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.
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800m – 2:04 min
(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.
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.
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.
Talk about the action on our messageboard:
- MB: Official 2019 Rabat DL Discussion Thread
- MB: Jenny Simpson breaks 4:00, finishes just SEVENTH in Rabat DL. 1st American to go sub-4 10 times.
- MB: Ethiopian national record in men’s steeple falls in Rabat. 18-yr old Getnet Wale runs 8:06.01.