2021 Meeting de Paris: Niyonsaba with surprising fast 3000 m, Duplantis and Elaine back to winning with meet records


We are a day behind at @runblogrun this week. We have cross country travel this week, and we battled arachnids as well over the weekend.

Did not stop us from watching the Paris DL on Peacock TV twice. Loved the broadcast and the amazing performances.

This is how EME News covered the meeting, event by event.

E947jD1WUAkGsIa.jpgMeeting de Paris, Stade Charlety, photo by Diamond League AG

Niyonsaba with surprising fast 3000 m, Duplantis and Elaine back to winning with meet records
PARIS (FRA, Aug): The 10th Wanda Diamond League meet of the season had a solid crowd (nearly 10 000) and in good weather, two world leads in women 3000 m and men steeple, including 3 meet records except for women 3000 m also in the men's pole vault and women's 100 m. From competing individual Olympic winners Parchment, Duplantis and Thompson-Herah won, but not winning were El Bakkali (unfortunate fall), Lasitskene, and Allman.

Short reviews


100m (non-DL) - Marvin Bracy won in 10.04 by one-tenth from Jamaica's Nigel Ellis.

200m - In a battle between the Olympic silver medallists, Fred Kerley inched out US teammate Kenny Bednarek. Both were timed at 19.79, a lifetime best for Kerley. The decision by 0.005.

800m - Fresh from not being at Olympics Wycliffe Kinyamal led a Kenyan one-two from Ferguson Rotich, 1:43.94 to 1:44.45. Canada's Marco Arop was third in 1:44.74.

3000m steeplechase - Kenya's Ben Kigen won in a world lead of 8:07.12 and led a Kenyan clean sweep from Abraham Kibiwott (8:09.35) and Leonard Bett (8:10.21). Olympic champion Soufiane El Bakkali from Morocco fell at the first barrier and was a non-finisher as was former Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto from Kenya.

110m hurdles - Olympic champion Hansle Parchment from Jamaica returned to winning ways with victory in 13.03 (fastest of the year for him) ahead of Devon Allen in 13.08. Home favorite Pascal Martinot-Lagarde was a DNF.

Triple jump - Hugues Fabrice Zango won the Final Three format with 16.97m although Algeria's Yasser Triki had the best mark of the competition with 17.16m, the only 17 meter-plus jump of the competition.

Pole vault - Armand Duplantis had first-time clearances at 5.96m and a meeting record of 6.01m before three attempts at a world record of 6.19m. Ernest Obiena from the Philippines was second with a national record of 5.91m.

Javelin - Grenada's Anderson Peters won the Final Three format in 84.84 although Johannes Vetter produced the longest throw of 87.20m in the third round and Peters also had season best earlier with 85.98.


100m - Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah stormed away from the field for victory in a meeting record of 10.72, eclipsing Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce's meeting record of 10.74. Shericka Jackson was a distant second in 10.97 with Dina Asher-Smith returning to form in third with 11.06.

400m - Marileidy Paulino won back-to-back races in the Diamond League in 50.12 from Sada Williams from Barbados (50.30) and Allyson Felix (50.47). Femke Bol was fourth in 50.59.

3000m - Francine Niyonsaba ran the sixth-fastest time outdoors in history with 8:19.08 ahead of Ethiopia's Ejgayehu Taye who set an Ethiopian outdoor record of 8:19.52 (Genzebe Dibaba has run faster indoors at 8:16.60). Kenya's Margaret Chelimo and Elise Cranny from the United States set PBs of 8:21.53 and 8:30.30 in third and fourth respectively.

100m hurdles - Jamaica's 2015 World champion Danielle Williams returned to form with victory in a season's best of 12.50. Nadine Visser was second in a Dutch record of 12.58, the second-fastest time by a European in 2021.

400m hurdles - With a strong last hurdle, Gianna Woodruff from Panama won in 54.44 from Ukraine's Hanna Ryzhykova in 54.59. Arguable pre-race favorite Shamier Little was eighth in 57.18.

High jump - Nicola McDermott turned the tables on Olympic champion Mariya Lasitskene, winning on countback at 1.98m.

Discus - After producing a 66.08m throw in round two, Sandra Perkovic won the Final Three with 65.68m ahead of Yaime Perez (65.31m) and Olympic champion Valarie Allman (64.51m), among the losers of the day the last Olympic medalist Pudenz (7th, 61.78).

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