Doha - 5th May 2017

Kiyeng up-stages rival Jebet in star-studded steeplechase – Thompson gets better of Schippers – Simbine sprints to victory

World champion Hyvin Kiyeng set the 2017 IAAF Diamond League series off to an impressive start in the opening meeting on a windy evening at the Qatar Sports Club stadium in Doha with the fastest performance ever in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase. For a time last year she was out-shaded by the young star world record-holder Ruth Jebet who, perhaps surprisingly, did not get off to her own fast-paced start.  There was little between the two athletes until the final barrier after which 25 year-old Kiyeng pulled away to win quite easily in 9:00.12min. Jebet’s pace slowed and she was overtaken for second place by Beatrice Chepkoech who set a lifetime best of 9:01.57min with Jebet on 9:01.99min.
“The time is good for the start of the season,” Kiyeng said. “The race was competitive and tough.”
Celliphine Chepteek Chespol, the 18 year-old world U20 champion finished fourth in 9:05.70, a world U20 record (pending the usual ratification procedures).
Ronald Kwemoi, the 21 year-old Commonwealth Games silver medallist, won the 3,000m in a personal best 7:28.73min.
Kiyeng’s performance was one of six world leads on a typically warm but windy evening in Doha’s Qatar Sports Club stadium. Her compatriot Ronald Kwemoi, better known as a 1500m runner, kicked away to take the evening-capping 3000m in style in 7:28.73, chopping 25 seconds from his personal best. After this breakthrough, the 21-year-old Commonwealth Games 1500m silver medallist may consider widening his options.
Elaine Thompson, the Jamaican double Olympic champion, won the League’s first battle of the season against world champion Dafne Shippers by winning in 22.19s with the Dutch athlete second in 22.45s. Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Cote d’Ivoire was third in 22.77s.
It was Thompson first race over the distance this year and she said: “I just wanted to get the race right and see far along I am in the season”.
Akani Simbine won the first major 100m clash of the summer and his first triumph in the IAAF Diamond League in 9.99s. He forced Asafa Powell into second place with 10.08 and Femi Ogunode third in 10.13s.
“This really sets the motivation for the rest of the season,” said the South African record-holder at 9.89 who arrived in the Qatari capital with a 9.92 season’s best. “I’m looking forward to the World Championships.”
Kendra Harrison, the world record-holder, established her superiority against hefty by the half-way of the 100m hurdles, winning in 12.59s, but was taken immediately afterwards to hospital for a cast to be fitted for the broken bone to left hand sustained in the warm-up.
Although the men’s 400m hurdles was not a scoring event 21 year-old Abdderahaman Samba took the opportunity to stamp his mark on an impressive field of reigning world and Olympic champions. He made up so much ground on his rivals that even though he slowed over the final straight he won in 48.44s. Kerron Clement, the Olympic champion, and LJ van Zyl were second and third in 49.40s and 49.49s respectively.
Christian Taylor, the double world and Olympic champion, won the long-jump from Omar Craddock with a final jump of 17.25m to beat his 17.08n.
World champion Yarisley Silva was third in the pole-vault with 4.65m behind Olympic champion Ekaterini Stefanidi whose first-attempt 4.80m clearance was not beaten.

Shanghai - 13th May 2017


Manyonga’s massive jump – Jebet gets revenge – Miller-Uibo and McLeod do it again


The track belonged to the ladies in the second meeting of the 2017 IAAF Diamond League in Shanghai. Sprinter Elaine Thompson and middle-distance runner Faith Kipyegon confirmed their established supremacy while Ruth Jebet and Hellen Obiri, too, showed that they will remain a formidable force. The men, however, had solace in the field with an outstanding long-jump performance by Luvo Manyonga. Omar McLeod won the 110m hurdles, but veteran David Rudisha faded in the 800m.
Thomson followed up her success in the 200 metres at Doha by storming to the victory in the 100 metres here in 10.78s. The 24 year-old Jamaican has already admitted her surprise at how fast she can run. After a slow start she caught up with Tori Bowie at the half-way point and kept pulling away. Bowie was second and Marie-Josee Ta Lou third in 11.04s and 11.07s.

“I was happy with my preparation and the way I executed the race today,” said Thompson. "I made a great start and I was able to bring it home. I am pleased with the time. "My aim now is to go back home and compete in the Jamaica Invitational later this month. From there it is all about preparing for the rest of the season and the World Championships”.
Faith Kipyegon of Kenya, who set the meet record of 3:56.82 last year, retained her 1500m title in Shanghai to win in 3:59.22 in spite of a strong late challenge from Dawit Seyaum who finished in 4:00.52 with Besu Sado third in 4:03.10. “I was hoping for 3:58 or faster, but I'm really happy to start my season with 3:59," said Kipyegon. "Running below four minutes is not easy."
Ruth Jebet gained revenge over Hyvin Kiyeng in the 3,000m steeplechase for her defeat at Doha. This time Jebet went out into an early lead and stayed there instead of holding back and trying to outpace her rival. She eclipsed the Kenyan’s meeting record to 9:04.78. Kiyeng was second in 9:06.72 and rising star Celliphine Chespol third in 9:07.08.
“I am really happy to win today," Ruth said. "I trained for the cross country in the winter and because of the different type of training I think I lost a little bit of edge for the track. Today I felt much better than in Doha. My aim now for the rest of the season is to retain that nice Diamond League trophy in my house."
Hellen Obiri established an early lead over her many rivals by winning the 5,000m in 14:22.47. The two Ethiopians, enbere Teferi and 19 year-old Letesenbey Gidey, were second in 14:31.76 and third in 14:36.84 respectively. Shaunae Miller-Uibo, the Olympuc champion, won her second successive Shanghai victory at 400m, finishing in 49.77s, with Natasha Hastings second in 50.74 and Olga Zemlyak third in 50.89.
Olympic champion 23 year-old Omar Mcleod was another repeat winner in Shanghai. Level with Orlando Ortega at the final hurdle he edged ahead as his rival stumbled to win in 13.15 to 13.21 with Xie Wenjun third in 13.31. In contrast David Rudisha, the world record-holder, faded after leading in the 800 metres to yield the honour places to Kipyegon Bett in 1:44.70, Robert Biwott in 1:45.15 and Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich third in 1:45.17, and with Rudish, himself, fourth on 1:45.36 Kenyans made a clean sweep of the first five places.
Luvo Manyonga found a magnificent final-round leap of 8.61m to win the long-jump and improve the IAAF Diamond League record by 7cm. He was on a roll having broken the African record twice this year. The South African proved his superiority over an impressive field with a first-round jump of 8.48m which broke the meeting record and nudged it up further to 8.49m in the third. Although he had the contest won already Manyonga went ahead with his final jump and broke the record. Some way behind Gao Xinglong was second in 8.22m and his compatriot Huang Changzhou third in 8.20.
“I didn't get the distance I wanted today as I was looking for 8.80m, but I know it will come,” said Manyonga. “I am pleased to win again. My success has been down to hard work, training, dedication and commitment.”

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