Two athletes soar beyond 8.50m at Golden Gala Pietro Mennea meet, while Abderrahman Samba secures record-breaking 400m hurdles win
In a top-class battle between world champions at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea meet, outdoor gold medallist Luvo Manyonga claimed long jump victory ahead of indoor champion Juan Miguel Echevarría, as both athletes impressed with respective marks of 8.58m (0.0) and 8.53m (+0.5).
Not since 2009 had two athletes surpassed 8.50m in the same year (and on that occasion, also the same competition).
After a foul in the first round, Cuban teenager Echevarría achieved his PB in the second round, but South Africa’s Manyonga quickly responded with his winning mark.
Neither athlete could improve further and Ruswahl Samaai’s best jump also came in the second round, the South African’s 8.34m securing him third place ahead of USA’s Olympic champion Jeff Henderson.
The evening’s first Diamond League track event was the men’s 400m hurdles and it was an exciting way to get the action going as Doha winner Abderrahman Samba of Qatar chased down Norway’s world champion Karsten Warholm to improve his own world lead with an area and Diamond League record of 47.48.
That time puts him =14th on the world all-time list, while Warholm’s 47.82 for the runner-up spot is a national record. Turkey’s Yasmani Copello was third in 48.63.
The women’s non-Diamond League race was won by USA’s Georganne Moline in 53.97 ahead of Janieve Russell and Dalilah Muhammad.
Five days after his win in Eugene, Ronnie Baker stormed to another 100m victory. Improving his PB to 9.93 (-0.4) after his wind-aided 9.78 (+2.4) at the Prefontaine Classic, the American beat Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut with 10.02 and Italy’s Filippo Tortu with 10.04. Christian Coleman was fourth in 10.06.
Ivory Coast’s double world silver medallist Marie-Josée Ta Lou won the 200m, clocking 22.49 into a strong headwind (-1.7) ahead of Bulgaria’s Ivet Lalova-Collio with 22.64.
Kenya’s 2015 world champion Hyvin Kiyeng won the steeplechase in a 9:04.96 world lead and meeting record as USA’s 2017 world gold medallist Emma Coburn fell at the final water jump and finished fourth.
Britain’s Commonwealth fourth-placer Rosie Clarke, back on the track after finishing third in the Vitality Westminster Mile on Sunday, improved her PB by 0.02 to 9:32.08 to finish 12th.
As with the steeplechase, there was also a Kenyan clean sweep in the men’s 800m as Wycliffe Kinyamal powered to victory in 1:44.65 ahead of Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich and Jonathan Kitilit. Britain’s Kyle Langford was 11th in 1:48.92.
There was a fourth consecutive victory for Timothy Cheruiyot as he won the 1500m in 3:31.22 from world champion Elijah Manangoi with a time of 3:33.79. Britain’s Charlie Da’Vall Grice and Chris O’Hare both clocked season’s bests with respective times of 3:35.72 for sixth and 3:36.47 for ninth.
The men’s non-Diamond League steeplechase was won by Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto in a world-leading 8:08.40 ahead of Eugene winner Benjamin Kigen, while Britain’s Zak Seddon was 16th in 8:30.19.
There was early drama in the 100m hurdles as USA’s Olympic champion Brianna Rollins-McNeal crashed into the first couple of barriers but Sharika Nelvis kept focus to win in 12.76. Meanwhile, over in Austria, Alina Talay of Belarus clocked a big PB and national record 12.41 to move from =76th to 16th on the world all-time list with the fastest time by a European athlete since 1992.
Also in Rome, USA’s Fred Kerley narrowly won the 400m, holding on to clock 44.33 ahead of a fast-finishing Abdalelah Haroun of Qatar with 44.37. Britain’s Matthew Hudson-Smith placed seventh in 45.52. In the women’s non-Diamond League race Bahrain’s world silver medallist Salwa Eid Naser claimed victory in 50.51 ahead of Jamaica’s Stephenie Ann McPherson with 50.69.
Russia’s world champion Maria Lasitskene won the high jump with a world-leading 2.02m to secure her 40th consecutive victory, while USA’s world pole vault gold medallist Sam Kendricks added to his win in Eugene with another victory, clearing 5.84m to beat Poland’s Paweł Wojciechowski with a best of 5.78m.
In the first Diamond League event of the evening, Croatia’s two-time world champion Sandra Perkovic won the discus with a throw of 68.93m. The men’s event was won by Jamaica’s Commonwealth champion Fedrick Dacres with 68.51m.
In the Paralympic races, Italy’s Federica Maspero won the women’s event in 14.62 as Britain’s Julie Rogers was fifth and Italy’s Riccardo Bagain won the men’s in 11.51 as Britain’s Morgan Jones was sixth.
» Full results can be found here