2019 London DL Diary: Warholm gets closer to 47 seconds on Day 1!


2019 London DL .pngLondon DL, 20 July 2019, photo by Stuart Weir

Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia leads Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway in the Men's 5000m.jpgHagos Gebrehewit battles with Jakub Ingebrigtsen, photo by British Athletics/Getty Images

Warholm gets closer to 47 seconds

LONDON (GBR, Jul 20): Great day one of Muller Anniversary Games in 22 degrees with nice crowd saw superb European record by Karsten Warholm, also Jamaican Record by Danielle Williams at 100 m hurdles, both also World leads. Jakob Ingebrigtsen clocked European U20 record, home wins Muir, home breakthrough Nielsen, Dobbin. Great depth men 100, wom 1500, Pichardo beats Taylor in triple.

Event by event


100m: Akani Simbine was just four hundredths outside his PB as he won with 9.93, two digits in front of Zharnel Hughes, who also set a season's best (also EL, first SB and EL in heats 9.96). Yohan Blake was third in 9.97, just ahead of a PB-setting Yuki Koike (9.98) and also sub 10 Andre De Grasse 9.99.

800m: With favourite Nijel Amos pulling up at 150m, Ferguson Rotich came away for the win in 1:43.14. Wycliffe Kinyamal was second in a season's best 1:43.48 with Marcin Lewandowski also setting a 2019 best in third with 1:43.74. The slowest time of the 11th finishers was 1:45.10.

5000m (non-DL): With a 53-second last 400m, Hagos Gebrhiwet (13:01.86) held off Jakob Ingebritsen, who set a Norwegian senior and European U20 record of 13:02.03 EL. Further back there were PBs for Andrew Butchart (13:06.21), Yeman Crippa (13:07.84) and Patrick Tiernan (13:12.68).

400m hurdles (non-DL): Running out of lane seven, Karsten Warholm hit it hard from the off again and held on to clock a world lead, meeting record and European record of 47.13. His two-tenths PB is the equal seventh quickest in history and he is also No.7 all time. Runner-up Yasmani Copello was well back on 48.93 (season's best)

Long jump (non-DL): In the absence of late withdrawal Juan Miguel Echevarria, Luvo Manyonga stole victory in the fifth round with a season's best 8.37m, just 1cm down on the world lead. Tajay Gayle, in second, added 2cm to his PB with 8.32m in the third round.

Triple jump: Pedro Pablo Pichardo achieved 17.53m in the fourth round and finished ahead of Christian Taylor (17.19m) and Hugues Fabrice Zango (16.88m).


200m (non-DL): Elaine Thompson won in 22.13, her second fastest of the season as Marie-Josee Ta Lou was second in 22.36. Beth Dobbin was third in a PB 22.50. Heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson set a season's best of 23.19 in ninth.

400m: Shericka Jackson came through late to win in 50.69 from Stephenie-Ann McPherson (50.74). Long-time leader Laviai Nielsen was third with a PB and EL of 50.83.

1500m: Laura Muir pulled away over the final 400m to a convincing win in 3:58.25 with a 57-second final 400m. Konstanze Klosterhalfen was with her until the bell but dropped to fifth. Winny Chebet was second in a season's best 3:59.93 and Gabriella Debues-Stafford set a Canadian record for third of 4:00.26. In huge depth last finisher clocked 4:04.63.

100m hurdles: Danielle Williams coasted to a Jamaican record and world lead of 12.32, moving to seventh on the all-time list (wind: +0.8). That was after a 12.41 into a headwind in the semi-final. Nia Ali was second with a season's best 12.57 and third was Queen Claye in 12.64 over Megan Tapper 12.66 (but equalled PB in heats 12.63).

Pole vault: Anzhelika Sidorova became the fifth DL winner in the pole vault in the six meetings, her 4.75m matching that of Ekaterini Stefanidi. The decisive factor was two attempts of Stefanidi at 456. Third was Holly Bradshaw (4.65m).

Javelin: Tatsiana Khaladovich posted 66.10m in the third round as Kelsey-Lee Barber was second with 65.85m and Christin Hussong was third on 65.73m.

4x100m (non-DL): The Jamaican squad of Natasha Morrison, Elaine Thompson, Jonielle Smith and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce edged Great Britain 42.29 to 42.30 EL. China were third with 42.71.

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