Kim Collins breaks 11-year-old PB, Isaiah Koech becomes fourth man to break 13 minutes indoors
The highlights of the PSD Bank Meeting in Düsseldorf came from the opposite ends of the age – and distance – scale. Former world 100m champion Kim Collins broke his 60m PB which dated back to 2000, while Kenya’s Isaiah Koech smashed the world junior indoor best for 5000m, breaking the 13-minute barrier in the process.
Collins, 34, is a two-time 60m silver medallist at the World Indoor Championships, but he set his previous PB aged 23 at the NCAA Championships. After recent appearances in Moscow and Liévin, the St Kitts & Nevis athlete appeared to be in good form, but no one could have predicted that Collins would break his PB from 11 years ago with a national record and world-leading 6.52.
But that is what happened in Düsseldorf. After winning his heat in 6.60, Collins defeated Michael Rodgers in the final, with the American clocking 6.53. Marc Burns (6.57) and Joshua Norman (6.59) also dipped under 6.60.
Koech, who is still only 17 years old, was competing in his first ever indoor race and only his second 5000m race to date. But that did not stop him from obliterating the world junior indoor best, chopping almost 40 seconds from the previous mark (Ismael Kirui’s 13:32.90) and defeating former world champion and two-time Olympic medallist Eliud Kipchoge.
Vincent Rono led the field through 3000m in a swift 7:43.52 before Kipchoge took charge. But in the end it was Koech – the 2009 world youth 3000m champion – who had the strength to pull away, winning in 12:53.29 – more than two seconds ahead of his older and more experienced team-mate (12:55.72).
Koech’s time is the second fastest junior 5000m performance under any conditions, behind Kipchoge’s outdoor world junior record of 12:52.61. Koech and Kipchoge became the fourth and fifth men in history to break 13 minutes for 5000m indoors, behind Kenenisa Bekele, Haile Gebrselassie and Daniel Komen – pretty esteemed company for the young Kenyan to be in!
USA’s Kellie Wells improved on her 60m hurdles world lead, clocking 7.84 in the heats. Although she did not better that in the final, her 7.89 was enough to see off Danielle Carruthers.
Nixon Chepseba also bettered his own world lead in the 1500m, dipping under 3:35 for the second time within a week. The Kenyan ran 3:34.63 to beat compatriot Augustine Choge.
The much-hyped clash between world outdoor record-holder Dayron Robles and Liu Xiang, his predecessor as Olympic champion, did not materialise after the Cuban withdrew due to a thigh injury. Xiang went on to finish third in the final in 7.60, as Petr Svoboda narrowly held off USA’s Kevin Craddock to win, both clocking 7.57.
Olesya Povh, the Ukrainian find of the indoor season, extended her unbeaten streak of sub-7.2 victories and recorded a PB of 7.13 to win the women’s 60m. There were PBs also for USA’s Gloria Asumnu in second (7.14) and Ukraine’s Mariya Ryemyen in third (7.17).
The home crowd were treated to a German national record and world-lead from Katja Demut in the triple jump (14.47m), as well as meeting records from Ralf Bartels in the shot (20.91m) and Malte Mohr in the pole vault (5.85m).
Elsewhere, Funmi Jimoh won the women’s long jump with 6.60m, Lithuania’s Egle Balciunaite won the women’s 800m in 2:01.23, Boaz Lalang of Kenya took the men’s 800m in 1:46.00, and Ethiopia’s Abeba Arigawi won the women’s 1500m in 4:06.10.