Kenyans Sum, Kiplagat, Birech run world leads, Van Niekerk set African record, Dibaba meet record at Diamond League in Paris
Kenyans Eunice Sum, Silas Kiplagat and Jairus Kipchoge Birech each run world leading times at the IAAF Diamond League in Paris France on Saturday (04 July).
World Champions Sum improved her world leading time with a personal best of 1:56.99 in women’s 800m. Her previous lifetime best is 1:57.38 when she clinched the gold medal at the world championship in Moscow two years ago. Sum’s previous world best this season of 1:57.82 was at the Diamond League in Eugene Oregon USA on 30 May.
Perhaps he most keenly contested race of he met was the men’s 1500m where Silas Kiplagat piped Dibouti’s Ayaleh Souliman on the finish line to win the race. Kiplagat clocked 3:30.12 a new world lead to Souleiman’s 3:30.17.
He was followed by Kenyan Ronald Kwemoi (3:30.34) then Algerian Olympic champions Taoufik Makhloufi (3:30.50). Nine Africans run quicker times than the previous world best of 3:32.97 by Evans Jager (USA) two weeks ago.
Jarius Kipchoge Birech produced a dominant performance to cross the finish line in 7:58.83 in the 3000m steeplechase. This is the first sub eight minutes for the event this year. Birech takes over the world lead from Olympic champions Ezekiel Kemboi who run 8:01.70 in Eugene Oregon USA on 30 May.
South African Wayde van Niekerk run a lifetime best of 43.96. He improves the Africa record from 44.01 run by Botswana’s Isaac Makwala La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland last year. Van Niekerk’s previous best of 44.24 in New York on 13 June.
Although the hype around a new world record in women’s 5000m did not materialise, Genzebe Dibaba run a lifetime best and meet record of 14:15.41. Her compatriot and world championship bronze medalist Almaz Ayana was runner up in 14:21.97.
Another notable performance came from Nigerian Blessing Okagbare-Ighotegunonor who was runner up in women’s 100m in 10.80. This lifts her from seventh to third spot in the year’s ranking in the event.
SELECTED AFRICAN RESULTS AT THE DIAMOND LEAGUE IN NEW YORK USA ON 13 JUNE 2015
PB denotes Personal Best
AR denotes African Record
DLR denotes Diamond League Record
MR denotes Meet Record.
WL denotes the world’s best result in the specific event this year 2015
1 Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa) 43.96 PB/AR
1 Silas Kiplagat (Kenya) 3:30.12; 2 Ayanleh Souleiman (Djibouti) 3:30.17;3 Ronald Kwemoi (Kenya) 3:30.34; 4 Taoufik Makhluofi (Algeria) 3:30.50; 5 Robert Kiptoo Biwott (Kenya) 3:31.39 PB; 6 Abdelaati Iguider (Morocco) 3:31.51; James Kiplagat Magut (Kenya) 3:31.76; 8 Collins Cheboi (Kenya) 3:31.88; 9 Aman Wote (Ethiopia) 3:32.03
1 Jairus Kipchoge Birech (Kenya) 7:58.83 WL; 3 Conseslus Kipruto (Kenya) 8:09.90; 4 Brimin Kiprop Kipruto (Kenya) 8:10.09; 5 Clement Kimutai Kemboi 8:12.68 PB; 6 Paul Kipsiele Koech (Kenya) 14.65 8 Hillary Kipsang Yego (Kenya) 8:16.55; 11 Ezekiel Kemboi (Kenya) 8:19.49
2 Blessing Okagbare-Ighotegunonor (Nigeria) 10.80; 5 Murielle Ahoure (Ivory Coast) 11.04; 6 Marie Josee Ta Lou (Ivory Coast) 11.06 PB
5 Wenda Nel (South Africa) 54.61
1 Eunice Jepkoech Sum 1:56.99 PB/ WL
1 Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia) 14:15.41 PB/MR; 2 Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia) 14:21.97; Mercy Cherono (Kenya) 14:34.10; 4 Viola Jelagat Kibiwot (Kenya) 14:34.22; 5 Senbere Teferi 14:36.44 PB; 6 Gelete Burka (Ethiopia) 14:14.50; 7 Faith Chepnge’tich Kipyegon (Kenya) 14:44.51; 8 Alemitu Heroye 14:44.95; 9 Belyanesh Oljira (Ethiopia) 15:05.19; 10 Betsy Saina (Kenya) 15:07.90; 12 Azemra Gebru (Ethiopia) 15:15.77; 13 Netsanet Gudeta (Ethiopia) 15:31.25
3 Sunette Viljoen (South Africa) 63.15