Last Updated on January 10, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

2020 Diamond League: Not quite as expected for Hassan in Women’s 5000m

It wasn’t quite so lucky for Sifan Hassan in the 5000m.

Who was attempting to break the world record in the 5000m?

The challenge came from Helen Obiri, who beat Hassan in the Diamond League last year.

Hassan is going for the world hour record in Brussels in September.

The pace was spot on the first 1000m in 2:52.55 for a 14:10-14;20 output.

Obiri led through the first 2200m at 6:21.

With 4 laps to go, the group of Gidey of Ethiopia, Obiri of Kenya, Weightman of Great Britain, and Hassan pulled away from the rest of the group.  

With 4km down and 1km left to go, Hassan suddenly withdrew from the race. Obiri and Gidey took the lead.

With 600m to go, Gidey started kicking, but Obiri kicked harder and went with her. But with 250m left to go, Obiri surged away.

Obiri won the race in 14;22.

Australian Jessica Hull was 4th in a national record of 14:43.80. Weightman was lying on the ground, exhausted in agony with a new PB, as Obiri and Gidey looked totally fine.

Rank Name Nat Date of Birth Order Result

1 OBIRI Hellen KEN 13 DEC 1989 11 14:22.12 WL MR
2 GIDEY Letesenbet ETH 20 MAR 1998 7 14:26.57 SB
3 WEIGHTMAN Laura GBR 1 JUL 1991 10 14:35.44 PB
4 HULL Jessica AUS 22 OCT 1996 8 14:43.80 NR PB
5 ROWBURY Shannon USA 19 SEP 1984 5 14:45.11 SB
6 CHEPKOECH Beatrice KEN 6 JUL 1991 6 14:55.01 SB
7 McCOLGAN Eilish GBR 25 NOV 1990 4 14:57.37 SB
8 GREGSON Genevieve AUS 4 AUG 1989 2 15:38.22
9 WESTPHAL Liv FRA 22 DEC 1993 3 15:39.66 SB
10 ZARBO Alessia FRA 11 SEP 2001 1 16:09.70 SB
CHEBET Winny (PM) KEN 20 DEC 1990 12 DNF
GUERRERO Esther (PM) ESP 7 FEB 1990 13 DNF
HASSAN Sifan NED 1 JAN 1993 9 DNF
Intermediate times: 1000m 2:52.55 GUERRERO Esther (ESP)
2000m 5:46.21 CHEBET Winny (KEN)
3000m 8:41.67 GIDEY Letesenbet (ETH)
4000m 11:34.90 GIDEY Letesenbet (ETH

Noah Lyles Retakes World Lead 19.76!

For the Full Article of Ernest Obiena, click here.

In the Men’s Pole Vault, former world record holder Lavelenie did not participate because he tested positive for COVID-19. Sam Kendricks also didn’t start as his poles did not arrive.

Warholm takes .5 seconds off Kevin Yong meet Record

Karston Warholm of Norway proved he was in a league of his own in the Men’s 400 Hurdles.

It was a small field with just 5 entries in total.

Karholm, who drew the lane second from the outside, was already up and past world leader Constantin Preis of Germany on the outside lane before they hit the second hurdle. Warholm continued to motor away further from the field on the back straight and extended his lead. Preis had previously held the season lead with a 49.41 at Guzen on July 3, and this was Preis 7th 400 Hurdle race for the year.

Instead of tiring coming over the last hurdle, he kicked more and pulled even further away. Warholm stopped the clock in 47.10, shattering .5 seconds off the meet record set by World Record Holder Kevin Young 28 years ago. He won by nearly 2 meters from Copello of Turkey. Warholm has the second-fastest time in History with a PB of 46.92. It will be an exciting Olympic match-up between him and American Rai Benjamin, who has a PB of 47.02.

1 WARHOLM Karsten NOR 28 FEB 1996 7 0.132 47.10 WL MR
2 COPELLO Yasmani TUR 15 APR 1987 5 0.192 49.04 SB
3 MÄGI Rasmus EST 4 MAY 1992 4 0.146 49.23 SB
4 VAILLANT Ludvy FRA 15 MAR 1995 6 0.173 49.35 SB
5 PREIS Constantin GER 16 MAY 1998 8 0.251 49.49 =SB

Men’s 110 Hurdles 4 under 13.20

What wasn’t an easy win was the Men’s 110 Hurdles. Orlando Ortega of Spain took the win in 13.11, a world-leading time. Narrowly from Andrew Pozzi of Great Britain, who again improved his PB from 13.17 to 13.14 after winning at Turku a few days ago.  Wilhelm Belocian of France was third in 13.18, and world champion Grant Holloway of the US was 4th in 13.19. Holloway took the lead half race, but the rest of the field closed him down on the line.


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Rank Name Nat Date of Birth Lane Result Reaction
1 ORTEGA Orlando ESP 29 JUL 1991 4 0.125 13.11 WL
2 POZZI Andrew GBR 15 MAY 1992 5 0.125 13.14 =PB
3 BELOCIAN Wilhem FRA 22 JUN 1995 6 0.134 13.18 PB
4 HOLLOWAY Grant USA 19 NOV 1997 3 0.163 13.19 SB
5 DAL MOLIN Paolo ITA 31 JUL 1987 8 0.123 13.61 SB
6 VUKICEVIC Vladimir NOR 6 MAY 1991 1 0.130 13.75
7 JOSEPH Jason SUI 11 OCT 1998 2 0.233 13.84
8 ALKANA Antonio RSA 12 APR 1990 7 0.134 13.87

Brilliant Brazier goes 1:43

Donovan Brazier

Donovan Brazier took a world leader in 1:43.15, just narrowly heading off his fellow American Bryce Hoppel, who was a close second in 1:45.23. Brazier hardly broke a sweat as he went onto win with 25.3 and 50.4 splits through 200 and 400. Marco of Arop of Canada was third in 1:44.14. Athletes 2 through to 6 all set Personal best times.

Name Nat Date of Birth Lane Result

1 BRAZIER Donavan USA 15 APR 1997 7 1:43.15 WL
2 HOPPEL Bryce USA 5 SEP 1997 5 1:43.23 PB
3 AROP Marco CAN 20 SEP 1998 2-1 1:44.14 PB
4 ROBERT Benjamin FRA 4 JAN 1998 6-2 1:44.56 PB
5 LANGFORD Kyle GBR 2 FEB 1996 2-2 1:44.83 PB
6 REUTHER Marc GER 23 JUN 1996 1 1:44.93 PB
7 BOL Peter AUS 22 FEB 1994 4-1 1:44.96 SB
8 ROTICH Ferguson Cheruiyot KEN 30 NOV 1989 6-1 1:45.48 SB
9 TUKA Amel BIH 9 JAN 1991 3 1:45.97 SB
10 DENG Joseph AUS 7 JUL 1998 4-2 1:46.20
ANNE Mame-Ibra (PM) FRA 7 NOV 1989 8 DNF

Cheruiyot holds off emerging young talent in the 1500m

World Champion Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya held off his young rival in the Men’s 1500m by the narrowest margins. With his two buddies (pacer), Cheruiyot tried to break away right from the start from his young Norweigan challenger. He went through the first 400 m in a ridiculously fast 52.5; after putting 30-40 m on everyone else, he slowed the pace down to 58.65 on the second lap.

As the race unfolded, 19-year-old Jakob Ingebrigsten of Norway, who came into the race with an already impressive PB of 3:30, closed the gap on Cheruiyot and pushed him all the way to the line. Cheruiyot winning in 3:28.45, but Ingebrigsten helping himself to a personal best of 3:28:68. Ingibregstein helped himself to a new European Record. 

Meanwhile, Jake Wightman of Great Britain took third in 3:29:47, a new personal best and #2 on the all-time lists for Great Britain, now ahead of the Great Sebastian Coe.  

Jakobs brother Filip took 4th in 3:30.25


27 °C 75 % Sunny
Rank Name Nat Date of Birth Order Result
1 CHERUIYOT Timothy KEN 20 NOV 1995 12 3:28.45 WL
2 INGEBRIGTSEN Jakob NOR 19 SEP 2000 9 3:28.68 AR PB
3 WIGHTMAN Jake GBR 11 JUL 1994 5 3:29.47 PB
4 INGEBRIGTSEN Filip NOR 20 APR 1993 10 3:30.35 SB
5 KEJELCHA Yomif ETH 1 AUG 1997 7 3:32.69 SB
6 GÓMEZ Jesús ESP 24 APR 1991 3 3:33.07 PB
7 LEWANDOWSKI Marcin POL 13 JUN 1987 11 3:33.99 SB
8 DA’VALL GRICE Charlie GBR 7 NOV 1993 8 3:34.63 SB
9 JOCTEUR-MONROZIER Pierrik FRA 23 MAR 1998 1 3:35.00 PB
10 BERGLUND Kalle SWE 11 MAR 1996 4 3:35.34 SB
11 ENGELS Craig USA 1 MAY 1994 6 3:35.42 SB
12 GREGSON Ryan AUS 26 APR 1990 2 3:35.57 SB
KETER Vincent Kibet (PM) KEN 11 MAR 2002 13 DNF
SEIN Timothy (PM) KEN 1 FEB 1988 14 DNF

Talou Beaten

 The 100m Womens was an odd affair with Heavy Favourite Marie-Josee Talou of the Ivory Coast, the world bronze medalist going in with a 10.85 PB. The meet record, of course, was set by Marion Jones in 1998 with a 10.72-second run. However, Ajla Del Ponte of Switzerland ended up taking a convincing win in 11.16 (just outside her 11.08 PB set on July 11). With Aleia Hobbs of the USA a distant second in 11.28 and Gina Luckenkemper of Germany in Third in 11.31.



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Rank Name Nat Date of Birth Lane Result Reaction
1 del PONTE Ajla SUI 15 JUL 1996 3 0.137 11.16
2 HOBBS Aleia USA 24 FEB 1996 5 0.144 11.28
3 LÜCKENKEMPER Gina GER 21 NOV 1996 2 0.194 11.31 SB
4 TA LOU Marie-Josée CIV 18 NOV 1988 4 0.128 11.39 SB
5 MIHALINEC Maja SLO 17 DEC 1989 8 0.127 11.44 (.431) SB
6 BONGIORNI Anna ITA 15 SEP 1993 6 0.156 11.44 (.437)
7 HAASE Rebekka GER 2 JAN 1993 7 0.143 11.47
8 NEITA Daryll GBR 29 AUG 1996 1 0.138 11.50 SB

Women’s 400m the Rise of Irby

The US showed a deep talent pool of American Sprinters, with Lynna Irby taking the Women’s 400m in a world lead of 50.50. With Wadeline Jonathas second in 51.40.

Rank Name Nat Date of Birth Lane Result Reaction
1 IRBY Lynna USA 6 DEC 1998 3 0.219 50.50 WL
2 JONATHAS Wadeline USA 19 FEB 1998 4 0.209 51.40 SB
3 BOL Femke NED 23 FEB 2000 6 0.296 51.57
4 SWIETY-ERSETIC Justyna POL 3 DEC 1992 5 0.235 52.11 SB
5 VONDROVÁ Lada CZE 6 SEP 1999 7 0.284 52.13
6 SCHWAB Corinna GER 5 APR 1999 2 0.215 52.21
7 HORVAT Anita SLO 7 SEP 1996 1 0.226 52.45 SB
8 BROSSIER Amandine FRA 15 AUG 1995 8 0.280 52.98 SB


Diamond League Shanghai

All 9 Men in the 100m Main Race have Personal bests below 10 seconds.


2020 Diamond League Athletics Airnel Abarra will be attending

If borders and travel restrictions will be lifted to non-EU students like me:

  1. Monaco
  2. Lausanne
  3. Brussels
  4. Rome
Those are the ones I plan to attend if no class conflicts
Ernest Obiena is scheduled to compete in Monaco; he will be the first Filipino athlete globally to compete for 2020.


from Olaf Brockmann (Austrian Media)


Wanda Diamond League announces updates to the 2020 calendar: Due to ongoing developments in the global Covid-19 crisis, meetings in Paris and Eugene will not take place this year.

The event in Gateshead has been postponed.

The “Meeting de Paris,” provisionally scheduled for 6th September, will not occur this season.

Following the latest government announcements on the organization of major events in France, meeting organizers concluded that there is not enough time to organize a world-class international event in the French capital this year.


Paris’ well-loved Wanda Diamond League meeting will return in August 2021, when it is able once again to mobilize volunteers and welcome international stars.

In Eugene, the 2020 Prefontaine Classic has also been canceled. Oregon currently has a ban on large gatherings (including sporting events), and that restriction will be in place until at least the end of September.

The ban, combined with the expected long-term international travel restrictions, makes it impossible to host a world-class track & field meet in front of the Hayward Field faithful on 4th October.

The Prefontaine Classic is to return in 2021 and provide the opportunity for the University of Oregon to properly introduce the new Hayward Field to track & field fans around the world.

Discussions about the Muller Grand Prix Gateshead are still ongoing, which is no longer scheduled for 16th August.

The 12th of September has been identified as a possible alternative date; however, final confirmation cannot be given at this time due to UK Government guidelines and restrictions.

Due to the ongoing global health situation and ever-changing regulations, the 2020 Wanda Diamond League calendar remains provisional and subject to further changes.

While the meeting organizers, the Wanda Diamond League, and World Athletics remain committed to staging competitions athletes can compete in, and fans can enjoy athletics as far as the global pandemic allows.

The 2020 Wanda Diamond League will not be a structured series of events leading to a final, as is usually the case.

Therefore athletes will not earn Diamond League points this season, And there will not be a single, 24-discipline final in Zurich as originally planned.

2020 Diamond League Athletics



  • Oslo 11th June 2020 (Impossible Games, WDL exhibition event)
  • Zurich 9th July 2020 (Inspiration Games, WDL exhibition event)
  • Monaco 14th August 2020 Stockholm 23rd August 2020
  • Lausanne 2nd September 2020 (WDL exhibition event)
  • Brussels 4th September 2020
  • Gateshead 12th September 2020 (TBC)
  • Rome/Naples 17th September 2020 Shanghai 19th September 2020
  • Doha 9th October 2020
  • China2 17th October 2020 (venue TBA)

The 2020 editions of the following meetings have been canceled: Eugene London Paris Rabat Info and Credit: Wanda Diamond League.

The 2020 editions of the following meetings have been canceled:

  1. Eugene
  2. London
  3. Paris
  4. Rabat
Info and Credit: Wanda Diamond League

2020 Diamond League Athletics Modified Program
2020 Diamond League Athletics

Below is a copy of the new 2020 Diamond League Athletics Modified Program, which will resume on June 11, 2020. Rabat, London, and Zurich have been canceled. Would you please watch this space for updates?


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By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021- Current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is  Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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