2019 Rabat DL Diary: Fedrick Dacres throws 70.78m, Genzebe Dibaba runs 3:55.47!


The sixth stop on the 2019 Diamond League tour is the Rabat DL. As the DL gets into the season, big performances are being seen and Rabat was the one to watch! In the discus, Fedrick Dacres had to appeal his 3rd throw. The throw was reinstated and it was excellent, 70.78 meters! That gave Dacres the World Lead, Diamond League and Meet Record.

In the women's 1,500m, Sifan Hassan was caught by Genzebe Dibaba as Dibaba took the win in WL, MR of 3:55.47 to Hasan's 3:55.93 NR/PB!

Rabat 2019 .jpgRabat DL, June 16, 2019, photo by Diamond League

EME NEWS (JUN 16, 2019)

Dacres 70.78, Genzebe 3:55.47

RABAT (MAR, Jun 16): African stop at IAAF Diamond League had sensational midnight ending as after revision of results Fedrick Dacres mark from round third was valid as huge 70.78 World lead, of course also Jamaican record. Ethiopians set other two World leads, Genzebe Dibaba in the 1500 m and Getnet Wale in steeple. In five events of this still new fixture meet records were set.

Event by event


200m - Olympic silver medallist Andre de Grasse ran down world champion Ramil Guliyev, 20.19 to 20.28.

800m - After a runner-up finish in Rome, Nijel Amos returned to winning form over Kenya's Emmanuel Korir, 1:45.57 to 1:45.60.

1500m (non-DL) - Kenya's Vincent Kibet won a close finish in 3:35.80. Lifetime bests for Morocco's Hicham Akankam (3:35.85) and France's Alexis Miellet (3:35.98) in second and third respectively.

5000m (non-DL) - Kenya's world U20 5000m champion Edward Zakayo won in 13:11.49 from Ethiopia's Solomon Berihu (13:16.08).

3000m steeplechase - Getnet Wale, still an U20, won in a world lead and Ethiopian record of 8:06.01 ahead of teammate Chala Beyo (8:06.48) and Kenya's Benjamin Kigen (8:07.25). Morocco's Soufiane El Bakkali faded out of contention in the last kilometre and slipped down to 11th in 8:27.56.
Wale-Birech-ElBakkaliQ-London17.jpgGetnet Wale, Jarius Birech, Soufianne El Bakkali, London 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

110m hurdles - Sergey Shubenkov lost his balance after Omar McLeod crashed into him off the final barrier but still won in an equal meeting record of 13.12 from Andrew Pozzi in 13.30. McLeod fell across the line in fifth in 13.48.

High jump - Back-to-back wins on the Diamond League circuit for Ukraine's Bogdan Bondarenko who cleared 2.28m to beat Naoto Tobe, Ilya Ivanyuk and Mathew Sawe all on countback.

Long jump - Juan Miguel Echevarria didn't surpass the eight metre until round five when he landed at 8.34m before 8.22m in the sixth round. World champion Luvo Manyongo was second with 8.21m but later was injured.

Discus - After failing to record a mark in Turku, Sweden's Daniel Stahl was set to winning ways with a meeting record of 69.94 from the fourth round. Jamaica's Fedrick Dacres was second with 69.50m with Austria's Lukas Weisshaidinger third with 68.14m. Later the results were revised and the winner was Dacres with huge 70.78 in round three. World lead, Diamond League and Meet record.


100m - Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare got the win over Ivory Coast's Marie-Josee Ta Lou, 11.05 to 11.09. Dafne Schippers was a well beaten fifth in 11.32.

400m - Bahrain's Salwa Eid Naser extended her unbeaten streak with victory in 50.13, holding off a late charge from Niger's Aminatou Seyni who improved her national record once again to 50.24m. Botswana's Christine Botlogetswe was third in a 50.48m PB with world champion Phyllis Francis fourth in a 50.76 season's best.

800m - Kenya's Nelly Jepkosgei won in 1:59.50 from Ethiopia's Habitam Alemu in 1:59.90. Ukraine's European bronze medallist Olha Lyakhova improved to 2:00.35 EL in third.

1500m - The race of the evening as Genzebe Dibaba ran the world's fastest time since 2016, setting a world lead of 3:55.47 ahead of Sifan Hassan who improved her Dutch record from 3:56.05 to 3:55.93. Ethiopia's Gudaf Tsegay was third in a 3:57.40 PB ahead of Rababe Arafi who improved her Moroccan record to 3:58.84 in fourth. There was also a national record of 3:59.56 for Uganda's Winnie Nanyondo while Jenny Simpson returned to sub-four minute form in seventh in 3:59.83.

Pole vault - Sandi Morris cleared a meeting record of 4.82m before three attempts at a world lead of 4.92m. Anzhelika Sidorova was second with 4.77m.

Discus - Cuba's Yaime Perez had the three best throws of the competition including a meeting record of 68.28m in the sixth round, missing the world lead by just 18 centimetres. Teammate Denia Caballero was second with 65.84m with Croatia's Sandra Perkovic improving to 64.77m in third.

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