Birmingham Diamond League Recap: Farah Exits British Soil With a Win, Hassan Impresses, Americans Struggle, Barshim Goes 2.40

August 20, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, England — There were a few cases of post-Worlds fatigue on display at today’s Muller Grand Prix Birmingham, the final Diamond League meet before the two finals in Zurich (August 24) and Brussels (September 1). While world champs Hellen Obiri and Phyllis Francis both finished a well-beaten 4th in the 3,000 and 400, respectively, the marquee attraction, Great Britain’s Mo Farah, did not disappoint as he went out a winner in his final track race on British soil, claiming the 3,000 in 7:38.64.

Sifan Hassan was brilliant in winning the women’s 3,000 in 8:28.90, just ahead of Germany’s 20-year-old Konstanze Klosterhalfen (8:29.89) as both women set national records. The Americans mostly struggled in the distance races today (Jenny Simpson was the top US finisher in the 1500 in 7th, while Shannon Rowbury was the top American in the 3k in 9th) as Brit Jake Wightman got a win in the Emsley Carr Mile (3:54.92) on home soil.

In the field, the highlight was Mutaz Essa Barshim clearing 2.40 meters in the high jump as fellow world champs Tom Walsh, Katerina Stefanidi and Sandra Perkovic all won as well.

Recaps, analysis, results and interviews below. (Full results here)

Men’s 3000m: Mo Farah Exits British Soil With a Win

Maybe it was best Mo Farah’s final track race on British soil was not at the World Championships in London, as he got to go out with a victory. Farah seized the lead with 460m to go, and in classic Mo Farah style, never gave it up, getting the win in 7:38.64 ahead of Adel Mechaal of Spain (4th placer in 1500m at Worlds).  

After the victory, Farah took his British vest off and in changing of the guard gave it to Andrew Butchart, who will be the British #1 once Farah leaves the track for good after next week’s Diamond League Finale.

“That was my message to Andy in terms of, this is me done, take over for me and hopefully just inspire them,” Farah said after the race.

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“It’s an amazing week… This is it (the final race on British soil),” Farah told the BBC as he thanked everyone who had supported him over the years.

It was fitting Farah passed on his best to Butchart.

“All I dreamed of as a youngster was running for Great Britain,” said Farah of his career, which resulted in four Olympic titles. Farah said he looked forward to moving to the roads where he can get a fresh start with no pressure. “Going to roads is going to be a completely new game.”

The race itself played out as most Farah wins do with him getting the lead at the bell and holding it. The rabbit hit 1600 in 4:08.9 and the Butchart took the lead with 800 to go with Farah right behind him. With 460 to go Farah had the lead. Mechaal tried to get the lead from Farah on the backstretch but Farah held him off and the rest was history.

3000 Metres - Men 
    1 Farah , Mohamed                  GBR    7:38.64           
    2 Mechaal , Adel                   ESP    7:40.34           
    3 Kiplangat , Davis                KEN    7:40.63           
    4 Butchart , Andrew                GBR    7:44.10           
    5 Tiernan , Patrick                AUS    7:46.99           
    6 Ringer , Richard                 GER    7:49.92           
    7 Mead , Hassan                    USA    7:51.09           
    8 Bouchikhi , Soufiane             BEL    7:55.55           
    9 Campbell , Kemoy                 JAM    8:07.26           
   10 Zalewski , Krystian              POL    8:11.51           
   11 West , James                     GBR    8:16.32           
   12 Goolab , Nick                    GBR    8:18.58           
      Birgen , Bethwell Kiprotich      KEN        DNF           
      Kibet , Vincent                  KEN        DNF

Quick Take: Expect a more relaxed Mo — or should we say, Mohamed? — Farah on the roads

Farah will run one more race on the track in his career, in Zurich on Thursday. Though Farah said in London that he was in PR shape, we may not see him get a chance to prove it. It’s $50,000 for the win and against a field that will include world champ Muktar Edris, and, as usual, the win is more important to Farah than the time.

“It just depends on how the race is run,” Farah said. “There’s a lot of money up front, so I don’t know how they’re going to do.”

After that, it’s on to the roads. Farah will be running the Great North Run — a race he has won three straight years — on September 10 before tackling his second marathon in 2018. We expect that race to be the London Marathon, which will likely offer Farah a bigger appearance fee than any other race, but there has been no official announcement.

“Obviously I’d like to run well [on the roads],” said Farah. “I will give it what it takes. But at the same time, it’s more like, chill, relax.

Quick Take: Mo Farah has worked to create distance between himself and Alberto Salazar, but the connections still endure

There has been a lot of talk about Farah’s legacy in the British press this week, and, whether he likes it or not, a huge part of Farah’s legacy involves Alberto Salazar. Farah’s career took off when he joined Salazar at the start of the 2011 season and he has won all 12 of his global medals with Salazar as his coach.

So it is curious that, in recent years with Salazar under investigation by USADA and the FBI, that Farah has attempted to distance himself from his coach. In a press conference with British media last week, Farah said:

“For the last three or four years I have been pretty much by myself and it didn’t make much difference really – I knew what I needed to do.”

But Farah still works out with his NOP teammates on a semi-regular basis and has always maintained that Salazar still writes his workouts. He has also maintained that neither he nor Salazar has crossed a line — neither man has been sanctioned by WADA or any governing body.

Look, this has been going on for so long,” he told LetsRun back in May. “If it has crossed the line, done something, why hasn’t something been done about it? Why are we keep talking about it year after year? That’s what my point is.”

But if that is the case, if no line has been crossed, then why has Farah felt the need to distance himself from Salazar at all? We asked him on Sunday, but he chose not to answer.

“As I said, I answered most of the questions last week,” Farah said. “I’m done. And today’s about competing here and doing well and enjoying myself, being myself and normal.”

Women’s 3k: Sifan Hassan Blows by Hellen Obiri

In the battle between many of the world’s best steeplers and many of the world’s best flat runners, a resounding victory went to the flat runners.

The world’s fastest 1500 runner in 2017, Sifan Hassan used a 29.9 last 200 to take the lead from 5000 world champ Hellen Obiri and go on to a comfortable win in a Dutch national record of 8:28.90, breaking her own national record of 8:29.39, as Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen rebounded from a disappointing Worlds to take second in 8:29.89, a new German record, breaking Irina Mikitenko’s record of 8:30.39 which had stood since 2000. Kenya’s Margaret Kipkemboi, who was 5th at Worlds in the 5000, took third in 8:30.11 as Obiri faded to fourth in 8:30.21.

Eilish McColgan was fifth in a new pb of 8:31.00, not too far off the Scottish record of 8:29.02 that Yvonne Murray ran in 1988 to take a bronze in the 3000 at the Seoul Olympics.

Americans Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs, who shocked the world by winning gold and silver in the women’s steeplechase at Worlds nine days ago, were total nonfactors in this one. Dropped before the the field even reached 1600, Coburn finished 11th in 8:48.60 and Frerichs finished last in 8:53.99, just 10 seconds faster than she ran in the steeple final in London (with barriers). Top American honors went to American 5000 record holder Shannon Rowbury, who stayed in the lead pack of nine until the bell but finished 9th in 8:35.77 as American 10,000 record holder Molly Huddle was 10th in 8:44.46.

The Race

The rabbit was supposed to take things out at 67 for four laps but the pace was more modest than that as the field led by Obiri hit 1600 in 4:33 and by that point but Coburn (4:37) and Frerichs had been dropped.

Obiri hit 2k in 5:41.83 and then things slowed (72ish) as the lead pack of nine gathered themselves for the kick. On the last lap, Obiri and Klosterhalfen were running side by side entering the final 200. Obiri still led coming off the final turn but Hassan was way better than everyone over the final 100.

3000 Metres - Women 
    1 Hassan , Sifan                   NED    8:28.90          8
    2 Klosterhalfen , Konstanze        GER    8:29.89          7
    3 Kipkemboi , Margaret Chelimo     KEN    8:30.11          6
    4 Obiri , Hellen Onsando           KEN    8:30.21          5
    5 McColgan , Eilish                GBR    8:31.00          4
    6 Rengeruk , Lilian Kasait         KEN    8:33.79          3
    7 Krumins , Susan                  NED    8:34.41          2
    8 Tirop , Agnes Jebet              KEN    8:35.23          1
    9 Rowbury , Shannon                USA    8:35.77           
   10 Huddle , Molly                   USA    8:44.46           
   11 Coburn , Emma                    USA    8:48.60           
   12 Clarke , Rosie                   GBR    8:51.02           
   13 LaCaze , Genevieve               AUS    8:53.48           
   14 Frerichs , Courtney              USA    8:53.99           
      Diro , Etenesh                   ETH        DNF           
      Tuei , Emily Cherotich           KEN        DNF

Quick Take: Emma Coburn wasn’t the only gold medallist off her game in this one

Coburn and Frerichs weren’t the only people to be off their games in this one. Even someone like Obiri wasn’t nearly as good as she was at Worlds. At Worlds, in winning the 5k, Obiri ran her last 3k in 8:27 with a last lap of 60.67 and last 200 of 29.91.Today, the winning time by Hassan was slower than the last 3k of the 5k at Worlds (8:28.90) and Hassan’s last lap was slower as well (61.7 with a 29.9 last 400).

Coburn was hoping to break 8:40 today but said that it was a big adjustment running a flat race as most of her training has been at 72-second 400 pace.

“It was an okay performance. I’m not devastated by it but I’m definitely not satisfied,” Coburn said.

Coburn said that she has recovered well from Worlds, however, and will go again in the Diamond League final in Zurich on Thursday — though she doesn’t expect fast times. Still, sub-9:00 remains a goal of Coburn and she will take aim at that barrier next year.

Before that, however, Coburn has a busy fall planned. She has a bachelorette party in Mexico, followed by her own 5k road race that she is putting on in her hometown of Crested Butte before marrying fiance Joe Bosshard on October 14.

Quick Take: Sifan Hassan: “When I enter race, I thought, I’m gonna win. But after, when we’re racing, I was tired and I thought [Obiri was] gonna kick my ass.”

Hassan ran five races in 10 days at Worlds but showed no ill effects today as she closed extremely well over the final 150 to win. One of the reasons for that was her patient approach. At Worlds, Hassan entered with the three fastest times on the year and knew she was in terrific shape. However, because she was so fit, she put a lot of pressure on herself to do well and made a big move early in the final lap that she ultimately could not sustain.

“I had a lot of pressure and I didn’t know what I was doing at all,” Hassan said.

Today, however, she waited until the end of the final turn to move and the result was tremendous.

“Most of the time, I run as I wish or when I feel good I just go. But today I just stay until 120.”

Hassan said that the biggest difference in her training since joining the Oregon Project is that she’s done more endurance work and that paid off with a bronze in the 5,000 at Worlds. Moving forward, the next area she has to address is her tactics; perhaps she should pick Matthew Centrowitz’s brain the next time they are together. But after a poor tactical run in London, today’s win — and the patience Hassan showed — was a good place to start.

“I’m getting better!” Hassan said after her win.

Quick Take: What an incredible run from Konstanze Klosterhalfen

At this point, we’re no longer surprised when Klosterhalfen moves onto the shoulder of someone like Obiri late in the race — she showed her fearlessness in the Rome Diamond League as well as her semifinal at Worlds, when she made a bold mid-race move for the win. But the fact that she could move up like that and battle back over the final 200 to get second in 8:29.89 — breaking the German national record in the process — shows that she has the fitness to match her fearlessness on the track.

For Klosterhalfen, a 20-year-old German (if she were in the NCAA, she’d have just finished up her sophomore year) to take it to and beat a dominant world champion in Hellen Obiri is incredibly impressive. Granted, Obiri wasn’t totally on her game today as she only finished 4th, but it’s not as if she totally bombed. Klosterhalfen simply ran great.

Klosterhalfen was beaming throughout her interview and at times struggled for words to explain her happiness — not because her English is bad (it’s quite good) — but because she was in a state of shock.

Klosterhalfen wanted to make a move at the bell because she did not think she had the speed to win in a kick, but even then she did not think she had much of a chance.

“I thought, You cannot beat [Obiri], but you can try it,” Klosterhalfen said.

But Klosterhalfen more than held her own against several recent global medalists, fighting back to finish second even after Hassan made her winning move late. Klosterhalfen could become an even bigger star next year as the European Championships are headed to Berlin, where she will be one of the faces of the meet for the home nation.

Quick Take: Instead of concluding this race proves that flat runners are superior to steeplers, we think the appropriate takeaway is to appreciate how special the 1-2 by Coburn and Frerichs was in London

Drawing some grand conclusion about the superiority of flat runners versus steeplers isn’t the right call to make after this one. The fact of the matter is Frerichs and Coburn didn’t run well in today. Frerichs ran only 9.78 seconds faster than her steeple of the same distance at Worlds and Coburn was only 14.98 seconds faster.

We aren’t going to criticize them for having a post-Worlds fatigue as if anyone ever deserved to party after Worlds, it was them.

Women’s 1500: Seyaum Wins, Jenny Simpson Struggles and May Miss DL Finale

Gudaf Tsegay was the only athlete to go with the rabbit Jenny Meadows at 400m (62.72) and opened up a big gap of 20+ meters on the field. The pace would slow the next 400 (2:09.79) but Tsegay’s lead only got bigger.

Could she hold on?

Just before the bell, Dawit Seyaum began to break away from the field to lead the chase but was 15-20 meters down at the bell. Seyaum flew down the back stretch and went by Tsegay with ease, as Tsegay hadn’t been running that fast up front (3:14.97 at 1200).

The chase was on behind Seyaum but no one could muster anything to challenge Tsegay who got the win. Jenny Simpson, who was third at one point leading the chasers, faded to 7th and now is currently only tied for 14th in the Diamond League points standing and will miss the Diamond League finale in Brussels unless athletes opt to not run or run the 5000 instead.

1500 Metres - Women 
    1 Seyaum , Dawit                   ETH    4:01.36          8
    2 Chebet , Winny                   KEN    4:02.24          7
    3 Arafi , Rababe                   MAR    4:02.95          6
    4 Tsegay , Gudaf                   ETH    4:03.00          5
    5 Bahta , Meraf                    SWE    4:03.04          4
    6 Cichocka , Angelika              POL    4:03.18          3
    7 Simpson , Jennifer               USA    4:03.71          2
    8 Weightman , Laura                GBR    4:05.81          1
    9 Quigley , Colleen                USA    4:06.07           
   10 Houlihan , Shelby                USA    4:06.22           
   11 Akkaoui , Malika                 MAR    4:07.44           
   12 Ennaoui , Sofia                  POL    4:07.85           
   13 McDonald , Sarah                 GBR    4:08.21           
   14 Snowden , Katie                  GBR    4:09.32           
   15 Martinez , Brenda                USA    4:09.39           
   16 See , Heidi                      AUS    4:10.86           
      Meadows , Jennifer               GBR        DNF

Quick Take: The Americans struggle as Jenny Simpson is at a loss to explain her 7th-place finish

Simpson came in seeking her first DL victory since 2015 and with the field opposing her, she was the favorite on paper. Even when Tsegay opened up a gap, Simpson felt confident that they would reel her in and that she could still win, but she had an uncharacteristically weak final 100 and could not make her traditional late charge.

“I ran smart, I ran on the shoulder of Bahta,” Simpson said. “I was thinking, between her and me, we’re gonna win it. And then just a lot of people came late. It felt like a long race.”

Simpson couldn’t explain why she didn’t have it today; she hadn’t raced for 13 days and said that she had some good weeks in between Worlds and Birmingham.

Now she’ll need some help to make the final. In previous years, Simpson would easily get an invitation based on her silver at Worlds, but since invitations are handed out strictly on points after a rules change in the offseason, she could be on the outside looking in. Simpson wasn’t critical of the change, however, as she noted that in order to win the DL title in years past, you still had to run well throughout the year.

“It’s a set format and you gotta race it the way it is,” Simpson said.

Men’s Emsley Carr Mile: Brits Impress

With only one 1500m finalist from the World Championships in London in this field (Chris O’Hare), the race was set up for the Brits to do well and they delivered as Chris O’Hare and Jake Wightman battled for the win the homestretch with Wightman edging O’Hare, 3:54.92 to 3:55.01. Ben Blankenship was 3rd in 3:55.89.

The rabbit went out in 56.13 and 1:57.36, but no one wanted to go with him. Evan Jager led the main pack and led at the bell and onto the backstretch when the milers took over. O’Hare led with 200 to go, but Wightman, who had been mid-pack in 7th or 8th on the backstretch, was moving up very well. O’Hare tried to hold him off around the turn, but Wightman seized the lead and the rail. O’Hare would gain a little the final 100m but Wightman held on for the win.

One Mile - Men 
    1 Wightman , Jake                  GBR    3:54.92           
    2 O'Hare , Chris                   GBR    3:55.01           
    3 Blankenship  , Ben               USA    3:55.89           
    4 Torrence , David                 PER    3:56.10           
    5 Ahmed , Mohammed                 CAN    3:56.60           
    6 Williamsz , Jordan               AUS    3:56.89           
    7 Jager , Evan                     USA    3:57.39           
    8 Andrè , Thiago                   BRA    3:57.91           
    9 Hairane , Jamal                  QAT    3:59.34           
   10 Kimeli , Isaac Kipruto           BEL    3:59.35           
   11 Gregson , Ryan                   AUS    4:00.52           
   12 Fitzgibbon , Robbie              GBR    4:00.63           
   13 Andrews , Robby                  USA    4:03.24           
      Douma , Richard                  NED        DNF           
      Rotich , Andrew Kiptoo           KEN        DNF

QT: Better Performance From the Brits

At Worlds on home soil, O’Hare was last in the final, and the Oslo Diamond League winner, Wightman, didn’t make the final. Here they were two of the better guys on paper and they showed it.

Quick Take: Jake Wightman joins some heady company and finally gets a win in front of dad

Back on July 2, Wightman was in a similar race on this track (even slower, in fact) in the British Championships 1500 final and only wound up third, losing a close kick to NCAA champ Josh Kerr by .03 of a second. Today, Wightman turned the tables on the winner of that race, Chris O’Hare, by holding him off for a narrow victory.

Wightman now joins the likes of Jim Ryun, Kip Keino, Seb Coe, Steve Ovett, Hicham El Guerrouj and Asbel Kiprop as a winner of the prestigious Emsley Carr Mile (he’s the first Brit to win since Michael East in 2005). All of the winners sign their name in a book, and Wightman took pleasure in doing so trackside after the race, even if he admitted his signature may have been a little messy since he was “knackered” from the race.

Though Wightman ran well today, we should point out that this year’s field does not match up to some of the great ones of Emsley Carr Miles past. There were no Africans (Kenyans have won the past five editions) and O’Hare was the only World Championship finalist (and he finished last).

Still, this was the capper on a strong year from the 23-year-old Wightman that included a Diamond League win in Oslo, his first World Championship appearance and a number of personal bests. Wightman credited that improvement to living more like a professional. He finished up school at Loughborough University last year and now lives in Teddington where he is able to train full-time under his father Geoff Wightman.

Speaking of Geoff, he was the stadium announcer for this race — though you wouldn’t have known it as he remained very professional and impartial. Jake knew his dad was on the mic, however, and was pleased to have won as he hasn’t always run well with dad watching.

“I’ve had a lot of rubbish races with him on the mic,” Jake said.

QT: Chris O’Hare: “I’m tired and a bit exhausted.”

O’Hare, like several of the athletes competing today, was not quite 100% after three races in four days at Worlds last week and that may have been the difference in the homestretch today — though O’Hare admitted that Wightman (who went out in the semis at Worlds) was probably a bit fatigued as well.

“Basically it came down to who was just that little bit more ready today and that was Jake,” O’Hare said. “I’m happy that it was another Brit to take the win.”

O’Hare said that he’s trying not to dwell on the disappointment of his last-place finish in the Worlds final but with just one week since the race, the wounds are still fresh.

“I’m mature enough to not let it eat at me but it’s hard to sleep at night,” O’Hare said.

O’Hare said that he was a little disappointed with his tactics in London, and he knows that in a World Championship final, you have precious little margin for error.

“In a race like that, you’ve got to 100% play to your strengths and I’m not sure I did that,” O’Hare said.

QT: Ben Blankenship regretted not getting into a better spot early in this one

The rabbit was supposed to hit 1000 in 2:22 and Blankenship knew going in that was going to be too fast for this field, so he was not surprised to see this one go slow. However, he didn’t get out into a good spot in the 14-man field, and though Blankenship did make a good effort to move up into second with 200 to go, he could not sustain it and wound up third as Wightman and O’Hare pulled away in the home stretch. Up next for Blankenship is a 3k in Zagreb.

QT: This was Robby Andrews’ kind of race, but he just didn’t have it today

We spoke to Andrews briefly off-camera and he said that he had no expectations going into today’s race. He took a few days off after Worlds to heal his calf before returning for a light session of repeat 1ks on Thursday, but added illness to injury by getting sick the night before today’s race. This kind of race suited a big kicker like Andrews, but he had nothing in his legs on the last lap and wound up last in 4:03. He said he’ll fly back home tomorrow, though he hopes to run the 5th Avenue Mile in three weeks’ time.

Men’s 800: Nijel Amos Wins With Ease

Bram Som rabbited the field through 400 in 50.06, at which point there was a six-meter gap to Nijel Amos and then a slight gap to Brandon McBride. Som dropped out at 500 and it was all Amos the rest of the way. Erik Sowinski tried to challenge him on the backstretch but Amos never was challenged on the finishing straight as he pulled away for the win.

800 Metres - Men 
    1 Amos , Nijel                     BOT    1:44.50          8
    2 Kszczot , Adam                   POL    1:45.28          7
    3 Lewandowski , Marcin             POL    1:45.33          6
    4 McBride , Brandon                CAN    1:45.39          5
    5 Giles , Elliot                   GBR    1:45.44          4
    6 Langford , Kyle                  GBR    1:45.69          3
    7 Kiprop , Asbel                   KEN    1:46.05          2
    8 Learmonth , Guy                  GBR    1:46.28          1
    9 Sowinski , Erik                  USA    1:46.43           
      Som , Bram                       NED        DNF

QT: Nijel Amos: “It was not a tough race for me”

Amos went out today and did what he has done all season except for Worlds: he dominated. Watching the ease with which Amos dispatched the field today — which included the second and fourth placers from London — it’s hard to believe he didn’t win Worlds. But an 800 at Worlds is a different challenge from a Diamond League 800, and Amos admitted that though he’s in terrific shape right now, he got his tactics wrong in London. That cost him a medal, and based on his current form, that medal could have been gold.

Women’s 800: Ethiopia’s Habitam Alemu wins it

With most of the top women in this event resting up for Thursday’s Diamond League final, this was a wide-open event and the result was an entertaining race with four lead changes over the final 600 meters. Iceland’s 21-year-old Anita Hinriksdottir held the early lead at 200 meters but she was quickly passed by American Charlene Lipsey, who hit the bell in the lead about a second behind rabbit Kendra Chambers (58.72).

But Lipsey could not hold it and Hinriksdottir moved by on the backstretch. Hinriksdottir’s move was not decisive either, however, and with 140 meters to go, Brit Lynsey Sharp moved into first. Though Sharp led off the turn, Ethiopia’s World Championship semifinalist Habitam Alemu was still there and went wide. Alemu’s move proved to be decisive as she pulled away to win in 1:59.60 with Sharp the only other woman close in 1:59.97. Lipsey, who looked in trouble on the backstretch, fought back for third in 2:00.97. The other American on the start list, 2016 US champ Kate Grace, was a DNS due to illness.

800 Metres - Women 
    1 Alemu , Habitam                  ETH    1:59.60           
    2 Sharp , Lynsey                   GBR    1:59.97           
    3 Lipsey , Charlene                USA    2:00.97           
    4 Büchel , Selina                  SUI    2:01.32           
    5 Hynne , Hedda                    NOR    2:01.72           
    6 Eykens , Renée                   BEL    2:02.23           
    7 Bell , Alexandra                 GBR    2:02.30           
    8 Hinriksdóttir , Aníta            ISL    2:03.24           
    9 Guerrero , Esther                ESP    2:03.26           
      Chambers , Kendra                USA        DNF           
      Grace , Kate                     USA        DNS

Quick Take: Charlene Lipsey is hoping her London 2017 hangover is over by next week

Aside from a poor race in Monaco on July 21, Lipsey has been remarkably consistent in 2017 but she did not look like herself today, struggling to a 2:00.97 time, one of her slower efforts of the season.

Today’s race came exactly one week after her seventh-place finish in the World Championship final, and Lipsey admitted that she was still feeling the effects of that meet, both mentally and physically.

“Honestly, I’m kind of numb right now after the World Championships,” Lipsey said. “My mind isn’t really in it right now.”

Lipsey has never gone this deep into a season before, so it’s understandable that she may be feeling fatigued at this point of the year. But she hopes (and expects) to rebound for the DL final in Zurich. She will have to, as the field there will be significantly better than the non-DL field she faced today.


Women’s 100m: Elaine Thompson Gets Back to Winning Ways

Elaine Thompson, the Rio Olympic 100 & 200 champ, got back to her winning ways be beating Marie-Josee Ta Lou, 10.93 to 10.97. Thompson has only lost once in the last two years at 100 and it was a big one: she was only 5th in the London final.

100 Metres - Women Final                         Wind: -1.2 m/s
    1 Thompson , Elaine                JAM      10.93          8
    2 Ta Lou , Marie-Josée             CIV      10.97          7
    3 Levy , Jura                      JAM      11.08          6
    4 Okagbare-Ighoteguonor , Blessing NGR      11.21          5
    5 Asher-Smith , Dina               GBR      11.21          4
    6 Schippers , Dafne                NED      11.22          3
    7 Akinosun , Morolake              USA      11.24          2
    8 Miller-Uibo , Shaunae            BAH      11.37          1

Men’s 100: Chijindu Ujah Wins British 100m

100 Metres - Men                                  Wind: -0.2 m/s
    1 Ujah , Chijindu                  GBR      10.08           
    2 Dasaolu , James                  GBR      10.11           
    3 Hughes , Zharnel                 GBR      10.13           
    4 Aikines-Aryeetey , Harry         GBR      10.19           
    5 Edoburun , Ojie                  GBR      10.25           
    6 Robertson , Andrew               GBR      10.46           
    7 de Escofet , Kyle                GBR      10.78           
      Gemili , Adam                    GBR         DQ

Men’s 110m Hurdles Aries Merritt Edges Shubenkov

Nothing spectacular about this one but Merritt’s wins are an inspiration as he is still great after a kidney transplant.

110 Metres Hurdles - Men                          Wind: -0.6 m/s
    1 Merritt , Aries                  USA      13.29          8
    2 Shubenkov , Sergey               ANA      13.31          7
    3 Allen , Devon                    USA      13.40          6
    4 Baji , Balázs                    HUN      13.47          5
    5 Ortega , Orlando                 ESP      13.48          4
    6 Pozzi , Andrew                   GBR      13.53          3
    7 King , David                     GBR      13.65          2
      Brathwaite , Shane               BAR         DQ           
      Darien , Garfield                FRA         DQ

Men’s 200: No Post-Worlds Fatigue for Ramil Guliyev

Isaac Makwala had the lead entering the homestretch but World Champ Ramil Guliyev moved up well to the get the win as American champ Ameer Webb was 2nd.

200 Metres - Men                                  Wind: -0.1 m/s
    1 Guliyev , Ramil                  TUR      20.17          8
    2 Webb , Ameer                     USA      20.26          7
    3 Brown , Aaron                    CAN      20.30          6
    4 Makwala , Isaac                  BOT      20.41          5
    5 Mitchell-Blake , Nethaneel       GBR      20.46          4
    6 Talbot , Daniel                  GBR      20.47          3
    7 Lemaitre , Christophe            FRA      20.53          2
    8 Young , Isiah                    USA      20.55          1

Men’s 400: Dwayne Cowan PBs to Win, Josephus Lyles Fizzles

Thirty-two-year-old Dwayne Cowan, only fourth entering the homestretch, came up late to edge Vernon Norwood just before the line and win in a PB of 45.34. Josephus Lyles, brother of sprint sensation Noah, got a lane and underperformed running 46.75 (he has a pb of 45.30).

Cowan is the son of Lloyd Cowan, a former British 400m runner who coached Christine Ohuruogu.

400 Metres - Men 
    1 Cowan , Dwayne                   GBR      45.34           
    2 Norwood , Vernon                 USA      45.52           
    3 Yousif , Rabah                   GBR      45.58           
    4 Atine - Venel , Teddy            FRA      45.70           
    5 Gregan , Brian                   IRL      45.93           
    6 Borlée , Kévin                   BEL      46.23           
    7 Rooney , Martyn                  GBR      46.28           
    8 Lyles , Josephus                 USA      46.75

Women’s 400: Naser Beats Felix and Francis

Salwa Eid Naser, who got silver at Worlds, showed beating Allyson Felix in London was no fluke as she beat Felix again as well as newly minted world champ Phyllis Francis, who was only 4th.

400 Metres - Women 
    1 Naser , Salwa Eid                BRN      50.59          8
    2 Felix , Allyson                  USA      50.63          7
    3 Okolo , Courtney                 USA      50.66          6
    4 Francis , Phyllis                USA      51.18          5
    5 Williams-Mills , Novlene         JAM      51.62          4
    6 Jackson , Shericka               JAM      52.08          3
    7 Gordon , Chrisann                JAM      52.08          2
    8 Clark , Zoey                     GBR      52.87          1

Women’s 400m Hurdles: Hejnova Runs Season’s Best to Win

Zuzana Hejnova edged Dalilah Muhammad at the line to win in a season’s best 54.18. The $10,000 victory must be some consolation for two-time World Champ Hejnova, who was 4th in London.

400 Metres Hurdles - Women 
    1 Hejnová , Zuzana                 CZE      54.18          8
    2 Muhammad , Dalilah               USA      54.20          7
    3 Russell , Janieve                JAM      54.67          6
    4 Doyle , Eilidh                   GBR      54.89          5
    5 Petersen , Sara Slott            DEN      55.28          4
    6 Little , Shamier                 USA      57.42          3

Men’s Walk vs. Run: Race walker Tom Bosworth holds off Adam Clarke

This was an interesting event, with middle-distance runner Adam Clarke (3:38 pb) tasked with running 1400 meters while race walker Tom Bosworth had to walk 1000 meters. It wound up going down to the wire, but Bosworth had just enough of a cushion entering the final 100 to ease up at the line and take the win in 3:28.28 to Clarke’s 3:28.99.

Men’s High Jump: Barshim Jumps 2.40 For 5th Straight Year

Mutaz Barshim of Qatar nearly went out at 2.31 but then he really got it together and would eventually clear 2.40 to make it five straight years he’s jumped 2.40 or higher.

High Jump - Men 
    1 Barshim , Mutaz Essa             QAT       2.40          8
    2 Ghazal , Majd Eddin              SYR       2.31          7
    3 Gale , Tom                       GBR       2.24          6
    4 Castro , Luis Joel               PUR       2.24          5
    5 Przybylko , Mateusz              GER       2.24          4
    6 Bednarek , Sylwester             POL       2.20          3
    7 Grabarz , Robert                 GBR       2.20          2
    7 Mason , Michael                  CAN       2.20          2
    7 Tamberi , Gianmarco              ITA       2.20          2
    7 Thomas , Donald                  BAH       2.20          2

Men’s Long Jump: Jarrion Lawson Gets Win

This was a battle between the London silver (Jarrion Lawson) and bronze (Ruswahl Samaai) medallists with Lawson coming out on top. Last year’s Olympic champ, Jeff Henderson, continued to struggle as he had two fouls before withdrawing from competition.

Long Jump - Men 
                                                             Pts    Wind
    1 Lawson , Jarrion                 USA       8.19          8    +0.3
    2 Samaai , Ruswahl                 RSA       8.03          7    +0.9
    3 Hartfield , Mike                 USA       8.02          6    +0.4
    4 Tornéus , Michel                 SWE       7.98          5     0.0
    5 Massó , Maykel                   CUB       7.81          4    +0.5
    6 Bramble , Daniel                 GBR       7.72          3    -0.2
    7 Lasa , Emiliano                  URU       7.72          2     0.0
    8 Mokoena , Godfrey Khotso         RSA       7.70          1    +0.3
      Henderson , Jeff                 USA         NM

Women’s Pole Vault: Stefanidi Gets Another Win

Katerina Stefanidi did what she’s done all outdoor season: win. She’s undefeated outdoors this year.

Pole Vault - Women 
    1 Stefanídi , Ekateríni            GRE       4.75          8
    2 Bradshaw , Holly                 GBR       4.61          7
    3 Meijer , Michaela                SWE       4.61          6
    4 Morris , Sandi                   USA       4.61          5
    4 Silva , Yarisley                 CUB       4.61          5
    6 Nageotte , Katie                 USA       4.51          3
    7 Peinado , Robeilys               VEN       4.51          2
    8 Newman , Alysha                  CAN       4.51          1

Men’s Shot Put: Tomas Walsh Wins as Ryan Crouser’s Struggles Continue

The world champ Walsh got the win on the fifth throw over Ryan Crouser. Crouser, the Olympic champ, had thrown over 22 meters in all his competitions this year except one heading into Worlds, but in his last three meets (including Worlds), he hasn’t cracked 22 meters once.

Shot Put - Men 
    1 Walsh , Tomas                    NZL      21.83          8
    2 Crouser , Ryan                   USA      21.55          7
    3 Stanek , Tomáš                   CZE      21.16          6
    4 Storl , David                    GER      21.08          5
    5 Haratyk , Michal                 POL      21.01          4
    6 Hill , Darrell                   USA      20.75          3
    7 Kovacs , Joe                     USA      20.52          2
    8 Žunic , Stipe                    CRO      20.29          1
    9 Bukowiecki , Konrad              POL      19.99           
   10 Whiting , Ryan                   USA      19.96           
   11 Lincoln , Scott                  GBR      18.27

Women’s Triple: Ibarguen Wins on Her Final Jump

Caterine Ibarguen had to work for it but she got the win on the final jump over Kimberly Williams of Jamaica, who jumped 14.44 twice.

Triple Jump - Women 
                                                             Pts    Wind
    1 Ibargüen , Caterine              COL      14.51          8     0.0
    2 Williams , Kimberly              JAM      14.44          7    +0.1
    3 Rypakova , Olga                  KAZ      14.29          6    +0.4
    4 Knyazyeva-Minenko , Hanna        ISR      14.20          5    +0.4
    5 Jagaciak , Anna                  POL      14.02          4    +0.1
    6 Ricketts , Shanieka              JAM      14.00          3    +0.5
    7 Rojas , Yulimar                  VEN      13.94          2    +0.2
    8 Mamona , Patrícia                POR      13.79          1    +0.9
    9 Assani Issouf , Jeanine          FRA      13.58               +0.6
   10 Samuel , Laura                   GBR      13.26                0.0

Women’s Discus: Sandra Perkovic Wins

No Worlds letdown for world champ Perkovic as she won with ease.

Discus Throw - Women 
    1 Perkovic , Sandra                CRO      67.51          8
    2 Caballero , Denia                CUB      65.24          7
    3 Pérez , Yaimé                    CUB      65.11          6
    4 Stevens , Dani                   AUS      64.75          5
    5 Ashley , Whitney                 USA      62.21          4
    6 Robert-Michon , Mélina           FRA      62.17          3
    7 Müller , Nadine                  GER      61.47          2
    8 Lewis-Smallwood , Gia            USA      56.43          1
    9 Lally , Jade                     GBR      53.65           
Hammer Throw - Women 
    1 Fiodorow , Joanna                POL      71.14           
    2 Hitchon , Sophie                 GBR      70.96           
    3 Paesler , Carolin                GER      65.97
Hammer Throw - Men 
    1 Fajdek , Pawel                   POL      78.51           
    2 Miller , Nick                    GBR      71.69           
    3 Bichler , Johannes               GER      70.06

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