Here’s Stuart Weir’s final piece on Stockholm, sent just before he jumped on a plane to head home. We hope that you enjoyed our team’s coverage of this fine Diamond League meeting!
A sideways look at the Bauhaus.
Jakob Ingebrigtsen won a 1500 in race in 3:37.42. He is 17 and the younger brother of Henrik and Filip. The Belgian Borlees who often contribute three brothers to the national 4 X 400 relay team may find their position as the most illustrious running brothers under threat. One is reminded of Groucho Marx attempting to sue Warner Brothers on the grounds that he and his brothers had been brothers for longer than the Warners!
The women’s long jump was an intriguing contest. Lorraine Ugen and Malaika Mihambo (Germany) both jumped 6.85. But Ugen was the winner because she jumped it twice. I wonder what the odds are on the longest distance in the competition being jumped three times! There was a swirling wind during the competition to the extent that Shakeela Saunders (USA) took her first round jump into a negative wind. Malaika Mihambo, on the other hand, in the same round had +4m wind.
Brianna McNeal has ruined the women’s 100h! Up to Stockholm, we have had three rounds, three winners (Keni Harrison, Sharika Nelvis and McNeal). While we were wondering who would be the fourth winner, McNeal broke the sequence by winning herself for the second time.
As we have come to expect in this crazy season, Jamaica won the men’s discus in Stockholm (Fedrick Dacres). Earlier in the year at the Commonwealth Games Aisha Praught-Leer (Jamaica) won the Steeplechase. In Stockholm there were men’s 100m and 200m and a women’s 100m with not a Jamaican in sight!
Talking about Jamaica, Usain Bolt played in a charity soccer game in Manchester last weekend. His shirt number? 9.58!
Last year the winners of all events were presented with a giant ant (insect). Sadly the practice was discontinued this year. Even the media room had to make do with little ones. Apparently the ant is a symbol of Bauhaus and the soft toys are usually sold for charity.