Justin Lagat just sent us this piece on the Bauhaus Galan Meeting, the Stockholm Diamond League, which will be held on 23 August 2020. The meet is exciting and will have some excellent events. Justin concentated his pen on the middle distance events and how they could impact the cool, Scandanavian night.
On August 22, we noted that Faith Kipyegon was no longe in the women’s 1,500m in Bauhaus.
After such a very successful Wanda Diamond League event in Monaco where almost all the winners recorded world-leading times, focus now shifts to Stockholm. Will it be possible to see the same spectacular performances? Will we see any more world-leading times?
Well, one thing is clear. Most of the winners from Monaco will be back in action again.
One of the exciting races for the evening will be the women 1500m race. Two winners from the Monaco Diamond League will get to compete here. Hellen Obiri who won the women 5000m race will be running against Faith Kipyegon won the women’s 1000m race.
Obiri has been a fine 1500m runner in her time but has slowly moved up to the longer 5000m and 10,000m track distances. It remains to be seen whether she still has what it takes to beat the reigning Olympic Champion over the 1500m distance. Kipyegon has shown that she is currently in great form having just set a national record for the 1000m distance last week in Monaco. On August 22, we noted that Faith Kipyegon was no longe in the women’s 1,500m in Bauhaus.
In the men’s 1500m race, Jakob Ingebrigtsen will get another chance to try and beat Timothy Cheruiyot. It was a close finish in Monaco. Perhaps Ingebrigtsen did learn a lesson or two on how to finally beat Cheruiyot after that race. But on the other hand, Cheruiyot may have as well learned some lessons on how to increase the gap between him and Ingebrigtsen. It will be an interesting race to watch.
Donavan Brazier will be coming back with more confidence in the men’s 800m race having easily won the distance in Monaco. The second-placed finisher from that race, Bryce Hoppel is not in the start list and Canada’s Marco Arop will be one of the well-placed runners to provide some quality competition to Brazier in this race; judging by their recent performances.