EME News is the finest global news service in our sport. We are fortunate to have them as a partner. Here is their review of the fine Paris DL. Kudos on Diamond League for moving to Stade Charlety, with 15,000-16,000 in stands, meet looked very good on TV per our observers.
Surprise hurdles winner Levy
PARIS (FRA, Jul 1): Meeting de Paris as 7th in IAAF Diamond League 2017 had at the end of the day solid weather and nearly 20 000 spectators. Also some sensations were registered when Edris beat Kwemoi in the 3000 m, Levy topped hurdles and Vetter javelin. WR holder Jebet fell and could not repeat last year win. Only Kevin Mayer in special triathlon was the French winner of the day. In the duel of the evening Hassan beat Kipyegon for her first defeat of the year. The event was held for first time as DL meet in Charlety Stadium.
Event by event review
100m (non-DL) – Ivory Coast’s Ben Youssef Meite clocked 9.99 with Cuba’s Yunier Perez improving his PB again to 10.05 in second. Kim Collins was DQ’d for a false start.
200m – Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev won in 20.15 for first Turkish sprint DL win with Churandy Martina second in a season’s best of 20.27. US Champ and 2nd from Jamaican Champs beaten.
800m – Nijel Amos returned to form with a big season’s best of 1:44.24 ahead of world U20 champion Kipyegon Bett (1:44.36) and Ferguson Rotich (1:44.37).
3000m – Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris clocked a 54.01 last lap to win in a 7:32.31 PB ahead of world-leader Ronald Kwemoi (7:32.88) and Yomif Kejelcha (7:33.37). This was also Kwemoi’s first loss of the season.
110m hurdles – Ronald Levy took a win for Jamaica from lane 8 in a 13.05 PB while Olympic champion Omar McLeod succumbed to cramp. Andy Pozzi was second in a 13.14 PB ahead of Garfield Darien (13.15) and Sergey Shubenkov (13.18) who clocked 13.09 (equaled EL) in the heats.
Triple jump – Christian Taylor (17.29m) and Will Claye (17.18m) took a one-two with European champion Max Hess improving to 17.07m in third and Pedro Pablo Pichardo 17.05m in fourth.
Pole vault – Sam Kendricks cleared 5.77m to beat Renaud Lavillenie (5.62m) before consolidating at 5.82m.
Javelin – Johannes Vetter’s opening round effort of 88.74m saw off Jakub Vadlejch (88.02 equalled PB), Thomas Rohler (87.23m) and Tero Pitkamaki (85.34m).
Triathlon (non-DL) – Kevin Mayer smashed his lifetime bests in the javelin (70.54m) and 110m hurdles (13.78) followed by 7.13m in the long jump to win the triathlon with 2746 ahead of Brit Ashley Bryant (2746) and Austria’s Dominik Distelberger (2581).
100m – Elaine Thompson was pushed by Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou but came out on top, 10.91 to 10.96.
400m – Novlene Williams-Mills clocked 51.03 ahead of Courtney Okolo (51.19) with Jamaican champion Shericka Jackson a well-beaten third in 51.91.
1500m – After a super-fast 800m split of 2:05.70, world-leader Sifan Hassan defeated Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon, 3:57.10 to 3:57.51. Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay (3:59.55) and Poland’s Angelika Cichocka (4:01.61) set PBs in third and fourth.
3000m steeplechase – Beatrice Chepkoech led a Kenyan clean sweep in 9:01.69 from Hyvin Kiyeng (9:06.00) and Celliphine Chespol (9:07.54). Ruth Jebet fell in the last kilometre and faded to fourth in 9:10.95.
Shot – China’s Gong Lijiao produced the six best throws of the competition, including 19.14m in the last round, to beat Hungary’s Anita Marton (18.48m).