A round-up of the action at the second meeting in the Diamond League series, where Kiyeng moved to sixth on the 3000m steeplechase all-time list and Faith Kipyegon, Omar McLeod and Muktar Edris claimed victories
The Shanghai Diamond League was the scene of numerous world-leading and meeting record-breaking performances on Saturday (May 14), with a few surprise results along the way.
After the season-opener in Doha, the 14-meet series moved on to China for its second event, with Hyvin Kiyeng, Faith Kipyegon, Omar McLeod, Muktar Edris and Sandra Perkovic among the winners.
Kiyeng was one of the stand-out stars as the Kenyan world champion clocked a 9:07.42 PB and meeting record to move to sixth on the world 3000m steeplechase all-time list. In a drama-filled race, Kiyeng missed the Kenyan record by just 0.28 after chasing down Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet who managed to break the Asian record with her time of 9:15.98, despite falling as she came off the final bend. A fast-finishing Sofia Assefa pipped Virginia Nyambura for third – 9:21.07 to 9:21.15.
In the women’s 1500m a storming final 200m by world silver medallist Kipyegon helped her on her way to improving her own Kenyan record as the 22-year-old crossed the line in a world-leading and meeting best of 3:56.82 after a 58.54 last lap. That mark betters Genzebe Dibaba’s 3:57.77 run in Shanghai in 2012.
The top three all went sub-four minutes, with Kenya’s Hellen Obiri second in 3:59.34 and Ethiopia’s Dawit Seyaum third in 3:59.87.
David Rudisha had gone into the Shanghai competition aiming for a season’s best of around 1:43.50 but the Olympic and world champion was among the athletes affected by a messy start to the 800m. Rudisha eventually not only finished almost three seconds outside of his target time but also placed fifth, as world fourth-placer Ferguson Rotich took advantage of a gap on the inside to come through for victory in 1:45.68.
Speaking after the race, Rudisha, who clocked 1:46.24, said he had lost time at the start because there were high jump athletes on the track. Pacemaker Bram Som, who had been left standing on the start line, commented: “There was high jumpers and javelin throwers on the track and I held my hand up for the starter to stop the race. He did but then the race started. I was waiting for a recall but it never came and I was 30 metres behind the field.”
Robert Biwott was second in 1:45.84, Alfred Kipketer third in 1:45.93 and Thijmen Kupers fourth in 1:46.23. Britain’s Michael Rimmer was ninth in 1:47.44.
Edris put down a strong marker in the men’s 5000m as he beat a field including Yomif Kejelcha, Hagos Gebrhiwet and Thomas Longosiwa.
With enough time to celebrate on his approach to the line, Edris clocked a world-leading and meeting record of 12:59.96 ahead of Joshua Cheptegei with 13:00.60 and Longosiwa with 13:01.69. Third at the bell, Kejelcha faded to fifth to finish one place ahead of Gebrhiwet.
Another meeting record was broken in the women’s discus as Croatia’s Olympic champion Perkovic secured victory in style, breaking the overall Diamond League record with a world-leading 70.88m in the fourth round to beat Australia’s Commonwealth champion Dani Samuels with 67.77m and Cuba’s world champion Denia Caballero with 66.14m. Britain’s Jade Lally, who improved the English discus record to 65.10m in February, threw 58.51m for eighth.
USA’s world indoor silver medallist Sam Kendricks won the pole vault ahead of world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie as the American cleared an outdoor PB of 5.88m on his final attempt. After missing his first two tries at that height, Lavillenie chose to miss his last go and attempt 5.93m and so victory was Kendricks’ when the Frenchman failed at that height.
The women’s 200m, which was missing Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce through injury, was won by Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast in 22.72 from Veronica Campbell-Brown in 22.82. USA’s Justin Gatlin dominated the men’s 100m, clocking 9.94 ahead of Qatar’s Femi Ogunode with 10.07 and USA’s Michael Rodgers with 10.10. Kim Collins was fourth in 10.17.
World leader Shaunae Miller had a strong start in the women’s 400m and after easing on the final bend, the Bahamian had more than enough left to power down the home straight to clock 50.45 for the win from Stephenie Ann McPherson’s 50.98 and Natasha Hastings’ 51.10.
The first event up on the track had been the men’s 400m hurdles and a strong run by Michael Tinsley saw the American Olympic silver medallist clock 48.90 ahead of Poland’s Patryk Dobek with 49.01 and Jeffery Gibson of Bahamas with 49.11. Kenya’s world champion Nicholas Bett placed sixth with 49.31.
After two false starts saw the men’s 110m hurdles race lose Orlando Ortega and Aries Merritt, McLeod continued to impress by clocking a world-leading 12.98m to win ahead of his fellow Jamaican Hansle Parchment with 13.12.
McLeod recently became the first athlete in history to run sub-10 seconds and sub-13 seconds respectively for the 100m flat and the 110m hurdles and adds his win in Shanghai to his victory in Doha.
With the men’s shot put field reduced to four athletes for the final three throws following the recent change to Diamond League rules, it was down to Americans Kurt Roberts and world champ Joe Kovacs, plus New Zealand’s Tom Walsh and Poland’s two-time Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski to battle for victory. Roberts saved his best throw until last and with 21.40m won ahead of Walsh with 21.20m, also from the last round.
Serbia’s Ivana Spanovic enjoyed her best ever season’s opener as she jumped a meeting record of 6.95m in the first round of the long jump to claim victory ahead of Canada’s Christabel Nettey who leapt a best of 6.75m in the fifth round. Britain’s world indoor medallist Lorraine Ugen finished fifth with 6.55m, having been outside the top four after three jumps and therefore unable to continue in the competition.
Gao Xinglong claimed victory in front of a home crowd in the men’s event as he jumped 8.14m. South Africa’s Rushwahl Samaai achieved exactly the same distance but had a second-best jump of 8.07m compared to Gao’s 8.09m. Britain’s Dan Bramble placed eighth with 7.75m.
Saint Lucia’s Levern Spencer cleared 1.94m on her first attempt to secure high jump victory on count back ahead of Uzbekistan’s Nadiya Dusanova, while the men’s non-Diamond League event was won by Ukraine’s Bohdan Bondarenko on count back from Zhang Guowei, Wang Yu and Majededdin Ghazal as all four athletes cleared 2.28m. The javelin was won by Germany’s Thomas Roehler who threw a best of 85.71m in the first round.
There were big cheers from the Shanghai crowd for the final track event as China won the 4x100m in a 38.71 meeting record.
» Full results can be found here