2017 World Athletics

2017 World Athletics

IAAF President Sebastian Coe

written by Correspondent October 4, 2017

Athletics could introduce an

  • Indian Premier League-style auction and city franchises as part of a radical overhaul of the sport on Wednesday.
  • Major races could also take place on pop-up 200-meter tracks inside football grounds
  • And entire events could be cut from the World Championships,

with International Association of Athletics Federations president Coe declaring: “Everything is on the table.”

Coe said athletics need to have a “possibly uncomfortable set of conversations” to secure its future, admitting there were aspects of the sport that were holding it back.

Speaking at the Leaders Sport Business Summit, he said: “Over the next year, our relentless focus on formats and the changes that we make in the sport has to be absolutely laser-like.

“I’m not ruling, frankly, anything out now. I think everything is on the table, and there are some things that I want to look at.

“Just a simple thing: why are we wedded to a 400-meter track all the time?

“Why can we not have pop-up tracks, 300m tracks, in football stadiums, taking the sport to where we can seat people without necessarily having to be a championships stadium? 200m tracks.

“There are lots of things that we can do. What about teams, cities, franchises? What about having the excitement of the draft, the pick, the IPL auction? Those are the things that I really want to have on the table. And I don’t want to take them off the table.“We need to have some early-hours moments of unease about what we are prepared to do, and I think we have to be radical.”

Coe confirmed some changes could be ratified in time for the next World Championships in 2019.

He said: “You take on full-frontal some of the arguments from the disciplines themselves; you will take on some of the arguments around gender.”

“You’re going to have to challenge a lot of the orthodoxies.

“We have a World Championships, which is fabulous. London was fabulous. But is that sensible over 10 days anymore?”

He added: “Do we have fewer athletes in a World Championships? Do we concertina the World Championships to semis and finals?

“These are the things that are on the table, and I, frankly, don’t want to remove them until we’ve had, really, at times, possibly an uncomfortable set of conversations.

“We really need a deep dive over the next two years so that we really do understand what that sport can look like and set it on the way for the next 30 years.”

Source: telegraph.co.uk

Motor Bikes mislead best runners Venetian Marathon (video)

Oct 24, 2017

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After being misled by the motorcycle guides, confused runners have to turn back, losing valuable ground in Venetian Marathon. Photo Credit: Euro News via Youtube Video[/caption]

The motorbike guides misled about half a dozen of the favorites (All Africans) at the Venice Marathon. Oddly enough, an African still won, representing host Italy. Eritreanrean born Eyob Faniel of Venetia won the race in 2h12.15.

Abdullah Dawud, Gilbert Kipleting Chumba, Kipkemei Mutai, and David Kiprono Metto led the race after around 25km.

Following a motorcycle guide, they had traveled a few hundred meters before realizing they had been led off course and turning back.

TV footage showed confused scenes as marshals frantically redirected the runners.

It was in vain, though, as the runners lost the race due to the cock-up.

Joyciline Jepkosgei Breaks World Womens Half Marathon Record

Oct 23, 2017

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Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei crosses the finish line to win the International Half Marathon on April 1, 2017, in Prague. Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei broke the world record for the women’s half marathon, becoming the first female to beat the 1hr 5min mark. The 23-year-old’s scorching time of 1hr 4min 52sec smashed the previous record set by compatriot Peres Jepchirchir in Dubai in February by 14 seconds. / AFP PHOTO / MARTIN HYKL / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read MARTIN HYKL/AFP/Getty Images)[/caption]

Joycliine Jepkosgei, 23 of Kenya, has broken the Women’s World Half Marathon. She took one second off her own world record to win the IAAF Gold Label road race in 1:04.51  on Sunday 22. This was done in Valencia, Alfonso Half Marathon.

This is the third-world half-marathon record broken in Valencia. Jepkosgei had been doing well since running a world record of 29:43 for the 10km.

Jepkosgei was a Member of the Kenya Defense Forces in her country, only having emerged as a national athlete two years ago. And a meteoric rise saw improvement rapidly.

In comparison, in the Philippines, Mary Joy Tabal is training in Italy now. Philippine National record is 1:16.28. Almost 12 minutes behind.

Bahrain’s Abraham Cheroben won the Men’s half marathon race in 59:11, taking his third win in four years in Valencia.

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Rupp 1st American to win men’s Chicago Marathon since 2002

Oct 9, 2017

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Galen Rupp (Photo AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — An American has won the men’s Chicago Marathon for the first time since 2002.

Galen Rupp crossed the finished line at 2 hours, 9 minutes, and 20 seconds. Kenyan Abel Kirui came in second, 28 seconds behind Rupp. Another Kenyan, Bernard Kipyego, was third.

Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba won the women’s race in 2 hours, 18 minutes, and 31 seconds. Brigid Kosgei of Kenya came second, and American Jordan Hasay was third.

The last American to win the men’s race was Khalid Khannouchi in 2002.

More than 40,000 runners started the 40th annual Chicago Marathon, and more than a million spectators lined the route. 

Rupp is the Olympic Bronze Medalist in the Marathon in the 2016 Olympics and Silver Medalist in the 10,000m in the 2012 Olympics.

2017 IAAF World Athlete of the Year

Oct 5, 2017

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With the selection process to choose the 2017 World Athletes of the Year now underway, here’s a closer look at this year’s 10 men’s nominees selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF.

The winner will be announced at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2017 in Monaco on Friday, 24 November.

The women’s nominees (listed alphabetically):

Almaz Ayana (ETH)

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World 10,000m champion with a world-leading 30:16.32. World 5000m silver medallist.

Maria Lasitskene (ANA)

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World high jump champion, IAAF Diamond League champion. Undefeated all year in 24 competitions. Moved to equal fifth on the world all-time list with her world-leading 2.06m.

Hellen Obiri (KEN)

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World 5000m champion, IAAF Diamond League champion. Undefeated at 5000m. Set world leads of 8:23.14 at 3000m and 14:18.37 at 5000m.

Sally Pearson (AUS)

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World 100m hurdles champion and IAAF Diamond League champion.

Sandra Perkovic (CRO)

English: Croatian discus thrower Sandra Perkovic during the 2010 Meeting Areva, the ninth stage of the 2010 Diamond League in Saint-Denis, Paris. Français : La lanceuse de disque croate Sandra Perkovic durant le Meeting Areva 2010, la neuvième étape de la Ligue de Diamant 2010 à Saint-Denis, Paris. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

World discus champion, IAAF Diamond League champion. Her world-leading 71.41m was the best throw in the world since 1992. Seven throws beyond 70 meters.

Brittney Reese (USA)

English: Brittney Reese at the World Championship Athletics 2009 in Berlin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

World long jump champion. Jumped a world-leading 7.13m.

Caster Semenya (RSA)

English: Caster Semenya and Alice Schmidt during 2011 World championships Athletics in Daegu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

World 800m champion, IAAF Diamond League champion. World 1500m bronze medallist. Undefeated all year at 800m. Ran world lead of 1:55.16, the fastest time in the world for nine years.

Ekaterini Stefanidi (GRE)

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World pole vault champion, IAAF Diamond League champion. Undefeated outdoors. Cleared a world lead of 4.91m to move to equal fourth on the world all-time list.

Nafissatou Thiam (BEL)

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World heptathlon champion. Set a world lead of 7013 at the Hypo Meeting in Gotzis to move to third on the world all-time list.

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Anita Wlodarczyk (POL)

World hammer champion, IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge winner. Undefeated for a third consecutive season. World lead of 82.87m, the second-best mark in history. Six throws beyond 80 meters.The men’s nominees (listed alphabetically):

Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT)

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World high jump champion, IAAF Diamond League champion. Undefeated all year in 11 competitions.

Pawel Fajdek(POL)

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Christian Taylor


World hammer champion, IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge winner. Won 15 of his 16 competitions.

Mo Farah (GBR)

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World 10,000m champion, world 5000m silver medallist, IAAF Diamond League champion.

Sam Kendricks (USA)

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World pole vault champion, IAAF Diamond League champion. Undefeated all year in 17 competitions.

Elijah Manangoi (KEN)

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World 1500m champion, IAAF Diamond League champion.

Luvo Manyonga (RSA)

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World long jump champion, IAAF Diamond League champion. Undefeated all year in nine competitions.

Omar McLeod (JAM)

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World 110m hurdles champion, IAAF Diamond League champion.

Christian Taylor (USA)

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World triple jump champion, IAAF Diamond League champion. Jumped a world-leading 18.11m.

Wayde van Niekerk (RSA)

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World 400m champions, world 200m silver medallist. World best at 300m.

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Johannes Vetter (GER)

World javelin champion. World lead of 94.44m to move to second on the world all-time list.


A three-way voting process will determine the finalists.

The IAAF Council and the IAAF Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the IAAF’s social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook and Twitter later this week; a ‘like’ on Facebook or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.

The IAAF Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the IAAF Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.

Voting closes on 16 October. After the voting process, three men and three women finalists will be announced by the IAAF.

The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2017.




Gatlin beats Bolt Shocking loss at World Champs (Video)

Aug 6, 2017

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In one of the surprise twists in Track and Field History. Justin Gatlin of the USA, at 35 years of age, became the oldest 100m Champion in the History of the World Track and Field. After six consecutive silvers at the world and Olympic level to Jamaican Usain Bolt.

Bolt, who is retiring after these championships, ran his final race; a sluggish start saw him nearly 2 strides down on NCAA Champion Christian Coleman of the United States. The 21-year-old led the Jamaican the entire race. However, the two did not seek Gatlin to sneak up in lane 8 to take the win.

“Eh, I didn’t see you, Bro. Bolt said to Gatlin.

“I was in Lane 8,” Gatlin replied with

It was a 1-2 Finish for the United States, with Gatlin winning in 9.92 and Coleman silver in 9.94; Bolt took Bronze in 9.95.

It’s not certain if Gatlin carries on through to the 2020 Olympic Games; he will be 38 years old by then.

Gatlin’s mark of 9.92 is the fastest ever by a 35+-year-old athlete. Having run 9.95 in June before breaking the 9.96 set by Kim Collins of St. Kitts in 2014. In retrospect, Linford Christie of Great Britain was the oldest Olympic champion ever at 32. And Bolt, at 31, has decided to retire.


2017 World Champs Athletics London Results

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1 1395 Justin GATLIN USA 9.92 SB 0.138
2 1386 Christian COLEMAN USA 9.94 0.123
3 1075 Usain BOLT JAM 9.95 SB 0.183
4 1074 Yohan BLAKE JAM 9.99 0.137
5 1281 Akani SIMBINE RSA 10.01 0.141
6 943 Jimmy VICAUT FRA 10.08 0.152
7 976 Reece PRESCOD GBR 10.17 0.145
8 778 Bingtian SU CHN 10.27 0.224



FBK Games Hengelo, Netherlands  Jun 11

Dafne Schippers (NED) won the 100 in front of her home crowd in 11.08, from Blessing Okagbare (NGR) 11.16 and Carina Horn (RSA) 11.35.


Sifan Hassan ran another impressive time of 3.56.14 to dominate the womens 1500m in front

of her home crowd.

Daniel Talbot (GBR) won the 200 in 20.36 from Jobodwana of South Africa 20.62 and Adam Gemili 20.64. Former Olympic finalist Churandy Martina (NED) was fifth in 20.76.

Luva Mayonga won the Long Jump in 8.62m.

Pamela Dutkiewcziz of Germany won’t he 100 Hurdles in 12.86 from Krish Castlin (USA) 12.92.

Maria Lasitkene, competing as an Independent Athlete, won the High Jump in 2.04m; her next opponent was 1.90m. Sandi Morris (USA) leaped 4.65m in the Pole Vault. Winning on countback from another independent athlete Olga Mullina 4.65m and Robeilys Pienado of Venezuela 4.55m.

2017 Diamond League Stockholm 

June 15, 2017

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Steven Gardiner of Bahamas won the 400m in 44.58 over  Thebe (BOT) 44.99 and Kevin Borlee (BEL) 45.47. Murielle Ahoure (COT) won the 200 in 22.68 narrowly from Crystal Emmanuel (CAN) 22.69 and Rebeka Haase (GER) 22.76 in what was not particularly a very strong field.

Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya ran a world-leading 3.30.77 in the 1500m.

A second win in a row came from Karsten Warholm of Norway in 48.82, over Ramus Magi (Est) 49.16 and Yasmani Copello (Tur) 49.18.

Orlando Ortega of Spain won the 110 Hurdles in 13.09. Luvo Mayonga another win in Long Jump in 8.36m.

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Angelica Bengston of Sweden

Nicole Butchler (Swi) won the Women’s Pole Vault in 4.65m from local Angelica Bengston (Swe) and Oslo winner Robeilys Penaido (Ven), with them both losing on countback. With the same jump.

Yaime Perez of Cuba won the Discus in 67.92m beating Sandra Perkovic of Croatia at 67.75m.

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Ramil Guliyev (TUR) won the 100m in 10.02 from Henrico Bruintjies (RSA) 10.02 or 10.06. Rebeka Haase of Germany won the women’s in 11.21.

400 was won by Rabah Yousif (GBR) 45.81.

French Man Renaud Lavillenie won the Pole Vault in 5.81m over his brother Valentine.


2017 Oslo Diamond League Review – Barshim claims World Lead in High Jump

Jun 17, 2017


The very famous and traditional Bislett Games have now become part of the Diamond League.


Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar had a big jump of 2.38m to claim the 2017 world lead. His nearest pursuer light years behind with 2.29m. Barshim was born in Doha into a Sudanese family. He holds the Asian record at 2.43m. Javier Sotemayor of Cuba set the world record in 1993.

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Baboloki Thebe (BOT) won the 400m in 44.95. In a field that included the Borlee Brothers of Belgium. Karsten Warholm gave his home crowd something to be excited about winning the 400 Hurdles. Beating some big names with Kerron Clement (USA) coming home last.

Dafne Schippers (NED) won the women’s 200min 22.31. While Caster Semenya (RSA_ continued her dominance of the 800 in 1.57.59. Pamela Dutkiewicz (GER) won the 100 Hurdles in 12.73.

2017 Rome Diamond League Highlights

Jun 10, 2017

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Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands won the Women’s 100m in 10.99, followed closely by Marie-Jose Ta Lou (CIV) in 11.03 and Michelle-Lee Aye (TTO) in 11.07.

The Women’s 400m was won by Natasha Hastings of the USA in 50.52 from Jamaican Novlene-Mills Williams 51.04.

In the Non-Diamond League Men’s 100m England’s Chinjindu Udah won in 10.02, from Jimmy Vicaut of France 10.05 and Oregon League winner Ronnie Baker (USA) 10.05.

Other Events

In the Men’s Javelin, Thomas Rohler of Germany won with an impressive 90.06m. The world record with the modern Javelin is 96.96m held by Seppo Raty of Finland in 1991.

Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands made a world lead and met the Women’s 1500m, clocking 3.56.22. Hassan is an Ethiopian-born athlete who left her country as a refugee at age 15 in 2008. The Women’s world record was set in 2015 by Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia (3.50.07).

In the 5000 Women, there was a National Record and world lead from Helen Obiri of Kenya in 14.18.37. Nearly every athlete in that race broke their PBs.

In the Women’s Pole-vault, Greek Katerina Stefandi had a world lead with 4.85m. Ahead of Cuban Yarisley Silva 4.75m and New Zealander Eliza Mccartney, who also leaped 4.75m.

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USA Kids set World U18 Record in 4×400 3.03.35 (video)

Jun 6, 2017

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At the Great Southwest Track & Field Classic in Albuquerque, New Mexico

The USA team, which consisted of Jamal Walton, Tyrese Cooper, Thomas Burns, and Sean Burrell, smoked the field in a remarkable 3:03.35 at the Great Southwest Classic. The time is a new American Youth Record for the 4×400 breaking the old record of  3:06.22.

It’s also a world record for youths. The World Junior record is 3:01.09 by the United States, which featured LaShawn Merritt and Kerron Clement at the 2004 World Junior Championships in Grosetto, Italy 2004.

One of the boys even ran a 45.38 in the 400 to break the meet record for youths.

Let’s take a look at the US; they have High schoolers running these times. The Philippines has guys in the national team running 48 seconds. In fact, America can make about 500 teams that can beat the national team.


Diamond League Eugene Oregon Prefontaine Classic: 6 Men Under 10 seconds led by Ronnie Baker (Video)

May 29, 2017

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Ronnie Baker

6 Men Under 10 seconds 100m

At the famous Prefontaine Classic, the 4th leg of the Diamond League. Ronnie Baker of USA, 24, stormed away from a quality field at halfway. Baker was a meter clear and never looked like giving any of that away, as the emerging fastest man in America and the world right now.

Albeit wind-aided. 6 Men went under 10 seconds with a +2.4 tailwind at Eugene, Oregon. Barker won in 9.86, a world-leading wind-aided time. His current legit best is 9.98. The second was Bingtian Su of China in 9.92, the fastest time by a pure Asian sprinter in any conditions (the best legit time is 9.99 x 2). Su is the only athlete of Asian origin to break 10 seconds ever. Englands Chijindu Ujah was third 9.95 (9.96 PB), from  Olympic bronze medallist Andre De Grasse of Canada (9.96) and Olympic silver medalist Justin Gatlin (9.97).


1   Ronnie BAKER USAUSA 9.86   8  
2   Bingtian SU CHNCHN 9.92   7  
3   Chijindu UJAH GBRGBR 9.95   6  
4   Andre DE GRASSE CANCAN 9.96   5  
5   Justin GATLIN USAUSA 9.97   4  
6   Mike RODGERS USAUSA 9.98   3  
7   Adam GEMILI GBRGBR 10.03   2  
8   Ben Youssef MEITÉ CIVCIV 10.04   1

In the Men’s 400m 2008 Olympic Champion LaShawn Merritt (US) won the 400m in 44.79,

Another great Botswana quarter-miler, Baboloki Thebe, took second in (45.02). Vernon Norwood (US) was third (45.05).

Just as the Men’s, the Women’s 100m was also slightly wind-aided  (+2.1). The Top three women dipped under 11 seconds. Morolake Akinosun (US) winning in 10.94, Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast was second in (10.96), and Michelle Lee-Ahye third. (10.97).

Former Olympic and World 200m champion Veronica Campbell Brown (Jamaica), now 34, was fourth in 11.00.

Caster Semenya (South Africa) continued her winning form in the 800m with a narrow win of (1.57.78) over Margaret Wambui (Kenya) (1.57.88).

Jasmin Stowers won the 100 Hurdles narrowly in 12.59, Queenie Harrison 12.64, and Dawn Harper-Nelson third in 12.66. An almost all-American field with 7 of 8..09 separated first to fifth in a very close finish.

While in 400 Hurdles, Ashley Spencer won from fellow American Shamier Little 53.38 to 53.44.

Field Events

American Sam Kendricks had another win over world record holder Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) 5.86m to 5.81m. Piotr Lisek of Poland was third in (5.81m).

American Christian Taylor and Willie Claye were very dominant with (18.11m) and (18.03m) leap well clear of China Man Bin Dong, who leaped (17.27m) for third.

American Ryan Crouser won the Shotput in (22.43m) from New Zealander Tom Walsh (21.71m) and Joe Kovacs (USA) 21.44m.

Authorized Neutral Athlete

Interestingly, in the High Jump, Marie Lasitskeno wins in 2.03m, very far in front of 1.95m. But the status of Authorized Neutral Athlete is one I haven’t seen before. I

found further information on this is usually due to political instability in the country.


Athletes have competed as Independent Olympians at the Olympic Games for various reasons, including political transition, international sanctions, suspensions of National Olympic Committees, and compassion. Independent athletes have come from the Republic of Macedonia, East Timor, South Sudan, and Curaçao following geopolitical changes in the years before the Olympics, from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (present-day Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia) as a result of international sanctions, and from India and Kuwait as a result of the suspension of its National Olympic Committee. Medals were won by Independent Olympians at the 1992 and 2016 Olympics, both times in shooting.


The naming and country code conventions for these independent Olympians have not been


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2017 Diamond League Shanghai 100 m Underdogs continue to win

May 15, 2017

2014 Youth Olympic Games champion Noah Lyles, 19, won the 200 in 19.90 for the US. Well clear of former world and Olympic 400m Champion LaShawn Merritt 20.27 and Adam Gemili (GBR) 20.35. 2005 world silver medallist Wallace Spearmon limped home last in 21.06. Lyles was very impressive, pulling away from the pack with impressive leg speed the last 70m and beating Merritt by 3.5m.

An interesting Men’s 800 saw Kenya take 1st to 5th place. Another very dominant win was by 2005 world champion Bershawn Jackson (US) in 400 Hurdles 48.63 from LJ Van Zyl (South Africa) 49.35 and Magi (Estonia) 49.38. Omar Mcleod of Jamaica won 110 Hurdles in

Luvo Manyoga (South Africa) had a very decisive win in the Long Jump 8.67m, from Gao (8.22), Huang (8.20), and Zhang (8.19) of China. Sam Kendricks of the US took a 5.88m win in the Pole Vault from World Record Holder Renaud Lavillenie of France (5.83m). At the same time, Barshim of Qatar leaped 2.33m to win the High Jump.

Certainly, not an Underdog was Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica, who took an easy win and a world lead of 10.78. A compelling win over the tall Tonia Bowie (US) 11.04 and Ta Lou (Ivory Coast) 11.07.


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Simbine wins Doha 9.99 Diamond League into a headwind, beating a strong field.

May 6, 2017



At the first round of the 2017 Diamond League, it was a star-studded field. But it was the least famous man who was making waves in recent months who triumphed.

Akani Simbine (South Africa) won the 100m (9.99) in tough conditions into a -1.2 m/s headwind. Beat a star class field 35-year-old Asafa Powell came in second (10.08), and

Femi Ogunode (10.13), the Asian Record Holder, a former Nigerian running for host Qatar, took third. Ogunode, who seemed to dart in all directions in his lane, actually strained his hamstring and challenged Simbine early before fading near the end. Justin Gatlin took fourth (10.14). Andre De Grasse, the Olympic silver medalist in Rio in 2016, wound up 5th (10.21).

Simbine has run 9.92, second in the world rankings for 2017, behind Zambia’s Sydney Siame (9.88).


1   Akani SIMBINE RSARSA 9.99   8  
2   Asafa POWELL JAMJAM 10.08   7  
3   Femi OGUNODE QATQAT 10.13   6  
4   Justin GATLIN USAUSA 10.14   5  
5   Andre DE GRASSE CANCAN 10.21   4  
6   Ben Youssef MEITÉ CIVCIV 10.21   3  
7   Ronnie BAKER USAUSA 10.24   2  
8   Kim COLLINS SKNSKN 10.33   1

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