DN Galan, Stockholm DL, 21 August 2014, Event by Event reviews, by Larry Eder, results by IAAF

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Anna Ruh, Stockholm DL, DN Galan, photo by PhotoRun.net

21/08/2014

DN Galan
Stockholm, 21/08/2014


Men's Results

100 Metres - Men                                              Wind: +2.0 m/s

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Nesta Carter, Stockholm DL, DN Galan, photo by PhotoRun.net
                                                            Pts
    1 Carter , Nesta                   JAM       9.96          4        
    2 Bledman , Keston                 TTO      10.09          2        
    3 Ujah , Chijindu                  GBR      10.10          1        
    4 Ashmeade , Nickel                JAM      10.10                   
    5 Aikines-Aryeetey , Harry         GBR      10.20                   
    6 Saidy Ndure , Jaysuma            NOR      10.33                   
    7 Rose , Odain                     SWE      10.47                   
      Rodgers , Mike                   USA         DQ    

A very strange race. Cold and with a headwind. The false start of Mike Rodgers was just another indication of how the starting team was not prepared for this level of competition. Nesta Carter stayed focused and ran his seasonal best, a 9.96 for the 100 meters. Keston Bledman was second in 10.09, and Chijindu Ujah, GBR, was third in 10.10.                

800 Metres - Men Race 1  

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                Leo Manzano, Stockholm DL, DN Galan, 
                                                    photo by PhotoRun.net                     

    1 Manzano , Leonel                 USA    1:46.60                   
    2 Kipketer , Alfred                KEN    1:46.69                   
    3 Balla , Musaeb Abdulrahman       QAT    1:46.97
    4 Rogestedt , Johan                SWE    1:47.26
    5 Ingebrigtsen , Henrik            NOR    1:49.17
    6 Torrence , David                 USA    1:49.29
    7 Gunnarsson , Rickard             SWE    1:49.66
    8 Levay , William                  SWE    1:49.70
    9 Hairane , Jamal                  QAT    1:52.39
      Bett , Reuben                    KEN        DNF                   
      Svensson , Johan                 SWE        DNS  

The pace was pretty strong, as the leaders hit 52.6. Leo Manzano was in the back of the pack. As they hit the 500 meter mark, Leo Manzano started to move through the field. Manzano ran through the field, and then charged down the final straightaway. Manzano's focus was on winning this 800 meters, and he did, winning in 1:46.60, as he passed 10 year old World Juniors winner Alfred Kipketer and the European silver medalist, Henrik Ingebrigtsen, in fifth.                   

800 Metres - Men Race 2  

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Adam Kszczot, Stockholm DL, DN Galan, photo by PhotoRun.net                                     
                                                            Pts
    1 Kszczot , Adam                   POL    1:45.25          4        
    2 Souleiman , Ayanleh              DJI    1:45.49          2        
    3 Lewandowski , Marcin             POL    1:45.76          1        
    4 Bosse , Pierre-Ambroise          FRA    1:45.95                   
    5 Amos , Nijel                     BOT    1:46.04                   
    6 Bube , Andreas                   DEN    1:46.59                   
    7 Almgren , Andreas                SWE    1:47.54
    8 Kitum , Timothy                  KEN    1:47.93
      López , Yeimer                   CUB        DNF                   
      Som , Bram                       NED        DNF  

What a wonderful race! The pace was 52.4, as Adam Kszczot, the new European outdoor Champion, pulled away from Ayanleh Souleiman, Marcin Lewandowski, Pierre-Ambroise Bosse and yes, Nijel Amos, CG and African Games champion. Kszczot used the last 200 meters to hold off the entire field! What a satisfying victory!                  

5000 Metres - Men 

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Muktar Edris, Stockholm DL, DN Galan, photo by PhotoRun.net

The pace was hard from the start! 2:33 for the 1,000m, 5:11 for 2,000 meters, 7:45 for 3000 meters and 10:25 for 4000 meters. Galen Rupp had lead from 3,000 meters on, Ndiku almost went down, trying to lead. Edris and Longosiwa took off with 900 meters to go and put ten meters on Galen Rupp. Over the final lap, Muktar Edris showed he is the World Leader, with a 54 last lap of a very swift pace. The World leader of 12:54.83 and three men under 13 minutes were the result. Galen Rupp finished fourth, not bad after becoming the father of twins a few weeks before! 

                                                                                 Pts
    1 Edris , Muktar                   ETH   12:54.83          4        
    2 Longosiwa , Thomas Pkemei        KEN   12:56.16          2        
    3 Ndiku , Caleb Mwangangi          KEN   12:59.17          1        
    4 Rupp , Galen                     USA   13:05.97                   
    5 Soi , Edwin Cheruiyot            KEN   13:07.68                   
    6 Mead , Hassan                    USA   13:07.81                   
    7 Gebrhiwet , Hagos                ETH   13:12.40                   
    8 True , Ben                       USA   13:13.33                   
    9 Koech , Isiah Kiplangat          KEN   13:24.53                   
   10 Levins , Cameron                 CAN   13:25.90                   
   11 Gabius , Arne                    GER   13:31.91                   
   12 Robertson , Zane                 NZL   13:43.19                   
   13 Kipsiro , Moses Ndiema           UGA   13:44.62
      Barusei , Geoffrey Kibet         KEN        DNF                   
      Cheru , Tesfaye                  ETH        DNF                   
      Essalhi , Younés                 MAR        DNF                   
      Rono , Vincent                   KEN        DNF                   

400 Metres Hurdles - Men 

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Javier Culson, photo by PhotoRun.net

                                     
                                                            Pts
    1 Tinsley , Michael                USA      49.60          4        
    2 Culson , Javier                  PUR      49.84          2        
    3 Gordon , Jehue                   TTO      50.13          1        
    4 Fredericks , Cornel              RSA      50.18                   
    5 Mägi , Rasmus                    EST      50.42                   
    6 Cato , Roxroy                    JAM      51.09                   
    7 Sánchez , Felix                  DOM      51.68                   
    8 Olson , Petter                   SWE      52.62  

The 400 meter hurdles is a highly competitive event with great competitors. In this race, Tinsley, Culson and Gordon came off the turn together, with Culson having a bit of a lead. Michael Tinsley, as is his way, came alive after the ninth hurdle and won the race chasing down Javier Culson after the final hurdle! 

Michael Tinsley ran down Javier Culson and took the win in 49.60. Behind him were Culson, Gordon and Fredericks                 

Pole Vault - Men  

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                           Just a bad day for Renaud, photo by PhotoRun.net                                            
                                                            Pts
    1 Filippídis , Konstadínos         GRE       5.60          4        
    2 Lisek , Piotr                    POL       5.60          2        
    3 Xue , Changrui                   CHN       5.60          1        
    4 Svärd Jacobsson , Melker         SWE       5.45                   
    5 Wojciechowski , Pawel            POL       5.30                   
      de Oliveira , Augusto            BRA         NM                   
      Hollis , Mark                    USA         NM                   
      Kudlicka , Jan                   CZE         NM                   
      Lavillenie , Renaud              FRA         NM                   
      Ménaldo , Kévin                  FRA         NM   

Strange conditions caused some issues here. Windy, cold and it was just not Renaud Lavillenie's day. Lavillenie came in at 5.60 meters, and missed all three times. I had watched him during his warm up and the king of the pole vault was not happy. 

" The pole slipped in my hands and I was a bit scared." noted Renaud Lavillenie after the event. " I tried my best, and unfortunately, it was not good. I will go home and rest and try to return to my best." noted Lavillenie. 

Filippidis Konstandinos won the pole vault at 5.60m. Piotr Lisek was second at 5.60m, and Chagrui Xue took third in 5.60m as well.                

Long Jump - Men   

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Jeff Henderson, photo by PhotoRun.net
                                            
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Mokoena , Godfrey Khotso         RSA       8.09          4              +1.2
    2 Gaisah , Ignisious               NED       8.04          2              +0.8
    3 Tornéus , Michel                 SWE       8.03          1              +0.6
    4 Visser , Zarck                   RSA       7.98                         +2.2
    5 Li , Jinzhe                      CHN       7.94                         -0.2
    6 Halmela , Arttu                  FIN       7.92                         +2.0
    7 da Silva , Mauro Vinicius        BRA       7.88                         +1.3
    8 Henderson , Jeff                 USA       7.78                         +0.3
    9 Hartfield , Mike                 USA       7.54      +1.2
      Wittlock , Alexander             SWE         NM    

Godfrey Khotso Mokoena won the long jump here on a 8.09 meters, with only two other men over eight meters. Jeff Henderson, USA, finished eighth, just not getting close enough to the plasticene to get some long jumps.                

Shot Put - Men   

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                                  Reese Hoffa, photo by PhotoRun.net                                             
                                                            Pts
    1 Hoffa , Reese                    USA      21.06          4        
    2 Walsh , Tomas                    NZL      20.79          2        
    3 Storl , David                    GER      20.77          1        
    4 Kovacs , Joe                     USA      20.67                   
    5 Richards , O'Dayne               JAM      20.46                   
    6 Whiting , Ryan                   USA      20.39                   
    7 Cantwell , Christian             USA      20.38                   
    8 Vivas , Borja                    ESP      20.02                   
    9 Majewski , Tomasz                POL      19.79
   10 Arrhenius , Leif                 SWE      19.01

A nice shot put competition. Reese Hoffa took the lead with his first round of 20.71m. In the third round, David Storl, GER, just off his European gold, threw 20.77m, and that held for the fourth round and in round five, Reese Hoffa connected and threw 21.06m to go into first. In the sixth round, Tomas Walsh put it all together, and threw 20.79m, taking second and putting David Storl in a place he has little experience with: third place. 

"Well that was nerve wracking," noted a smiling Reese Hoffa. " I love throwing here. I think that it shows that I am really old since everybody seems to know who I am. They take care of me here! 

Javelin Throw - Men 

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                      Antti Ruuskanen, photo by PhotoRun.net                                          
                                                            Pts
    1 Ruuskanen , Antti                FIN                87.24          4        
    2 Röhler , Thomas                  GER              85.12          2        
    3 Pitkämäki , Tero                 FIN                 84.73          1        
    4 Yego , Julius                    KEN                 84.67                   
    5 El Sayed , Ihab  Abdelrahman     EGY       84.58                   
    6 Walcott , Keshorn                TTO              84.27                   
    7 Mannio , Ari                     FIN                  79.99                   
    8 Hofmann , Andreas                GER           77.67                   
    9 Veselý , Vítezslav               CZE              76.42

An excellent javelin competition. The best competition of the year so far! Antti Ruuskanen, who, just off the European champs, just took three throws and his 87.24m put a gasp in the throats of many fans in Stockholm. Thomas Rohler, GER, was second in 85.12m, with Tero Pitamaki, FIN, who had some difficulties with his technique, at 84.73m for third. Julius Yego, KEN, the CG champion, was fourth in 84.73m. In fifth, Ihab Abelrahman El Sayad, EGY, the longest thrower of year, threw 84.58m. Keshorn Walcott, the Olympic champion and CG silver medalist threw 84.27m. Six over 84 meters! Remarkable.

Antti Ruuskanen commented: " I went back to Finland to celebrate my gold medal at the European Championships and I am happy again today! I felt good but had some problems with my shoulder, so I only took three throws. To play it safe! I will compete again in Zurich, which is now my favorite stadium as I took the gold medal there! 


Women's Results

200 Metres - Women                                            Wind: +0.4 m/s

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        Allyson Felix and Tori Bowie duel over 200 meters,  photo by PhotoRun.net                                                       

Pts
    1 Felix , Allyson                  USA      22.85          4        
    2 Bowie , Tori                     USA      22.91          2        
    3 Atkins , Joanna                  USA      23.19          1        
    4 Tarmoh , Jeneba                  USA      23.29                   
    5 Stuy , Khrystyna                 UKR      23.53                   
    6 Calvert , Schillonie             JAM      23.57                   
    7 Ekelund , Iréne                  SWE      23.61                   
    8 Latvala , Hanna-Maari            FIN      23.76   

In a season where Allyson Felix has been catching up a bit, Tori Bowie has had a nice series of victories. Those ended in Stockholm. As Felix and Bowie came down the final straight, Bowie was just in front of Felix. Note to Ms. Bowie: Allyson Felix will run down god in the final straight, so you must have a few meters to keep that kick in tow. In a brisk, cool evening, Allyson Felix just ran down Tori Bowie and won, 22.85 to 22.91! A great race!                 

400 Metres - Women    

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Novlene Williams-Mills, photo by PhotoRun.net
                                        
                                                            Pts
    1 Williams-Mills , Novlene         JAM      50.09          4        
    2 Richards-Ross , Sanya            USA      50.27          2        
    3 McCorory , Francena              USA      50.65          1        
    4 McPherson , Stephenie Ann        JAM      51.01                   
    5 Day , Christine                  JAM      52.03                   
    6 Hastings , Natasha               USA      52.04                   
    7 Terrero , Indira                 ESP      52.70                   
    8 Moraiti , Elin                   SWE      54.95  

This was pretty evenly matched in the 400 meters. As Williams-Mills, Richards-Ross and McCorory and McPherson came off the turn, Richards-Ross and Williams-Mills were together. Novlene Williams Mills went for it and just went by Richards-Ross.

For Novlene Williams-Mills, there was a special focus for this race: " A great friend just died and four years ago, my sister died, so there was alot of emotion coming out of this race. I dedicate this race to them."                 

1500 Metres - Women

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                      Jennifer Simpson on the move, photo by PhotoRun.net                                           
                                                            Pts
    1 Simpson , Jennifer               USA    4:00.38          4        
    2 Dibaba , Genzebe                 ETH    4:01.00          2        
    3 Hassan , Sifan                   NED    4:01.62          1        
    4 Rowbury , Shannon                USA    4:02.96                   
    5 Kibiwot , Viola Jelagat          KEN    4:04.17                   
    6 Muir , Laura                     GBR    4:04.71                   
    7 Bahta , Meraf                    SWE    4:05.39                   
    8 Martinez , Brenda                USA    4:07.40                   
    9 Plis , Renata                    POL    4:07.72                   
   10 Aregawi , Abeba                  SWE    4:07.75                   
   11 Embaye , Axumawit                ETH    4:08.30                   
   12 Tsegay , Gudaf                   ETH    4:08.34                   
   13 Måkestad Bovim , Ingvill         NOR    4:10.97
   14 Weightman , Laura                GBR    4:14.92
      Tverdostup , Tamara              UKR        DNF    

In the second 1,500 meter race of year where the key players were all there, this race may have been the finest event of the night. 

The pace was as brisk as the weather: 62.17 for the 400 meters, and then, Genzebe Dibaba took off, hitting the 800 meters in 2:05.85 with Jenny Simpson, Sifan Hassan and others chasing for dear life. Dibaba was not finished, as she hit the 1100 meters in 2:54 and the 1200 meters in 3:06. 

Dibaba was flying, but physics notes that all things must slow down at some time, and as Dibaba came off the final turn, she was still in the lead, and running slower and slower. Her 3:54 pace was now four minute pace.

Jenny Simpson and Sifan Hassan were just churning up the track and as the final fifty meters came, Simpson figured out that she could win. " I felt like I was really slowing down those final fifty meters, but that is not what it looked like on TV!" is how Jenny Simpson spoke to us about the race on Friday morning after her morning shake out run. 

Jenny Simpson went by Hissan with twenty meters to go. Her accelerations kept her going and she flew by Dibaba, winning the biggest race of the year. Obviously, this race is the biggest win for Simpson since her 2011 World Champs victory.                

3000 Metres Steeplechase - Women  

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Emma Coburn, photo by PHotoRun.net                            
                                                            Pts
    1 Ayalew , Hiwot                   ETH    9:17.04          4        
    2 Ghribi , Habiba                  TUN    9:18.39          2        
    3 Coburn , Emma                    USA    9:20.31          1        
    4 Assefa , Sofia                   ETH    9:22.02                   
    5 Jepkemoi , Hyvin Kiyeng          KEN    9:24.03                   
    6 Kudzelich , Sviatlana            BLR    9:30.54                   
    7 Elouali Alami , Salima           MAR    9:32.53                   
    8 Higginson , Ashley               USA    9:33.89                   
    9 Fougberg , Charlotta             SWE    9:35.74                   
   10 Chepkurui , Lidya                KEN    9:36.67                   
   11 Diro , Etenesh                   ETH    9:40.84                   
   12 Adamu , Birtukan                 ETH    9:50.60                   
   13 Desalegn , Betlhem               UAE    9:53.19
   14 LaCaze , Genevieve               AUS   10:05.43
      Fente , Birtukan                 ETH        DNF  

An example of the starting issues in Stockholm are that the steeplechase had a false start. The field here, again, superb, included Hiwot Ayalew, the winner of Paris and Glasgow was there. Emma Coburn, who followed Ayalew in both races, and had the AR, was there. Ashley Higginson, the second place American from the US champs, and Charlotta Fougberg, the European silver medalist in the steeplechase was also there.

The pace was moderate: 3:03, the second kilometer, lead by Coburn, was hit in 9:15. At just over seven minutes into the race, Ayalew took the lead, with Ghribi on her shoulder. Coburn quickly dropped back, about five meters as Ghribi tried to steal the race from Ayalew. 

Ghribi took the lead, but Hiwot Ayalew went by, and took the lead once and for all just over the last hurdle. Winning in 9:18, Ayalew let a smile of satisfaction come over her face!                 

100 Metres Hurdles - Women                                    

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Queen Harrison, photo by PhotoRun.net


Wind: +1.4 m/s
                                                            Pts
    1 Harrison , Queen                 USA      12.66          4        
    2 Ali , Nia                        USA      12.96          2        
    3 Harper Nelson , Dawn             USA      12.99          1        
    4 Roleder , Cindy                  GER      13.00                   
    5 Talay , Alina                    BLR      13.07                   
    6 Hildebrand , Nadine              GER      13.20                   
      Pearson , Sally                  AUS         DQ                   
      Billaud , Cindy                  FRA        DNF                   

This race was a mess. The false start threw Sally Pearson out of the race. In this race, as Queen Harrison went to the lead, Dawn Harper Nelson and Cindy Billaud, the Euro silver medalist nearly collided, as Billaud went down hard. 

Queen Harrison took the win in 12.66 with Nia Ali in 12.96 in second and Dawn Harper Nelson, the Olympic champion,  in third, and  Cindy Roleder, GER, in fourth, ran 13.00. 

High Jump - Women 

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            Airine Palsyte, photo by PhotoRun.net
                                
                                                            Pts
    1 Kuchina , Maria                  RUS       1.94          4        
    2 Palšyté , Airiné                 LTU       1.94          2        
    3 Beitia , Ruth                    ESP       1.90          1        
    3 Šimic , Ana                      CRO       1.90          1        
    5 Trost , Alessia                  ITA       1.90                   
    6 Angelsen , Tonje                 NOR       1.85                   
    6 Kasprzycka , Justyna             POL       1.85                   
    8 Green , Emma                     SWE       1.85                   
    8 Jungfleisch , Marie-Laurence     GER       1.85
   10 Okuneva , Oksana                 UKR       1.80

Maria Kuchina won here in 1.94m, with Airine Palsyte, LTU, also at 1.94. Ruth Beitia, ESP, the European Champion, was third in 1.90m. Maria Kuchina spoke for everyone as she said, " I was a good night, but it was very cold. I was happy to win. 

Long Jump - Women     

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                                   Tianna Bartoletta, photo by PhotoRun.net                                        
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Bartoletta , Tianna              USA       6.98          4              +2.3
    2 Lesueur , Éloyse                 FRA       6.94          2              +2.6
    3 Španovic , Ivana                 SRB       6.61          1              +1.4
    4 Reese , Brittney                 USA       6.60                         +0.4
    5 Jarder , Erica                   SWE       6.53                         +1.4
    6 Mihambo , Malaika                GER       6.50                         +1.0
    7 Grabuste , Aiga                  LAT       6.48                         +1.8
    8 Klishina , Darya                 RUS       6.28                         +1.6
    9 Moguenara-Taroum , Sostene       GER       6.24      -0.4
   10 Jimoh , Funmi                    USA       6.10      +0.9

This was a terrific battle. Eloyse Lesueur, fresh off her European win, threw out a 6.94m jump. It lead until the sixth round, when Tianna Bartoletta, fresh from some great training with her coach, Loren Seagrave, put it all together and leaped 6.98 meters! 

Ivana Spanovic was third in 6.61m. Brittney Reese, working on some new technical things to her jumping, finished fourth in 6.60m. 

Discus Throw - Women   

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Sandra Perkovic, photo by PhotoRun.net
                                       
                                                            Pts
    1 Perkovic , Sandra                CRO      66.74          4        
    2 Samuels , Dani                   AUS      65.70          2        
    3 Lewis-Smallwood , Gia            USA      65.21          1        
    4 Robert-Michon , Mélina           FRA      63.79                   
    5 Craft , Shanice                  GER      63.56                   
    6 Fischer , Julia                  GER      62.28                   
    7 Rüh , Anna                       GER      60.48                   
    8 Kämäräinen , Sanna               FIN      58.63                   
    9 Larsson , Sofia                  SWE      53.20
   10 Viberg , Julia                   SWE      49.12

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Dani Samuels, photo by PhotoRun.net

What to you say about the discus? Dani Samuels threw 65.70m for second, Gia Lewis-Smallwood threw 65.21 for third and Melina Robert-Michon threw 63.79m for fourth.

Sandra Perkovic, coming from behind, but,  off her monstrous 70.18 meter PB in the Europeans, just blasted a 66.74m to win the discus and her Diamond League title. 




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