Montsho, Ahoure, Okagbare, Kiprop and Cheiywa sparkle in Monaco-Diamond League

Botswana's Amantle montsho edged clser to a new African 400m record with a world leading time of 49.33 at the Diamond League in Monaco on Friday (19 July)

Botswana’s Amantle Montsho (third from right) edged closer to a new African 400m record with a world leading time of 49.33 at the Diamond League in Monaco on Friday (19 July)

AMANTLE Montsho, Murielle Ahoure, Blessing Okagbare, Milcah Chemos Cheywa and Asbel Kiprop stole the limelight at the IAAF Diamond League in Monaco on Friday (19 July).

With just one exception all Africans who completed their event did so inside the stringent World Championship A qualifying standard. Africans accounted for three of the seven world leading performances at the meet.

Despite the conspicuous absence of most elite Ethiopian competitors, Africans particularly the women, demonstrated at this penultimate Diamond League meet before the world championships that they will be a force to reckon with at the world’s most important sports event this year in Moscow Russia next month.

Women’s 400m
World champion Amantle Montsho was no doubt the athlete of the meet with her 400m winning time of 49.33 seconds. This is her new lifetime best.
Her previous best was 49.54 when she clinched her third consecutive African championship title in Porto Novo Benin last year. Montsho also improves her world leading performance this year from 49.88 at the Diamond League in Doha Qatar on 25 May.
As the second fastest African of all time, Montsho is rapidly closing in on the Africa record of 49.10 by Nigerian Falliat Ogunkoya. The Nigerian’s effort was rewarded with a bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Montsho and Ogunkoya are the only Africans to ever run a sub 50 seconds in the event.

Ivory Coast's Olympic finalists Murielle Ahoure improved her 200m national record in  a world leading time of 22.24 in Monaco

Ivory Coast’s Olympic finalists Murielle Ahoure improved her 200m national record in a world leading time of 22.24 in Monaco

Women’s 200m
Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure’s 22.24 seconds victory in 200m is a world leading time for the year. She replaces Nigerian Blessing Okagbare who clocked 22.31 back in May.
Ahoure has significantly improved her national record from 22.55 run at the Diamond League in the French capital Paris last year. Ahoure is African’s all time second fastest in the event after Nigerian Mary Onyali’s 22.07 in Zurich Switzerland in 1996.

Nigerian Blessing Okagbare prevailed in the Long jump in 7.04 (+2.4). She also had a legal 7.00m leap on her third attempt

Nigerian Blessing Okagbare prevailed in the Long jump in 7.04 (+2.4). She also had a legal 7.00m leap on her third attempt

Women’s Long Jump
On the infield Nigeria Blessing Okagbare continued her winning ways in the long jump with a win assisted 7.04 meters (+2.1) second round attempt. Her third round legal distance of 7.00 is two centimeters better than her previous personal best.
Previously Okagbare leaped to a wind assisted distance of 7.14m in Doha Qatar. Clearly she is within range of bettering the African record of 7.12m by her compatriot Chioma Ajunwa. That leap propelled Ajunwa to victory at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic champion.

Asbel Kiprop (right) retaiend his title at the diamond league in Monaco with a new Diamond League record and lifetime best of 3:27.72

Asbel Kiprop (right) retaiend his title at the diamond league in Monaco with a new Diamond League record and lifetime best of 3:27.72

Men’s 1500m
The most outstanding male athlete on the day was Kenyan Asbel Kiprop. He retained his 1500m title in Diamond League record and personal best of 3:27.72. Kiprop’s previous best of 2:28.88 was also run at this meet last year.

Meanwhile Senegal’s Mamdou Kasse Hann continued his rich vein of form posting a lifetime best of 48.50m in the 400m hurdles. he was fourth in a highly competitive race

Milcah Chemos Cheywa edged fellow Kenyan Lydia Chepkurui to post a  new meet record in the women's  3000m steeplechase

Milcah Chemos Cheywa edged fellow Kenyan Lydia Chepkurui to post a new meet record in the women’s 3000m steeplechase

Women’s 3000m Steeplechase
The duel pitting Kenyans Milcah Chemos Cheyiwa and Lydia Chepkurui particularly in the 1000m of the race lived up to expectation. Cheyiwa carried the day with a quicker sprint for the finish line after the last hurdle. What’s more her winning time of 9:14.17 is a new meet record. Chepkurui (9:15.18) was a second Behind.
The two are now tied with 12 points each. Ethiopian Olympic bronze medalist Sofia Assefa is third on eight points.
SELECTED RESULTS FROM IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE IN MONACO ON FRIDAY 19 JULY 2013
Note
Results include only those from African countries who completed their race.
PB denotes Person Best
MR denotes Meet Record
NR denotes National Record
DLR denotes Diamond League Record
WL denotes World Leading Time for 2013
WCQA denotes World Athletics Championships A standard qualifier
WCQB denotes World Athletics Championships B Standard qualifier
MEN
800m
7 Timothy Kitum (Kenya) 1:44.45 WCQA; 8 Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich (Kenya) 1:44.89 WCQA; 9 Jeremiah Kipkorir Mutai1:45.06 WCQA
400m Hurdles
4 Mamdou Kasse Hann (Senegal) 48.50 PB/WCQA
1500m
1 Asbel Kiprop (Kenya) 3:27.72 PB/DLR/WL/ WCQA; 2 Mohamed Farah (Britain) 3:28.81 PB/WCQA; 3 Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku (Kenya) 3:29.50 PB/WCQA;4 Bethwell Birgen (Kenya) 3:30.77 PB/WCQA; 6 Collins Cheboi (Kenya) 3:31.53 PB/WCQA
5000m
1Edwin Cheruoyit Soi (Kenya) 12:51.34 MR/WL/WCQA; 3 Isiah Kiplangat Koech (Kenya) 12:56.08; 4 Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa (Kenya) 12:59.81; 5 Lawi Lalang (Kenya) 13:00.95 PB/WCQA; 7 Augustine Kiprono Choge (Kenya) 13:11.02 WCQA;14 Yigrem Demelash (Ethiopia) 13:39.97
WOMEN
200m (-0.5)
1 Murielle Ahoure (Ivory Coast) 22.24 PB/NR/WL/WCQA
400m
1 Amantle Montsho (Botswana) 49.33 PB/ DLR/NR/WL/WCQA
1500m
2 Hellen Onsando Obiri (Kenya) 4:00.93 WCQA; 6 Viola Kibiwott (Kenya) 4:02.50 WCQA; 8 Nancy Jebet Langat (Kenya) 4:03.91 WCQA; 9 Gelete Burka (Ethiopia) 4:04.36 WCQA; 10 Senbere Teferi (Ethiopia) 4:04.55 PB/WCQA
3000m Steeplechase
1 Milcah Chemos Cheywa (Kenya) 9:14.17 MR/WCQA; 2 Lydia Chepkurui (Kenya) 9:15.18 WCQA; 3 Fancy Cherotich (Kenya) 9:36.82 WCQA
Long Jump
1 Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria) 7.04 (+2.1), 7.00 (0.0) PB/WCQA

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