London Recap: Emmanuel Korir 1:42.05, Murphy 1:43, Centrowitz, Ce’Aira Brown Get Wins, Akeem Bloomfield Joins Sub-44/Sub-20 Club

July 22, 2018

London has been home to four days of world-class track and field the last two weekends and Sunday’s finale did not disappoint at Emmanuel Korir ran the fastest 800 in the world since the London Olympics, Clayton Murphy ran 1:43, Matthew Centrowitz got an international win, Ce’Aira Brown got her first international win, Akeem Bloomfield joined the sub-44/sub-20 club, and Keni Harrison got a world leader.

We recap it all below and include all video highlights released by the IAAF.

Men’s 800: Emmanuel Korir makes a statement with incredible 1:42.05

Korir pulling away in London Korir pulling away in London

Two days after Nijel Amos ran a super quick 1:42.14 in Monaco, Emmanuel Korir showed everyone he is the top 800-meter runner in the world as he put on a fabulous display of running, clocking 1:42.05 to get the dominant win in London. American Clayton Murphy was second in 1:43.12, the same time as third placer Wycliffe Kinyamal as Amos had to settle for 4th in 1:43.29.

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The London track, which was the site of the greatest 800m ever run at the 2012 Olympics, lived up to its 800 reputation as Korir’s time was the fastest in the world since the 2012 Olympics, and everyone in the top 9 today all ran a personal best or a season’s best save for Amos who may have been a little tired from his 1:42.14 on Friday in Monaco.

The race

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Bram Som is one of the best rabbits in the world and he took the field through in 49.87. Korir was in second behind him with Kinyamal, Murphy, and Amos close. Things were still tight until 200m to go when Korir started to pull away from the field. With 100m to go he had opened up a few meters on Kinyamal. He would only extend it the final 100m as Murphy came back on Kinyamal to nab 2nd by thousandths of a second.

800 Metres - Men  - Diamond Discipline
    1 Korir , Emmanuel Kipkurui        KEN    1:42.05          8
    2 Murphy , Clayton                 USA    1:43.12          7
    3 Kinyamal , Wyclife               KEN    1:43.12          6
    4 Amos , Nijel                     BOT    1:43.29          5
    5 Wightman , Jake                  GBR    1:44.61          4
    6 Kszczot , Adam                   POL    1:44.72          3
    7 Learmonth , Guy                  GBR    1:44.73          2
    8 Rowden , Daniel                  GBR    1:44.97          1
    9 Giles , Elliot                   GBR    1:45.04           
   10 Osagie , Andrew                  GBR    1:45.25           
   11 Sowinski , Erik                  USA    1:45.91           
      Som , Bram                       NED        DNF


QT: Emmanuel Korir is the real deal

Hopefully with today’s run people start seeing how good Korir is. Coming into this race he had only run 1:45.16 outdoors this year, but that was when he nearly fell at Pre with 200 to go and yet still won the race. Indoors he blasted a 1:44.21, but missed the World Indoors with a visa issue.

He had been lying low of late running only 400s (his best was 44.21) since May, but he showed no rust at 800 and put on an exhibition. The best in the world were in London today and he destroyed them all by a second.

Korir’s only loss at 800m the last two years was at the Worlds last year in London when he was injured. Apart from that he has been unbeatable, and it was great the London crowd got to see his greatness.

QT: Comparing Korir today vs Amos On Friday

It’s interesting to compare Amos’ splits on Friday to Korir’s run today. The biggest difference is Amos went out faster (49.2 at 400 versus 50.3 for Korir) but Korir closed a lot faster (25.3 versus 26.7).

Name 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800
Amos 12.6 24.0 35.4 49.2 1:02.4 1:15.5 1:28.8 1:42.14
Korir 12.7 24.5 37.2 50.3 1:03.6 1:16.8 1:29.4 1:42.05

Note: The splits are according to the IAAF, we assume they are estimating splits like 300 and 700.

QT: Clayton Murphy’s is definitely BAAACK

Clayton Murphy ran 1:42.93 for Olympic bronze in 2016. Last year he ran 1:43.60 in April. So it may not be too surprising he ran 1:43.12 in 2018, but since the 1:43.60 Murphy has suffered injury and a change of coaches. He’s back firing on all cylinder for the Nike Oregon Project and coach Alberto Salazar.

QT: 3 Brits who had never broken 1:45 got sub-1:45.

The slew of PRs included three Brits: Jake Wightman, Guy Learmonth, and Daniel Rowden, who all went sub-1:45 for the first time.

Women’s mile: Sifan Hassan blitzes a 4:14.71 to move to #3 on the all-time list

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The women’s mile isn’t run much on the Diamond League circuit, but the women in London took advantage of a rare opportunity tonight as there were some extremely fast times, led by the Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan, who ran 4:14.71 to become the third-fastest woman of all time (the world record is 4:12.56).

The pace was hot early, with rabbit Brenda Martinez hitting 800 in 2:06.85, followed closely by Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay, the winner in Stockholm earlier this year. Hassan, who had started near the back of the field, was moving up to join the front of the chase pack; she, Laura Muir, Hellen Obiri, and Jenny Simpson had separated from everyone else as they tried to close down Tsegay.

Hassan moved into second with 600 to go, Obiri following into third, and just after they hit 500 to go, Hassan pulled onto Tsegay’s shoulder and, after Tsegay unsuccessfully tried to hold her off, found herself in the lead at the bell. Hassan really began to push down the back straight, and by 200 to go, she had five meters on the field, a lead that would only grow to the finish.

After the race was over, the finish line resembled a disaster area as there were bodies strewn all over the track as a result of the fast pace — in all, 11 women broke 4:22. Among the notables: a Kenyan record for Obiri in third (4:16.15), a pb for Simpson in fourth (4:17.30, just shy of Mary Slaney’s 4:16.71 American record), a pb for Kate Grace (4:20.70), and national records for Australian Linden Hall (4:21.40) and the Czech Republic’s Simona Vrzalova (4:21.54).

One Mile - Women  - Diamond Discipline
    1 Hassan , Sifan                   NED    4:14.71          8
    2 Tsegay , Gudaf                   ETH    4:16.14          7
    3 Obiri , Hellen                   KEN    4:16.15          6
    4 Simpson , Jennifer               USA    4:17.30          5
    5 Muir , Laura                     GBR    4:19.28          4
    6 Weightman , Laura                GBR    4:20.49          3
    7 Chebet , Winny                   KEN    4:20.51          2
    8 Grace , Kate                     USA    4:20.70          1
    9 McDonald , Sarah                 GBR    4:20.85           
   10 Hall , Linden                    AUS    4:21.40           
   11 Vrzalová , Simona                CZE    4:21.54           
   12 Ennaoui , Sofia                  POL    4:23.34           
   13 Reekie , Jemma                   GBR    4:27.16           
   14 Jepkosgei , Nelly                KEN    4:39.18           
      Martinez , Brenda                USA        DNF           
      Seyaum , Dawit                   ETH        DNS

QT: Jenny Simpson improves, but drug cheat Mary Slaney’s American record lives on

Mary Slaney’s American record of 4:16.71 from 1985 will live another day.

Simpson’s time today converts to 3:58.24 for 1500 using the 1.08% conversion, which is better than her season’s best of 3:59.37 from Pre.

QT: Kate Grace keeps improving

Grace, who was an Olympic finalist at 800 in 2016, is focused on being a 1500 runner now. She’s still not competitive internationally but her time today converts to 4:00.94, way better than her 4:03.59 pr.

4:19.2 coverts to 4:00 for 1500.

Women’s 800: Ce’Aira Brown wins it in a PR

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The field wasn’t very interested in going with the rabbit in this non-DL event and Jamaica’s Natoya Goule led the way at the bell in 59-mid as American Ce’Aira Brown, who was third at USAs last month, was on her shoulder.

Those two would stay at the front on the final lap and separate from the field coming off the final turn; the only question was who would be the winner? Though Goule’s PR is over two seconds faster, it was Brown who was able to edge ahead with 50 meters to go, holding off Goule the rest of the way to win in a PR of 1:58.57. Brown, who had been running on the outside of lane 1 at the start of the home straight, drifted inward as she approached the finish line, leaving Goule — who was running on the rail — nowhere to go even if she had the strength to move past Brown.

800 Metres - Women  - Promotional Event
    1 Brown , Ce'Aira                  USA    1:58.57           
    2 Goule , Natoya                   JAM    1:58.67           
    3 Sharp , Lynsey                   GBR    1:59.34           
    4 Roesler , Laura                  USA    2:00.45           
    5 McGowan , Brittany               AUS    2:00.60           
    6 Verstegen-Wolters , Sanne        NED    2:00.86           
    7 Santiusti , Yusneysi             ITA    2:00.95           
    8 Bell , Alexandra                 GBR    2:01.49           
    9 Walcott-Nolan , Revee            GBR    2:02.06           
      MacLean , Heather                USA        DNF

Quick Take: Big win for Ce’Aira Brown; Goule may still be tired from Friday

Brown drifting into lane 1 Brown drifting into lane 1

Brown has had a terrific year, and this was her biggest win yet, even though it was not an official DL event. Goule, meanwhile, can be excused for getting beaten tonight: she just ran 1:56.15 in Monaco on Friday. To go 1:56 and then 1:58 in the span of three days is solid running.

Men’s 1500: Centrowitz times his kick perfectly

Rabbit Colby Alexander did a great job with the pacing in this non-DL event, hitting 800 in 1:54.03 (1:54 was his assignment) but only two athletes were willing to follow him — Youssouf Hiss Bachir of Djibouti and U.S. runner-up Izaic Yorks. At the bell, Hiss Bachir had four meters on Yorks, who in turn had 15 meters on the rest of the field, led by American Drew Hunter. But the chasers were coming.

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On the back straight, Olympic champ Matthew Centrowitz pulled ahead of Hunter and began rapidly reeling in Yorks. With 200 to go, Centrowitz and the chase pack was right behind Yorks, and Centro moved past him early on the final turn and set his sights on Hiss Bachir, still five meters ahead of him.

Centrowitz quickly made up that deficit, and coming off the final turn, Hiss Bachir was under assault from Centrowitz on his inside and Australian Ryan Gregson on his outside. Both men went by him early in the final straight, and in the end Centrowitz had the strength to hold on for the win in 3:35.22 to Gregson’s 3:35.35.

Though Hiss Bachir (5th) and Yorks (12th) both faded badly late in the race, they were both rewarded with PRs (3:35.74 for Bachir, 3:36.81 for Yorks), and they weren’t alone. Six men ran PRs in all, including Hunter (3:35.90), recent Virginia Tech grad Neil Gourley (3:35.98), and Brit James West (3:36.59), who runs for the University of Oregon.

1500 Metres - Men  - Promotional Event
    1 Centrowitz , Matthew             USA    3:35.22           
    2 Gregson , Ryan                   AUS    3:35.35           
    3 Soget , Justus                   KEN    3:35.56           
    4 Ingebrigtsen , Henrik            NOR    3:35.61           
    5 Hiss Bachir , Youssouf           DJI    3:35.74           
    6 Willis , Nicholas                NZL    3:35.77           
    7 Hunter , Andrew                  USA    3:35.90           
    8 Gourley , Neil                   GBR    3:35.98           
    9 Kibet , Vincent                  KEN    3:36.12           
   10 West , James                     GBR    3:36.59           
   11 Williamsz , Jordan               AUS    3:36.78           
   12 Yorks , Izaic                    USA    3:36.81           
   13 Heyward , Jake                   GBR    3:36.90           
   14 Bayer , Andrew                   USA    3:38.58           
   15 do Rosário André , Thiago        BRA    3:45.72           
      Kerr , Josh                      GBR                      
      Alexander , Colby                USA        DNF           
      O'Hare , Chris                   GBR        DNF

Quick Take: Very impressive stuff from Matthew Centrowitz, who had less than 48 hours to recover from his 3:31 in Monaco

Centrowitz is a terrific championship racer, so perhaps it’s no surprise that he was able to bounce back from his 3:31.77 in Monaco Friday night — his fastest time in three years — and win in London on Sunday afternoon. That’s a gap of just 43 hours between races.

Today’s race suited Centrowitz far more than Friday’s race in Monaco. Obviously the field here was weaker as this was not a DL points event, and that resulted in a slower pace, which allowed Centrowitz to display his tactical acumen. He stayed patient early on, but knew exactly when he had to start closing down the leaders and wasn’t afraid to head to the front of the chase pack and be the man leading that charge. On the home straight, he made a daring inside pass — reminiscent of the move he put on Ayanleh Souleiman in the 2016 Olympic final — to grab the lead, and his strength allowed him to hold onto it to the finish line.

Centrowitz’s wait for an official Diamond League victory will have to wait, but he’ll be happy with this one — it was his first career win in a European 1500 or mile.

Quick Take: How tough is it to double back from Monaco?

Two men tried the Monaco-London double: Centrowitz and Chris O’Hare. The two men both ran well in Monaco — 3:31.77 for Centro, a PR of 3:32.11 for O’Hare — but today they had drastically different results as Centrowitz won while O’Hare stepped off the track just after 700 meters. O’Hare has been banged up this year, so perhaps he was not at 100%, but his result shows you how impressive Centro’s win was.

Men’s 200: Akeem Bloomfield joins the sub-20/sub-44 club

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In this week’s Week That Was, we made note of the exclusive sub-20/sub-44 club — the six men in history who had broken 20 seconds in the 200 and 44 seconds in the 400. Well now that club is at seven, as Jamaica’s Akeem Bloomfield, the NCAA 400 runner-up for Auburn this year, powered away from the field to win this non-DL event in 19.81. That puts him #4 on the 2018 world list — .03 ahead of his NCAA rival Michael Norman.

Hopefully, next time the guys on tv will know who he is (They thought he was Alonso Edward in the clip below).

200 Metres - Men  - Promotional Event           Wind: +0.1 m/s
    1 Bloomfield , Akeem               JAM      19.81           
    2 Edward , Alonso                  PAN      20.01           
    3 Quiñónez , Alex                  ECU      20.13           
    4 Mitchell-Blake , Nethaneel       GBR      20.21           
    5 Gemili , Adam                    GBR      20.30           
    6 Martina , Churandy               NED      20.32           
    7 Titi , Ncincihli                 RSA      20.44           
    8 Koike , Yuki                     JPN      20.56           
    9 Lyles , Josephus                 USA      20.95           

Women’s 100 hurdles: Keni Harrison runs world-leading 12.36

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When Keni Harrison comes to London, she runs fast. She set the world record of 12.20 at this meet in 2016, won again in 12.39 last year, and today she made it three in a row in London as she clocked a world-leading 12.36 to defeat a strong field.

Harrison’s only blemish on her London record came at last year’s World Championships, where she could only manage 4th place after entering as the heavy favorite.

100 Metres Hurdles - Women Final - Diamond Discipline  Wind: +0.6 m/s
    1 Harrison , Kendra                USA      12.36          8
    2 McNeal , Brianna                 USA      12.47          7
    3 Nelvis , Sharika                 USA      12.51          6
    4 Williams , Danielle              JAM      12.55          5
    5 Manning , Christina              USA      12.57          4
    6 Harrison , Queen                 USA      12.63          3
    7 Amusan , Tobi                    NGR      12.68          2
    8 Pedersen , Isabelle              NOR      12.73          1
    9 Herman , Elvira                  BLR      12.78

Women’s 200: Jenna Prandini gets PR and win

tight one in 200 tight one in 200

This one was super tight. At one point during the final 100m, world champ Dafne Schippers came on strong and looked like she’d win. She finished 7th. Jenna Prandini then came on and took the lead and got the win in a PB of 22.16, holding off a late charge from Harvard’s Gabrielle Thomas, who PR’d in 22.19 and would have won if the race was a few more meters.

200 Metres - Women  - Diamond Discipline               Wind: +0.9 m/s
    1 Prandini , Jenna                 USA      22.16          8
    2 Thomas , Gabrielle               USA      22.19          7
    3 Jackson , Shericka               JAM      22.22          6
    4 Asher-Smith , Dina               GBR      22.25          5
    5 Ta Lou , Marie-Josée             CIV      22.34          4
    6 Samuel , Jamile                  NED      22.37          3
    7 Schippers , Dafne                NED      22.42          2
    8 Tarmoh , Jeneba                  USA      22.80          1
    9 Atkins , Joanna                  USA      22.89

Women’s 400: Stephenie Ann McPherson takes the victory

Coming off the turn, this was a battle of the Jamaicans as McPherson held a slight lead over Anastasia Le-Roy. But there was no doubt who was better over the final 100 as McPherson pulled away to win this non-Diamond League race in 50.31.

400 Metres - Women  - Promotional Event
    1 McPherson , Stephenie Ann        JAM      50.31           
    2 Le-Roy , Anastasia               JAM      50.85           
    3 Okolo , Courtney                 USA      50.93           
    4 de Witte , Lisanne               NED      51.08           
    5 Onuora , Anyika                  GBR      51.13           
    6 Allcock , Amy                    GBR      51.36           
    7 Clark , Zoey                     GBR      51.36           
    8 Nielsen , Laviai                 GBR      51.70           
    9 Iuel , Amalie                    NOR      51.99

Men’s 110 hurdles: Ronald Levy wins

Sergey Shubenkov, the world’s dominant force in the 110 hurdles right now, was absent from this non-Diamond League event. In his absence, Ronald Levy of Jamaica was the clear winner as Levy clocked an impressive 13.13 — only Shubenkov has run faster in 2018.

110 Metres Hurdles - Men  - Promotional Event   Wind: +0.2 m/s
    1 Levy , Ronald                    JAM      13.13           
    2 Allen , Devon                    USA      13.30           
    3 Crittenden , Freddie             USA      13.33           
    4 Pozzi , Andrew                   GBR      13.36           
    5 Alkana , Antonio                 RSA      13.40           
    6 Brathwaite , Shane               BAR      13.41           
    7 Baji , Balázs                    HUN      13.42           
    8 Merritt , Aries                  USA      13.44           
    9 King , David                     GBR      13.71

Women’s high jump: Mariya Lasitsekene withstands a challenge from Italy’s Elena Vallortigara

In her last Diamond League in Rabat, Lasitskene could only manage a clearance of 1.90 meters and was defeated for the first time in over two years. She returned to winning ways in London, tying her world lead with a 2.04-meter clearance. And she needed to be on top form today as Italy’s Elena Vallortigara had the meet of her life. Vallortigara entered the meet with a pb of 1.96, but cleared both 2.00 and 2.02 (each time on her final attempt) to wind up second.

High Jump - Women  - Diamond Discipline
    1 Lasitskene , Mariya              ANA       2.04          8
    2 Vallortigara , Elena             ITA       2.02          7
    3 Cunningham , Vashti              USA       1.91          6
    3 Lake , Morgan                    GBR       1.91          6
    5 Kinsey , Erika                   SWE       1.91          4
    5 Trost , Alessia                  ITA       1.91          4
    7 Levchenko , Yuliya               UKR       1.91          2
    7 Skoog , Sofie                    SWE       1.91          2
    9 Johnson-Thompson , Katarina      GBR       1.91           
   10 Spencer , Levern                 LCA       1.87           
   11 Treasure , Alyxandria            CAN       1.87

Men’s long jump: Luvo Manyonga impresses

Unfortunately this event lost some star power before the meet as Cuban sensation Juan Miguel Echevarria withdrew, but South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga made up for it with not one, not two, but three jumps over 8.50 meters. His best was his 8.58 in round four, which tied his SB and broke the meet record.

Long Jump - Men  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts    Wind
    1 Manyonga , Luvo                  RSA       8.58          8    +0.2
    2 Samaai , Ruswahl                 RSA       8.42          7    +0.6
    3 Lawson , Jarrion                 USA       8.25          6    +0.1
    4 Frayne , Henry                   AUS       8.24          5    -0.5
    5 Henderson , Jeff                 USA       8.20          4    -0.8
    6 Bramble , Daniel                 GBR       8.15          3    +0.5
    7 Dendy , Marquis                  USA       8.12          2    +1.0
    8 Duckworth , Timothy              GBR       7.76          1    +0.2
    9 Sayers , Feron                   GBR       7.73               +0.1
   10 Rutherford , Greg                GBR       7.55               -0.4

Women’s discus: Sandra Perkovic remains perfect in 2018

Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic has competed nine times in 2018, and she has now won nine times. She only had one legal throw on the day, but one was all she needed as her 67.24-meter toss was easily enough for the victory. Perkovic has now won 14 competitions in a row dating back to last year; her last defeat came on July 7, 2017.

Discus Throw - Women  - Diamond Discipline
    1 Perkovic , Sandra                CRO      67.24          8
    2 Pérez , Yaimé                    CUB      64.63          7
    3 Caballero , Denia                CUB      63.91          6
    4 de Morais , Andressa             BRA      62.71          5
    5 Lewis-Smallwood , Gia            USA      61.09          4
    6 Su , Xinyue                      CHN      60.65          3
    7 Lally , Jade                     GBR      59.13          2
    8 Ashley , Whitney                 USA      58.24          1
    9 Allman , Valarie                 USA      55.68           
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