From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
Surprise: Hill 22.44 MR
BRUSSELS (BEL, Aug 31): London Worlds 11th placer Darrell Hill produced a huge throw in the sixth round of the shot put to claim victory in the IAAF Diamond League final and 50 000 USD at the Place de la Monnaie in downtown Brussels. Hill extended his lifetime best from 21.91m to 22.44m (also a meet record) to defeat Olympic champion Ryan Crouser who had two throws over 22m (22.24m, 22.37m) and Joe Kovacs (21.62m). Hill came close to Kovacsâ€™ Diamond League record of 22.56m and also moves to 13th on the world outdoor all-time lists. In a high quality competition, David Storl and Tomas Stanek were fourth (21.47m) and fifth (21.39m) respectively but recently crowned world champion Tom Walsh had to settle for sixth with 21.38m.
Kipruto Aims for First Sub-8 of 2017
BRUSSELS (BEL, Sep 1): The second of the two IAAF Diamond League finals will produce 15 more Diamond League winners after Zurich resulted in some surprises. The horizontal jumps could potentially provide the highlights, while a meeting known for distance performances has a good womenâ€™s 5000m in store. Unbeaten so far this season are Stefanidi and Lasitskene with Kipruto. Women discus and men triple meet records are under threat at 41st AG Memorial Van Damme. The meet will as usual end with musical concert and fireworks.
100m (non-DL): Julian Forte looks to continue good form after back-to-back wins in Berlin and Rovereto, while Yohan Blake and Isiah Young could be his closest challengers.
200m: World champion Ramil Guliyev stands to become Turkeyâ€™s first Diamond League winner but Brits Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Zharnel Hughes are among those out to stop him.
400m (non-DL): The three Borlees hope to send the local crowd home happy.
800m: London minor medallists Adam Kszczot and Kiyegon Bett face Nijel Amos as Asbel Kiprop steps down.
1500m (non-DL): World champion Elijah Manangoi should be a big favourite as Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad and Adel Mechaal are the next best.
3000m steeplechase: World and Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto aims to stay on top as Evan Jager looks to come back from his London disappointment. Soufianne El Bakkali and Jairus Birech ought to be in the mix too. WL is a possibility.
110m hurdles: London silver medallist Sergey Shubenkov leads be favourite as 2012 Olympic champion Aries Merritt, Garfield Darien and Ronald Levy are also in the field.
Triple jump: Christian Taylor and Will Claye were a class apart in London, but back to the fray comes Pedro Pablo Pichardo for the first time since his 17.60m beat Taylor in Lausanne before injury struck.
Discus: World top two Andrius Gudzius and Daniel Stahl feature alongside Olympic champion Christophe Harting and Fedrick Dacres.
100m: Elaine Thompson hopes for silverware after her London disappointment as Michelle-Lee Ayhe and Marie-Josee Ta Lou stand in her way.
400m: Shaunae Miller-Uibo could make up somewhat for London by becoming a double Diamond winner after her 200m win in Zurich. Courtney Okolo and world silver medallist Salwa Eid Nasser are the other main contenders.
1500m: Can Faith Kipyegon repeat her London win with world No.1 Sifan Hassan and world silver medallist Jenny Simpson in the field? Also there are Dawit Seyaum and Winny Chebet, top two in Birmingham recently.
5000m: World champion Hellen Obiri should be a comfortable winner. The next best could be Senbere Teferi or Agnes Tirop and it will be interesting to see what sub-nine steepler Beatrice Chepkoech can do on the flat.
400m hurdles: Zuzana Hejnova is the form athlete if you disregard the world final. London silver medallist Dalilah Muhammad will hope to upstage her.
Pole vault: Ekaterini Stefanidi seeks her 14th straight win this year, with most of her top rivals there, including Yarisley Silva and Olympic silver medallist Sandi Morris.
High jump: Mariya Lasitskene tries to extend her unbeaten run to 27, but London silver and bronze medallists Yuliya Levchenko and Kamila Licwinko hope to offer resistance. World heptathlon champion Nafi Thiam (1.98m last year) will thrill the home crowd.
Long jump: The closeness of the World final contest offers hope of similar drama here as the top five from that are in action. Gold medallist Brittney Reese goes for a third Diamond League title, trying to hold off Darya Klishina, Tianna Bartoletta and Ivana Spanovic.
Discus: Sandra Perkovic is looking for a record-breaking (for a woman) sixth conseucutive Diamond League title, but can she hold off the improving World silver medallist Dani Stevens? The other London medallist, Melina Robert-Michon is also in the field.
VAN DAMME NEWS
BRUSSELS (BEL): Conseslus Kipruto is seeking a fast pace from the start of the 3000m steeplechase at the meeting where the world record of 7:55.63 was set in 2004. Kipruto, who said he is clear of the ankle injury that threatened his World Championships participation, said he intended to set the pace rather than follow Evan Jager. He said: â€śI want to make it a fast race and get sub eight minutes. Weâ€™ll see where we end up.â€ť Jager is also said to be wanting sub-eight.
BRUSSELS (BEL): New meeting director CĂ©dric Van Branteghem, the former 400m runner, looked forward to the Memorial Van Damme saying: â€śIâ€™m especially looking forward to several duels after the world championships. Iâ€™m thinking about Nijel Amos, who dominated the 800m at the Diamond League qualifying meetings, but couldnâ€™t make it happen at the world championships in London. Elaine Thompson is also eager to shine on the 100m after her disappointing world championships."
BRUSSELS (BEL): Despite a delayed flight into the Belgian capital, double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson is looking for a fast time in her 100m.â€ťBrussels is known for its fast track and I really want to succeed myself as the Diamond League champion,â€ť she said, although declining to specify a time she is chasing. â€śI never do that. 10.70? Can be, might not. I like being surprised when I look at the times. I just try to run the best race possible."
BRUSSELS (BEL): Christian Taylor is keen to break Jonathan Edwardsâ€™ 1995 meeting record of 17.60m in the triple jump. The world champion, who had to switch take-off leg because of injury earlier in his career, said: â€śThis place is very significant for me because this is the first place I actually tried to jump on my other leg, so this track is very special for many reasons, but now to know that Jonathan has the record here, yeah, Iâ€™m going to go for that.â€ť
BRUSSELS (BEK): Memorial Van Damme started with a Hall of Fame and first three names were announced during a gala dinner on the eve of the event. German long jumper and sprinter Heike Drechsler, British miler Steve Cram and Wilfried Meert who was the meet director for 40 editions.
LONDON (GBR): World and Olympic winner in long jump Greg Rutherford underwent a surgery to fix a hernia problem on Thursday. He said on twitter that he was going to fix another problem following the end of the season, with a picture of him on a hospital bed. â€śHeading down to have my groin chopped up and then reconstructed soon. They just need me to get changedâ€¦ Have a tasty hernia that needs sorting out. Canâ€™t wait,â€ť Rutherford said. Afterwards he said: "Looking forward to getting rehab started and turning my wobbly body back into an athletes body. I'm a new man. Thanks for the kind messages. Hopefully the surgery has fixed an issue I've been dealing with since 2012 (which worsened this year)."
GUJAN-MESTRAS (FRA): A 24-year-old man has been arrested and placed in police custody as part of the investigation into the assault of world 800m champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse, informs Lâ€™Equipe. Bosse sustained "multiple facial fractures" in a "violent assault" which has forced him to end his season. "When he was about to leave in his car, he received a slap in the face for no known reason. So he got out of his car then received a number of blows to the face from several individuals," said a police source. The attack happened at around 4.00am on Sunday in the car park of a casino.
NEW HAVEN (USA): Galen Rupp has been added to the field for the New Haven 20K on Monday, informs organisers. The race doubles up as the USATF 20km Championships and Rupp will face a line-up which includes reigning champion Leonard Korir and two-time runner-up Sam Chelanga. Rupp will also be racing in the Philadelphia Half Marathon on the road to the Chicago Marathon in October. Reigning womenâ€™s champion Aliphine Tuliamuk will face strong opposition from Emily Session and Jordan Hasay, who was third in the Boston Marathon in April.
TILBURG (NED): Former world cross country champion and world 10,000m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop will compete in the CZ Tilburg Ten Miles on Sunday, informs organisers. Tirop replaces her teammate Alice Aprot who will not be defending her 10km title. Other top entrants include Ethiopiaâ€™s Etenesh Diro and top home runner Jip Vastenburg. In the menâ€™s race, Rodgers Kwemoi will defend his title. He will face teammate Bernard Koech and former world and Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda.
NAIROBI (KEN): Former world half marathon champion Gladys Cherono has said she has fully recovered from a hip injury which sidelined her last season and she is looking forward to the Berlin Marathon next month, informs the New Indian Express. "It really feels nice to have recovered. It had been hard for me last season. There were no marathon races for me owing to the injury and I am happy it has healed completely,â€ť she said.
TOKYO (JPN): As part of an effort to reduce the effects of the heat on marathon-runners competing at the 2020 Olympics, the local municipal governments are planning to increase the number of large trees along the course and to implement road surface materials with heat shielding properties, informs Japan Running News. Tests have revealed that temperatures are around seven degrees lower in shaded areas than when exposed to direct sunlight.
NEWCASTLE (GBR): World fourth placer Dina Asher-Smith will compete in the 150m at the Great North City Games on the Gateshead Quayside on 9 September, informs Athletics Weekly. Asha Philip and Desiree Henry are also set to go head-to-head over 100m. The event takes place the afternoon before the Great North Run on Sunday.
BAD LIEBENZELL (GER): Arne Gabius will return to competitive action at the German 10km Championships in Bad Liebenzell on 3 September, informs Leichtathletik.de. The field also includes Philipp Pflieger and Hendrick Pfeiffer. The top entrant in the womenâ€™s race is Anna Hahner who is racing here in the build-up to the Berlin Marathon.
KINGSTON (JAM): Japanese junior star Hijiri Aomi is the latest addition to the Racers Track Club catalogue of overseas athletes as he commenced training with the â€śCapital of Excellenceâ€ť recently. Informs Jamaica Observer.