Stockholm Recap: Timothy Cheruiyot is Back, Rose Almanza (1:56) is For Real, Femke Bol and Shamier Little Dazzle in Hurdles

July 4, 2021

Happy July 4th everyone.

The highlight at the Stockholm Diamdond League meet was a stellar women’s 400m hurdles, where the Netherlands Femke Bol and the USA’s Shamier Little battled to the line and became the 4th and 5th fastest of all-time.

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In the distances, the highlights were Rose Almanza running her 2nd 1:56 of the year to show she is for real, and Timothy Cheruiyot returning to action after his 4th place at the Kenyan Trials. Cheruiyot got back to his winning ways with a 3:32 win.

We’ve got an abbreviated recap of the meet below. World Athletics recap is here.

Women’s 400m Hurdles: Femke Bol 52.37, Edges Shamier Little 52.39 to Become 4th Fastest Ever

Bol had won in Olso on the first in a PR of 53.33. Shamier Little was returning to racing after missing the US Olympic team. They put on quite the show battling to the line with Bol just holding off Little by .02 and getting the huge PB and moving to #4 all-time. Little (old PB 52.75) moved from #10 all-time to #5.

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Women’s 800: Rose Almanza and Natoya Goule Run 1:56

The rabbit took this out quick in 56.9 but Rose Almanza of Cuba was right with her followed by Jamaica’s Natoya Goule. They would battle all the way to the line with Almanza getting the win in 1:56.28 to Goule’s 1:56.44. This was Almanza’s 2nd 1:56 of the year and first in the Diamond League showing she should be a factor in Tokyo.

The USA’s Kate Grace, fresh off her 1:57.60 PB to win in Oslo on the 1st, got another PB here in 1:57.36 for 3rd as 19 year old Brit Keely Hodgkinson also PRd.

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Men’s 800: Ferguson Rotich Overtakes Arop for 1:43 Win

Canada’s Marco Arop pushed the hardest once the rabbit dropped out and opened up a lead on the backstretch and into the homestretch but Ferguson Rotich, the runner-up at the Kenyan Trials, closed really well to get the win in 1:43.84. Arop was rewarded with 1:44.00 PB as was Elliott Giles in 3rd and Adrian Ben in 4th.

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Women’s Steeple: Kiyeng Wins as Chepkoech Fades

World Record holder Beatrice Chepkoech took it out too hard (2:57.5 1st km) and couldn’t hold on and fell apart the last kilometer as 2015 World Champ  Hyvin Kiyeng got the easy win in 9:04:34 and a fast closing Gesa Krause got second. Leah Falland of the US PRd in 5th in 9:16.91 (old pb 9:18.85 from 2016).

Men’s 1500: Timothy Cheruiyot is Back

As expected Cheruiyot went out fast with the rabbits, 55.5 and 1:53.3 for Cheruiyot. But the paced lagged the 3rd lap and Cheruiyot had some company with 200 to go. He then put down his head and ran away from the field to win fairly comfortably in 3:32.30. Ignacio Fontes of Spain closed really well to get 2nd with a PB of 3:33.27.

Cheruiyot’s time wasn’t incredibly fast, but he got an easy Diamond League win. If he gets another in Monaco, we’d have to think the Kenyan selectors put him on the team.

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400m Men: Kirani James Wins

Men’s 100m: Ronnie Baker Wins

Men’s 400m Hurdles Alison dos Santos Keeps Running Really Well

Women’s 200 Shericka Jackson Wins

Men’s Long Jump: Tajay Gayle Saves Best for Last

Women’s High Jump: Yaroslava Mahuchikh turns back Australian record performance by Nicola McDermott

Women’s Shot Put: Valerie Adams

Men’s Pole Vault: Mondo Perfect Before Home Crowd

Women’s Long Jump: Spanovic Has Best Jump in Round 6 to Win

Men’s Discus: Stahl Wins

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