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It's Farah at the tape. It's Farah at the tape.
by Alfons Juck
Farah Wins His Last Track Race
ZURICH (SUI, Aug 24): Sell out (25 000) at Weltklasse and great atmosphere with dramatic fights in the first IAAF Diamond League final with a new concept. In nine of 16 DL events the winners were not World champions. The result of the day was second fastest ever women steeple, also the 200 m winning time, but the emotional result of the day was the great win by Mo Farah in his final track race. Close decisions by 0.001 in men 100 m and women 100 m hurdles. Semenya, Manyonga and Barshim are unbeaten in 2017.
Event By Event
100m  Chijindu Ujah and Ben Youssef Meite were both timed at 9.97 but Ujah was given the verdict on the dip (difference 0.001). Justin Gatlin was fourth (10.04) with Asafa Powell seventh (10.11).
400m - In his first 400m since being forced to withdraw from the World Champs final, Isaac Makwala powered to a 43.95 clocking ahead of Gil Roberts (44.54). World silver medallist Steven Gardiner fell out of the blocks, got a cramp and was a non-finisher.
1500m - Kenyans filled the first six places with Timothy Cheruiyot (3:33.93) beating Silas Kiplagat (3:34.26) and world champion Elijah Manangoi (3:34.65), one place ahead of Asbel Kiprop (3:34.77).
5000m - Mo Farah signed off his track career with a thrilling victory over 5000m in 13:06.05, producing a 52.61 last lap to defeat his London beater Muktar Edris (13:06.09). Later initially second Paul Chelimo (also 13:06.09) was disqualified.
400m hurdles - After being DQ’d at the World Champs for a lane infringement, Kyron McMaster defeated all three world medallists in 48.07. First defeat of the season for Karsten Warholm but he still improved his Norwegian record and EL to 48.22. Third home star Kariem Hussein 48.45 equaled his PB.
Long jump - A South African one-two courtesy of Luvo Manyonga (8.49m) and Ruswahl Samaai (8.31m) with Jarrion Lawson third (8.12m).
High jump - Mutaz Essa Barshim cleared 2.36m on his third attempt to win by two clear heights from Syria’s Majd Eddin Ghazal with 2.31m.
Pole vault - After needing three attempts at 5.80m, Sam Kendricks moved ahead of Poles Piotr Lisek and Pawel Wojciechowski with a first-time clearance at 5.87m. After seven successive Diamond League trophies, Renaud Lavillenie no-heighted at 5.63m.
Javelin - Jakub Vadlejch had the beating of the Germans with his second round throw of 88.50m. Thomas Rohler was second with 86.59m with Johannes Vetter fourth (86.15m).
100m (non-DL) - Jamaican one-two courtesy of Christania Williams (11.07) and Jura Levy (11.18).
200m - Shaunae Miller-Uibo overhauled Elaine Thompson in the home straight, improving her Bahamian record to 21.88 (2nd best of 2017) with Thompson close to her season’s best with 22.00. Dafne Schippers was fourth in 22.36.
800m - Caster Semenya and Francine Niyonsaba were first and second once again in 1:55.84 and 1:56.71 respectively. Lifetime best for Margaret Wambui in third (1:56.87) and an Ethiopian record of 1:57.05 for Habitam Alemu in fourth.
3000m steeplechase - Second fastest time in history (also MR and WL) for Ruth Jebet with 8:55.29 after an opening kilometre of 3:01.94. Beatrice Chepkoech became the fourth athlete in history to break nine minutes with 8:59.84 while Norah Jeruto improved her PB from 9:15.35 to 9:05.31 in third. World champ Emma Coburn was a distant fourth in 9:14.81.
100m hurdles - Sally Pearson was given the verdict over Sharika Nelvis with both athletes timed at 12.55. The difference the smallest 0.001.
400m hurdles (non-DL) - Zuzana Hejnova improved her season’s best and EL to 54.13 for her second post-World Champs win.
4x100m (non-DL) - Elaine Thompson produced an excellent leg to anchor Jamaica to a very narrow victory in Zurich Trophy over Great Britain, 41.85 to 41.86.
Triple jump - Olga Rypakova upset Yulimar Rojas and Caterine Ibarguen with her fourth round jump of 14.55m. Rojas (14.52m) and Ibarguen (14.48m) were second and third respectively.
Shot - Gong Lijiao produced the six best throws of the competition, the best being 19.60m in the fifth round.
Javelin - Barbora Spotakova went out to 65.54m in the final round to defeat Kelsey-Lee Roberts who set a PB of 64.53m with Olympic champion Sara Kolak third with 64.47m.
DAKAR (SEN): President of the Confederation of African Athletics Hamad Kalkaba Malboum has said an African country looks set to bid for the right to stage the 2025 World Championships, informs BBC Africa. "We are talking with Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco - those countries have the facilities. I have very positive sounds from some of them. People said that Africa could not host the World Cup in football, but we did it very successfully,” he said. A decision on which city will stage the event is set to be taken in 2020.
RIETI (ITA): The famous Rieti International Meeting which was set to take place on 3 September has been cancelled  due to “a number of logistical and organisational issues. “The painful choice comes from a number of logistical and organisational issues and the great difficulty to find the resources necessary to ensure survival at one of the most prestigious and historic events in Italian sport. Not wanting to weigh on the city and its fragile economy at a time when the priorities of the community are certainly others, it was decided to put a stop at the 2017 edition,” said a statement from the organisers. The organisers hope the event will return to the calendar in 2018.
BERLIN (GER): World pole vault champion Sam Kendricks is part of the American team for the ‘Berlin Fliegt’ event which takes place in front of Brandenburg Gate on 2 September, informs Olympic champion Tianna Bartoletta will be competing in the long jump while world indoor 60m champion Barbara Pierre competes in the 30m speed challenge. Six countries will be competing in the event.
PORTLAND (USA): Olympic 800m bronze medallist Clayton Murphy has joined the Nike Oregon Project, informs EIN Newsdesk. “This is the right time as I begin to focus on building toward the World Championships in 2019 and Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. I am extremely excited to start working with the Oregon Project staff and to train with athletes like Mo [Farah], Galen [Rupp] and Matthew [Centrowitz],” he said. Murphy missed the World Championships in London due to injury.
TORONTO (CAN): Andre de Grasse has already started a programme of rehabilitation after tearing his hamstring just before the World Championships and he is aiming to return to competition early next year, informs The Canadian Press. De Grasse plans to return to his training base in Phoenix, Arizona in late September when he will begin his build-up to the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April where he will run one individual race and the 4x100m relay. He is also targeting the NACAC Championships in Toronto.
EDINBURGH (GBR): Jake Wightman is planning to contest the 800m and 1500m at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next April, informs the Edinburgh News. Wightman will represent Scotland at those Games.
BAD KOSTRITZ (GER): World javelin champion Johannes Vetter will compete in Bad Kostritz on Friday night where he endeavours to improve Tero Pitkamaki’s meeting record of 89.03m, informs In other events, world silver medallist Dani Stevens faces Germans Anna Ruh, Nadine Muller and Julia Harting in the discus while European champion David Storl faces in-form Tomas Stanek and Poland’s Michal Haratyk in the shot put.
TORONTO (CAN): Ethiopians Solomon Deksisa (2:06:22) and Hiwot Gebrekidan (2:25:45) will compete in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on 22 October, informs organisers.
BERLIN (GER): Sprint super vet Kim Collins starts his European 2nd part of the season with Berlin on Sunday and Rovereto on Tuesday. He also confirmed he will continue in his career for sure for 2018 indoor season. About the summer he will decide later.
TAIPEI (TPE, Aug 24): Chun-Han Yang won the 100m on home soil on the second day of the World University Games in 10.22 (10.20 NR in the semifinal) ahead of sub-10 performers Thando Roto 10.24 (10.18 in the semifinal) and Cameron Burrell 10.27 while Jamaica’s Shashalee Forbes won the women’s 100m title in 11.18 from Italy’s Irene Siragusa (11.31) and Switzerland’s Salome Kora (11.33). Poland’s World champion Pawel Fajdek retained his hammer title with 79.16m ahead of Belarus’ Pavel Bareisha (77.98m) and Moldova’s Serghei Marghiev (74.98m) with Hungary’s Bence Halasz fourth (73.79m) while Fajdek’s teammate Malwina Kopron led the qualifying round in the women’s hammer with 73.01m. World finalist Alina Rotaru from Romania won the long jump with 6.65m from Cyrpus’ Nektaria Panayi (6.42m) and Germany’s Kristin Pudenz won the discus with 59.09m. Also on the track, Uganda’s Sadic Bahati won the 10,000m in 29:08.68 from Romania’s Nicolae Soare (29:12.76) and Japan’s Kazuya Shiojiri (29:20.96) while former world and Olympic medallist Luguelin Santos (45.85) and Malgorzata Holub (51.88) were the fastest qualifiers for the 400m finals. Elsewhere, Germany’s Andreas Hofmann went out to 83.51m in the men’s javelin qualifying while Australia’s Kyle Cranston leads the decathlon after the first day with 4016.
KUALA LUMPUR (MAS, Aug 24): From third day of track athletics at SEA Games meet record in pole vault 535 by Poranot Phoorahong of Thailand in pole vault. Trenton Beram of Philippines won after 200 m also the 400 m in 46.39. Vietnam won gold medals in men long jump by Bui Van Dong 783, Nguyen Thi Huyen in women 400 m 52.48 and Nguyen Thi Oang in the 1500 m 4:20.51. Women high jump the top three were decided by a jump off (all 183), gold for Duong Thi Viet Anh of Vietnam, silver Michelle Sng Suat Li of Singapore and bronze for Yap Sean Yee of Malaysia (also a national record).
CLES (ITA, Aug 24): At Meeting Melinda Kenyan Job Kinyor won the 800 m in 1:45.91 ahead of US Erik Sowinski 1:45.98 and Canadian Anthony Romaniw 1:46.17. In women race Ugandan Winnie Nanyondo 2:02.06 over Belgian Renee Eykens 2:02.22 and Poland´s Sofia Ennaoui 2:04.32. German Maya Rehberg won women steeple at 2000 m 6:36.87.
KUALA LUMPUR (MAS): Corrections to the SEA Games from Wednesday. Winning result in men triple jump with national and games record for Hakimi Ismail was 16.77. Also the correct score for decathlon winner Toledo was 7433 points.
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