2019 Hengelo Diary: Tilahun again winning, Kimpkemboi beats Hassan in WL


The FBK Hengelo Games is an amazing event. It is a gem of a meet. I loved going to the meet in past years. The crowd loves it, and the local athletes shine. The fans also love great performances. This year was no exception.

Tilahun again winning, Kimpkemboi beats Hassan in WL

HENGELO (NED, Jun 9): Three days after winning the Rome Diamond League in a world-leading 12:52.98, Ethiopia's Tilahun Haile Bekele produced another fast time to win the 5000m at the FBK Games in Hengelo (IAAF World Challenge) in 12:57.56, outsprinting Kenya's Nicholas Kimeli (12:57.90) and Ethiopia's Solomon Berihu (13:02.08). There was an upset in the conclusion of the programme as Kenya's Margaret Kipkemboi won the 5000m in 14:37.22 WL ahead of home favourite Sifan Hassan (14:38.54) and Ethiopia's Hawi Feysa (14:38.76) with Eilish McColgan improving to 14:47.94 in fifth.

Dafne Schippers dominated the women's 100m on home soil with a big season's best of 11.06 ahead of Ecuador's Angela Tenorio (11.20) and Ivory Coast's Arthur Gue Cisse got the win in the 100m in 10.05 ahead of Chijindu Ujah's 10.13. Elsewhere on the track, there were wins in the sprint hurdles for Spain's Orlando Ortega (13.27) and USA's Nia Ali (12.75), teammate Michael Cherry won the 400m in 45.15 ahead of Botswana's Baboloki Thebe (45.51) and Kenya's Cornelius Tuwei won the 800m in 1:45.67 ahead of world fourth-placer Kyle Langford (1:45.87). World champion Sam Kendricks produced one of the highlights on the in-field by clearing a meeting record of 5.91m in the pole vault and fellow world champion Luvo Manyonga went out to 8.35m to win the long jump in an experimental form in the final with Thobias Montler who fouled. Sweden's Erika Kinsey also cleared 1.96m in the high jump.

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