rabbit to help him during the second half of the race and the temperature (in the lows 80s) was not ideal for distance running. As a result, his laps got progressively slower and with 1600 to go (22:50), Farah needed to close in 3:56 for a personal best and 4:09 just to get under 27 minutes. That wasn’t happening.

At that point, Farah shifted his focus to locking up the win. Kimeli was still with Farah with 500 to go amd the pace had slowed so much that Kimeli decided he’d take the lead. He took the lead entering the home straight, but, as we’ve seen so often from Farah’s opponents over the years, he could not drop the Brit once he got there. Farah casually sat on Kimeli for half a lap before making a hard move with 250 to go, creating a fissure that would not close. Kimeli, who had already taken his best shot, was powerless to respond as Farah won going away in 27:12.10 with a 59 second last lap and 28 high last 200.

The young Kenyan should hold his head up high, however. At the start of the month, Kimeli had run two career 10,000’s and his PR was 28:19. Today was his third 10k in 19 days (and second in five) and his second PR, as he ran 27:53.9 to win the Kenyan champs in Nairobi on June 10, then a 28:23.3 for 6th at the Kenyan Tirals on June 24th and a 27:14.43 tonight.

Results

Pl. Athlete / Team Cnt. Birth Result Score
1. Mo FARAH GBR 83 27:12.09 1207 SB
2. Mathew KIMELI KEN 98 27:14.43 1203 PB
3. Timothy TOROITICH UGA 91 28:02.23 1128 SB
4. Nguse AMLOSOM ERI 86 28:08.58 1119 SB
5. Benard KIMELI KEN 95 28:09.46 1117 PB
6. Alexander MUTISO KEN 96 28:09.47 1117
7. Leule GEBRSELASSIE ETH 93 28:10.15 1116 SB
8. Belay Tilahun BEZABEH ETH 95 28:10.50 1116
9. Sondre Nordstad MOEN NOR 91 28:15.12 1109 PB
10. Abrar Osman OSMAN ERI 94 28:16.08 1107 SB
11. Alfred BARKACH KEN 97 28:20.90 1100 PB
12. Olivier IRABARUTA BDI 90 28:52.35 1053
13. Collis BIRMINGHAM AUS 84 29:05.34 1033 SB
14. Aron KIFLE ERI 98 29:11.42 1024 SB
David KUČERA CZE 91 DNF
Ismael Kipngetich KOMBICH KEN 85 DNF
Hayle IBRAHIMOV AZE 90 DNF
Bashir ABDI BEL 89 DNF

Quick Take: Business as usual for Mo Farah

We didn’t learn anything about Farah tonight that we didn’t already know. We already knew that he’s not great at grinding out a fast time all alone and that’s still the case but he’s still the favorite over 5,000 and 10,000 meters, no matter who he’s facing, and with many of his biggest rivals (Geoffrey Kamworor, Paul Tanui, Tamirat Tola) sitting this one out, there was little doubt that he would win. A nice chance for the fans in Ostrava to see Farah before he moves to the roads, but the race itself was anticlimactic once he fell behind PR pace in the low 80 degree heat.

MB: Mo Farah runs 27:12 in 82deg weather and with poor pacing: Is he in PB shape? 

Men’s steeple: Kenya’s Benjamin Kigen wins in big PR of 8:11.54

Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto, who won the Kenyan Trials over the weekend, was a late scratch with an ankle injury so this race was up for grabs. By the time the final pacer stepped off at two kilometers, 2014 world junior champ Barnabas Kipyego held a lead of a few meters over a chase pack of five men. But by the bell, he had faded to the back of that pack.

Instead, it was Benjamin Kigen, who last week finished 4th at Kenya’s World Championship Trials, battling for the lead and he took it at the bell, quickly opening up a gap on the rest of the field on the first turn. From there, he was just too good over the final 300 meters as he crushed the field even with a slight stutter approaching the final hurdle.

Though Kigen smashed his 8:20 PR to win in 8:11.54, he won’t be going to Worlds as he lost to Conseslus Kipruto, Brimin Kipruto and Jairus Birech at the Trials (Ezekiel Kemboi will also be going as defending champ).

Results

Pl. Athlete / Team Cnt. Birth Result Score
1. Benjamin KIGEN KEN 93 8:11.54 1205 PB
2. Getnet WALE ETH 00 8:13.16 1197
3. Hailemariyam AMARE ETH 97 8:13.39 1196 PB
4. Abraham KIBIWOTT KEN 96 8:16.21 1184
5. Tafese SOBOKA ETH 93 8:16.72 1181
6. Tolosa NURGI ETH 90 8:23.12 1153 SB
7. Barnabas KIPYEGO KEN 95 8:23.13 1153
8. Abel Kiprop MUTAI KEN 88 8:33.66 1106
9. Martin GRAU GER 92 8:33.97 1105 SB
10. Stewart MCSWEYN AUS 95 8:41.11 1074
11. Lukáš OLEJNÍČEK CZE 88 9:18.34 919
Justus KIPKORIR KEN 96 DNF
Michal ŠMAHEL CZE 94 DNF

Rest of meet results

Men’s 110mH

Wind: +0.6 m/s

Pl. Athlete / Team Cnt. Birth Result Score
1. Garfield DARIEN FRA 87 13.09 1237 PB
2. Balázs BAJI HUN 89 13.23 1210 PB
3. Milan TRAJKOVIC CYP 92 13.34 1189
4. Antonio ALKANA RSA 90 13.37 1183
5. Konstantinos DOUVALIDIS GRE 87 13.51 1156
6. Andreas MARTINSEN DEN 90 13.55 1149
7. Damian CZYKIER POL 92 13.56 1147
8. Artur NOGA POL 88 13.62 1136

Men’s 3000mSC

Pl. Athlete / Team Cnt. Birth Result Score
1. Benjamin KIGEN KEN 93 8:11.54 1205 PB
2. Getnet WALE ETH 00 8:13.16 1197
3. Hailemariyam AMARE ETH 97 8:13.39 1196 PB
4. Abraham KIBIWOTT KEN 96 8:16.21 1184
5. Tafese SOBOKA ETH 93 8:16.72 1181
6. Tolosa NURGI ETH 90 8:23.12 1153 SB
7. Barnabas KIPYEGO KEN 95 8:23.13 1153
8. Abel Kiprop MUTAI KEN 88 8:33.66 1106
9. Martin GRAU GER 92 8:33.97 1105 SB
10. Stewart MCSWEYN AUS 95 8:41.11 1074
11. Lukáš OLEJNÍČEK CZE 88 9:18.34 919
Justus KIPKORIR KEN 96 DNF
Michal ŠMAHEL CZE 94 DNF

Men’s High Jump

Pl. Athlete / Team Cnt. Birth Result Score
1. Sylwester BEDNAREK POL 89 2.32 1197 PB
2. Tihomir IVANOV BUL 94 2.30 1179 PB
3. Majed Aldin GHAZAL SYR 87 2.27 1152
3. Jamal WILSON BAH 88 2.27 1152 SB
5. Andriy PROTSENKO UKR 88 2.27 1152 SB
6. Edgar Alejandro RIVERA-MORALES MEX 91 2.27 1152 SB
7. Matúš BUBENÍK SVK 89 2.20 1090 SB
7. Gianmarco TAMBERI ITA 92 2.20 1090 SB
9. Norbert KOBIELSKI POL 97 2.20 1090
10. Luis CASTRO RIVERA PUR 91 2.20 1090
10. Jaroslav BÁBA CZE 84 2.20 1090 SB

Men’s Triple Jump

Pl. Athlete / Team Cnt. Birth Result Wind Score
1. Christian TAYLOR USA 90 17.57 -1.1 1231
2. Troy DORIS GUY 89 16.80 +0.4 1143 SB
3. Elvijs MISANS LAT 89 16.74 +0.4 1137 SB
4. Karol HOFFMANN POL 89 16.59 +0.2 1121 SB
5. Alberto ALVAREZ MUNOZ MEX 91 16.42 +0.2 1103
6. Andrei CHURYLA BLR 93 16.35 +1.0 1095 PB
7. Yoann RAPINIER FRA 89 15.82 0.0 1039
8. Philipp KRONSTEINER AUT 97 15.73 +0.7 1030 SB
Jiří VONDRÁČEK CZE 88 NM

Men’s Shot Put

Pl. Athlete / Team Cnt. Birth Result Score
1. Tomáš STANĚK CZE 91 21.63 1218
2. Michał HARATYK POL 92 21.34 1201 PB
3. Stipe ŽUNIĆ CRO 90 20.76 1166
4. Konrad BUKOWIECKI POL 97 20.66 1160
5. Jacko GILL NZL 94 20.41 1145
6. Ladislav PRÁŠIL CZE 90 20.09 1126
7. Jakub SZYSZKOWSKI POL 91 20.09 1126
8. Franck ELEMBA CGO 90 19.65 1100

Men’s Javelin Throw

Pl. Athlete / Team Cnt. Birth Result Score
1. Thomas RÖHLER GER 91 91.53 1266
2. Johannes VETTER GER 93 87.88 1213
3. Jakub VADLEJCH CZE 90 86.43 1193
4. Andreas HOFMANN GER 91 83.37 1149
5. Jaroslav JÍLEK CZE 89 82.74 1140 SB
6. Vítězslav VESELÝ CZE 83 82.16 1132 SB
7. Petr FRYDRYCH CZE 88 80.61 1110 SB
8. Lars HAMANN GER 89 78.60 1081

Women’s 200m

Wind: +1.2 m/s

Pl. Athlete / Team Cnt. Birth Result Score
1. Marie-Josee TA LOU CIV 88 22.44 1192
2. Alyssa CONLEY RSA 91 23.03 1131
3. Estela GARCÍA ESP 89 23.17 1117
4. Marcela PIRKOVÁ CZE 96 23.30 1104 PB
5. Barbora PROCHÁZKOVÁ CZE 91 23.72 1063
6. Nikola BENDOVÁ CZE 99 23.75 1060
7. Jana SLANINOVÁ CZE 90 24.30 1007
Anna KIEŁBASIŃSKA POL 90 DNF

Women’s 1500m

Pl. Athlete / Team Cnt. Birth Result Score
1. Gudaf TSEGAY ETH 97 4:00.96 1198 SB
2. Rababe ARAFI MAR 91 4:03.34 1179
3. Zoe BUCKMAN AUS 88 4:06.30 1155 SB
4. Adanech ANBESA ETH 98 4:07.85 1143
5. ABYE WORKNESH ETH 99 4:08.27 1140
6. Mary KURIA KEN 87 4:08.85 1135 SB
7. Simona VRZALOVÁ CZE 85 4:09.18 1133 PB
8. Kristina MÄKI CZE 91 4:26.19 1004
Margherita MAGNANI ITA 87 DNF
Danuta URBANIK POL 89 DNF
Kateřina HÁLOVÁ CZE 81 DNF
Tamara TVERDOSTUP UKR 79 DNF

Women’s 100mH

Wind: +1.0 m/s

Pl. Athlete / Team Cnt. Birth Result Score
1. Pamela DUTKIEWICZ GER 91 12.72 1188
2. Rikenette STEENKAMP RSA 92 12.99 1151 PB
3. Hanna PLOTITSYNA UKR 87 13.02 1147 SB
4. Elisavet PESIRIDOU GRE 92 13.08 1139
5. Isabelle PEDERSEN NOR 92 13.12 1134
6. Karolina KOŁECZEK POL 93 13.22 1120
7. Lucie KOUDELOVÁ CZE 94 13.32 1107 SB
8. Kateřina CACHOVÁ CZE 90 13.59 1071

Women’s Pole Vault

Pl. Athlete / Team Cnt. Birth Result Score
1. Anzhelika SIDOROVA ANA 91 4.70 1177
2. Alysha NEWMAN CAN 94 4.65 1161
3. Robeilys PEINADO VEN 97 4.55 1130
4. Maryna KYLYPKO UKR 95 4.50 1114
5. Romana MALÁČOVÁ CZE 87 4.50 1114
6. Jiřina PTÁČNÍKOVÁ CZE 86 4.40 1083
7. Olga MULLINA ANA 92 4.40 1083
8. Amalie SVABIKOVA CZE 99 4.20 1021
9. Annika ROLOFF GER 91 4.20 1021
10. Tina ŠUTEJ SLO 88 4.00 960
11. Nikol JIROUTOVÁ CZE 92 4.00 960
Aneta MORYSKOVÁ CZE 92 NH

Re-live the meet with our live thread. MB: Ostrava Golden Spike Live Thread: Bolt (2:55 pm ET) , Van Niekerk, Rudisha (2:05 pm) and Farah (10k 2:15 pm ET) all running.


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