PR Bonanza: Genzebe Dibaba Runs 3:55.47 to Edge Sifan Hassan as 9 Women Run PBs and 3 Set National Records in Rabat

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by LetsRun.com
June 16, 2019

The highlight of the Rabat Diamond League meet was 1500-meter world record holder Genzebe Dibaba winning a hot women’s 1500 in 3:55.47 over Sifan Hassan in a race that saw 9 of the top 11 set personal bests, including three national records. The only athletes to not set PRs in the top 11 were Dibaba and former world champ Jenny Simpson, who both set season’s bests.

The pace was hot from the beginning (video below). The rabbit ran the first 400 in 61.98 and then the second rabbit took them through 800 in 2:05.04 as the field spread out single-file. At the bell (2:52.1) Dibaba, Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia, and Hassan were well clear of the field. Dibaba started to open a gap on the backstretch on Tsegay and that is when Hassan passed Tsegay and moved into second. She closed on Dibaba around the final turn, and tried to pass her on the turn but was unable. Then Dibaba summoned up just enough to hold her off the final stretch to get the world leader and win. Hassan had to settle for the Dutch national record and a pb. Rababe Arafi got the Moroccan national record in 3rd (3:58.84) and Winnie Nanyondo the Ugandan national record in 6th. Jenny Simpson had been 5th at the bell but ended up 7th, but nonetheless her 3:59.83 was a season’s best.

Rank Pos Nat Name Time Qual. rank Qual. points SB PB
1 14 ETH
3:55.47

WLMR
2 16 3:56.28 3:50.07
2 12 NED
3:55.93

NRPB
4 11 4:00.53 3:56.05
3 10 ETH
3:57.40

PB
1 19 3:59.57 3:57.64
4 11 MAR
3:58.84

NRPB
3 13 4:01.15 3:59.15
5 6 ETH
3:59.02

PB
6 8 4:00.17 4:00.17
6 1 UGA
3:59.56

NRPB
5 9 4:01.39 4:01.39
7 13 USA
3:59.83

SB
8 7 4:01.18 3:57.22
8 9 CAN
4:00.46

PB
9 5 4:01.28 4:01.28
9 5 GBR
4:00.97

PB
11 3 4:02.29 4:01.60
10 4 GBR
4:01.50

PB
4:11.01 4:03.17
11 3 ETH
4:02.97

PB
4:04.78 4:04.78
12 2 MAR
4:05.80

SB
4:11.19 4:01.33
13 8 KEN
4:13.31

13 2 4:02.84 3:59.16
14 7 KEN
4:16.17

4:14.20 4:08.77
DNF 16 ESP
4:12.50 4:07.90
DNF 15 BLR

800m – 2:04 min

4:23.89

(If you can’t see video outside of US click here)

Quick Take: Dibaba looks ready for Worlds, but they are over 3 months away

Dibaba is the best 1500m runner on the planet when she is on. She’s run 3:50.07 for 1500m. After today’s win she said, “This is another special occasion because it is the third time I achieve a WL. Based on my level and performance, I feel ready for the World Championships.” The only problem for Dibaba is the World 1500m final isn’t until October 5.

MB: Jenny Simpson breaks 4:00, finishes just SEVENTH in Rabat DL. 1st American to go sub-4 10 times. 

Men’s 800: Nijel Amos Edges Emmanuel Korir, Clayton Murphy in contention

Emmanuel Korir was the top 800m runner in the world last year. He got beat in DL season opener in Doha this year by Nijel Amos and then took a break from the circuit. He returned today and those two battled to the line again, with Amos once again edging Korir. American Clayton Murphy was in a box with 100m to go but closed well here to take third. Video below results.

                                                                
800 Metres - Men  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts
    1 Amos , Nijel                     BOT    1:45.57          8
    2 Korir , Emmanuel Kipkurui        KEN    1:45.60          7
    3 Murphy , Clayton                 USA    1:45.99          6
    4 Rotich , Ferguson Cheruiyot      KEN    1:46.38          5
    5 De Arriba , Álvaro               ESP    1:46.64          4
    6 Kramer , Andreas                 SWE    1:46.75          3
    7 Kitilit , Jonathan               KEN    1:46.78          2
    8 Smaili , Mostafa                 MAR    1:47.47          1
    9 Learmonth , Guy                  GBR    1:47.51           
      Martínez , Saúl                  ESP        DNF

 

QT: Looking like a great event at Worlds

Donavan Brazier beat Amos and Murphy in Rome last week, and these four all look set to battle at Worlds in Doha.

Women’s 800: Women Go Sub-2:00 in 800 Again

Casters Semenya was allowed to run this one but couldn’t get to Rabat in time after initially being barred by organizers from running. With no Semenya and no Ajee’ Wilson, the highlight was a sub-2:00 clocking by Nelly Jepkosgei.

800 Metres - Women  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts
    1 Jepkosgei , Nelly                KEN    1:59.50          8
    2 Alemu , Habitam                  ETH    1:59.90          7
    3 Lyakhova , Olha                  UKR    2:00.35          6
    4 Sharp , Lynsey                   GBR    2:00.61          5
    5 Nakaayi , Halimah                UGA    2:00.91          4
    6 Brown , Ce'Aira                  USA    2:01.19          3
    7 Tuei , Emily Cherotich           KEN    2:01.67          2
    8 Akkaoui , Malika                 MAR    2:01.87          1
    9 Büchel , Selina                  SUI    2:02.20           
      Yarigo , Noélie                  BEN        DNF      

Men’s Steeple: Getnet Wale gets national record and his first Diamond League win

In the men’s steeplechase, Genet Wale, the bronze medallist at the Under 20s last year, got his first win. More importantly, he also got the Ethiopian national record. Coming into tonight’s meet, the Ethiopian men’s steeplechase record was Roba Gari’s 8:06.16 from Doha in 2012. The 18-year-old Wale, who nearly broke the record in Rome with his 8:06.83 on June 6, ran 8:06.01 today.

Both Wale and countryman Chala Beyo were battling the final 100m for the win and NR with Benjamin Kigen of Kenya as Hillary Bor of the US, who was in contention at the bell, wasn’t a factor the final 200.

Moroccan star Soufiane El Bakkali was in contention for most of the race, but then jogged it in the final lap after falling off.

MB: Ethiopian national record in men’s steeple falls in Rabat. 18-yr old Getnet Wale runs 8:06.01. 

3000 Metres Steeplechase - Men  - Diamond Discipline
                                                             Pts
    1 Wale , Getnet                    ETH    8:06.01          8
    2 Beyo , Chala                     ETH    8:06.48          7
    3 Kigen , Benjamin                 KEN    8:07.25          6
    4 Bett , Leonard Kipkemoi          KEN    8:09.27          5
    5 Bor , Hillary                    USA    8:12.08          4
    6 Tindouft , Mohamed               MAR    8:12.89          3
    7 Kibiwot , Abraham                KEN    8:17.25          2
    8 Bedrani , Djilali                FRA    8:18.44          1
    9 Kebenei , Stanley Kipkoech       USA    8:21.25           
   10 Bett , Nicholas Kiptanui         KEN    8:24.69           
   11 El Bakkali , Soufiane            MAR    8:27.56           
      Arce , Daniel                    ESP        DNF           
      Bayer , Andrew                   USA        DNF           
      Kipsang , Lawrence Kemboi        KEN        DNF           
      Sigueni , Hicham                 MAR        DNF

Non-Diamond League distance events

1500 Metres - Men  - Promotional Event
                                                                
    1 Kibet , Vincent                  KEN    3:35.80           
    2 Akankam , Hicham                 MAR    3:35.85           
    3 Miellet , Alexis                 FRA    3:35.98           
    4 Mechaal , Adel                   ESP    3:36.21           
    5 McSweyn , Stewart                AUS    3:36.30           
    6 Kaazouzi , Brahim                MAR    3:36.67           
    7 Kibet , Michael                  KEN    3:36.71           
    8 Ouladha , Hicham                 MAR    3:37.05           
    9 Kiprono , Brimin                 KEN    3:37.20           
   10 Lemi , Teddese                   ETH    3:37.40           
   11 Crippa , Yemaneberhan            ITA    3:37.81           
   12 El Kaam , Fouad                  MAR    3:38.13           
   13 Gregson , Ryan                   AUS    3:39.04           
      Akbache , Mounir                 FRA        DNF           
      Debjani , Ismael                 BEL        DNF           
      Tiouali , Mohammed Ayoub         BRN        DNF           
                                                                
5000 Metres - Men  - Promotional Event
                                                                
    1 Pingua , Edward Zakayo           KEN   13:11.49           
    2 Berihu , Solomon                 ETH   13:16.08           
    3 Bouqantar , Soufiyan             MAR   13:17.26           
    4 Ibrahim , Bouh                   DJI   13:17.54           
    5 Iguider , Abdelaati              MAR   13:17.74           
    6 El Otmani , Said                 ITA   13:19.30           
    7 Al Amri , Tariq Ahmed            KSA   13:19.70           
    8 Kifle , Yohans                   ERI   13:27.06           
    9 Gashahun , Abe                   ETH   13:29.49           
   10 Outalha , Mouhcine               MAR   13:35.33           
   11 Birhan , Melesse                 ETH   13:44.08           
   12 Chekwurui , Mathew Job           UGA   13:44.53           
      Essalhi , Younéss                MAR        DNF           
      Hassaus , Nassim                 ESP        DNF           
      Lamdassem , Ayad                 ESP        DNF           
      Saddedine , Alexandre            FRA        DNF   

Other video highlights:

Naser wins 400

Andre De Grasse wins 200

Full Rabat results here.

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