2019 Rome Diamond League Recap: Michael Norman Upsets Noah Lyles, a Bekele Runs 12:52 for 5000, Dibaba Over Muir

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by LetsRun.com
June 6, 2019

The 2019 Rome Diamond league track and field meet — the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea, the fourth leg of the IAAF Diamond League season — was held today and it did not disappoint. There were some great matchups featuring some big stars and in the end six world leads were set in a wide variety of disciplines (women’s long jump and 1500, men’s high jump, 200, steeple and 5000).

Donavan Brazier’s first DL win of his career in the men’s 800 gets its own recap here: LRC Donavan Brazier WINS in Rome in 1:43.63.

And while we usually start with the distances, in the 200, Michael Norman upset Noah Lyles so we start with that:

Men’s 200: Michael Norman takes down Noah Lyles

Noah Lyles is undefeated in Diamond League 200s no longer.

Michael Norman is winless against Noah Lyles no longer.

In the men’s 200, Norman got off to a great start and used his 400 strength to just hold off Lyles in a personal best, meet record, and world-leading time of 19.70 to Lyles’ 19.72. In the process, Norman handed Lyles his first loss in an outdoor 200 since the 2016 US Olympic Trials and also ended Lyles perfect 7-for-7 streak in Diamond League 200 races for his career. Coming into the race, Norman was 0-3 against Lyles for his career, having previously lost in the 200 at US juniors in 2015 (by .06), at the US Olympic Trials in 2016 (by .05) and in Lausanne last year (by .19).

“I am really happy with the time, there was a good flow, it was amazing. I did not have any expectations coming into this race. I just want to improve myself and not chase a time,” said Norman after the race.

                         
200 Metres - Men  - Diamond Discipline                 Wind: +0.7 m/s
                                                             Pts
    1 Norman , Michael                 USA      19.70          8
    2 Lyles , Noah                     USA      19.72          7
    3 Quiñónez , Alex                  ECU      20.17          6
    4 Guliyev , Ramil                  TUR      20.35          5
    5 Tortu , Filippo                  ITA      20.36          4
    6 Richards , Jereem                TTO      20.52          3
    7 Baloyes , Bernardo               COL      20.59          2
    8 Mitchell-Blake , Nethaneel       GBR      20.68          1
    9 Reid , Leon                      IRL      20.83

Quick Take: We sure hope the Lyles vs Norman rivalry continues for years to come

Coming into tonight, most were presumably handling the gold medal in the 200 to Lyles. Even though he did lose, he should still be the favorite as this was his 200 opener — particularly since it’s unlikely Norman tries the 200/400 double (the 400 prelims are on the same day as the 200 final at Worlds). Last year, Lyles broke 19.70 in all of the 200s he ran except for his season opener, which was 19.82 last year.

That being said, it was surprising to see the 400 man Norman get the lead early as Lyles is the one that’s been running the 100 this year and working on his start.

With Lyles planning on skipping the 100 at USAs/Worlds, it’s very possible that the current world leaders in the 100 and 200 don’t run those events at Worlds this year, as Nick Zaccardi of NBC Olympic Talk points out:

Women’s 1500: Genzebe Dibaba turns back Laura Muir as they both run 3:56, Jenny Simpson runs 4:01 and Elle Purrier runs huge 4:02 PR

When world record holder Genzebe Dibaba brings her “A” game, she’s unbeatable at 1500m. Some may quibble that her run on Thursday in Rome was only a “B+”, but whatever it was, it was very good and it was good enough to get a world-leading win in 3:56.28 ahead of Laura Muir‘s 3:56.73. Prior to tonight the world leader had been a 3:59.08 indoors by Dibaba. Gudaf Tsegay was third and former world champ Jenny Simpson ran 4:01.18 for 4th. Gabriela DeBues-Stafford of Canada kept the PR train going with a 4:01.28 (previous pb of 4:03.55) to finish 5th, putting her within striking distance of Lynn Williams’ Canadian record of 4:00.27, which has stood since 1985. Last year’s NCAA indoor mile champ Ellie Purrier ran a huge PR of 4:02.34 for 7th (previous best 4:07.79).

The first rabbit went through 400 in a quick 62.32 but slowed to 2:09.24 at 800. The second rabbit stayed in front to about 1050m when Genzebe Dibaba had enough and seized the lead. At the bell, Dibaba, Muir and Tsegay were clear of the field. Muir had been working herself up the field after being only 12th at 400.

Dibaba blitzed the backstretch and got a gap on Tsegay and Muir. Muir moved into second and continued to push after Dibaba going around the final bend, but she trailed by more than three meters. Dibaba was flying up front and Muir was flying behind her, but Muir really wouldn’t cut into her lead. Dibaba’s final 400 was 60.2, the same as Muir’s.

Simpson had been only 10th at the bell, but ran a big last lap (61.9) to finish 4th. A smile cracked on her face at the line as she was pleased with her first 1500 of the year.

                                             
1500 Metres - Women  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts
    1 Dibaba , Genzebe                 ETH    3:56.28          8
    2 Muir , Laura                     GBR    3:56.73          7
    3 Tsegay , Gudaf                   ETH    3:59.96          6
    4 Simpson , Jenny                  USA    4:01.18          5
    5 DeBues-Stafford , Gabriela       CAN    4:01.28          4
    6 McColgan , Eilish                GBR    4:02.29          3
    7 Purrier , Elinor                 USA    4:02.34          2
    8 Embaye , Axumawit                ETH    4:02.65          1
    9 Arafi , Rababe                   MAR    4:03.25           
   10 Chebet , Winny                   KEN    4:03.86           
   11 Samuel , Alemaz                  ETH    4:04.43           
   12 Hailu , Lemlem                   ETH    4:04.78           
   13 Pérez , Marta                    ESP    4:07.14           
   14 Bobocea , Claudia Mihaela        ROU    4:07.61           
   15 Seyaum , Dawit                   ETH    4:18.78           
      Tuei , Emily Cherotich           KEN        DNF           
      Yarigo , Noélie                  BEN        DNF

QT: Expect Dibaba and Muir to keep battling this year

Dibaba is known for running well early in the season, but when she’s on, she’s the best 1500m runner on the planet. Muir has shown she’ll try to run with anyone in the world on any day and today was no different.

QT: Fabulous PR by Purrier, great opener by Simpson

The two New Balance athletes did quite well today. A five-second PR is absolutely bonkers and was a big step for Purrier in her DL debut. An NCAA champion can often be uncompetitive on the world stage, but Purrier took a big step today and showed that she can compete on any stage.

As for Simpson, she likely smiled at the finish because this was a very solid run for her first 1500 of the year. Up until now all she had run were two 5,000s. However, she’s still got a ways to go. Her 61.9 final lap took her from 10th at the bell to 4th, but she still lost 1.7 seconds on the leaders the final lap. Muir and Dibaba are at another level right now.

Men’s 5000: Ethiopia has yet another 5000 stud, Canadian NR falls

Last year, the world had to wait all the way until August 31 to see its first sub-13:00 of the year. This year, the world didn’t have to wait long at all for a sub-13:00 as six men — including five born in Ethiopia — broke 13:00 today in Rome.

Leading the way was 20-year-old Telahun Bekele, who came into the meet relatively unknown but left a Diamond League winner, as he ran a huge personal best of 12:52.98 (previous pb of 13:04.63). Bekele got the narrow win over the Selemon Barega (12:53.04), the fastest man in the world last year at 12:43.02, thanks to an inside pass just before the line. Bekele’s last lap was 54.7 (26.9 last 200). Behind him, the sixth and final man under 13:00 was celebrating a national record as Canada’s Moh Ahmed ran 12:58.16 to become the first Canadian under 13:00 (breaking his own NR of 13:01.74).

The race

With low 70-degree temps, the leading men in the 5000 wanted to run fast today. Soon the race was being run single-file as the first 1k was covered in 2:32. After 3k was hit in 7:45, it was clear a sub-13 was definitely in the works. While the pace slowed a little bit as it so often does during the 4th km (2:39.77), big times were in store as the last km is always the fastest thanks to the huge last lap.

Six guys were still in the lead pack at the bell but the final lap quickly turned into a two-person race between the 20-year-old Bekele and 19-year-old Barega. Barega took the lead early on the final turn but coming home he drifted out to the outside of lane one and Bekele nipped him on the inside just before the line.

All together, 10 of the 19 finishers in the field set a personal best, but Kiwi Nick Willis was not one of them, struggling to last in 13:56.

5000 Metres - Men  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts
    1 Bekele , Telahun Haile           ETH   12:52.98          8
    2 Barega , Selemon                 ETH   12:53.04          7
    3 Gebrhiwet , Hagos                ETH   12:54.92          6
    4 Balew , Birhanu                  BRN   12:56.26          5
    5 Hadis , Abadi                    ETH   12:56.48          4
    6 Ahmed , Mohammed                 CAN   12:58.16          3
    7 Pingua , Edward Zakayo           KEN   13:03.19          2
    8 Butchart , Andrew                GBR   13:09.33          1
    9 Crippa , Yemaneberhan            ITA   13:09.52           
   10 Knight , Justyn                  CAN   13:09.76           
   11 True , Ben                       USA   13:09.81           
   12 Birgen , Bethwell                KEN   13:10.21           
   13 Kiplangat , Davis                KEN   13:11.65           
   14 Ingebrigtsen , Filip             NOR   13:11.75           
   15 Kifle , Aron                     ERI   13:13.85           
   16 Chelimo , Oscar                  UGA   13:20.10           
   17 Tanui , Paul Kipngetich          KEN   13:23.13           
   18 Mengesha , Milkesa               ETH   13:25.74           
   19 Willis , Nicholas                NZL   13:56.94           
      Hiss Bachir , Youssouf           DJI        DNF           
      Letting , Vincent                KEN        DNF

Quick Take: A new star is born/Who the hell is Telahun Bekele?

Telahun Bekele wasn’t known by many heading into this year. Last year, he did run 13:04 in June but he only made one appearance on the DL circuit (13:07 for 7th in Lausanne) before getting 5th in the 5000 at World Juniors. Of course, not medalling in the 5000 at World Juniors in 2019 wasn’t necessarily a bad thing as the 4th placer in the race, Selemon Barega, ended up being the world leader at 12:43.

Bekele is now the 2019 world leader, but as Steven Mills points out, he’s still only the third-fastest Bekele in history (although he’s not related to Kenenisa or Tariku):

With a last name of Bekele, perhaps he realizes he needs to brand himself focusing on his first name as after the race he celebrated by doing this:

The “T”

Quick Take: Making the Ethiopian team at 5000 isn’t going to be easy

While Kenya may be struggling for 5,000-meter runners right now, Ethiopia is overflowing with 5k talent with Bekele, Barega, Yomif Kejelcha, Hagos Gebrhiwet, and Muktar Edris. Kejelcha, Barega, and Gebrhiwet all broke 12:50 last year in Brussels, and Edris is the defending world champ, but now Bekele looks pretty darn good himself.

The way the Ethiopians are running right now, it may be harder to make the Ethiopian team than to medal at Worlds this year. Ethiopia will get four entrants at Worlds this year, but that fourth spot could go one of two ways. Ethiopia could give it to Edris, the reigning world champ who hasn’t raced on the track yet in 2019. Or they almost certainly will end up with the DL champion in the 5000 this year (remember the DL season ends before Worlds), who could take a wildcard. Regardless, their team will be stacked as last year they had five guys at 12:56 or better and tonight they had four at 12:56 in this single race. For context, no American has run 12:56 or faster since Bernard Lagat in 2011.

It may be that Gebrhiwet, who was third tonight, ends up focusing on the 10,000 after running 27:01 in Stockholm last week.

“We have a very strong Ethiopian team for the World Championships,” Gebrhiwet said after today’s race. “I will be concentrating on the 10K which is a very hard race.”

Quick Take: If Barega didn’t drift outside, he would have been the winner

Barega, who appeared to be chomping at the bit and ready to run fast from the get-go, running right with the rabbit, should have won this race. If he hadn’t drifted to the outside of lane 1, there is no way Bekele would have gotten by him. So a thumbs down to his tactics but we guess we’ll give him a thumbs up for sportsmanship as many runners would have instinctively frantically tried to come back inside to protect the win and potentially have fouled Bekele.

Barega wasn’t happy afterwards.

“This was not a good race. I organized everything but in the end Telahun Haile overtook me. Yet, it was a good training for me. I hope to do better in my next races in Oslo (3k) and Hengelo (10k).”

Quick Take: O Canada!

Don’t look now, but Canada now has two guys faster than the fastest American in 2019 over 5,000 meters.

Ahmed set a national record of 12:58, and just over 10 seconds back was two-time NCAA champion Justyn Knight, who slashed his pb from 13:17.51 to 13:09.76.

It’s been a good time to be a Canadian 5,000-meter runner as the men’s and women’s records have both been broken in the last eight days (Gabriela DeBues-Stafford got the women’s record in Stockholm last week).

Quick Take: Ben True is the first American under the 2020 Olympic standard

With the Olympic standards getting significantly harder in 2020 and the USATF selection procedure still unclear, it’s more important than ever to go into the Olympic trials with the standard. Ben True won’t have to sweat it out next year, as he ran 13:09 today to become the first American to run under the 13:13.50 Olympic standard since the qualifying window opened in May.

Men’s steeple: Benjamin Kigen runs a world leader

The big kick of Kenya’s Benjamin Kigen carried him to two Diamond League wins in 2018, and it delivered him another today in this non-DL race in Rome as he ran his last lap in 59.7 seconds to win in a world-leading 8:06.13.

Kigen trailed Ethiopia’s Getnet Wale at the bell and tried to make his move prior to the barrier at the start of the back straight but chopped his steps horribly and was forced to back off. Once he was over the barrier, Kigen broke away and gapped the field. Wale did manage to claw back some ground on the home straight, and looked as if he had an outside shot to catch Kigen, but he too chopped his steps on the final barrier, putting to rest any hopes he had of victory.

3000 Metres Steeplechase - Men  - Promotional Event
                                                                
    1 Kigen , Benjamin                 KEN    8:06.13           
    2 Wale , Getnet                    ETH    8:06.83           
    3 Beyo , Chala                     ETH    8:09.95           
    4 Kipsang , Lawrence Kemboi        KEN    8:15.68           
    5 Carro , Fernando                 ESP    8:15.73           
    6 Bayer , Andrew                   USA    8:16.52           
    7 Chemutai , Albert                UGA    8:16.66           
    8 Ben Zahra , Abdelkarim           MAR    8:18.12           
    9 Kipyego , Barnabas               KEN    8:20.12           
   10 Arce , Daniel                    ESP    8:20.16           
   11 Zoghlami , Osama                 ITA    8:20.88           
   12 Seddon , Zak                     GBR    8:21.28           
   13 Ezzaydouny , Ibrahim             ESP    8:23.36           
   14 Chiappinelli , Yohanes           ITA    8:24.26           
   15 Bett , Nicholas Kiptanui         KEN    8:29.45           
   16 Haileselassie , Yemane           ERI    8:32.62           
   17 Kibiwot , Abraham                KEN    8:32.64           
      Kones , Wilberforce Chemiat      KEN        DNF           
      Nganga , Bernard                 KEN        DNF

Women’s 100: Elaine Thompson is back, baby!

Elaine Thompson was dominant in 2016, winning the Olympic titles at 100 and 200 meters and clocking a 100m pb of 10.70. Since then, she’s shown flashes of brilliance but has also produced a few stunners, including a still-inexplicable 5th place finish at Worlds in 2017.

Thompson didn’t win a single Diamond League in 2018, and earlier this season, she was only 3rd in the DL opener in Shanghai in 11.14. But tonight’s performance was vintage Thompson as she turned on the jets late to blow by Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith and clock 10.89 — her first sub-10.9 since August 2017.

Asher-Smith, who looked terrific in the 200 in Stockholm last week, was impressive as well, finishing 2nd in 10.94, but very few women in history can hang with Thompson at her best. And the Jamaican looks like she could be getting back to that level.

100 Metres - Women  - Diamond Discipline               Wind: +0.6 m/s
                                                             Pts
    1 Thompson , Elaine                JAM      10.89          8
    2 Asher-Smith , Dina               GBR      10.94          7
    3 Hobbs , Aleia                    USA      11.12          6
    4 Ta Lou , Marie-Josée             CIV      11.14          5
    5 Prandini , Jenna                 USA      11.17          4
    6 Rosa , Vitoria Cristina          BRA      11.22          3
    7 Collins , Shania                 USA      11.34          2
    8 Tenorio , Ángela Gabriela        ECU      11.38          1
    9 Gardner , English                USA      11.42

Men’s 400 hurdles: Rai Benjamin wins handily

With no Abderrahman Samba or Karsten Warholm in this non-DL race, Benjamin was the heavy favorite, and he had a humongous lead coming off the final turn. He maintained that gap in the home straight, winning handily in 47.58, chopping .22 off his season best from Shanghai in May.

400 Metres Hurdles - Men  - Promotional Event
                                                                
    1 Benjamin , Rai                   USA      47.58           
    2 Kendziera , David                USA      48.99           
    3 Abe , Takatoshi                  JPN      49.57           
    4 Barr , Thomas                    IRL      49.65           
    5 Selmon , Kenneth                 USA      49.83           
    6 Hann , Mamadou Kasse             FRA      50.00           
    7 Bencosme de Leon , José Reynaldo ITA      50.36           
    8 Dobek , Patryk                   POL      50.38           
    9 Mägi , Rasmus                    EST      50.52

Men’s 110 hurdles: Shubenkov wins a close one

Coming off the final hurdle, three men were in contention to win this one, with Sergey Shubenkov of Russia, Andrew Pozzi of Great Britain, and Antonio Alkana of South Africa all close. But in the end, Shubenkov, the 2015 world champ, had just enough to win it, running 13.26 to Pozzi’s 13.29 and Alkana’s 13.30.

110 Metres Hurdles - Men  - Diamond Discipline         Wind: +0.4 m/s
                                                             Pts
    1 Shubenkov , Sergey               ANA      13.26          8
    2 Pozzi , Andrew                   GBR      13.29          7
    3 Alkana , Antonio                 RSA      13.30          6
    4 Constantino , Gabriel            BRA      13.50          5
    4 Trajkovic , Milan                CYP      13.50          5
    6 Manga , Aurel                    FRA      13.51          3
    7 Perini , Lorenzo                 ITA      13.58          2
    8 Cabral , Johnathan               CAN      13.61          1
    9 Ortega , Orlando                 ESP      14.00

Women’s 400: Salwa Eid Naser cruises

Only one woman is capable of beating Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser over 400 meters right now, and that woman (Olympic champ Shaunae Miller-Uibo) was not in Rome today. As a result, Naser was able to turn on the jets over the final 200 meters and win handily in 50.26 as no one else broke 51 seconds.

400 Metres - Women  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts
    1 Naser , Salwa Eid                BRN      50.26          8
    2 Jackson , Shericka               JAM      51.05          7
    3 McPherson , Stephenie Ann        JAM      51.39          6
    4 Beard , Jessica                  USA      51.55          5
    5 Swiety-Ersetic , Justyna         POL      52.04          4
    6 Ellis , Kendall                  USA      52.09          3
    7 de Witte , Lisanne               NED      52.17          2
    8 Okolo , Courtney                 USA      52.17          1
    9 Lukudo , Raphaela Boaheng        ITA      52.98

Women’s 400 hurdles: Muhammad stays hot

2016 Olympic champ Dalilah Muhammad’s hot start to 2019 continued as she stayed undefeated in the 400 hurdles on the year, winning her third race of the year in 53.67, just off her world lead of 53.61. 2017 world champ Kori Carter, running in lane 2, had the lead at halfway but the second half was all Muhammad.

400 Metres Hurdles - Women  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts
    1 Muhammad , Dalilah               USA      53.67          8
    2 Little , Shamier                 USA      54.40          7
    3 Hejnová , Zuzana                 CZE      54.82          6
    4 Carter , Kori                    USA      55.09          5
    5 Russell , Janieve                JAM      55.42          4
    6 Ryzhykova , Anna                 UKR      55.64          3
    7 Watson , Sage                    CAN      55.71          2
    8 Folorunso , Ayomide              ITA      55.99          1
    9 Sprunger , Léa                   SUI      56.36

Women’s javelin: Huihui Lyu wins again

Huihui Lyu, the winner of the first DL javelin in Shanghai and the 2019 world leader, prevailed again in Rome, tossing 66.47 in the fifth round to win by almost two meters.

Javelin Throw - Women  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts
    1 Lyu , Huihui                     CHN      66.47          8
    2 Tugsuz , Eda                     TUR      64.51          7
    3 Muze , Lina                      LAT      63.72          6
    4 Winger , Kara                    USA      63.11          5
    5 Hussong , Christin               GER      63.02          4
    6 Ogrodníková , Nikola             CZE      62.02          3
    7 Špotáková , Barbora              CZE      61.51          2
    8 Khaladovich , Tatsiana           BLR      61.32          1
    9 Ratej , Martina                  SLO      57.96           
   10 Liu , Shiying                    CHN      57.37           
   11 Bani , Zahra                     ITA      56.95           
   12 Jemai , Sara                     ITA      55.32

Men’s shot put: Konrad Bukowiecki earns first DL win

Bukowiecki, a 22-year-old from Poland, earned a PR and his first Diamond League victory thanks to his 21.97m throw in round five. That was enough to win a competition in which five men threw beyond 21 meters.

Shot Put - Men  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts
    1 Bukowiecki , Konrad              POL      21.97          8
    2 Hill , Darrell                   USA      21.71          7
    3 Romani , Darlan                  BRA      21.68          6
    4 Kovacs , Joe                     USA      21.46          5
    5 Haratyk , Michal                 POL      21.26          4
    6 Richards , O'Dayne               JAM      20.93          3
    7 Nedow , Tim                      CAN      20.57          2
    8 Enekwechi , Chukwuebuka          NGR      20.54          1
    9 Jensen , Curtis                  USA      19.84           
   10 Stanek , Tomáš                   CZE      19.66           
   11 Fabbri , Leonardo                ITA      19.36

Women’s long jump: Malaika Mihambo throws down a world leader

European champion Malaika Mihambo of Germany was the star today, flying past seven meters for the first time in her life with a 7.07 best in round four. Overall, it was a terrific series for the 25-year-old as also went 6.90 in round 3 and 6.89 in round 6, either of which would have won the competition.

Long Jump - Women  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts    Wind
    1 Mihambo , Malaika                GER       7.07          8    +0.5
    2 Ibarguen , Caterine              COL       6.87          7    -1.4
    3 Reese , Brittney                 USA       6.76          6    +1.5
    4 Sokolova , Yelena                ANA       6.68          5    +0.1
    5 Bekh-Romanchuk , Maryna          UKR       6.64          4    +0.2
    6 Španovic , Ivana                 SRB       6.62          3    -1.8
    7 Mironchyk-Ivanova , Nastassia    BLR       6.59          2    -0.1
    8 Lesueur-Aymonin , Éloyse         FRA       6.39          1    +0.5
    9 Proctor , Shara                  GBR       6.30                0.0
   10 Strati , Laura                   ITA       6.27               +1.6
   11 Malone , Chantel                 IVB       6.27               -0.8
   12 Ugen , Lorraine                  GBR       6.23                0.0

Women’s pole vault: Sweden’s Angelica Bengtsson earns upset win

There were 21 total attempts at 4.76 meters tonight, and only one was successful. That attempt came from Sweden’s Angelica Bengtsson, who set a national record by sailing over on her final attempt.

Pole Vault - Women  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts
    1 Bengtsson , Angelica             SWE       4.76          8
    2 Morris , Sandi                   USA       4.66          7
    2 Peinado , Robeilys               VEN       4.66          7
    4 Silva , Yarisley                 CUB       4.66          5
    5 Nageotte , Katie                 USA       4.66          4
    5 Stefanidi , Katerina             GRE       4.66          4
    7 Guillon-Romarin , Ninon          FRA       4.56          2
    7 Sidorova , Anzhelika             ANA       4.56          2
    9 Li , Ling                        CHN       4.56           
   10 Kiriakopoulou , Nikoleta         GRE       4.56           
   11 Malavisi , Sonia                 ITA       4.31           
      Moser , Angelica                 SUI         NM           
      Suhr , Jennifer                  USA         NM

Men’s high jump: Bondarenko decides not to quit the sport, wins

Bohdan Bondareknko of Ukraine, the 2013 world champ, got the win by tying the world lead at 2.31m. After the meet, the 29-year-old admitted he’d considered retirement in recent weeks:

“I had incredible difficult weeks since Shanghai Diamond League. It looked like it was time to decide whether I’ll stay in athletics more or it’s time to do something different. Nobody knows how many mental and physical work we done until today. Only now I can say that I came back after injuries, surgeries and long period of recovery. Today I used my usual tactic to miss some heights. Firstly; because I still feel discomfort in my foot and secondly, because I need to know that I have limited numbers of jumps. It makes me more focused and give additional motivation.”

High Jump - Men  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts
    1 Bondarenko , Bohdan              UKR       2.31          8
    2 Ghazal , Majd Eddin              SYR       2.28          7
    3 Nedasekau , Maksim               BLR       2.28          6
    4 Tamberi , Gianmarco              ITA       2.28          5
    5 Ivanyuk , Ilya                   ANA       2.28          4
    6 Starc , Brandon                  AUS       2.22          3
    7 Protsenko , Andriy               UKR       2.22          2
    8 Przybylko , Mateusz              GER       2.19          1
    9 Eto , Takashi                    JPN       2.19           
    9 Lovett , Django                  CAN       2.19           
   11 Tobe , Naoto                     JPN       2.15           
      McBride , Bryan                  USA         NM

Men’s triple jump: Omar Craddock wins

In an event in which Olympic gold and silver medalists Christian Taylor and Will Claye were notably absent, the win went to another American, Omar Craddock, who continued his fine 2019 (he jumped a pb/world leader of 17.68 in Long Beach on April 20) by jumping 17.50 in round 2 to defeat Pedro Pablo Pichardo of Portugal.

Triple Jump - Men  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts    Wind
    1 Craddock , Omar                  USA      17.50          8    +0.5
    2 Pichardo , Pedro Pablo           POR      17.47          7    -0.6
    3 Scott , Donald                   USA      17.43          6    -0.5
    4 Zango , Hugues Fabrice           BUR      17.30          5    -0.5
    5 Babayev , Nazim                  AZE      17.06          4    +0.2
    6 Díaz , Andy                      CUB      17.00          3    +0.4
    7 Benard , Chris                   USA      16.88          2    -0.6
    8 Copello , Alexis                 AZE      16.74          1    -0.7
    9 Zhu , Yaming                     CHN      16.73               -0.4
   10 Évora , Nelson                   POR      16.69               -0.5
   11 Torrijos , Pablo                 ESP      16.25               -0.1

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