Karston Warholm, photo by PhotoRun.net
Abdellelah Haroun, photo by Getty Images/British Athletics
The London Diamond League meeting is two days of great track and field, held in the London Olympic Stadium. The largest crowd of the year is at the meet over two days each year (Athletic World Cup had 30,000 a day the weekend before). On day one, Karston Warholm ran 47.65 NR and Abdellelah Haroun ran 44.07 NR. In fifth place in the 400m, Abderraham Samba, the man of the 400m hurdles, ran a PB of 44.64 for the 400 meters. And in the 100 meters, both races loved by the British fans, Ronnie Baker won his semi final and the final, both in 9.90. In the women’s 100 meters, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran 10.98, getting back to her winnng ways.
London Olympic Stadium, photo by Stuart Weir, July 21, 2018
Here’s the event by event short read by EME News, courtesy of our friend, Alfons Juck.
Warholm and Haroun, great 100 m finals
LONDON (GBR, Jul 21): Warholm and Haroun achieved the best performances of the Saturday first day of Muller Anniversay Games (IAAF DL series). Also to note all-time best in 3000 m track walk and first sub 11 for Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce since 2016.
Event by event
100m (non-DL) – Ronnie Baker clocked 9.90 (after 9.90 also in heats, both races +0.2 and +0.1)) for victory with Zharnel Hughes coming through for second in 9.93 after a bad start. Six runners broke 10 seconds: Akani Simbine (9.94, but 9.93 SB in heats), Yohan Blake (9.95 SB), Mike Rodgers (9.98) and Tyquendo Tracey (9.98, in heats 9.96 PB).
400m – Qatar’s Abdelelah Haroun improved to 44.07 national record with USA’s Paul Dedewo also setting a 44.43 PB in second. Kirani James finished third in 44.50 after leading half way with Matthew Hudson-Smith sixth in a 44.63 European lead. Fifth 400 m hurdles star Samba in big PB 44.62.
400m (national) – Dwayne Cowan was an easy winner in 45.65 from reigning European champion Martyn Rooney in 46.11.
5000m – Paul Chelimo defeated world champion Muktar Edris, 13:14.01 to 13:14.35. Yomif Kejelcha led into the home straight before fading to third win 13:14.39.
3000m race walk (non-DL) – World best of 10:43.84 for Tom Bosworth ahead of an African best of 10:47.08 for Lebogang Shange.
400m hurdles (non-DL) – Karsten Warholm improved his Norwegian and European U23 record to 47.65 also EL. European champion Yasmani Copello (48.44) and Thomas Barr (48.99) also broke 49 seconds.
Pole vault – Sam Kendricks cleared 5.92m on his first attempt before attempts at 5.97m and then 6.05m. Renaud Lavillenie and Armand Duplantis finished second and third, both clearing 5.86m.
100m (non-DL) – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce broke the 11 second-barrier for the first time since returning from maternity leave with 10.98 (+0.1) ahead of USA’s Dezerea Bryant (11.04) and Jamaica’s Jonielle Smith (11.07 PB). Brit Imani Lansiquot was fifth in a 11.11 PB.
3000m (non-DL) – Lilian Kasait held off Dutch Susan Krumins, 8:41.51 to 8:41.83. Leader Fantu Worku from Ethiopia stopped with 200 metres remaining and was a DNF.
400m hurdles – Shamier Little outdipped Janieve Russell, 53.95 to 53.96. Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad was a distant third in 54.86.
Long jump – Shara Proctor set a season’s best of 6.91m in the fourth round and had four other jumps over 6.80m. Lorraine Ugen improved to 6.88m in round six and world indoor pentathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson set a season’s best of 6.70m in fifth.
Javelin – A close win for Lyu Huihui over Nikola Ogrodnikova, 65.54m to 65.36m.