I am still in shock. What a track meet! And what a start to the 2015 Diamond League! Eleven World Leaders (100m men, 800m men, 3000m men, 400m hurdles men, Triple Jump Men, Javelin Throw men, 200m women, 1500m women, 3000m steeplechase women, Long Jump women), three Diamond League records, six meet records and three national records!
What a start to 6th IAAF DL: Triple, Gatlin, Stowers
Event by event
100 m: Gatlin stormed into new PB 9.74 (+0.9), also 5th all-time, WL and MR. The only other sub 10 was Rodgers 9.96.
400 m (Asian race): Qatari supertalented junior Abdelilah Haroun (18) again clocked sub 45 with 44.85.
800 m: Souleiman took control and got 1:43.78 WL, came close to his NR. He wants to go for points in both 8/15. Bosse 4th 1:44.95 EL, Kiprop 5th, Aman 9th.
3000 m: Gebrhiwet with 54 last lap in a race where top guns did not follow pacemakers beat in 7:38.08 WL Mo Farah 7:38.22 EL. His first track defeat in longer race since Prefontaine 2013.
400mH: Batman ruled in second half of the race in unexpected MR and WL 48.09. Culson 48.96 and Barr 48.99 EL.
PV: Filippidis was class of his own with 575 clearance.
TJ: The event of the day. First time ever two men over 18 m in one competition. Pichardo 18.06 (+0.8) WL, NR, MR, DLR is 3rd best ever and Taylor 18.04 (+0.8) PB ties 4th best ever with Tamgho (17.24 EL) who injured himself unfortunately again, achilles tendon, surgery on Saturday.
SP: Storl with 21.51 EL beat the Americans including WL holder Kovacs.
JT: This had some drama. First Ihab led with 83.14, then Vesely improved in 5th round to 83.67 but Finnish fireworks in last round changed everything. Pitkamaki 88.62 WL, Ruuskanen 86.61 for second.
200 m: Felix love to Doha was confirmed with unexpected fast 21.98 (+1.6) over Ahoure 22.29. It is WL, MR and she equaled VCB DL record from first year 2010.
400 m: McCorory with better timed race in 50.21 beat Sanya RR 50.79.
1500 m: Young Ethiopian Seyaum surprised the favorites in 4:00.96 WL. Hassan led going into the last 100 m, was 2nd 4:01.40 EL. Third Teferi 4:01.86 PB, fourth Mishchenko 4:01.95. Then Gega NR for Albania 4:02.63, Aregawi 7th.
SC: Pacemaker Nyambura won in WL 9:21.51. The top surprise of the meet. Ayalew lost in 9:21.54.
100mH: Stowers improved again, now 12.35 (+0.9) WL, MR, DLR and is 7th best performer all-time. Nelvis as 2nd 12.54 PB. Harper-Nelson stumbled to 8th.
HJ: Palsyte on count back over Gordeyeva, but 194 was not the height expected to win.
LJ: Nettey led with superb 693 NR (+0.5) but in last round Bartoletta 699 (+0.6) WL and Proctor 695 (+0.7) NR prevailed. Also 4th Ugen 692 (+0.3) Reese 5th, Spanovic 6th.
DT: Perkovic had all valid throws enough to win, the best 68.10.
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