2011 Herculis Monaco: Farah Runs 12:53.11 WL, sets NR, Lagat runs 12:53.60, sets AR, results, notes by Larry Eder

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The 2011 Herculis Monaco meeting, the tenth of fourteen Samsung Diamond League meetings to be held in 2011, was another fine example of tremendous competitions leading up to the Daegu World Championships, now just over 40 days away!

Farah_MoLeads1_Pre11.JpgMo Farah, 2011 Nike Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

One of the big stories of the season is the emergence of 2010 European Champion at 5,000m and 10,000m, Mo Farah, who has continued to outkick elite fields, from Eugene, Oregon to Birmingham, UK to Monaco. In this gutty 5,000 meters, Mo Farah held off Bernard Lagat, as Farah ran the WL and British record at 5,000m, in a fine 12:53.60, with Lagat in second, having set the AR for 5,000 meters once again!

Lagat-Koech-Pre11.JPGBernard Lagat, 2011 Nike Pre, photo by PhotoRun.net

Bernard Lagat is running at least at his 2007 level. His leg speed is strong, and his finish is withering. His new AR of 12:53.60 shows that Bernard is moving into the shape he will need to medal at the 5,000 meters in Daegu.
The men's 5,000 meters may be one of the most competitive races of the World Champs, as the level at 5,000m is crushing. Farah, Lagat look to be two of the top contenders at this time. Sad to see DNFs by Rupp and Solinsky. Better it happen in races like this than Daegu.  

Bolt-LeMaitre-ParisDL11.jpgForsythe, Bolt, Lemaitre, photo by PhotoRun.net

Usain Bolt won over Nesta Carter in 9.88 to 9.90. Bolt is rounding into shape, but RBR wonders if Bolt will have the shape of 2009? He will need it, as the sprinting world has continued to develop and the Caribbe has become the Eldoret of sprinting. This development in the sprinting world has vast repercussions to U.S. sprinting, which will be challenged in Daegu like no other world championships before. Nice to see Mike Rodgers 9.96 after his cramping issues in Birmingham.

philips_idowu_triple_jump.jpgPhillips Idowu, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Phillips Idowu won the triple jump here in a field missing Teddy Tamgho, who is injured, after hurting his ankle at the U23s in Europe two weeks back. Will we see Christian Olsson move up into the medals in Daegu?

Uceny_Morgan-Lausanne11.jpgMorgan Uceny, 2011 Lausanne, photo by PhotoRun.net

Morgan Uceny continues to get RBR and keen observers of the sport excited as she shows some real racy savvy. Her 4:01.59, taking third to Maryam Youssef Jamal (4:00.59) and Btissam Lahkouad (4:01.15). Uceny is a racer, which is so refreshing for American women distance runners. Nice to see Jenny Barringer Simpson and Shannon Rowbury getting into shape. And yes, Shalane Flanagan is rounding into nice shape with her 4:06.63.

Jeter_CarmelitaQ-USAout.jpgCarmelita Jeter, 2011 USA Outdoor, photo by PhotoRun.net

In the 200 meter wars, Carmelita Jeter is beginning to " get it" per her coach, John Smith, regarding the 200 meters. Her pb win in the 200 meters, with a run of 22.20 and Allyson Felix second (seasonal best) in 22.32 shows how scary fast that this race could be in Daegu. Felix gets the rounds, as Jeter is learning. Jeter told RBR in NYC in June that " when I listen to my coach, I tend to do better, when I don't well, you know....(laughing)".


Felix_AllysonQ1-USout11.JPGAllyson Felix, 2011 USA Outdoor, Photo by PhotoRun.net

The men's 1,500 meter was a barn burner. Actually, it was a tryout for professional kick boxing. Not sure what it was over, but finisher 9, Mehdi Baala, the 2003 silver medalist at 1,500m, and finisher 11,Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad, got into a free for all (think old mosh pit, say, Black Flag & X, circa 1979-1980). The French Federation, shocked by the lack of decorum from two of their athletes, suspended the two, with a short, well written release.


Kiprop-Lagat-Mekonnen-Laalou-ParisDL11.jpg Willis, Manzano, Kiprop, Lagat, Laalou, 2011 AREVA Paris DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

Between all of that fun, Matt Centrowitz finished tenth in 3:34.45. Silas Kiplagat won this one, in 3:30.47, holding off half of Kenya and Europe. Hats off to our Michigan neighbor (via New Zealand), Nick Willis, who set a NR with his fourth place 3:31.76. Willis the silver medalist from 2008 Olympics, is rounding into fine shape.

The 1,500 meters in Monaco was won by Silas Kiplagat, the 1,500m gold medalist from the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Kiplagat held off most of Kenya and all of Europe with his fine run in Monaco, running 3:30.47, holding off Nixon Chepseda and Abubaker Kaki, in 3:31.74, 3:31.76, respectively. Kiplagat is a 1,500m specialist with a withersome kick. 

Kiplagat_SilasFV-MonacoDL11.jpgSilas Kiplagat, 2011 Herculis Monaco, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 1,500 meters for Daegu is getting to look like a kicker's hell. Anyone who is silly enough to let the pace dawdle in Daegu, should not be surprised when some surprise drops a 24 second last 200 meters in front of 50,000 screaming fans. Look at the picture from the AREVA 1,500 meters-that is what the last 150 meters could look like in Daegu! (Well, with Silas Kiplagat in picture! ) 

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Herculis Monaco (MON) - Friday, Jul 22, 2011
100 Metres - M
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Official Results - Men - 100 Metres - Wind : +1.0 m/s
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Usain Bolt JAM 9.88
2 Nesta Carter JAM 9.90
3 Mike Rodgers USA 9.96
4 Michael Frater JAM 10.01
5 Christophe Lemaitre FRA 10.03
6 Jaysuma Saidy Ndure NOR 10.07
7 Francis Obikwelu POR 10.21
8 Churandy Martina NED 10.24

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Herculis Monaco (MON) - Friday, Jul 22, 2011
800 Metres - M
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Official Results - Men - 800 Metres
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 David Lekuta Rudisha KEN 1:42.61
2 Asbel Kiprop KEN 1:43.15
3 Nick Symmonds USA 1:43.83
4 David Mutinda Mutua KEN 1:43.99
5 Khadevis Robinson USA 1:44.03
6 Boaz Kiplagat Lalang KEN 1:44.22
7 Alfred Kirwa Yego KEN 1:44.55
8 Jeff Lastennet FRA 1:46.68

Brice Etès MON DNF

Sammy Tangui KEN DNF

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Herculis Monaco (MON) - Friday, Jul 22, 2011
1500 Metres - M
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Official Results - Men - 1500 Metres
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Silas Kiplagat KEN 3:30.47
2 Nixon Kiplimo Chepseba KEN 3:31.74
3 Abubaker Kaki SUD 3:31.76
4 Nicholas Willis NZL 3:31.79
5 Collins Cheboi KEN 3:32.45
6 Deresse Mekonnen ETH 3:32.90
7 Jeffrey Riseley AUS 3:33.42
8 Florian Carvalho FRA 3:33.60
9 Mehdi Baala FRA 3:33.69
10 Matt Centrowitz USA 3:34.46
11 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad FRA 3:35.51
12 Otmane Belharbazi FRA 3:36.09
13 Augustine Kiprono Choge KEN 3:45.63
14 Ryan Gregson AUS 3:51.05

Justus Koech KEN DNF

Andrew Wheating USA DNS

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Herculis Monaco (MON) - Friday, Jul 22, 2011
5000 Metres - M
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Official Results - Men - 5000 Metres
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Mohammed Farah GBR 12:53.11
2 Bernard Lagat USA 12:53.60
3 Isiah Kiplangat Koech KEN 12:54.18
4 Imane Merga ETH 12:55.47
5 Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa KEN 12:56.08
6 Eliud Kipchoge KEN 12:59.01
7 Tariku Bekele ETH 12:59.25
8 Yenew Alamirew ETH 13:00.46
9 Jesús España ESP 13:04.73
10 Josphat Bett Kipkoech KEN 13:11.29
11 Lucas Kimeli Rotich KEN 13:11.73
12 Matthew Tegenkamp USA 13:14.75
13 Vincent Kipsegechi Yator KEN 13:15.39
14 Abera Kuma ETH 13:26.62
15 Craig Mottram AUS 13:29.56

David Krummenacker USA DNF

Serhiy Lebid UKR DNF

Vincent Rono KEN DNF

Galen Rupp USA DNF

Chris Solinsky USA DNF

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Herculis Monaco (MON) - Friday, Jul 22, 2011
3000 Metres Steeplechase - M
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Official Results - Men - 3000 Metres Steeplechase
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Brimin Kiprop Kipruto KEN 7:53.64
2 Ezekiel Kemboi KEN 7:55.76
3 Paul Kipsiele Koech KEN 7:57.32
4 Bouabdellah Tahri FRA 8:05.72
5 Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong KEN 8:07.41
6 Jonathan Muia Ndiku KEN 8:07.75
7 Hillary Kipsang Yego KEN 8:08.22
8 Roba Gari ETH 8:12.10
9 Nordine Gezzar FRA 8:12.25
10 Ruben Ramolefi RSA 8:12.27
11 William Nelson USA 8:17.27
12 Vincent Zouaoui-Dandrieaux FRA 8:17.84
13 Daniel Huling USA 8:27.84
14 Abdelhakim Zilali FRA 8:29.71
15 Matthew Hughes CAN 8:30.20

Haron Lagat KEN DNF

Bernard Mbugua KEN DNF

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Herculis Monaco (MON) - Friday, Jul 22, 2011
400 Metres Hurdles - M
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Official Results - Men - 400 Metres Hurdles
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Angelo Taylor USA 47.97
2 Bershawn Jackson USA 48.22
3 David Greene GBR 48.43
4 L.J. van Zyl RSA 48.72
5 Cornel Fredericks RSA 48.96
6 Jeshua Anderson USA 49.43
7 Kerron Clement USA 49.48
8 Johnny Dutch USA 50.17

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Herculis Monaco (MON) - Friday, Jul 22, 2011
Pole Vault - M
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Official Results - Men - Pole Vault
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Renaud Lavillenie FRA 5.90
2 Malte Mohr GER 5.75
3 Konstadínos Filippídis GRE 5.60
3 Romain Mesnil FRA 5.60
5 Damiel Dossévi FRA 5.60
6 Derek Miles USA 5.60
7 Daichi Sawano JPN 5.45
8 Giuseppe Gibilisco ITA 5.45
8 Steven Hooker AUS 5.45

Brad Walker USA NM

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Herculis Monaco (MON) - Friday, Jul 22, 2011
Triple Jump - M
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Official Results - Men - Triple Jump
Pos Athlete Nat Mark Wind
1 Phillips Idowu GBR 17.36 -0.6
2 Alexis Copello CUB 17.30 -0.4
3 Arnie David Girat CUB 17.29 0.0
4 Will Claye USA 16.99 -0.4
5 Christian Olsson SWE 16.98 0.0
6 Benjamin Compaoré FRA 16.97 -0.6
7 Christian Taylor USA 16.74 +0.4
8 Sheryf El-Sheryf UKR 16.67 -0.5
9 Yoann Rapinier FRA 14.62 -0.5

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Herculis Monaco (MON) - Friday, Jul 22, 2011
Shot Put - M
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Official Results - Men - Shot Put
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Reese Hoffa USA 21.25
2 Christian Cantwell USA 21.23
3 Dylan Armstrong CAN 20.98
4 Marco Fortes POR 20.39
5 Daniel Taylor USA 19.58

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Herculis Monaco (MON) - Friday, Jul 22, 2011
200 Metres - W
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Official Results - Women - 200 Metres - Wind : -0.4 m/s
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Carmelita Jeter USA 22.20
2 Allyson Felix USA 22.32
3 Shalonda Solomon USA 22.63
4 Bianca Knight USA 22.71
5 Kerron Stewart JAM 22.76
6 Jeneba Tarmoh USA 22.93
7 Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie BAH 23.02
8 Myriam Soumaré FRA 23.37

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Herculis Monaco (MON) - Friday, Jul 22, 2011
400 Metres - W
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Official Results - Women - 400 Metres
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Amantle Montsho BOT 49.71
2 Francena McCorory USA 50.29
3 Novlene Williams-Mills JAM 50.61
4 Rosemarie Whyte JAM 50.87
5 Davita Prendergast JAM 51.11
6 Denisa Rosolová CZE 51.38
7 Debbie Dunn USA 52.05
8 Muriel Hurtis-Houairi FRA 52.73

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Herculis Monaco (MON) - Friday, Jul 22, 2011
1500 Metres - W
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Official Results - Women - 1500 Metres
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Maryam Yusuf Jamal BRN 4:00.59
2 Btissam Lakhouad MAR 4:01.09
3 Morgan Uceny USA 4:01.51
4 Siham Hilali MAR 4:02.75
5 Jennifer Barringer Simpson USA 4:03.54
6 Irene Jelagat KEN 4:04.01
7 Meskerem Assefa ETH 4:04.48
8 Lisa Dobriskey GBR 4:04.76
9 Shannon Rowbury USA 4:06.55
10 Shalane Flanagan USA 4:06.63
11 Gelete Burka ETH 4:06.69
12 Hind Déhiba Chahyd FRA 4:06.74
13 Kaila McKnight AUS 4:07.62
14 Ingvill Måkestad Bovim NOR 4:08.01
15 Abeba Arigawe ETH 4:10.30
16 Fanjanteino Félix FRA 4:11.53
17 Christin Wurth-Thomas USA 4:12.11

Molly Beckwith USA DNF

Kalkidan Gezahegne ETH DNF

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Herculis Monaco (MON) - Friday, Jul 22, 2011
100 Metres Hurdles - W
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Official Results - Women - 100 Metres Hurdles - Wind : +0.9 m/s
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Sally Pearson AUS 12.51
2 Kellie Wells USA 12.58
3 Tiffany Porter GBR 12.60
4 Danielle Carruthers USA 12.76
5 Dawn Harper USA 12.79
6 Nia Ali USA 12.98
7 Yvette Lewis USA 13.05
8 Sandra Gomis FRA 13.07

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Herculis Monaco (MON) - Friday, Jul 22, 2011
High Jump - W
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Official Results - Women - High Jump
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Blanka Vlašic CRO 1.97
2 Doreen Amata NGR 1.92
3 Melanie Melfort FRA 1.89
4 Marina Aitova KAZ 1.89
5 Brigetta Barrett USA 1.85
5 Elizabeth Patterson USA 1.85
7 Ebba Jungmark SWE 1.85
8 Emma Green SWE 1.85

Levern Spencer LCA DNS

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Herculis Monaco (MON) - Friday, Jul 22, 2011
Long Jump - W
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Official Results - Women - Long Jump
Pos Athlete Nat Mark Wind
1 Brittney Reese USA 6.82 +0.4
2 Darya Klishina RUS 6.79 -0.2
3 Éloyse Lesueur FRA 6.74 -0.6
4 Irene Pusterla SUI 6.70 +0.2
5 Carolina Klüft SWE 6.65 +0.1
6 Funmi Jimoh USA 6.65 -0.1
7 Janay DeLoach USA 6.62 -0.3
8 Naide Gomes POR 6.48 +0.4

Bianca Stuart BAH NM

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Herculis Monaco (MON) - Friday, Jul 22, 2011
Discus Throw - W
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Official Results - Women - Discus Throw
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Nadine Müller GER 65.90
2 Yarelis Barrios CUB 65.44
3 Stephanie Brown Trafton USA 62.07
4 Aretha Thurmond USA 60.71
5 Dani Samuels AUS 60.59
6 Nicoleta Grasu ROU 59.60
7 Mélina Robert-Michon FRA 58.51
8 Kateryna Karsak UKR 58.04

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Herculis Monaco (MON) - Friday, Jul 22, 2011
Javelin Throw - W
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Official Results - Women - Javelin Throw
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Barbora Špotáková CZE 69.45
2 Christina Obergföll GER 64.86
3 Madara Palameika LAT 62.06
4 Goldie Sayers GBR 60.97
5 Sunette Viljoen RSA 59.94
6 Vira Rebryk UKR 59.45
7 Zahra Bani ITA 57.04
8 Kara Patterson USA 55.67

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