2020 Ostrava Golden Spike Recap: Jacob Kiplimo Comes From Behind to Stun Selemon Barega in Thrilling 5,000 as Both Men Break 12:50

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By LetsRun.com
September 8, 2020

With hurdler Karsten Warholm and shot putter Ryan Crouser in the form of their lives, Tuesday’s Golden Spike meet in Ostrava was billed as a meet in which multiple world records could fall. Those two stars couldn’t quite make history — settling instead for a pair of dominant victories — but there was plenty of great action in both the track and field.

The highlight of the night came in the men’s 5,000, in which Ethiopian World Championship silver medalist Selemon Barega mounted an assault on Stephen Cherono’s meet record of 12:48.81 from 2003. That record would fall, but not to Barega as Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo came from way back and stunned Barega to win in a huge pb of 12:48.63 to Barega’s 12:49.08.

In other action, Laura Muir, Faith Kipyegon, and Jakob Ingebrigtsen kept winning and Sifan Hassan looked strong in claiming the 5,000 meters, her second win in four days. Our full meet recap and analysis appears below and as usual we start with the mid-d and distance events.

Full results can be found here.

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Men’s 5000: Jacob Kiplimo wins thriller in 12:48

The men’s 5000 was billed as a potential meet (12:48.81) and maybe even world record (12:35.36) attempt for 20-year-old Selemon Barega of Ethiopia. Barega, the 5th-fastest man in history (12:43.02 pb), lived up to his end of the bargain and went out very aggressively with the two rabbits as the first 1k was covered in under 2:30. When the second rabbit stepped off just before 3k (7:41), it was pretty clear the world record wasn’t going to fall but Barega was still on pace for a good time.

Then suddenly, we had a race. Behind Barega, 19-year-old Jacob Kiplimo of Uganda was running his own race. 3.5 laps into the race, he was more than four seconds behind Barega. But at 3k, the gap hadn’t grown any larger; in fact, it had shrunk to under four seconds. With four laps remaining, Barega’s lead was down to three seconds. Just before 4k (10:18.41), Barega’s lead was gone entirely.

Kiplimo kept the pressure on and with two laps remaining he went to the lead. Barega responded and stayed right behind him until the finishing stretch. Coming off the final turn, Barega moved wide to try to pass Kiplimo and fans got to witness a fantastic finish. Watch a GIF of it here.

Barega pulled almost dead even with Kiplimo but in the end Kiplimo got the win in a massive pb of 12:48.63, which also was a meet record. We timed his last 1600 in 4:02.0 and his last 200 in 27.3 (last 400 roughly 56.3). Kiplimo ended up second as Italy’s Yemaneberhan Crippa (13:02.26) broke the 30-year old Italian record in third, breaking 1988 Olympic 10,000 silver medallist Salvatore Antibo’s 13:05.5.

Coming into the race, Kiplimo’s pb was just 13:13.64, but that came when he was just 16 years of age at the 2017 Prefontaine Classic. It’s not like Kiplimo didn’t have significant credentials; he did, just not on the track. He was the silver medallist at World XC last year in Denmark, beating the likes of Geoffrey Kamworor and Barega himself handily (Kamworor was third, 11 seconds behind Kiplimo, and Barega was 5th, 32 seconds behind).


1. Jacob Kiplimo, 2000, Nike/UGA, 12:48.63 PB/MR*
 2. Selemon Barega, 2000, Nike/ETH, 12:49.08 PB
   [7:41.6 at 3000m]
 3. Yemaneberhan Crippa, 1996, Nike/ITA, 13:02.26 NR
 4. Ouassim Oumaiz, 1999, ESP, 13:17.52
 5. Abdessamad Oukhelfen, 1998, ESP, 13:17.95 PB
 6. Andreas Vojta, 1989, AUT, 13:24.03 PB
 7. Said El Otmani, 1991, ITA, 13:24.13 SB
 8. Elzan Bibić, 1999, SRB, 13:26.56 NR
    Hakim Saleh, 1996, CZE, DNF
    Lamecha Girma, 2000, Nike/ETH, DNF (pace)
    Suldan Hassan, 1998, SWE, DNF
    Jan Sýkora, 1992, CZE, DNF (pace)
*Meeting record; previous 12:48.81, Stephen Cherono (KEN), 2003

Quick Take: It’s been a fast year in the men’s 5,000

With Barega and Kiplimo both breaking 12:50 today, we’re now up to four sub-12:50’s in 2020 (Moh Ahmed ran 12:47 in Portland on July 10, and Joshua Cheptegei ran 12:35 in Monaco on August 14). That’s the third-most ever in a single year, behind only 2012 (six) and 1997 (five).

Women’s 1500: Faith Kipyegon keeps rolling

Few athletes are in better form right now than Faith Kipyegon, who claimed her third victory in three attempts in 2020. After running 2:29 for a pair of commanding 1000m victories, Kipyegon stepped up to her specialty distance of 1500 meters and was just as dominant.

Kipyegon went to the front early in this one but hung slightly off the pacers, who led through 400 in 63.71. Brit Laura Weightman established position on Kipyegon’s shoulder early, and little would change up front before the bell, with the exception of Jemma Reekie, who moved up to third behind Kipyegon and Weightman at 900.

The top three quickly separated at the bell, but on the back straight, Kipyegon showed she was in a league of her own, pulling away with incredible grace and power. Reekie, chasing a pb, passed Weightman into second, but couldn’t hold it; Weightman passed her back off the final turn and held on for second in 4:01.96. But today was all about Kipyegon, who used a quick final lap (59.0, 28.9 final 200) to run 3:59.05 — the #2 time in the world this year, behind only Laura Muir’s 3:57.86 in Stockholm.

1. Faith Kipyegon, 1994, Nike/KEN, 3:59.05 MR*
2. Laura Weightman, 1991, Nike/GBR, 4:01.96
3. Jemma Reekie, 1998, Nike/KEN, 4:03.25
4. Hanna Klein, 1993, Nike/GER, 4:04.90 PB
5. Lemlem Hailu, 2001, ETH, 4:05.50
6. Elena Burkard, 1992, GER, 4:06.85
7. Hanna Hermansson, 1989, SWE, 4:07.07 PB
8. Simona Vrzalová, 1988, CZE, 4:07.30 PB
9. Winnie Nanyondo, 1993, UGA, 4:07.94 SB
10. Britt Ummels, 1993, NED, 4:10.50 PB
11. Eilish McColgan, 1990, Asics/GBR, 4:12.07
12. Sarah Healy, 2001, IRL, 4:17.60 SB
Zdeňka Seidlová, 1997, CZE, DNF (pace)
Kateřina Hálová, 1981, CZE, DNF (pace)
*Meeting record; previous 4:00.96, Gudaf Tsegay (ETH), 2017

Quick Take: Reminder: Kipyegon is a total stud

Even though Kipyegon was the 2016 Olympic and 2017 world champion, she entered 2020 in the shadow of Sifan Hassan. Kipyegon has done her best to bust out of that shadow with some stellar performances on the track this year. And based on their past histories, you can make a compelling case that Kipyegon, not Hassan, should be the 2021 Olympic 1500 favorite.

Yes, Hassan has a significantly faster pb of 3:51, which she ran to destroy Kipyegon in last year’s World final. But Kipyegon has by far the more decorated resume, with golds in 2016 and 2017 and silvers in 2015 and 2019. Remember too, that Kipyegon has significant room for improvement: she missed all of 2018 to give birth and only raced twice prior to Worlds in 2019 due to injury. Yet she still ran a personal best of 3:54 in the World Championship final. And at 26, she’s also a full year younger than Hassan

With Hassan focusing on the longer stuff ahead of the World Half Marathon Champs in October, Kipyegon is clearly the stronger of the two at 1500m right now. But if Hassan does elect to stay in the 1500 at next year’s Olympics, expect a much closer battle than the one we saw in Doha in 2019.

Women’s 5000: Sifan Hassan goes sub-60 on last lap to win easily

The conditions were ideal for running fast (61 F, 52 F dew point) but the pace was modest by world-class standards in this one as the first 3km were run in 2:59.04, 5:57.52 and 8:54.83. The 4th km wasn’t all that much faster (11:51.22, 2:56.39) as Sifan Hassan was content to let this one come down to the last lap. At the bell (13:38), four African-born women were still together but Hassan soon turned this into a coronation. She took the lead at the 13:55 mark and powered home to a dominant victory in 14:37.85 thanks to an unofficial last lap of 59 seconds to finish off a 2:46 final km. Kenya’s Sheila Chelangat, the 22-year-old who was 4th at World XC in Uganda in 2017, ran a huge pb for second (14:40.70 — previous pb of — 14:54.66) just ahead of Turkey’s Yasemin Can (14:40.70). 2019 world championship 1500 bronze medallist Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia stayed with the leaders until the bell and finished fourth in a pb of 14:46.22 in just her second 5000 ever on the circuit (she ran 14:51 at Pre in 2018).

1. Sifan Hassan, 1993, Nike/NED, 14:37.85 SB
2. Sheila Chelangat, 1998, Nike/KEN, 14:40.51 PB
[8:54.9 at 3000m]
3. Yasemin Can, 1996, Nike/TUR, 14:40.70
4. Gudaf Tsegay, 1997, ETH, 14:46.22 PB
5. Tsehay Gemechu, 1998, adidas/ETH, 14:54.03 SB
6. Melissa Courtney-Bryant, 1993, New Balance/GBR, 15:16.50 SB
7. Maureen Koster, 1992, Nike/NED, 15:20.93 SB
8. Laura Petersen, 2000, DEN, 15:21.44 PB
9. Genevieve Gregson, 1989, Nike/AUS, 15:24.33
10. Meraf Bahta, 1989, Nike/SWE, 15:27.54 SB
11. Renata Pliś, 1985, Nike/POL, 15:39.76 SB
12. Isabel Mattuzzi, 1995, ITA, 15:55.67 SB
13. Sylwia Indeka, 1997, POL, 16:15.77
14. Eva Cherono, 1996, KEN, DNF (pace)
Anna Šimková, 1998, CZE, DNF (pace)

Men’s 1500: Jakob Ingebrigtsen takes care of business

Indoor mile world record holder Yomif Kejelcha got out front early in this one, staking out a position behind the pacers with favorite Jakob Ingebrigtsen sitting just behind him. Aussie Stewart McSweyn passed Ingebrigtsen just before halfway; the pacer hit 800 in 1:53.90 with Kejelcha just behind him, followed by McSweyn and Ingebrigtsen.

The pace began to slow as they approached the bell, and Ingebrigtsen, sensing the leaders begin to bunch, used a pair of tight inside passes to squeeze by Kejelcha and McSweyn to seize the lead with 400 to go.

Ingebrigtsen, looking relaxed, refrained from making any big move, however. He seemed to be treating this race like a prelim, doing just enough to hold the lead as he hit the final straight. Only then did Ingebrigtsen noticeably increase his effort, and even then he didn’t hit top gear, looking back several times to ensure McSweyn and hard-charging Kenyan Kumari Taki couldn’t get by him. Though Taki, the 2016 world junior champion, made a game effort and was rewarded with a small pb of 3:34.14 (previous best: 3:34.57), Ingebrigtsen was in control throughout the final last lap and held on for a comfortable victory in 3:33.92.

While Ingebrigtsen was pleased to earn the win — he remains undefeated in 2020 to people not named Timothy Cheruiyot — the happiest man may have been the Czech Republic’s Filip Sasinek, who took over a second off his pb to run 3:35.02 to place fourth in front of the home fans.

Australia’s Matthew Ramsden’s breakout year continued, as he notched his seventh pb of 2020 by running 3:35.23 for 6th, but it still wasn’t enough for top Aussie honors, which went to McSweyn in 3rd (3:34.25).

1. Jakob Ingebrigtsen, 2000, Nike/NOR, 3:33.92
2. Kumari Taki, 1999, Nike/KEN, 3:34.14 PB
3. Stewart McSweyn, 1995, Nike/AUS, 3:34.25
4. Filip Sasínek, 1996, CZE, 3:35.02 PB
5. Ignacio Fontes, 1998, Nike/ESP, 3:35.23
6. Matthew Ramsden, 1997, Nike/AUS, 3:35.23 PB
7. Ryan Gregson, 1990, Nike/AUS, 3:35.74
8. Yomif Kejelcha, 1997, Nike/ETH, 3:35.96
9. Mike Foppen, 1996, Nike/NED, 3:36.01 PB
10. Jimmy Gressier, 1997, Nike/FRA, 3:36.04 PB
11. Michał Rozmys, 1995, Nike/POL, 3:38.94
12. Johan Rogestedt, 1993, SWE, 3:39.32
13. Ahmed Abdelwahed, 1996, ITA, 3:39.61 PB
14. Jan Friš, 1995, CZE, 3:39.92
15. Federico Riva, 2000, ITA, 3:45.74
Martin Růžička, 1995, CZE, DNF (pace)
Adam Czerwiński, 1988, POL, DNF (pace)

Women’s 800: Laura Muir dominates in 1:58

Laura Muir dominated the women’s 800 as she won in 1:58.84 to move to #2 in the world outdoors for 2020, not too far off the world lead of her training partner Jemma Reekie (1:58.63). The race was superbly rabbitted for 500 meters (400 was passed in 58.24) with Muir right on the rabbits’ heels, and after that it was pretty much Muir against the clock. She hit 600 in 1:28.62 before recording the fourth 1:58 of her career (her pb is 1:58.24 from 2019 Monaco; she ran 1:58.44 indoors this year in Glasgow). No one else in the field broke 2:00 and only one woman broke 2:01 (Poland’s Sofia Ennaoui was second in 2:00.82).

1. Laura Muir, 1993, Nike/GBR, 1:58.84 SB
2. Sofia Ennaoui, 1995, Nike/POL, 2:00.82
3. Habitam Alemu, 1997, Nike/ETH, 2:01.06 SB
4. Claudia Bobocea, 1992, ROU, 2:01.37 PB
5. Ciara Mageean, 1992, New Balance/IRL, 2:01.40
6. Gabriela Gajanová, 1999, SVK, 2:01.67 SB
7. Noélie Yarigo, 1985, BEN, 2:01.80
8. Anna Sabat, 1993, POL, 2:02.24
9. Iveta Putalová, 1988, SVK, 2:04.91 PB
10. Vendula Hluchá, 1997, CZE, 2:05.94 SB
Bianka Bartha-Kéri, 1994, HUN, DNF (pace)

Men’s 800: Wightman rebounds with pb, Kramer finally breaks 1:45

Wightman, who suffered defeat to Daniel Rowden in the British 800m final on Saturday, rebounded to win in Ostrava in a personal best of 1:44.18, the fastest by a Brit since Andrew Osagie’s 1:43.77 in the 2012 Olympic final.

The race featured an absurd 15 starters, so the onus was on the top guys to go through the first lap quickly and avoid getting caught in the mother of all traffic jams. Pacer Andres Arroyo led through 400 in 49.27, with Kenya’s Wycliffe Kinyamal and Wesley Vazquez slightly behind. As 

Arroyo dropped off on the first turn of the bell lap, Kinyamal and Vazquez began to open a slight gap on Brit Elliot Giles in third, but they could not maintain their advantage. By the final turn, a large group that included Wightman, Giles, Sweden’s Andreas Kramer, and two-time World Championship medalist Amel Tuka were all coming for the two leaders.

Kramer, just off the leaders’ shoulder, got by them with 80 meters to go, but Wightman, running on the outside of lane 3, had been stalking Kramer and got by him with 50 meters to go as Kramer began to tie up.

1. Jake Wightman, 1994, New Balance/GBR, 1:44.18 PB
 2. Andreas Kramer, 1997, Nike/SWE, 1:44.47 NR
3. Amel Tuka, 1991, Nike/BIH, 1:44.51 SB
4. Diepen Tony Van, 1996, NED, 1:44.82 PB
5. Wesley Vázquez, 1994, adidas/PUR, 1:45.18 SB
6. Elliot Giles, 1994, Nike/GBR, 1:45.51
7. Wycliffe Kinyamal, 1997, Nike/KEN, 1:45.53 SB
8. Guy Learmonth, 1992, New Balance/GBR, 1:46.00
9. Lukáš Hodboď, 1996, CZE, 1:46.34
10. Benjamin Robert, 1998, FRA, 1:46.65
11. Jakub Davidík, 2002, CZE, 1:46.67 NJR
12. Filip Šnejdr, 1995, CZE, 1:46.98
13. Adam Kszczot, 1989, Nike/POL, 1:47.26
14. Álvaro De Arriba, 1994, ESP, 1:47.35
Andrés Arroyo, 1995, PUR, DNF (pace)

Quick Take: There is no reason to be running an 800 with 15 starters

We can’t remember the last time we saw an 800 with 15 starters. High school, maybe? At the pro level, it’s totally bush league (every athlete but one was forced to share a lane) and borderline dangerous (though there were no falls today). If you have 15 starters, just run two sections rather than forcing everyone into the same race.

That said, it did make for an entertaining spectacle and total madness in the final 100; the Netherlands’ Tony van Diepen had to go out to lane 5 in order to find room to run.

And while a 15-person field is not ideal, it does force athletes to get out hard over the first lap, which can lead to some fast times — three of the top four finishers ran PBs today, including van Diepen, who ran 1:44.82 to knock over two seconds off his best.

Quick Take: Kramer finally breaks 1:45!

Until today, sub-1:45 was the barrier that Andreas Kramer just could not crack. The 23-year-old European silver medalist from Sweden had run between 1:45.03 and 1:45.13 six times, but had never broken 1:45.

That finally changed in Ostrava, as he smashed through the barrier by running 1:44.47 for his first sub-1:45 — and the first sub-1:45 ever by a Swedish man. Persistence pays off.

H/T Jon Mulkeen for the stat.

Men’s 400 hurdles: Warholm wins, but WR will have to wait

As he did in Stockholm when he ran 46.87 last month, Karsten Warholm lined up in lane 8 hoping to challenge Kevin Young’s 28-year-old world record 46.87. And while he got off to his customary fast stride, powering away from the field early with his long stride, today was not to be a record day. Warholm chopped his steps on hurdle 9 and wound up running 47.62, reacting with a mixture of confusion and disappointment when he saw his time pop up on the scoreboard.

The time was still enough to break the nine-year-old meet record of 47.66 (LJ van Zyl) and significantly faster than anyone else has run this year (Warholm is the only man under 49.00 in 2020), but wasn’t quite up to Warholm’s lofty standards. You’d have to go back to Warholm’s first race of last season in Stockholm in May 2019 for the last time Warholm ran slower in a final.

Still, today’s run was a testament to how far Warholm, Abderrahman Samba, and Rai Benjamin have advanced the 400 hurdles over the last three years. Warholm has now broke 48 seconds in each of his last 10 finals. Compare that to 2017, in which the entire world combined for just one sub-48 clocking.

400 Metres Hurdles - Men 
    1 WARHOLM Karsten                  NOR     47.62                    
    2 VAILLANT Ludvy                   FRA     49.14                    
    3 MÜLLER Vít                       CZE     50.18                    
    4 BALUCH Matej                     SVK     50.74                    
    5 KUČERA Martin                    SVK     50.84                    
    6 MIKOŁAJEWSKI Gabriel             POL     51.43                    
    7 JURÁNEK Martin                   CZE     51.71                    

Men’s shot: Crouser goes 22+ four more times

The men’s 400 hurdles and shot put were the two events with the highest hopes for a world record in Ostrava. And just like Warholm in the hurdles, shot star Ryan Crouser put forth a performance easily good enough to win, but not quite good enough to challenge the WR (Randy Barnes, 23.12m).

Any of Crouser’s five legal throws would have been good enough for the win; his best came in rounds three and four, where he broke the meet record on consecutive attempts with a 22.31 followed by a 22.43.

Crouser has thrown farther than the WR in practice but as of yet has not been able to put it all together in a competition (though he did toss 22.91 earlier this year to move to #3 on the world all-time list). His consistency, however, has been remarkable: this marked the fifth consecutive competition in which Crouser registered four or more throws beyond 22 meters. The rest of the world has combined for zero such throws in 2020 (though it should be noted that neither of his fellow 2019 World Championship medalists, Joe Kovacs and Tom Walsh, have competed since March).

Shot Put - Men 
    1 CROUSER Ryan                     USA     22.43                    
    2 HARATYK Michał                   POL     21.65                    
    3 FABBRI Leonardo                  ITA     21.27                    
    4 BUKOWIECKI Konrad                POL     20.80                    
    5 STORL David                      GER     20.79                    

Men’s triple jump: Taylor comes up clutch

Heading into his final jump, American Christian Taylor trailed world leader Hugues Fabrice Zango of Burkina Faso as Zango had jumped 17.42 in round two. But Taylor was clutch and jumped 17.46 to take both the win and world lead (17.43) away from Zango. Zango, who beat Taylor for the first time in his career a few weeks ago in Hungary, had three jumps farther than Taylor’s #2.

Triple Jump - Men 
    1 TAYLOR Christian                 USA     17.46                -0.4
    2 ZANGO Hugues Fabrice             BUR     17.42                -0.5
    3 HEß Max                          GER     16.89                -1.2
    4 PICHARDO Pedro Pablo             POR     16.88                -1.1
    5 VESZELKA Tomáš                   SVK     16.40                +0.3
    6 VONDRÁČEK Jiří                   CZE     15.67                -0.9
    7 KUBÁT Zdeněk                     CZE     15.55                -0.3

Women’s 300 hurdles: Femke Bol wins battle between 2020’s #1 and #2 400 hurdlers

The stellar season for 20-year-old Femke Bol, the 2019 European junior champ and world #1 this year in the 400 hurdles, rolled on as Bol came from behind to win the 300 hurdles in a world-leading 38.55, which is actually the 2nd fastest time ever in the rarely-run event (the world’s best is 38.16).

Bol trailed fellow 20-year-old Emma Zapletalová of Slovakia, the 2020 #2 in the 400h at 55.19, heading into the homestretch but ended up winning comfortably (Zapletalová ran 39.97) to remain undefeated in the hurdles on the year. With a 53.79 pb and seasonal best this year at 400 hurdles, Bol leads the 400h standings by nearly 1.5 seconds. 2013 and 2015 world champ Zuzana Hejnová of the Czech Republic, who is the holder of the world’s best in the event, was just sixth in 40.80.

300 Metres Hurdles - Women 
    1 BOL Femke                        NED     38.55                    
    2 ZAPLETALOVÁ Emma                 SVK     38.97                    
    3 KNIGHT Jessie                    GBR     39.35                    
    4 SPRUNGER Lea                     SUI     39.54                    
    5 HOFMANOVÁ Martina                CZE     40.40                    
    6 HEJNOVÁ Zuzana                   CZE     40.80                    
    7 MÁTÓ Sára                        HUN     40.89                    
    8 ZUPIN Agata                      SLO     41.86

Women’s javelin: Spotakova takes it 

39-year-old Barbora Spotakova, the 2008 and 2012 Olympic champ, sent the home fans happy as her 65.19m effort in round one held up for the win.

Javelin Throw - Women 
    1 ŠPOTÁKOVÁ Barbora                CZE     65.19                    
    2 ANDREJCZYK Maria                 POL     63.59                    
    3 OGRODNÍKOVÁ Nikola               CZE     62.96                    
    4 MUZE Lina                        LAT     62.86                    
    5 KOLAK Sara                       CRO     60.52                    
    6 ŽELEZNÁ Andrea                   CZE     55.24                    
    7 PÍŠOVÁ Martina                   CZE     53.88

Men’s discus: Stahl makes it 15 in a row

World champ Daniel Stahl threw beyond 66 meters three times, including a best of 66.42, to win his 15th meet in a row. Apart from a meet in June where Stahl registered six fouls, he has every one of his competitions in 2020.

Discus Throw - Men 
    1 STÅHL Daniel                     SWE     66.42                    
    2 PETTERSSON Simon                 SWE     65.90                    
    3 GUDŽIUS Andrius                  LTU     64.88                    
    4 MAŁACHOWSKI Piotr                POL     63.97                    
    5 ČEH Kristjan                     SLO     63.92                    
    6 BÁRTA Marek                      CZE     61.29

Women’s pole vault: Bradshaw wins

Holly Bradshaw, who won the British title in Manchester on Saturday, cleared 4.64m to notch her second victory in four days.

Pole Vault - Women 
    1 BRADSHAW Holly                   GBR      4.60                    
    2 MEIJER Michaela                  SWE      4.54                    
    3 MALÁČOVÁ Romana                  CZE      4.44                    
    4 COOK Sophie                      GBR      4.34                    
    4 MOSER Angelica                   SUI      4.34                    
    6 ŠVÁBÍKOVÁ Amálie                 CZE      4.34                    
    7 PEINADO Robeilys                 VEN      4.24

Men’s pole vault: Obiena surprises

In a field containing the last two Olympic champions and the two-time defending world champion Sam Kendricks, the win went to a man who has never made a global final: 24-year-old John Ernest Obiena of the Philippines. Both Obiena and Renaud Lavillenie cleared 5.74m on their second attempt, but Obiena won on countback.

Pole Vault - Men 
    1 OBIENA Ernest John               PHI      5.74                    
    2 LAVILLENIE Renaud                FRA      5.74                    
    3 KENDRICKS Sam                    USA      5.64                    
    4 BRAZ Thiago                      BRA      5.64                    
    5 HOLZDEPPE Raphael                GER      5.54                    
    6 WOJCIECHOWSKI Paweł              POL      5.34                    
    7 ŠČERBA Matěj                     CZE      5.24                    
    8 BÁRTA Dan                        CZE      5.24                    
    9 CYPRES Jules                     FRA      5.24                    
      LUDWIG Matt                      USA        NM

Women’s 150: Schippers powers to victory

Two-time 200m world champ Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands took the lead coming off the shorter-than-usual turn and never relinquished it, separating from most of the field over the final 100 as Switzerland’s Ajla Del Ponte was the only woman who could even stay close to her. Schippers won the rarely-run event in 16.56, a European best and just off Briana McNeal’s world best of 16.41 from July.

150 Metres - Women                               Wind: +0.6 m/s
    1 SCHIPPERS Dafne                  NED     16.56                    
    2 DEL PONTE Ajla                   SUI     16.74                    
    3 KLAVER Lieke                     NED     16.89                    
    4 VISSER Nadine                    NED     16.94                    
    5 TA LOU Marie-Josée               CIV     16.99                    
    6 BENDOVÁ Nikola                   CZE     17.09                    
    7 MIHALINEC Maja                   SLO     17.30                    
    8 LALOVA-COLLIO Ivet               BUL     18.76

Men’s 150: Arthur Gue Cissé dominates

The Ivory Coast’s Arthur Gue Cissé (9.93 pb last year in 100) had gapped the field coming off the turn and he never gave up the lead as he won the men’s 150 meters comfortably in 15.15 over the Netherlands’ Taymir Burnet (15.34) and 2017 world 200 champ Ramil Guliyev (3rd, 15.38). 

150 Metres - Men Final Heat 1                    Wind: +0.5 m/s
    1 CISSÉ Arthur                     CIV     15.15                    
    2 BURNET Taymir                    NED     15.34                    
    3 GULIYEV Ramil                    TUR     15.38                    
    4 RODGERS Michael                  USA     15.38                    
    5 POLÁK Jiří                       CZE     15.39                    
    6 VELEBA Jan                       CZE     15.51                    
    7 VOLKO Ján                        SVK     15.54                    
150 Metres - Men Final Heat 2                    Wind: -0.2 m/s
    1 JIRKA Jan                        CZE     15.54                    
    2 BUJNA Šimon                      SVK     15.62                    
    3 KRSEK Matěj                      CZE     15.73                    
    4 NĚMEJC Tomáš                     CZE     15.94                    
    5 KOŠKA Matyáš                     CZE     16.14

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