2019 Stockholm Diamond League Recap: Ajee’ Wilson Kicks Off Post Caster Semenya Era With Win, Michael Norman, Dina Asher-Smith Triumph

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by LetsRun.com
May 30, 20019

When you have a track meet in Sweden in May, there’s the chance of getting some crappy weather and that’s what happened today in Stockholm. The stars of the sport had to compete on a windy (16 mph when the DL track program kicked off at 8:00 p.m. local time) and cool (54 degrees) day and that affected the winning times, but by and large, the favorites still came out on top.

In the sprints, Dina Asher-Smith won the stacked women’s 200 and Michael Norman won his anticipated DL 400m debut, but we’ll start with the distance action first, where American Ajee’ Wilson got the win to kick off the post-Caster Semenya era in the women’s 800m. There was also a men’s 10,000m which gets its own separate article here.

Women’s 800: Ajee’ Wilson Begins Post Caster Semenya Era With a Win In a Slow Time

With the winners of the last 22 Diamond League women’s 800s, Caster Semenya and Francine Niyonsaba, both ineligible for the event (barring a win in a court of law) as they are 46 XY DSD, American Ajee’ Wilson was expected to take over the reins of the event and she did not disappoint. Wilson earned the third Diamond League win of her career, but her first since 2015 New York, in 2:00.87. Yes, 2:00.87 — the slowest winning time in a DL circuit since the very first DL women’s 800 in May 2010 in Shanghai (2:01.06).

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Ethiopia’s Habitam Alemu, who has a 1:56.71 pb, was second in 2:01.26. Kenya’s Nelly Jepkosgei was the only other women under 2:02 in 2:01.98.

Wilson got out hard right behind the rabbit, going through 200 in 27.9 and 400 in 59.3.

If it wasn’t already clear that a fast time wasn’t going to happen at 400, it should have been clear by 600, which Wilson hit 600 in 1:30.09. Coming off the final turn, it was a three-person race between Wilson, Alemu, and Jepkosgei, but Wilson slowed down the least and won convincingly.

After crossing the line, Wilson barely celebrated, cracking only the tiniest of smiles when she was handed a hat and flowers by meet organizers.

800 Metres - Women  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts
    1 Wilson , Ajee                    USA    2:00.87          8
    2 Alemu , Habitam                  ETH    2:01.26          7
    3 Jepkosgei , Nelly                KEN    2:01.98          6
    4 Rogers , Raevyn                  USA    2:02.35          5
    5 Lindh , Lovisa                   SWE    2:02.95          4
    6 Eykens , Renée                   BEL    2:03.34          3
    7 Sharp , Lynsey                   GBR    2:03.52          2
    8 Hermansson , Hanna               SWE    2:03.70          1
    9 Goule , Natoya                   JAM    2:03.89           
      Yarigo , Noélie                  BEN        DNF

QT: Even with her slow winning time today, Wilson is the favorite for Worlds

The first world-class 800 in the post-Caster Semenya era was pretty slow, but we’re going to blame some of that on the weather. Wilson in her post-race comments noted it’s very early in the season saying, “After this I’m going home for a few days to Philadelphia. This year has been a little different with the worlds so late in September. This is only my second 800m of the year, with my other three races being 1500m and the majority of my training right now is really distance orientated. As we go throughout the season I’m looking forward to coming down a bit and doing more specific workouts and speed training.”

Men’s 800: Ryan Sanchez Almost Wins It — Or Did He Blow It?

Ryan Sanchez, the 20-year-old Puerto Rican, has been a breakout star in 2019. He was the only man in this non-Diamond League field who had gone under 1:45 this year. He had battled with Clayton Murphy in the 800 at the USATF Distance Classic.

And for 750 meters of this one he appeared to be cruising to his first big 800 international win. When rabbit Harun Abda dropped out at 500 (50.5 at 400), Sanchez was right in his slipstream. Sanchez opened a little gap on Joseph Deng on the backstretch, but on the turn he lengthened his lead and with 100m to go he had more than half a second and five meters on the field.

Sanchez looked relaxed and in control and extended his lead the first part of the final stretch over Deng and Thsepo Tshite of South Africa, who were single-file behind Sanchez with a gap to the rest of the field. The rest of the field went wide and started kicking en masse, but they were way behind Sanchez and even Deng and Tshite.

That is, until they weren’t. Sanchez never appeared to show any strain in his form, but he started slowing the final 50m. He still looked to have the win in hand with 10 meters to go but Amel Tuka of Bosnia, the 2015 World Championship bronze medallist who has run 1:42, was closing really fast and he dipped in front of Sanchez just before the line to get the win in 1:46.68 as Marcin Lewandowski, who also closed fast, just couldn’t quite catch Sanchez and finished third in 1:46.79, just .02 behind Sanchez.

Sometimes a photo explains it all:

800 Metres - Men  - Promotional Event
                                                                
    1 Tuka , Amel                      BIH    1:46.68           
    2 Sánchez , Ryan                   PUR    1:46.77           
    3 Lewandowski , Marcin             POL    1:46.79           
    4 Kramer , Andreas                 SWE    1:47.20           
    5 Sowinski , Erik                  USA    1:47.24           
    6 Bol , Peter                      AUS    1:47.53           
    7 Tshite , Tshepo                  RSA    1:47.98           
    8 Kipkoech , Nicholas Kiplangat    KEN    1:48.38           
    9 Deng , Joseph                    AUS    1:48.47           
      Abda , Harun                     USA        DNF

QT: Sanchez never showed any real distress. We assume he had to know the guys were closing on him as he appeared to lean for the line. But this will be a good lesson for the 20-year-old. There are no awards for leading at 750, 760, 770, 780 or 790 meters. You’ve got to make it the full 800. Still, it’s nice to see a new young face on the scene, from a non-traditional mid-d territory, running fearlessly.

You can’t win the race unless you first believe it and Sanchez definitely ran like someone who thinks he can win races of this caliber.

Afterwards he said, “I´ve never ever run in conditions like that. I’m totally shocked and I’m so freezing, it is totally crazy. I almost can´t talk. I thought I can handle this temperature, but that was a mistake. So anyway, I had 50/51 at 400m and at the end I can´t really complain about the time and the race. I´m just suffering now a lot. I´m looking forward for my next race in Oslo and I will be better prepared, in case it will still be that cold.”

Tuka said, “Finally I have started to feel good! After my big progress in 2015, I changed the program but it didn’t work. Now I’m back doing the same thing as before, and I’m feeling great!”

Women’s 5000: Hellen Obiri Falls, Gabriela DeBues-Stafford Nearly Wins

Stafford leading

The women’s 5000 in Stockholm was very boring until all of a sudden, it wasn’t. For the first four kilometers of the race, the pace lagged (the field hit 4k outside of 15:00 pace in 12:02.10). The slow pace meant that there were still 12 women in a very bunched lead pack with three laps to go, and that contributed to two high-profile falls.

The first came at around the six-minute mark, when Kenya’s Lilian Rengeruk — who also went down in Doha 3000 earlier this month but still ran 8:29 — hit the ground. Rengeruk quickly rejoined the leaders, but the second fall had a more devastating effect. Just before 4k, reigning world champion Hellen Obiri, running in the middle of the pack, went down, and by the time she picked herself up, she was in 12th place, around eight meters behind the next-closest runner and 25 meters back of the front of the lead pack.

A lap later, Obiri had barely gained on the leaders at all, and it became clear that she would not factor over the final lap. That led to a free-for-all at the bell as 10 women were within 0.7 of the lead at the bell.

Agnes Tirop, the 2015 World XC champ, had the lead at that point, but with 200 meters to go, there was a surprising face up front: Gabriela DeBues-Stafford, the 23-year-old Canadian now training under Laura Muir’s coach Andy Young who was running the first outdoor 5000 of her life. DeBues-Stafford was at the very back of the lead pack at the bell in 10th place, and only 9th with 300 to go, but she made a big move on the back straight and held the lead with 200 to go.

Coming off the turn, it looked as if DeBues-Stafford was going to steal it, but Tirop wasn’t licked and came back well in the home straight to win it in 14:50.82 thanks to a 61.88 final lap as DeBues-Stafford faded to fourth in a Canadian record of 14:51.59.

5000 Metres - Women  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts
    1 Tirop , Agnes Jebet              KEN   14:50.82          8
    2 Worku , Fantu                    ETH   14:51.31          7
    3 Rengeruk , Lilian Kasait         KEN   14:51.34          6
    4 DeBues-Stafford , Gabriela       CAN   14:51.59 NR       5
    5 Kipkirui , Caroline Chepkoech    KEN   14:52.05          4
    6 Kipkemboi , Margaret Chelimo     KEN   14:52.11          3
    7 McColgan , Eilish                GBR   14:52.40          2
    8 Courtney , Melissa               GBR   14:53.82          1
    9 Can , Yasemin                    TUR   14:53.92           
   10 Kite , Gloriah                   KEN   14:56.50           
   11 Reh , Alina                      GER   15:04.10           
   12 Obiri , Hellen                   KEN   15:07.70           
   13 Møller , Anna Emilie             DEN   15:22.69           
      Chemnung , Loice                 KEN        DNF           
      Kuria , Mary                     KEN        DNF           
      Westphal , Liv                   FRA        DNF

Quick Take: What a run by Gabriela DeBues-Stafford

Last fall, DeBues-Stafford decided to change coaches to Andy Young and start training with Laura Muir in order to become one of the best in the world. So far, so good. She joined the group in September, and since then she’s broken Canadian records in the indoor mile (4:24), indoor 5000 (14:57), and now outdoor 5000 (14:51). The old Canadian 5,000 record was 14:54.98 by Courtney Babcock, set at the 2003 World Championships in Paris.

You don’t see many non-African runners contend for the win in Diamond League 5000s, so this was quite a race for DeBues-Stafford. That said, in a tactical race, positioning is paramount, and DeBues-Stafford didn’t do great in that department tonight. She used so much energy getting to the lead that she didn’t have enough to respond to Tirop when she was challenged in the home straight. Perhaps if she had been in better position to kick — or had waited for something to open up during the final 100 — she could have earned the win. But we can’t fault her too much. This was her first Diamond League 5000. She took her shot and came up just short.

Quick Take: A slow race can help you if you have a big kick…but the danger of falling is much higher

With three laps to go, we would have bet money on Hellen Obiri winning this race. She has a strong kick and hadn’t lost a single race in 2019 before today. But just before 4k, she was clipped, fell down, and was out of contention from that point (she may have hurt herself as she was hobbling just after crossing the finish line in 12th place).

This sort of thing can happen in tight races, so if you’re a HEAVY favorite like Obiri, your best strategy is to hang at the back until maybe two or three laps to go and then take over, like Mo Farah used to do. Alternately, stay at the very front and control things that way — that’s what Tirop did tonight.

Neither approach is perfect — Farah hung back during the 2016 Olympic 10k and still fell in that race, and you can still get clipped from behind while running from the front (as Farah did on the last lap of the 2017 World Championship 10k). But those are still less dangerous than being in a thicket of bodies in the middle of the pack — and it’s worth noting that Farah still won both of those races.

Men’s 1500: Cheruiyot on Top, Ingebrigtsen Comes on Late

After this one was over, commentator Steve Cram called it “the worst 1500-meter Diamond League race I think I’ve ever seen” and we can’t disagree. The winning time of 3:35.79 by Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot was tied for the slowest in the 10-year history of the Diamond League. Cheruiyot was the only man who even broke 3:37, and only four guys in the field broke 3:40. And the pacemaking was some of the worst we’ve ever seen in a Diamond League race.

The first pacer, Timothy Sein, went out way too fast — 25.3 for his first 200, leaving the rest of the field in the dust. Eventually, he slowed, and by 500 meters, the field had settled in behind him, with Cheruiyot just in front of world champ and Doha winner Elijah Manangoi. The race seemed to be setting up as another installment of the Tim & Elijah Show.

But halfway through the race, Manangoi began bleeding places as World Indoor champ Samuel Tefera took his spot on Cheruiyot’s shoulder. Things would only get worse from there as Manangoi would totally pack it in and finish 10th in 3:48.83. Another man who looked to be on a similar path was Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who came into the race after missing some training due to illness and ran most of the race well off the lead pack. He was a distant seventh at the bell, but things would change for him.

Pacemaking disaster #2 came at the bell. Coming down the homestretch as the prepared to hit the bell, the second pacer, Cornelius Tuwei, was slowing as Cheruiyot and Tefera began to separate from the rest of the field. Rather than step off the track, he chose to keep running in a straight line, causing Tefera to run around him, forcing him to stumble and run out into lane 3 as Cheruiyot kept going on the shortest line on the inside of lane 1. Ultimately, it may not have mattered, as Cheruiyot was way better than everyone else over the final lap (57.3), but it was inexcusable in the moment.

Runner-up honors went to Ayanleh Souleiman, who passed Tefera coming off the final turn, but he had to work for it as Ingebrigtsen, who was just 6th with 200 to go, used a huge close to finish third in 3:37.30 — the same time as Souleiman.

1500 Metres - Men  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts
    1 Cheruiyot , Timothy              KEN    3:35.79          8
    2 Souleiman , Ayanleh              DJI    3:37.30          7
    3 Ingebrigtsen , Jakob             NOR    3:37.30          6
    4 Birgen , Bethwell                KEN    3:39.18          5
    5 Tefera , Samuel                  ETH    3:40.19          4
    6 Simotwo , Charles Cheboi         KEN    3:40.65          3
    7 Wote , Aman                      ETH    3:42.68          2
    8 Manangoi , George Meitamei       KEN    3:43.83          1
    9 Ingebrigtsen , Henrik            NOR    3:45.46           
   10 Manangoi , Elijah Motonei        KEN    3:48.83           
   11 Engholm , Elmar                  SWE    3:50.12           
      Kaazouzi , Brahim                MAR        DNF           
      Sein , Timothy                   KEN        DNF           
      Tuwei , Cornelius                KEN        DNF

Quick Take: The 2018 version of Timothy Cheruiyot is back

Despite the pacemaking gaffes, this race ended up very similarly to most of the 2018 Diamond League 1500s: with Timothy Cheruiyot destroying everyone on the last lap. Cheruiyot missed some training due to injury earlier this year and lost out to Manangoi in the Diamond League opener, but he looks to have taken a step forward in the four weeks since that race.

Quick Take: Jakob Ingebrigtsen is back, too

Ingebrigtsen’s performance today reminded us of Cheruiyot’s in Doha. Like Cheruiyot, Ingebrigtsen, who missed some training this month due to a virus and was clearly not at his best. But he kept fighting and was able to mow down most of the field over the final lap, barely missing out on second place by a few thousandths of a second. He was obviously very happy with the performance as he threw his arms up in celebration after crossing the finish line.

Now that he’s healthy again, Ingebrigtsen should only improve from here…perhaps he could be the man to challenge Cheruiyot next time out?

Ingebrigtsen was pleased with his run saying, “I was a lot more nervous beforehand because it was my first race of the season so I wasn’t sure what shape I would be in. It was a great race for me and a great way to start my outdoor season. Last year in Monaco I was one hundredth of a second in front of Souleiman, and today one hundredth behind. I think this season will be great. I had no expectations coming into today but now I am really looking forward to the rest of my races this season.”

Quick Take: What the hell happened to Elijah Manangoi?

Manangoi was near the front early, but basically jogged the second half of the race, running his last 800 in 2:08.3. His time, 3:48.83, was his slowest ever in an outdoor 1500 per Tilastopaja, and his place, 10th, was tied his worst finish ever in a Diamond League 1500/mile. It was especially strange considering Manangoi is one of the most consistent runners on the circuit — this was only the third time in 20 career DL 1500/miles that he had finished outside of the top three.

Women’s 1500: Laura Muir Dominates Non-DL Field

Four days after a shocking loss to two Brits in a road mile, Laura Muir made a mockery of this non-Diamond League field. After the rabbit took things through in a modest 2:13.74, Muir had the lead and didn’t look back. At the bell, she already led by more than five meters and with 300 meters to go she led by close to 15.

At the finish, Muir led by nearly 30 meters as she won in 4:05.38 with second place way back in 4:09.70 thanks to her 61.77 last lap. Not a surprise, since Muir is one of the best 1500 runners in the world and there wasn’t a single African runner in this race.

Muir was happy to have returned to the winner’s circle, telling race organizers that last weekend’s loss wasn’t indicative of her training.

“I feel very happy with that. It is much more representative of where I am at. I was quite disappointed after last weekend’s race. Today was about the win rather than the time with the conditions as they are. I am happy that I executed the race well and got the win.

“I think it was actually warmer at home today. These conditions were fine for me.

“I knew from training I was in really good shape last weekend so it is frustrating when you know your race and can’t do what you want but I had heavy legs from a full week of training. I had much fresher legs today.”

Quick Take: If you want proof that conditions weren’t ripe for running fast today, it should be noted that no one in the field ran a seasonal best in this race.

1500 Metres - Women  - Promotional Event
                                                                
    1 Muir , Laura                     GBR    4:05.37           
    2 Akkaoui , Malika                 MAR    4:09.70           
    3 Ngarambe , Yolanda               SWE    4:10.05           
    4 Reekie , Jemma                   GBR    4:10.16           
    5 McDonald , Sarah                 GBR    4:11.01           
    6 Granz , Caterina                 GER    4:11.22           
    7 Guerrero , Esther                ESP    4:12.50           
    8 Griffiths , Amy                  GBR    4:13.80           
    9 Mackey , Katie                   USA    4:14.19           
   10 Mezuliáníková , Diana            CZE    4:14.55           
   11 Bobocea , Claudia Mihaela        ROU    4:15.44           
   12 Lyakhova , Olha                  UKR    4:23.42           
      MacAngus , Kerry                 GBR        DNF           

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Men’s 400: Michael Norman Wins

Conditions were far from ideal for the much-anticipated Diamond League debut of 21-year-old Michael Norman: 54 degrees with a 16 mph wind. But that didn’t stop Norman from earning his first career Diamond League victory, clocking 44.53 to win over former USC teammate Rai Benjamin (45.13).

Benjamin went out hard and was actually level with Norman coming off the final turn, but Norman, as always, was able to change gears over the final 100 and won comfortably in the end.

                                                                
400 Metres - Men  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts
    1 Norman , Michael                 USA      44.53          8
    2 Benjamin , Rai                   USA      45.13          7
    3 Cherry , Michael                 USA      46.30          6
    4 Norwood , Vernon                 USA      46.39          5
    5 Janežic , Luka                   SLO      46.60          4
    6 Strother , Nathan                USA      46.64          3
    7 Taplin , Bralon                  GRN      46.87          2
    8 Thebe , Baboloki                 BOT      48.85          1

Quick Take: The time wasn’t nearly as fast as Mt. SAC, but this was still an impressive win by Norman

The conditions weren’t great for sprinting and Norman travelled a long way to get to Stockholm, but he still ran 44.53 on a night when only one other man could manage better than 46.30. Only two other men have run faster than 44.53 in 2019.

That said, just because Norman ran 43.45 in April doesn’t mean he’s going to break Wayde van Niekerk‘s 43.03 world record this summer. Norman’s 43.45 was the fastest time ever run in the month of April, but before that the fastest time ever was the 43.75 that 1996 and 2000 Olympic champ Michael Johnson ran in April 1997. Johnson never ran faster that season.

Women’s 100 Hurdles: Kendra Harrison Pulls Away

Through six hurdles, world record holder Kendra Harrison and Sharika Nelvis were side by side, but the rest of the race belonged to Harrison, who pulled away to win in 12.52 to Nelvis’ seasonal best of 12.69. 2017 NCAA champ Tobi Amusan, formerly of UTEP but now running for adidas/Nigeria, was third in 12.85. No one in the world has run faster than 12.52 this year other than Harrison, who has run 12.47.

 100 Metres Hurdles - Women - Diamond Discipline Wind: +1.3 m/s Pts 1 Harrison , Kendra USA 12.52 8 2 Nelvis , Sharika USA 12.69 7 3 Amusan , Tobi NGR 12.85 6 4 Roleder , Cindy GER 12.94 5 5 Herman , Elvira BLR 12.94 4 6 Seymour , Pedrya BAH 12.97 3 7 Boons , Eefje NED 13.32 2 8 Visser , Nadine NED 13.39 1

Men’s 200: Canadian Aaron Brown Gets Win

It made sense the 200m runner most used to cold weather came out on top. Aaron Brown of Canada won this one with ease, running 20.06. World champ Ramil Guliyev, the only man in the field under 20 seconds this year, never really contended for the win and was second in 20.40.

200 Metres - Men  - Diamond Discipline                 Wind: +1.0 m/s
                                                             Pts
    1 Brown , Aaron                    CAN      20.06          8
    2 Guliyev , Ramil                  TUR      20.40          7
    3 Richards , Jereem                TTO      20.45          6
    4 Quiñónez , Alex                  ECU      20.56          5
    5 Baloyes , Bernardo               COL      20.74          4
    6 Larsson , Henrik                 SWE      20.81          3
    7 Greaux , Kyle                    TTO      20.87          2
    8 Edward , Alonso                  PAN      20.88          1

Women’s 200: Dina Asher-Smith Wins Clash of Titans

This race featured the two-time world champ (Dafne Schippers), the reigning Olympic champ (Elaine Thompson) and the hottest women’s sprinter in 2019 (Dina Asher-Smith).

Current form prevailed as Asher-Smith crushed the field to win in 22.18, nearly a half-second ahead of runner-up Thompson, who was second in 22.66. Schippers was third in 22.78.

QT: Worlds are a long way off

Asher-Smith is the #1 in the world right now and was the only runner to go sub-22 last year. However, Worlds are still four months away. The winner of Worlds will need to be in sub-22 shape then. Asher-Smith is the best bet, but Thompson continues to make strides.

                                  
200 Metres - Women  - Diamond Discipline               Wind: +1.3 m/s
                                                             Pts
    1 Asher-Smith , Dina               GBR      22.18          8
    2 Thompson , Elaine                JAM      22.66          7
    3 Schippers , Dafne                NED      22.78          6
    4 Lalova-Collio , Ivet             BUL      22.99          5
    5 Prandini , Jenna                 USA      23.09          4
    6 Emmanuel , Crystal               CAN      23.14          3
    7 Samuel , Jamile                  NED      23.25          2
    8 Ekelund , Irene                  SWE      23.77          1

Men’s 400 hurdles: Karsten Warholm Sends a Message

For the last year plus, much of the attention in the men’s 400 hurdles has focused on Rai Benjamin and Abderrahman Samba. But Norway’s Karsten Warholm has something neither of those men do — a world title — and is still only 23 years old.

Warholm reminded everyone how good he is tonight, clocking 47.85 to win by over a second over American TJ Holmes (49.25) on a night where only two men could break 50 seconds. Samba (47.27) and Benjamin (47.80) both ran faster in Shanghai, but considering the conditions in Stockholm, Warholm may be close to the same level of fitness. And he’s certainly not lacking for confidence.

“I am very good and, of course, I took it out fast,” Warholm said after the race. “I was very happy with the race. I will need to look at it but I felt like I went out hard and managed to take 13 steps until hurdle nine which is really good in these conditions. So maybe this is the year I will go 13 all the way – we will have to wait and see.”

 
400 Metres Hurdles - Men  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts
    1 Warholm , Karsten                NOR      47.85          8
    2 Holmes , TJ                      USA      49.25          7
    3 Barr , Thomas                    IRL      50.28          6
    4 Rodger , Sebastian               GBR      50.50          5
    5 Selmon , Kenneth                 USA      51.15          4
    6 Paul , Jacob                     GBR      51.29          3
    7 Bengtström , Carl                SWE      51.35          2
    8 Lahoulou , Abdelmalik            ALG      51.82          1

Field Events: 

Men’s Shot: Daniel Ståhl Wins Again

Daniel Ståhl crushed the Diamond League record last time out, becoming the first man over 70 meters. He wasn’t quite as good today (69.57) but he had a monster foul and got the win despite a season’s best from Fedrick Dacres (68.96).

     
                                                                
Discus Throw - Men  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts
    1 Ståhl , Daniel                   SWE      69.57          8
    2 Dacres , Fedrick                 JAM      68.96          7
    3 Weisshaidinger , Lukas           AUT      66.97          6
    4 Stunes Isene , Ola               NOR      66.65          5
    5 Hadadi , Ehsan                   IRI      65.34          4
    6 Harting , Christoph              GER      62.88          3
    7 Finley , Mason                   USA      62.16          2
    8 Pettersson , Simon               SWE      61.50          1

Men’s Long Jump: Montler Pulls Off The Upset

Cuba’s Juan Miguel Echevarría came in with the hype but Sweden’s Thobias Montler emerged with the surprise victory in front of the home crowd. The 23-year-old European indoor silver medallist produced a 8.22m lifetime best in the second round (previous pb of 8.10 outdoors, although he did jump 8.43 with a 2.4 wind last weekend and 8.17 indoors) to grab the win. Echevarría, who was taking off way behind the board, didn’t break the 8-meter mark until the final round when he produced an 8.12. Montler had three jumps at 8.13 or farther. American Jeff Henderson, the 2016 Olympic champ, was third at 8.09m.

              
Long Jump - Men  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts    Wind
    1 Montler , Thobias                SWE       8.22          8    +1.5
    2 Echevarría , Juan Miguel         CUB       8.12          7    +2.3
    3 Henderson , Jeff                 USA       8.09          6    +1.2
    4 Manyonga , Luvo                  RSA       8.07          5    +2.9
    5 Gayle , Tajay                    JAM       8.05          4    +2.3
    6 Tentoglou , Miltiadis            GRE       7.99          3    +6.0
    7 Nykyforov , Serhiy               UKR       7.97          2    +0.1
    8 Visser , Zarck                   RSA       7.77          1    +3.9
    9 Otterling , Andreas              SWE       7.70               +1.4

Men’s Pole Vault: Sam Kendricks wins with lowest winning vault since 2014

The pole vault was not designed for windy conditions and the resutls here showed it. Sam Kendricks won with a clearance 5.72 which was the lowest winning Diamond League vault since Paris in 2014.

                                                                
Pole Vault - Men  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts
    1 Kendricks , Sam                  USA       5.72          8
    2 Lisek , Piotr                    POL       5.60          7
    3 Yamamoto , Seito                 JPN       5.48          6
    4 Karalis , Emmanouil              GRE       5.36          5
    5 Holzdeppe , Raphael              GER       5.36          4
    5 Wojciechowski , Pawel            POL       5.36          4
      Braz , Thiago                    BRA         NM           
      Filippidis , Konstantinos        GRE         NM

Women’s High Jump: Lasitskene Wins With Modest 1.92m

Mariya Lasitskene did what she almost always does, win, but her 1.92m was the worst result for her in any competition since February 2017. After needing three attempts to get over 1.90m, Lasitskene cleared 1.92 on her first attempt but then missed three times at 1.97.

                          
High Jump - Women  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts
    1 Lasitskene , Mariya              ANA       1.92          8
    2 Levchenko , Yuliya               UKR       1.90          7
    3 Kinsey , Erika                   SWE       1.90          6
    4 Mahuchikh , Yaroslava            UKR       1.83          5
    5 Demireva , Mirela                BUL       1.83          4
    5 Skoog , Sofie                    SWE       1.83          4
    7 Jungfleisch , Marie-Laurence     GER       1.78          2
    7 Vallortigara , Elena             ITA       1.78          2
    9 Spencer , Levern                 LCA       1.78

Women’s discus: Cuba’s Denia Caballero Earns First Career DL Win

29-year-old Denia Caballero of Cuba was the world champion in 2015 and the Olympic bronze medalist in 2016, but until tonight she had never won a Diamond League meet. The main reason for that? Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic, who won the Diamond League title every year from 2012 through 2017. But Perkovic showed some vulnerability by losing the Diamond League final in Brussels last year, and she could only manage 5th today with a best of 63.71 meters (she fouled four times) — the first time she finished outside of the top three in any competition in nine years. That paved the way for Caballero’s victory, as she threw 65.10 to win by one centimeter over countrywoman Yaime Perez.

                                                                
Discus Throw - Women  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts
    1 Caballero , Denia                CUB      65.10          8
    2 Pérez , Yaimé                    CUB      65.09          7
    3 Chen , Yang                      CHN      64.25          6
    4 Feng , Bin                       CHN      63.87          5
    5 Perkovic , Sandra                CRO      63.71          4
    6 Allman , Valarie                 USA      63.45          3
    7 de Morais , Andressa             BRA      61.86          2
    8 Robert-Michon , Mélina           FRA      59.63          1
    9 Kamga , Vanessa                  SWE      57.54

Deeper results here. IAAF Youtube channel here.

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