June 30, 2018
On the final day of June, the stars of track & field put on a show at the 2018 Meeting de Paris to rival anything that took place in that other big sporting event today (earlier in the day, France had beaten Argentina in a 4-3 thriller to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals). The result was arguably the single best day of track & field of the entire year.
World leaders in Paris today:
Sam Kendricks 5.96 PV
Abderrahman Samba 46.98 400H
Maria Lasitskene 2.04 HJ
Beatrice Chepkoech 8:59.36 steeple
Tim Cheruiyot 3:29.71 1500
Caster Semenya 1:54.25 800
Ronnie Baker 9.88 100 (tied WL)
Plus Juan Miguel Echevarria 8.68 WL in LJ in Germany
— Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) June 30, 2018
By the time all was said and done in Paris, the meet had produced seven world leaders, including just the second sub-47 clocking ever in the men’s 400 hurdles (Abderrahman Samba 46.98), and the first sub-1:55 in the women’s 800 since 2008 (1:54.25 by Caster Semenya). Sam Kendricks (5.96 pole vault), Maria Lasitskene (2.04 high jump), Tim Cheruiyot (3:29.71 1500), Beatrice Chepkoech (8:59.36 steeple), and Ronnie Baker (9.88 100) were the other athletes to set or tie world leads and the drama didn’t stop there as Michael Norman stormed to a 19.84 personal best in the 200 (into a headwind) while Ferguson Rotich went from last to first over the final 300 meters to win a wild men’s 800.
Semenya’s win — which came without the aid of a pacemaker — was so impressive that we gave it its own article here: LRC Caster Semenya Runs 1:54.25 with No Rabbits to Become 4th Fastest Ever and Destroy Wolds Best in Paris.
We recap the rest of the meet, with analysis and results, below, beginning with Samba’s historic run in the 400 hurdles.
Men’s 400 Hurdles: The 47-second barrier is broken for the first time in more than 25 years
2018 is becoming the year of the 400m hurdles.
And it also is Abderrahman Samba’s year as he set his fourth Diamond League record in the 400m hurdles this year by running a massive PR of 46.98 to become only the second man ever under 47 seconds. In the process, he took back the world lead from Rai Benjamin (who ran 47.02 at NCAAs).
Samba’s main rival this year had been Karsten Warholm, but Kyron McMaster, the 2017 world leader and 2018 Commonwealth champ, was back on the circuit after a break since Doha. McMaster would lead all the way until the homestretch when Samba pulled ahead. Warholm had been close as well, but would stumble, and Samba was in full stride down the homestretch trying to pull away from McMaster. When he crossed the line and saw 46.98, he put his hands out in disbelief.
400 Metres Hurdles - Men - Diamond Discipline Pts 1 Samba , Abderrahman QAT 46.98 8 2 McMaster , Kyron IVB 47.54 7 3 Warholm , Karsten NOR 48.06 6 4 Holmes , TJ USA 48.30 5 5 Clement , Kerron USA 48.83 4 6 Jackson , Bershawn USA 49.16 3 7 Coroller , Victor FRA 50.03 2 8 Santos , Juander DOM 50.71 1
QT: The anticipation for the matchup between Samba and Benjamin rises.
Rai Benjamin was in Paris but ran the 200 here, clocking sub-20 for the first time, 19.99.
There’s a 400m hurdles race next week in Lausanne but Benjamin was not listed as an entrant earlier this month. We imagine he may not want to run a 400 hurdle race and potentially break a WR until he’s signed an endorsement contract with a shoe company.
Mid-D and Distance Events
Men’s 1500: Timothy Cheruiyot’s domination continues with first sub-3:30 of 2018
Timothy Cheruiyot’s dominant summer campaign continued as he blasted a 39.50 final 300m to win in 3:29.71 and get the first sub-3:30 clocking of 2018. Ayanleh Souleiman had his best run of the year to finish second but was over 2 seconds back in 3:31.77.
Cheruiyot was only second at the Commonwealth Games this year, but he has been totally dominant of late.
Here is the margin of victory (in seconds) of his last four miles/1500:
Kenyan Champs 2.04
Prefontaine mile 1.39
Cheruiyot stayed on the rabbits (54.83, 1:53.24) and when the last rabbit dropped off at 1200, Cheruiyot was game to power home. Souleiman tried to stay close and ran 3 seconds faster than he had this year, but he was no match for Cheruiyot, who was flying the final 300m.
Cheruiyot had only gone sub-3:30 once previously and that was in Monaco last year when he ran the final 300 in 40.37 to run 3:29.10. He was much quicker the final 300 today clocking 39.50 the final 300.
1500 Metres - Men - Diamond Discipline Pts 1 Cheruiyot , Timothy KEN 3:29.71 8 2 Souleiman , Ayanleh DJI 3:31.77 7 3 Simotwo , Charles Cheboi KEN 3:32.61 6 4 Wote , Aman ETH 3:32.81 5 5 Holuša , Jakub CZE 3:32.85 4 6 Ingebrigtsen , Filip NOR 3:32.87 3 7 Birgen , Bethwell KEN 3:34.27 2 8 Mikhou , Sadik BRN 3:34.55 1 9 Debjani , Ismael BEL 3:35.71 10 Willis , Nicholas NZL 3:36.26 11 Tolosa , Taresa ETH 3:36.81 12 Denissel , Simon FRA 3:36.88 13 Mischler , Baptiste FRA 3:37.17 14 Saddedine , Alexandre FRA 3:37.36 15 Dahmani , Samir FRA 3:39.05 16 Tison , Quentin FRA 3:40.31 Akbache , Mounir FRA DNF Kibet , Vincent KEN DNF
QT: Cheruiyot’s form is not a thing of beauty but his results are.
It has been total domination for Cheruiyot his last four 1500/mile races and no one in the world is near him right now.
Women’s steeplechase: Beatrice Chepkoech posts the first sub-9:00 of 2018
Though Americans Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs, who went 1-2 at Worlds last year, sat this one out, there was still plenty of talent on hand and that was evident by the results as four women broke 9:05 in this race — the first time in history that had happened.
Chepkoech, LRC’s World #1 last year, came into this one ready to run fast as she was right on the rabbits early on, with the first rabbit hitting 1k in 3:01.25. At that point, World U20 champ Celliphine Chespol made a hard move to join her, but the race began to bunch up slightly as Chepkoech was reluctant to pass the second rabbit Caroline Tuigong.
But once Tuigong dropped, Chepkoech really began to hammer, hitting 2k in 5:58.78 (2:57.53 second k leader-to-leader, so Chepkoech’s split was around 2:57.0). Chespol was the only one able to go with her, and though she could not quite hold onto the grueling pace of the second k, Chepkoech did not slow much as she ran the final kilometer in 2:58.58.
Chepkoech did have company in the form of Chespol for most of that time, but Chespol could never quite get her; she was down by two meters at the bell and could never close the gap before Chepkoech really began to motor coming off the final turn, sprinting away to win in a world-leading (and personal best) 8:59.36 (she stayed at #4 on the world all-time list).
There were fast times behind her as Chespol was second in 9:01.82, Hyvin Kiyeng was third in 9:03.86, and Norah Jeruto was fourth in 9:04.17. Winfred Yavi (9:12.74) and Roseline Chepngetich (9:17.08) set pbs in fifth and sixth.
3000 Metres Steeplechase - Women - Diamond Discipline Pts 1 Chepkoech , Beatrice KEN 8:59.36 8 2 Chespol , Celliphine Chepteek KEN 9:01.82 7 3 Kiyeng , Hyvin KEN 9:03.86 6 4 Jeruto , Norah KEN 9:04.17 5 5 Yavi , Winfred Mutile BRN 9:12.74 4 6 Chepngetich , Roseline KEN 9:17.08 3 7 Jepkemei , Daisy KEN 9:17.35 2 8 Praught , Aisha JAM 9:20.89 1 9 Grøvdal , Karoline Bjerkeli NOR 9:28.50 10 Schlumpf , Fabienne SUI 9:39.89 11 Burkard , Elena GER 9:40.18 12 Lalonde , Geneviève CAN 9:40.34 Gathoni , Ann KEN DNF Tuigong , Caroline KEN DNF
Quick Take: Chepkoech looked brilliant tonight and may have been able to go even faster
Last year’s Paris meet served as a coming-out party for Chepkoech as she ran 9:01 to crush a stacked field in the final steeple before Worlds. Chepkoech famously forgot to run the first water jump in the World Championship final a month later in London, costing her a shot at gold, but at her best, there may not be a more talented athlete in the steeple right now. Chepkoech was not at her best in Rome (she was only 5th in 9:15), but today she was ready to run fast from the gun and actually looked to be holding back in the early stages while running behind the rabbits.
Quick Take: We would have loved to see what the Americans could have done in this race
Both Coburn and Frerichs have spoken of their desire to become the first American under 9:00, and tonight would have been a great opportunity for one of them to do it. However, considering they both had to work hard against each other a week ago at USAs, it may have been difficult for them to turn around seven days later and race fast in their first European race. But with a loaded field expected in Monaco on July 20, another sub-9:00 could be there for the taking in that race.
Men’s 800: Ferguson Rotich goes from last to first over the final 300 meters
Kenya’s Jonathan Kitilit, who had finished 2nd (Shanghai) and 3rd (Rome) in his two DL appearances so far this year, got out well in a crowded 11-man field (plus rabbits) for this non-DL race and was right behind rabbit Jackson Kivuva at the bell (50.11 for Kivuva). 2016 Olympic finalist Alfred Kipketer was second, about three meters behind, followed by World Indoor bronze medalist Saul Ordonez of Spain and home favorite Pierre-Ambroise Bosse of France, the reigning world champ, in fourth. American Isaiah Harris sat in 10th at the halfway mark as Ferguson Rotich, the winner of the 1000 in the last DL meet in Stockholm, was in dead last in 52.0 seconds.
The top four remained the same with 200 to go, the only difference being that Bosse had moved up to third, and coming off the final turn, Kitilit led by five meters. But Kitilit was tying up and Rotich, who was still in last with 300 to go and 10th with 200 to go, had finally found some room to run and was coming on like a bullet. The only question was whether Rotich would have enough room to catch Kitlit, and he would indeed, catching him just before the finish line to win in 1:43.73 to Kitilit’s 1:43.83. Behind him, Harris, who also had a lot of work to do (10th with 300 to go, 8th with 100 to go) also closed well to finish 4th in a pb of 1:44.42.
800 Metres - Men - Promotional Event 1 Rotich , Ferguson Cheruiyot KEN 1:43.73 2 Kitilit , Jonathan KEN 1:43.83 3 Ordóñez , Saúl ESP 1:44.36 4 Harris , Isaiah USA 1:44.42 5 Kipketer , Alfred KEN 1:44.62 6 Deng , Joseph AUS 1:44.67 7 Bosse , Pierre-Ambroise FRA 1:45.19 8 Sowinski , Erik USA 1:45.34 9 do Rosário André , Thiago BRA 1:45.59 10 Bol , Peter AUS 1:45.82 11 Reuther , Marc GER 1:46.06 Kivuva , Jackson Mumbwa KEN DNF
Quick Take: Rotich’s close was amazing
We were truly blown away by Rotich’s close. To pass virtually everyone (all but 1 person) in the field while running the entire final turn in lane 2 and part of the homestretch out in lane 3 is remarkable. To run all of that extra ground (probably an extra 3.5 meters) and still cover the final 200 in 25.5 in a 1:43.73 race is ridiculous.
We’re wondering where that close ranks in terms of the all-time best closes. When David Rudisha set his WR, he covered his final 200 in 26.6. Of course at the 2015 Worlds, Rudisha negative-split it and ran his final 200 in 24.36, but that was a 1:46 race.
QT: A good showing for Isaiah Harris in his first DL meet
This wasn’t an easy race to debut in as 11 guys is a ton for a Diamond League 800 (this race while at a DL meet didn’t count in the DL standings), but Harris acquitted himself well by clocking a pb and moving up well over the final 100 meters. It’s definitely harder to get in a good position against the pros than it is at the NCAA or even US level, but if Harris can get in a race with eight or nine guys instead of 11, he may be able to go even faster than he did today.
QT: Ralph Doubell’s Australian record may turn 50
Doubell’s Australian-record 1:44.40 to win the 1968 Olympics will turn 50 on October 15. It may get to celebrate its birthday as as Joseph Deng (1:44.67) and Peter Bol (1:45.82) came up short of getting it once again.
Men’s 100: Ronnie Baker gets big win to continue his fine 2018
There was no room for error in this one as the top 4 all ran season’s bests, went sub-10, and were only separated by .06, but the US’s Ronnie Baker was just a tad bit better than hometown French star Jimmy Vicaut, as he got the win in a world leading 9.88 (tieing Noah Lyles 9.88 at USAs).
Baker won at Pre, won in Rome, and won here. He’s perfect on the season at 100m except for getting edged by .02 by Noah Lyles at USA nationals last week.
100 Metres - Men - Diamond Discipline Wind: +0.8 m/s Pts 1 Baker , Ronnie USA 9.88 8 2 Vicaut , Jimmy FRA 9.91 7 3 Su , Bingtian CHN 9.91 6 4 Simbine , Akani RSA 9.94 5 5 Blake , Yohan JAM 10.03 4 6 Rodgers , Michael USA 10.10 3 7 Cissé , Arthur CIV 10.15 2 8 Demps , Jeffery USA 10.23 1
100 Metres - Men - Promotional Event Wind: +1.2 m/s 1 Mohammed , Abdullah Abkar KSA 10.03 2 Taftian , Hassan IRI 10.03 3 Bruintjies , Henricho RSA 10.15 4 Fall , Mouhamadou FRA 10.17 5 Martina , Churandy NED 10.20 6 Roto , Thando RSA 10.23 7 Camilo de Oliveira , Paulo André BRA 10.30 8 Lemaitre , Christophe FRA 10.97
Men’s 200: Michael Norman runs 19.84 to set up anticipated matchup with Noah Lyles on Thursday in Lausanne
Michael Norman, the world leader ar 400m with his 43.61, made his professional European debut a smashing success by running 19.84 for the win to get his first wind-legal sub-20 clocking. Norman, still running in his USC singlet, was pushed on the outside by his former USC teammate, 400m hurdler Rai Benjamin (also still running in his USC singlet). Benjamin was no match for Norman down the homestretch, but did get a huge pb of 19.99 for his first wind-legal sub-20 clocking as well. A nice consolation prize on the day Benjamin lost his world lead in the 400m hurdles.
200 Metres - Men - Promotional Event Wind: -0.6 m/s 1 Norman , Michael USA 19.84 2 Benjamin , Rai ANT 19.99 3 Quiñónez , Alex ECU 20.08 4 Adams , Luxolo RSA 20.21 5 Hortelano , Bruno ESP 20.30 6 Martina , Churandy NED 20.68 Lemaitre , Christophe FRA Edward , Alonso PAN DQ
QT: The matchup with Noah Lyles July 5 in Lausanne is on
Norman is only 20 and he will face another 20-year-old, world 100 and 200 leader Noah Lyles July 5 in Lausanne. Lyles at first glance is the big favorite as he’s run 19.69 this year (and 19.83) while Norman has only clocked 19.84.
But Norman’s run today was into a headwind (.6) while Lyles’ best was with a 2.0 tailwind. According to Jonas Mureika’s wind calculator, Norman’s run today in Paris is superior (worth 19.78 with no wind while Lyles’ run is worth 19.83 with no wind).
QT #2: A smart move to run in the USC singlet
The price to sign Norman to an endorsement contract certainly isn’t going to go down after tonight’s run. If he feels he’s being lowballed, he made a smart move to continue to run in the USC singlet.
US champ Jenna Prandini had the lead coming off the turn but the Jamaican champ, Shericka Jackson, ran her down and pulled away convincingly over the final 50 to win in 22.05 — just .01 off the world leader — and big .13 pb. The 23-year-old Jackson has improved a ton of late. Her pb heading into last year was just 22.84, set in 2013 when she was just 18. Last year, she improved ot 22.46 and now she’s almost broken 22.
200 Metres - Women - Diamond Discipline Wind: +1.1 m/s Pts 1 Jackson , Shericka JAM 22.05 8 2 Prandini , Jenna USA 22.30 7 3 Ta Lou , Marie-Josée CIV 22.50 6 4 Samuel , Jamile NED 22.63 5 5 Jefferson , Kyra USA 22.69 4 6 Duncan , Kimberlyn USA 22.95 3 7 Pinto , Tatjana GER 23.35 2 8 Ntiamoah , Brigitte FRA 23.48 1
Women’s 400: Salwa Eid Naser wins her fourth straight DL race with an Asian record of 49.55
US champ Shakima Wimbley tied the 2018 world leader with a brilliant 49.52 at USAs last weekend, but she looked ordinary today, finishing a well-beaten fourth in 50.81. Instead, it was Bahrain’s World Championship silver medalist Salwa Eid Naser who prevailed yet again, running 49.55 to break Ma Yuqin’s 25-year-old Asian record.
Though Wimbley and American Jessica Beard put Naser under pressure early, it was Naser who held the lead coming off the final turn — a bad sign for the Americans considering her biggest strength is her final 100. That was the case once again today as she stormed away to win by almost a second.
400 Metres - Women - Diamond Discipline Pts 1 Naser , Salwa Eid BRN 49.55 8 2 Beard , Jessica USA 50.39 7 3 Francis , Phyllis USA 50.50 6 4 Wimbley , Shakima USA 50.81 5 5 McPherson , Stephenie Ann JAM 50.85 4 6 Okolo , Courtney USA 51.15 3 7 Guei , Floria FRA 51.71 2 8 Le-Roy , Anastasia JAM 52.44 1
Quick Take: Can Naser and Shaunae Miller-Uibo please race each other this year?
Miller-Uibo ran and won the 400 at the Pre Classic in 49.52 — the only DL 400 Naser did not run. They’re the two best in the world right now at the one-lap distance and need to race.
Men’s 110 hurdles: Ronald Levy wins after Sergey Shubenkov is DQ’d
2015 world champ Sergey Shubenkov has been the man to beat in the hurdles as of late as he ran a world-leading 12.99 in his last race two weeks ago (no one else has run faster than 13.15). But he false-started (it was close, but he did flinch in the blocks) and thus the final in Paris was robbed of some intrigue. In the end, it was Jamaican Ronald Levy who came home to win a tight one in 13.18 as U.S. champ Devon Allen was third in a season’s best of 13.23.
It’s not a stretch to say that Shubenkov would have won this race considering he ran 13.05 in the semis earlier in the day.
110 Metres Hurdles - Men Heats Heat 1 - Diamond Discipline Wind: +0.7 m/s 1 Shubenkov , Sergey ANA 13.05 2 Parchment , Hansle JAM 13.26 3 Manga , Aurel FRA 13.31 4 Eaton , Jarret USA 13.33 5 Allen , Devon USA 13.34 6 Harris , Aleec USA 13.42 7 Trajkovic , Milan CYP 13.56 110 Metres Hurdles - Men Heats Heat 2 - Diamond Discipline Wind: -0.3 m/s 1 Ortega , Orlando ESP 13.19 2 Levy , Ronald JAM 13.25 3 Alkana , Antonio RSA 13.31 4 Martinot-Lagarde , Pascal FRA 13.42 5 Merritt , Aries USA 13.51 6 Xie , Wenjun CHN 13.53 7 Payen , Ludovic FRA 13.63 Bascou , Dimitri FRA 110 Metres Hurdles - Men Final - Diamond Discipline Wind: +1.5 m/s Pts 1 Levy , Ronald JAM 13.18 8 2 Parchment , Hansle JAM 13.22 7 3 Allen , Devon USA 13.23 6 4 Alkana , Antonio RSA 13.32 5 5 Eaton , Jarret USA 13.40 4 6 Ortega , Orlando ESP 13.44 3 7 Manga , Aurel FRA 13.48 2 Shubenkov , Sergey ANA DQ
Field Event Recaps
Women’s high jump: Maria Lasitskene extends win streak to 45 in a row in style
No one has been able to touch Maria Lasitskene since the start of 2017, and even with Olympic/world heptathlon champ Nafissatou Thiam in the field here, Lasitskene remained unstoppable. 1.97 meters would have been good enough to win today (Lasitskene cleared it on her first attempt), but she went above and beyond, clearing 2.00 on her second attempt and then posting a first-attempt clearance at 2.04, the 2018 world leader. Lasitskene did take three attempts at 2.08, which would have put her into a tie for #2 all-time, but came up short. It has now been over two years since her last defeat on June 23, 2016.
High Jump - Women - Diamond Discipline Pts 1 Lasitskene , Mariya ANA 2.04 8 2 Thiam , Nafissatou BEL 1.97 7 3 Levchenko , Yuliya UKR 1.97 6 4 Demireva , Mirela BUL 1.94 5 5 Vallortigara , Elena ITA 1.94 4 6 Tabashnyk , Kateryna UKR 1.94 3 7 Jungfleisch , Marie-Laurence GER 1.94 2 8 Kinsey , Erika SWE 1.90 1 9 Spencer , Levern LCA 1.90 10 Orcel , Claire BEL 1.85 10 Trost , Alessia ITA 1.85
Men’s pole vault: Sam Kendricks clears world-leading 5.96 to hold off Mondo Duplantis
Duplantis, the 18-year-old recent high school grad, handed world champ Kendricks a defeat in their last encounter in Stockholm on June 10. But the American earned revenge here, going over 5.90 on his first attempt (which wound up being enough to win the competition) before clearing a world-leading 5.96 to cement the victory.
Pole Vault - Men - Diamond Discipline Pts 1 Kendricks , Sam USA 5.96 8 2 Duplantis , Armand SWE 5.90 7 3 Lavillenie , Renaud FRA 5.84 6 4 Lisek , Piotr POL 5.84 5 5 Barber , Shawnacy CAN 5.84 4 6 Marschall , Kurtis AUS 5.70 3 7 Wojciechowski , Pawel POL 5.70 2 8 Chapelle , Axel FRA 5.60 1 9 Yamamoto , Seito JPN 5.60 10 Filippídis , Konstadínos GRE 5.45 11 Braz , Thiago BRA 5.45 Holzdeppe , Raphael GER NM
Women’s discus: Sandra Perkovic crushes another meet record
Perkovic made it 12 straight victories in the discus thanks to her 68.60-meter toss in the second round. Perkovic has now set meet records in all three of her DL competitions in 2018 and owns the meet record at nine of the 14 Diamond League meets (she’s still missing Oslo, Rabat, Monaco, Zurich, and Brussels).
Discus Throw - Women - Diamond Discipline Pts 1 Perkovic , Sandra CRO 68.60 8 2 Pérez , Yaimé CUB 66.55 7 3 Caballero , Denia CUB 63.13 6 4 de Morais , Andressa BRA 62.93 5 5 Rüh , Anna GER 62.65 4 6 Vita , Claudine GER 62.31 3 7 Müller , Nadine GER 60.28 2 8 Ashley , Whitney USA 57.33 1
Men’s discus: Fedrick Dacres notches DL win #3
Dacres, the 2018 world leader, went 67.01 in the fourth round and beat out Olympic champ Christoph Harting. Dacres also won earlier this year in Rome and Stockholm.
Discus Throw - Men - Diamond Discipline Pts 1 Dacres , Fedrick JAM 67.01 8 2 Harting , Christoph GER 64.80 7 3 Urbanek , Robert POL 64.68 6 4 Malachowski , Piotr POL 64.47 5 5 Weisshaidinger , Lukas AUT 64.44 4 6 Hadadi , Ehsan IRI 64.36 3 7 Milanov , Philip BEL 64.00 2 8 Jasinski , Daniel GER 62.40 1 9 Finley , Mason USA 61.91 10 Gudžius , Andrius LTU 61.31 11 Djouhan , Lolassonn FRA 60.88 12 Ståhl , Daniel SWE 60.46
Women’s triple jump: Ibarguen makes it 3-for-3
Olympic champ Caterine Ibarguen tied her season’s best with a 14.83-meter jump in round three, and that would hold up to win as American record holder Tori Franklin was third with a best of 14.49 meters.
Triple Jump - Women - Diamond Discipline Pts Wind 1 Ibargüen , Caterine COL 14.83 8 +0.1 2 Williams , Kimberly JAM 14.56 7 +0.7 3 Franklin , Tori USA 14.49 6 +0.6 4 Gierisch , Kristin GER 14.42 5 +1.1 5 Ricketts , Shanieka JAM 14.38 4 +1.5 6 Peleteiro , Ana ESP 14.31 3 +0.6 7 Diallo , Rouguy FRA 14.27 2 +0.8 8 Rypakova , Olga KAZ 14.25 1 -0.4 9 Assani Issouf , Jeanine FRA 14.16 +1.9 10 Knyazyeva-Minenko , Hanna ISR 14.04 -0.2 11 Soares , Nubia BRA 13.94 +1.7
Men’s triathlon: Kevin Mayer puts on a show
Mayer, the decathlon world champ, won this triathlon, which consisted of the long jump, shot put, and 110 hurdles, with 2860 points. He won all three events and almost set personal bests in all of them, getting out to 7.62 meters in the long jump (3cm off his pb), 16.51 in the shot (previous pb of 15.97), and 13.71 in the hurdles (previous pb 13.75).
More: Talk about the meet on our world famous messageboard: *Official Paris DL Discussion Thread
*Caster Semenya has just destroyed her lifetime PB, without any rabbits. 1:54.25!!
*Timothy Cheruiyot runs 3:29 FTW in Paris!!
*Ferguson Rotich just closed a 1:43 race in 25.5. Where does that rank in the all-time best closes?
*Official Paris DL Discussion Thread