Rudisha stunned, Chepng’etich, Kiyeng shine in Shanghai
Olympics and world champion, David Rudisha was once again stunned by Ferguson Rotich as Beijing silver medallist, Faith Chepng’etich Kipyegon set a national record in the women 1500m at the second IAAF Diamond League meeting of the season in Shanghai on Saturday.
World champion Hyvin Kiyeng made up a 20 metres deficit over the last lap as she produced the sixth fastest time in history to defeat former world junior champion Ruth Jebet for a new meet record in the women 3000m steeplechase.
Just like the 2015 World Championships Trials in Nairobi, Rotich who was fourth in Beijing mugged the favourite to take the honours in 1:45.68.
“I’m so upset. I lost two seconds because of the start. There were high jumpers in the lane and they start,” the wounded London 2012 and Beijing 2015 champion told the IAAF after the race where he faded to fifth in 1:46.24.
Rudisha was left treading water in the home straight as Rotich slipped past the field on the inside lane to snatch a shock victory.
The Olympics winner had targeted 1:43.50 and led the field with 200m to go, but the world record holder’s customary finishing kick was nowhere to be seen and Dutchman Thijmen Kupers attacked off the bend.
The Kenyan ran out of steam for his slowest time for five years, as Robert Biwott and Alfred Kipketer took second and third ahead of Kupers as the delighted Rotich threw his arm up in celebration ahead of them.
There were no surprises in the women 1500m where World silver medallist Kipyegon lived up to expectations in style as she eclipsed her own Kenyan record with a storming piece of middle distance running that left compatriot Hellen Obiri and a trio of young Ethiopians in her wake.
The long-striding Kipyegon led from five at the bell and streaked through the final 200m to win in 3:56.82, consigning Genzebe Dibaba’s 2012 meeting record to the dustbin and lowering her own best by 0.16 to move to the top of the world list.
“I didn’t have a time in my head. I just wanted a good time in the race and to win. God knows who wins,” the former World Junior champion said after her rip-roaring run.
Obiri was way back but still clocked 3:59.34 for second as 19-year-old world indoor medallist Dawit Seyaum took third in 3:59.87.
“I gave birth to Tanya one year and one week ago, so to come back and run 3.59 in my first race since 2014 is great. My training has gone well for many months and I hope to go on and run a 3.56 later this season and win a medal at the Olympic Games,” the 2012 World Indoor champion added on her glittering comeback to international circuit running.
Her teammates, Besu Sado and Gudaf Tsegay, ran personal bests in fourth and fifth respectively.
In the women’s water and barriers race, the Bahraini strode clear of the field after half way to establish a seemingly unbeatable lead only for the world champion to pass her down the back straight and sweep home for a world leading meeting record of 9:07.42.
“Wow! A personal best and meet record! I’m proud of my last 400m that was my strongest point. I was very relaxed before the race, confident about my shape. Looking forward to the rest of the season,” the elated Kiyeng gushed at the finish.
The exhausted Jebet fell to her knees in the home straight but had time to pick herself up to claim second in an Asian record of 9:15.98.
Ethiopia’s Olympic silver medallist Sofia Assefa was third ahead of last year’s Diamond Race winner, Virginia Nyambura.
“I am very happy with the result. It is my first time in Shanghai. I am pleased with the way the race went and my hope now is to qualify through the Ethiopian Trials and make it to the Rio Olympics in the 5.000m,” the winner remarked.
“The pace was slow at the beginning, but end very good. I like to have the battle with the Ethiopians. Improved my personal best with a half minute. You know, you have to focus and I have to work on my speed. This was a good race, but I believe I can still improve,” Cheptengei added.
Material from IAAF used in this report
100 Metres – Men Race 3
1 Gatlin, Justin USA 9.94 10
2 Ogunode, Femi QAT 10.07 6
3 Rodgers, Mike USA 10.10 4
4 Collins, Kim SKN 10.17 3
5 Young, Isiah USA 10.22 2
6 Forte, Julian JAM 10.23 1
7 Gittens , Ramon BAR 10.24
8 Xie , Zhenye CHN 10.31
9 Mo , Youxue CHN 10.66
800 Metres – Men
1 Rotich , Ferguson Cheruiyot KEN 1:45.68 10
2 Biwott , Robert Kiptoo KEN 1:45.84 6
3 Kipketer , Alfred KEN 1:45.93 4
4 Kupers , Thijmen NED 1:46.23 3
5 Rudisha , David Lekuta KEN 1:46.24 2
6 Gakeme , Antoine BDI 1:46.35 1
7 van Rensburg , Rynardt RSA 1:46.69
8 Sowinski , Erik USA 1:47.22
9 Rimmer , Michael GBR 1:47.44
10 Symmonds , Nick USA 1:48.39
11 Kinyor , Job Koech KEN 1:48.85
Som , Bram NED DNF
5000 Metres – Men
1 Edris , Muktar ETH 12:59.96 10
2 Cheptegei , Joshua Kiprui UGA 13:00.60 6
3 Longosiwa , Thomas Pkemei KEN 13:01.69 4
4 Embaye , Abadi ETH 13:02.49 3
5 Kejelcha , Yomif ETH 13:03.29 2
6 Gebrhiwet , Hagos ETH 13:04.12 1
7 Rop , Albert Kibichii BRN 13:04.87
8 Merga , Imane ETH 13:06.25
9 Soi , Edwin Cheruiyot KEN 13:07.68
10 Alamirew , Yenew ETH 13:08.70
11 Ayalew , Aweke BRN 13:18.15
12 Haji , Yasin ETH 13:19.50
13 Legese , Birhanu ETH 13:31.67
14 Duo , Bujie CHN 14:20.80
Choge , Augustine Kiprono KEN DNF
Rono , Geoffrey Kipkoech KEN DNF
Koech , John Kibet BRN DNF
1 Ahouré , Murielle CIV 22.72 10
2 Campbell-Brown , Veronica JAM 22.82 6
3 McLaughlin-Whilby , Anneisha JAM 22.94 4
4 Lalova-Collio , Ivet BUL 23.04 3
5 Wei , Yongli CHN 23.29 2
6 Whitney , Kaylin USA 23.39 1
7 Townsend , Tiffany USA 23.42
8 McGrone , Candyce USA 23.50
9 Lin , Huijun CHN 23.88
1500 Metres – Women
1 Kipyegon , Faith Chepngetich KEN 3:56.82 10
2 Obiri , Hellen Onsando KEN 3:59.34 6
3 Seyaum , Dawit ETH 3:59.87 4
4 Sado , Besu ETH 4:00.08 3
5 Tsegay , Gudaf ETH 4:02.73 2
6 Simpson , Jennifer USA 4:04.56 1
7 Ennaoui , Sofia POL 4:05.10
8 Chepkwemoi , Nancy KEN 4:05.22
9 Lagat , Violah Cheptoo KEN 4:06.77
10 Zhao , Jing CHN 4:09.28
11 Buckman , Zoe AUS 4:10.28
12 Zheng , Xiaoqian CHN 4:10.32
13 Johnson , Lauren USA 4:12.43
14 Måkestad Bovim , Ingvill NOR 4:14.12
Tverdostup , Tamara UKR DNF
3000 Metres Steeplechase – Women
1 Jepkemoi , Hyvin Kiyeng KEN 9:07.42 10
2 Jebet , Ruth BRN 9:15.98 6
3 Assefa , Sofia ETH 9:21.07 4
4 Nganga , Virginia Nyambura KEN 9:21.15 3
5 Kirui , Purity Cherotich KEN 9:22.47 2
6 Rotich , Lydia Chebet KEN 9:23.49 1
7 Chespol , Celliphine Chepteek KEN 9:24.73
8 Singh , Sudha IND 9:26.55
9 Zhang , Xinyan CHN 9:29.52
10 Chemutai , Peruth UGA 9:31.34
11 Chepngetich , Rosefline KEN 9:35.22
12 Chepkurui , Lidya KEN 9:36.47
13 Babar , Lalita Shivaji IND 9:43.30
14 Fente , Birtukan ETH 10:04.42
Heiner Hills , Madeline AUS DNF
Ayalew , Hiwot ETH DNF
Tuigong , Caroline Chepkurui KEN DNF
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