Wightman, Lyles, & Fraser-Pryce Win Fast Battles of World Champs at 2022 Monaco Diamond League
By Jonathan Gault and Robert Johnson
August 10, 2022
The Herculis Monaco Diamond League produced one of the fastest nights of running in the 2022 season as there were meet records galore on the Mediterranean. World champions Noah Lyles (19.46) and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.62) led the way as they prevailed in showdowns against fellow world champs Michael Norman and Shericka Jackson in the 200 and 100 meters, respectively. In the distance events, Faith Kipyegon came just .30 shy of the 1500m world record by running 3:50.37 (separate article here) while Burundi’s Thierry Ndikumwenayo (7:25.93) broke the Diamond League record in the 3,000m, just ahead of Grant Fisher, who set an American record of 7:28.48 in 3rd (separate article here).
Heather MacLean (3:58.89) and Elise Cranny (3:59.06) also became the 12th and 13th American women in the sub-4:00 club for 1500 while Sage Hurta (1:57.85) and Olivia Baker (1:58.05) continued their incredible seasons by PRing again in the 800 meters behind winner Natoya Goule (1:56.98). Full recap, results, and analysis below.
Kipchoge loves the 1:59:40 Shirt Get Yours Today What a legend!
Women’s 800: Goule wins in a seasonal best 1:56.98
Jamaica’s Natoya Goule was the class of the non-Diamond League women’s 800 as she won convincingly in a season’s best 1:56.98, some nice redemption for Goule who just missed out on a medal at the Commonwealth Games when Laura Muir nipped her at the line.
“I feel extremely proud because I finally dropped the time under (1:)57… It would be nice to get a PR this season, I know it is a bit challenging but I take it step by step,” said Goule who ran her 1:56.15 pb in Monaco in 2018.
American Sage Hurta broke 1:58 for the first time to take second in 1:57.85 (previous pb 1:58.30) with compatriot Olivia Baker just behind in a 1:58.05 pb (previous pb of 1:58.46). Abbey Caldwell, who was controversially left off the Australian 1500 Worlds team this year but won CG 1500 bronze, broke 2:00 for the first time in 5th (1:59.31).
|1.||Natoya GOULE||30 MAR 1991||JAM||1:56.98|
|2.||Sage HURTA||23 JUN 1998||USA||1:57.85|
|3.||Olivia BAKER||12 JUN 1996||USA||1:58.05|
|4.||Jemma REEKIE||06 MAR 1998||GBR||1:58.68|
|5.||Abbey CALDWELL||03 JUL 2001||AUS||1:59.31|
|6.||Halimah NAKAAYI||16 OCT 1994||UGA||2:00.02|
|7.||Linden HALL||20 JUN 1991||AUS||2:00.45|
|8.||Agnès RAHAROLAHY||07 NOV 1992||FRA||2:02.25|
|Kendra CHAMBERS||11 SEP 1990||USA||DNF|
Quick Take: It’s been quite a year for Sage Hurta and Olivia Baker
At the start of the year, neither Sage Hurta nor Olivia Baker had ever broken 2:00. Both owned pbs of 2:00.08.
Both women have now broken 2:00 seven different times this year and each have run pbs in the 800 four times this year.
Men’s 1000: Jake Wightman Cracks Top Ten All-Time
The 1000 is an odd distance. One might think since it’s closer in distance to 800 than 1500 that it benefits the 800 men, but the reality is the opposite. Most pure 800 guys are scared to death of the 1000 so the advantage normally goes to the 1500 men and you saw that this evening in Monaco as 1500 world champ Jake Wightman got the win in a meet record 2:13.88 (#9 all-time) while Olympic and world 800 champ Emmanuel Korir finished last in 2:18.19.
Erik Sowinski rabbitted this one out through 600 (51.0 and 1:17.7) before Canadian World Championships 800 bronze medallist Marco Arop took over as a 2nd rabbit/racer. Arop promised to keep things fast and then try to finish and that’s what he did as hit 800 in 1:45.46 and when he did he had 15 meters on Wightman (1:47.2), who had 15 meters on the rest of the field. Arop started to tire and Wightman came by him with about 25 meters to go as Arop held on for second in a national record 2:14.35.
American Clayton Murphy was best of the rest as he went from 10th at 800 (1:49.6) to third at the finish (2:15.73), just ahead of two-time Commonwealth Games 800 champ Wyclife Kinyamal (2:15.78). American teen Hobbs Kessler made his European Diamond League debut and finished 8th in 2:16.46.
If you are wondering what a good 1k time is, a messagebaord poster has found some equivalents on the WA scoring tables.
Wightman 2.13.88 ~= 800 1.43.95 = 1500 3.32.77
Murphy 2.15.73 = 1.45.35 = 3.35.87
Hobbs 2:16.46 ~= 1.45.92 = 3.37.11
|1.||Jake WIGHTMAN||11 JUL 1994||GBR||2:13.88|
|2.||Marco AROP||20 SEP 1998||CAN||2:14.35|
|3.||Clayton MURPHY||26 FEB 1995||USA||2:15.73|
|4.||Wyclife Kinyamal KISASY||02 JUL 1997||KEN||2:15.78|
|5.||Bryce HOPPEL||05 SEP 1997||USA||2:15.99|
|6.||Joshua THOMPSON||09 MAY 1993||USA||2:16.38|
|7.||Luke MCCANN||12 MAR 1998||IRL||2:16.40|
|8.||Hobbs KESSLER||15 MAR 2003||USA||2:16.46|
|9.||Ferguson Cheruiyot ROTICH||30 NOV 1989||KEN||2:17.00|
|10.||Tony VAN DIEPEN||17 APR 1996||NED||2:17.06|
|11.||Benjamin ROBERT||04 JAN 1998||FRA||2:17.11|
|12.||Emmanuel Kipkurui KORIR||15 JUN 1995||KEN||2:18.19|
|Erik SOWINSKI||21 DEC 1989||USA||DNF|
Women’s steeple: Getachew gets first Diamond League win as Wayment breaks 9:10
Coming off a disappointing 8th-place finish at Worlds, Emma Coburn went to the front early and led through the first two kilometers, though the relatively slow pace (6:07 at 2k) meant that there were still six women up front, including Ethiopians Werkua Getachew (Worlds silver) and 2021 World U20 silver medalist Zerfe Wondemagegn, Commonwealth Games silver medalist Elizabeth Bird of Great Britain, and American Courtney Wayment.
Coburn still led by two meters over Getachew at the bell, but the Ethiopians separated from the pack over the last 200 with Getachew pulling away off the final barrier to win in 9:06.19. Wondemagegn was second in a 10-second pb of 9:06.63, while Bird edged a fading Coburn for third, 9:07.87 to 9:07.93. The time was a 10-second pb for Bird and her second British record of the year.
Wayment ran a pb of 9:09.91 for 6th to join Coburn and Courtney Frerichs as the only Americans ever under 9:10. Frerichs also ran here but was a disappointing 9th in 9:32.56.
|1.||Werkuha GETACHEW||07 DEC 1995||ETH||9:06.19|
|2.||Zerfe WONDEMAGEGN||26 OCT 2002||ETH||9:06.63|
|3.||Elizabeth BIRD||04 OCT 1994||GBR||9:07.87|
|4.||Emma COBURN||19 OCT 1990||USA||9:07.93|
|5.||Jackline CHEPKOECH||03 OCT 2003||KEN||9:09.72|
|6.||Courtney WAYMENT||04 AUG 1998||USA||9:09.91|
|7.||Marwa BOUZAYANI||26 MAR 1997||TUN||9:22.22|
|8.||Amy CASHIN||28 JUL 1994||AUS||9:24.19|
|9.||Courtney FRERICHS||18 JAN 1993||USA||9:32.56|
|10.||Daisy JEPKEMEI||13 FEB 1996||KAZ||9:37.83|
|11.||Adva COHEN||24 MAR 1996||ISR||9:42.71|
|12.||Irene SÁNCHEZ-ESCRIBANO||25 AUG 1992||ESP||9:43.36|
|13.||Tatiane Raquel DA SILVA||10 JUN 1990||BRA||9:52.93|
|Virginia NYAMBURA||20 JUL 1993||KEN||DNF|
Quick Take: Lizzie Bird’s post-collegiate improvement is amazing and she’s having a season for the ages
Bird ran her first British record of 9:19.46 on June 18th in Paris but then a different Brit, Aimee Pratt, lowered it twice at Worlds (most recently to 9:15.64), before Bird took it back today with a massive PB (in between Bird had run 9:17.79 to win CG silver last week). To improve 12+ seconds at age 27 is impressive.
But her overall post-collegiate improvement is even more impressive. In four years at Princeton and two post grad xc years at San Francisco , she never made the finals of NCAAs. She never was an All-American. Her steeple pb was 9:54. Now she’s an Olympic finalist with a 9:07 pb.
Quick Take: A step in the right direction for Coburn
Coburn came away frustrated and confused after her 9:16, 8th-place finish at Worlds as she believed she was much fitter than that. So for her to run a season’s best today and lead 2800 meters of a Diamond League was definitely a good sign. Coburn won’t be happy about getting outkicked for third by Bird, but this was an improvement from Eugene. If Coburn can continue to improve and get in a race where the first two kilometers go out a bit faster, she could even threaten her three-year-old personal best of 9:02.35.
Quick Take: What a year Courtney Wayment is having
Wayment began her 2021-22 track season by running a 5,000m pb of 15:15 in Boston back in December and now, nine months later, is still running personal bests, getting down to 9:09.91 in her Diamond League debut to move ahead of Colleen Quigley (9:10.27) and into #3 on the all-time US list.
This year Wayment has won an NCAA 5,000 title, an NCAA steeple title (while setting the NCAA record), made her first US team, made her first World Championship final, and now she’s broken 9:10. What a season by the BYU-turned-On athlete.
Women’s 100: SAFP 10.62!!
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce stayed red hot as she never was threatened in this one which turned out to be one of the greatest women’s 100 races ever run. SAFP went wire-to-wire and won in 10.62 (+0.4) as Worlds silver medallist Shericka Jackson was second once again, in a pb of 10.71 (previous pb: 10.73) with Marie-Josee Ta Lou third in an African record 10.72. American Aleia Hobbs equalled her pb in 4th in 10.81. 10.72 and 10.81 are the best marks ever for third and fourth in a women’s 100.
Final, Wind: +0.4
|1.||Shelly-Ann FRASER-PRYCE||27 DEC 1986||JAM||10.62|
|2.||Shericka JACKSON||16 JUL 1994||JAM||10.71|
|3.||Marie-Josée TA LOU||18 NOV 1988||CIV||10.72|
|4.||Aleia HOBBS||24 FEB 1996||USA||10.81|
|5.||Twanisha TERRY||24 JAN 1999||USA||10.90|
|6.||Daryll NEITA||29 AUG 1996||GBR||10.91|
|7.||Tamara CLARK||09 JAN 1999||USA||10.96|
Men’s 110 Hurdles: Holloway holds off stacked field
Two-time world champ Grant Holloway got off to a great start and never looked back as he won a loaded men’s 110 hurdles in 12.99 seconds. Eugene runner-up Trey Cunningham was the runner-up here once again (13.03) as Olympic champ Hansle Parchment started slowly but closed very well to get 3rd (13.08).
Final, Wind: +0.6
|1.||Grant HOLLOWAY||19 NOV 1997||USA||12.99|
|2.||Trey CUNNINGHAM||26 AUG 1998||USA||13.03|
|3.||Hansle PARCHMENT||17 JUN 1990||JAM||13.08|
|4.||Daniel ROBERTS||13 NOV 1997||USA||13.20|
|5.||Sasha ZHOYA||25 JUN 2002||FRA||13.21|
|6.||Pascal MARTINOT-LAGARDE||22 SEP 1991||FRA||13.26|
|7.||Damian CZYKIER||10 AUG 1992||POL||13.46|
|8.||Just KWAOU-MATHEY||04 DEC 1999||FRA||13.78|
Men’s 200: Lyles blasts 19.46 to take down Knighton and Norman
Noah Lyles’ outstanding 2022 campaign continued tonight as he ran 19.46 – the second-fastest time of his life – to defeat Worlds bronze medalist Erriyon Knighton and fellow world champion Michael Norman in the heavily-anticipated men’s 200. Though Norman ran a powerful turn, Lyles’ was even better and he had the lead coming off the bend. From there it was vintage Lyles as he streaked away from his rivals to become the first man to break 19.50 more than once in the same year. The 18-year-old Knighton, who picked up his first career European win in Hungary on Monday, was second in 19.84 as Norman, the only man to ever defeat Lyles in a DL 200 back in 2019, was 3rd in 19.95.
NCAA champ Joseph Fahnbulleh, who announced earlier today that he had signed with Asics, was 7th in 20.46.
Final, Wind: +0.8
|1.||Noah LYLES||18 JUL 1997||USA||19.46|
|2.||Erriyon KNIGHTON||29 JAN 2004||USA||19.84|
|3.||Michael NORMAN||03 DEC 1997||USA||19.95|
|4.||Alexander OGANDO||03 MAY 2000||DOM||20.02|
|5.||Aaron BROWN||27 MAY 1992||CAN||20.23|
|6.||Josephus LYLES||22 JUL 1998||USA||20.26|
|7.||Joseph FAHNBULLEH||11 SEP 2001||LBR||20.46|
|8.||Méba Mickaël ZEZE||19 MAY 1994||FRA||20.78|
Women’s 400: Miller-Uibo cruises to victory
World champ Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas was heavily favored to win in Monaco tonight and did just that, clocking 49.28 to take the victory, just off her 49.11 season’s best. She was never seriously challenged, though Jamaican champ Candice McLeod did end up running an impressive season’s best of 49.87 to take second.
|1.||Shaunae MILLER-UIBO||15 APR 1994||BAH||49.28|
|2.||Candice MCLEOD||15 NOV 1996||JAM||49.87|
|3.||Sada WILLIAMS||01 DEC 1997||BAR||50.10|
|4.||Stephenie Ann MCPHERSON||25 NOV 1988||JAM||50.52|
|5.||Fiordaliza COFIL||27 OCT 2000||DOM||50.55|
|6.||Junelle BROMFIELD||08 FEB 1998||JAM||50.93|
|7.||Kaylin WHITNEY||09 MAR 1998||USA||51.02|
|8.||Sokhna LACOSTE||25 AUG 2000||FRA||53.21|
Women’s 400 hurdles: Clayton edges Russell in a battle of Jamaicans
There was no Sydney McLaughlin, Femke Bol, or Dalilah Muhammad in this race (though McLaughlin was shown watching in the stands), so there were no crazy fast times, but the fans were treated to a nice battle between Jamaicans Rushell Clayton and Janieve Russell. At the Commonwealth Games on Saturday, Russell took the win as Clayton missed the podium in 4th, but Clayton got a measure of revenge today by holding off a hard-charging Russell and taking the win in a pb of 53.33.
|1.||Rushell CLAYTON||18 OCT 1992||JAM||53.33|
|2.||Janieve RUSSELL||14 NOV 1993||JAM||53.52|
|3.||Gianna WOODRUFF||18 NOV 1993||PAN||54.13|
|4.||Viktoriya TKACHUK||08 NOV 1994||UKR||54.27|
|5.||Anna RYZHYKOVA||24 NOV 1989||UKR||54.53|
|6.||Line KLOSTER||27 FEB 1990||NOR||54.62|
|7.||Ayomide FOLORUNSO||17 OCT 1996||ITA||55.01|
|8.||Camille SERI||01 MAY 1999||FRA||56.36|
Men’s long jump: Masso takes it
Cuba’s Maykel Masso, the bronze medalist at last year’s Olympics and fourth-placer at this year’s Worlds in Eugene, took an early lead with a leap of 8.35 meters in round two and though he did not record another legal jump (three fouls and a pass), that was enough to earn him his first career DL victory ahead of Olympic champ Miltiadis Tentoglou of Greece (8.31m) and American Marquis Dendy (8.31m).
|1.||Maykel MASSÓ||08 MAY 1999||CUB||8.35||-0.4|
|2.||Miltiadis TENTOGLOU||18 MAR 1998||GRE||8.31||-0.5|
|3.||Marquis DENDY||17 NOV 1992||USA||8.31||-0.6|
|4.||Tajay GAYLE||02 AUG 1996||JAM||8.06||+0.4|
|5.||Thobias MONTLER||15 FEB 1996||SWE||7.96||+0.1|
|6.||. SREESHANKAR||27 MAR 1999||IND||7.94||-0.8|
|7.||Mattia FURLANI||07 FEB 2005||ITA||7.90||-0.3|
|8.||Erwan KONATE||18 APR 2003||FRA||7.87||+0.5|
|9.||Jules POMMERY||22 JAN 2001||FRA||7.83||-0.3|
|10.||Steffin MCCARTER||19 JAN 1997||USA||7.82||-0.7|
Women’s pole vault: Kennedy defeats Morris and Stefanidi
Australia’s Nina Kennedy continued her fine year, winning in Monaco over American Sandi Morris and Greece’s Katerina Stefanidi. All three women cleared 4.66m, but only Kennedy, who earned bronze at Worlds and gold at Commonwealths, did so on her first attempt.
|1.||Nina KENNEDY||05 APR 1997||AUS||4.66|
|2.||Sandi MORRIS||08 JUL 1992||USA||4.66|
|3.||Aikaterini STEFANIDI||04 FEB 1990||GRE||4.66|
|4.||Roberta BRUNI||08 MAR 1994||ITA||4.51|
|5.||Ninon CHAPELLE||15 APR 1995||FRA||4.36|
|5.||Lene Onsrud RETZIUS||04 JAN 1996||NOR||4.36|
|7.||Angelica MOSER||09 OCT 1997||SUI||4.36|
|7.||Tina ŠUTEJ||07 NOV 1988||SLO||4.36|
|Marie-Julie BONNIN||17 DEC 2001||FRA||NM|
|Margot CHEVRIER||21 DEC 1999||FRA||NM|
Women’s triple jump: Rojas gets it done
World record holder Yulimar Rojas wasn’t up to her normal standard tonight but she overcame fouls on her first three jumps to win with a 15.01 fifth round jump. 2022 world #2 Shanieka Ricketts of Jamaica was second at 14.93 as American Tori Franklin set a personal best in third (14.86, previous pb of 14.84), meaning the top 3 here were the same top 3 at Worlds.
|1.||Yulimar ROJAS||21 OCT 1995||VEN||15.01||-1.0|
|2.||Shanieka RICKETTS||02 FEB 1992||JAM||14.91||+0.5|
|3.||Tori FRANKLIN||07 OCT 1992||USA||14.86||+0.5|
|4.||Maryna BEKH-ROMANCHUK||18 JUL 1995||UKR||14.59||-0.4|
|5.||Keturah ORJI||05 MAR 1996||USA||14.56||+0.3|
|6.||Thea LAFOND||05 APR 1994||DMA||14.45||+0.3|
|7.||Leyanis PÉREZ HERNÁNDEZ||10 JAN 2002||CUB||14.37||+0.1|
|8.||Patrícia MAMONA||21 NOV 1988||POR||14.23||-0.4|
Women’s javelin: Barber wins
Australia’s Kelsey-Lee Barber added the Monaco title to her world and Commonwealth crowns as she threw 64.50m in round 3, more than two meters better than anyone else in the field.
|1.||Kelsey-Lee BARBER||20 SEP 1991||AUS||64.50|
|2.||Haruka KITAGUCHI||16 MAR 1998||JPN||62.37|
|3.||Mackenzie LITTLE||22 DEC 1996||AUS||61.76|
|4.||Kara WINGER||10 APR 1986||USA||60.95|
|5.||Līna MŪZE||04 DEC 1992||LAT||60.54|
|6.||Yulenmis AGUILAR||03 AUG 1996||CUB||60.40|
|7.||Liveta JASIŪNAITĖ||26 JUL 1994||LTU||59.47|
|8.||Barbora ŠPOTÁKOVÁ||30 JUN 1981||CZE||57.58|
|9.||Elizabeth GLEADLE||05 DEC 1988||CAN||57.08|
Men’s high jump: Barshim wins jump-off
World champ Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and World Indoor champ Sanghyeok Woo of South Korea were both perfect through 2.30m but both missed all three attempts at 2.32. That led to a jump-off, and after both missed at 2.32, Barshim cleared 2.30 when Woo missed, giving him his first DL win of 2022.
|1.||Mutaz Essa BARSHIM||24 JUN 1991||QAT||2.30|
|2.||Sanghyeok WOO||23 APR 1996||KOR||2.30|
|3.||Hamish KERR||17 AUG 1996||NZL||2.25|
|4.||JuVaughn HARRISON||30 APR 1999||USA||2.25|
|5.||Django LOVETT||06 JUL 1992||CAN||2.20|
|5.||Shelby MCEWEN||06 APR 1996||USA||2.20|
|5.||Andriy PROTSENKO||20 MAY 1988||UKR||2.20|
|8.||Gianmarco TAMBERI||01 JUN 1992||ITA||2.20|
|9.||Yonathan KAPITOLNIK||25 NOV 2002||ISR||2.20|
|Donald THOMAS||01 JUL 1984||BAH||NM|
Talk about the meet on our messageboard / fan forum
- Official 2022 Monaco DL Discussion thread: Will Grant Fisher break the 3000 AR, Will Faith Kipyegon break the 1500 WR?
- GRANT MF FISHERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
- US 3000m Record is still WEAK
- Jake MF Wightman 2:13.88!!
- Gotta love Hobbs, but he’s about to get spanked
More: Faith Kipyegon Runs 3:50.37 (#2 All-Time) to Narrowly Miss 1500m World Record in Monaco Kipyegon came just .30 shy of Genzebe Dibaba’s WR in a valiant effort as Americans Heather MacLean & Elise Cranny broke 4:00.
*MB: Faith Kipyegon so close!
Grant Fisher Breaks The 3000 American Record in Monaco, Runs 7:28.48 Benard Lagat’s record is history as Fisher judged things perfectly and then closed in 57.7