Men’s 3000 m steeplechase
Girma, 19 years on
Taking the win over a hundred metres ahead of the second runner, Lamecha Girma secured a legendary world record in the 3000 m steeplechase in 7’52’’11, amidst an incandescent atmosphere in the stadium. The Ethiopian erased the previous benchmark of 7’53’’63 set by the Qatari athlete Saif Saeed Shaheen, which had stood since 2004. Setting off at an absolutely crazy pace, Girma was in agony on the last lap, but admitted that the public pulled him through.
Women’s 5000 m
Another world record for Kipyegon
One week on from shattering the world 1500 m record, the incredible Faith Kipyegon managed a repeat performance in the 5000 m this time. The Kenyan ran a phenomenal last lap to power across the finish line in 14’05’’20. In so doing, she erased the previous record of 14’06’’62 originally set by tonight’s runner-up, Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey, second in 14’07’’94, in what was an historic race!
Women’s 800 m
All alone. Keely Hodgkinson ran the home straight without a single rival breathing down her neck. Way ahead of the others, she still continued to give her all and was justly rewarded by a first place in 1’55’’77. A national record for the Briton, it was also the world leading performance, a fact that even she was stunned by. Runner-up, American Ajee Wilson, was over two seconds off the pace (1’58’’16).
Men’s 800 m
World leading performance of the year
The home straight of the 800 m was sublime with nine athletes jostling for glory. Ultimately, Kenyan Emmanuel Wanyonyi was the first to cross the finish in 1’43’’27. Canadian Marco Arop and Algerian Slimane Moula respectively finished three and eleven hundredths of a second behind. The quality of the line-up was incredibly dense, with nine athletes posting sub-1’45’’00 times.
Men’s 110 m hurdles
Holloway runs under 13’’
The world leading performance of the year for American Grant Holloway. The double world champion got off to a thundering start, dominating the 110 m hurdles at the Meeting de Paris in 12’’98 (-0.5). Rejoining the fray from a long way back, Frenchman Just Kwaou-Mathey trounced his personal best in 13’’09, to rapturous applause from his supporters. Americans Jamal Britt and Daniel Roberts share third in 13’’14.
Women’s 400 m
Paulino takes it
Powering out of the starting blocks at supersonic speed, American Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, world record holder in the 400 m hurdles, could do nothing as Marileidy Paulino outpaced her down the home straight. Getting off to a much more cautious start, the Dominican was keen to remind everyone that she’s a force to be reckoned with as she took victory in 49’’12, a new meeting record. Second in 49’’12, McLaughlin-Levrone can console herself tonight with a new personal best of 49’’71. Bahraini Salwa Eid Naser also posted a sub-50’’ time, bagging 3rd place in 49’’95.
Men’s 100 m
Lyles on the line
It was victory on a razor’s edge for the double world 200 m champion, Noah Lyles, who put on a final spurt to snatch the win in 9’’97 (-0.9), one hundredth of a second ahead of Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala. The promising Botswanan athlete Letsile Tebogo completes the podium in 10’’05, whilst the Italian Marcell Jacobs had to make do with 7th place in 10’’21.
Women’s 200 m
Really banging the point home tonight, Gabrielle Thomas left the competition for dust in the half-lap of the track, utterly dominating the competition in 22’’05 (-0.4), her season’s best, thanks to a very solid run down the straight. An American double, with 2nd place going to the promising Abby Steiner in 22’’34, just a thousandth of a second ahead of 3rd placed Marie-Josée Ta Lou from the Ivory Coast.
Men’s 400 m hurdles
CJ Allen confirms
The strongman in the first part of the summer season, CJ Allen once again posted a very consistent performance in the lap of the track with hurdles. Running a blisteringly quick home straight, the American crossed the line in 47’’92, to pull off a dazzling time. Frenchman Wilfried Happio secured a fine second place on home soil in 48’’26, two hundredths of a second ahead of American Trevor Bassitt.
Women’s high jump
Olyslagers nails 2 metres
Clearing two metres is no trivial affair. The sheer explosion of joy from the spectators thronged around the first bend in the Charléty Stadium was justified to say the least after a third successful attempt at this height from the Australian Nicola Olyslagers, a season’s best for her. The jump put her three centimetres ahead of American Vashti Cunningham and Serbian Angelina Topic.
Women’s pole vault
Success for Kennedy
By soaring over the bar at 4.77 m, Australian Nina Kennedy earned herself a season’s best. If that were not enough though, she then went on to tackle 4.82 m, twice over, and even 4.83 m for her final attempt, unfortunately without success. To the great delight of the home crowd in Paris, French jumper Margot Chevrier caused a surprise by ranking second with 4.71 m, improving on her personal best by a centimetre. The latter is ahead of American Katie Moon in the Trials.
Men’s long jump
Tentoglou logically takes gold
Miltiadis Tentoglou lived up to expectations this evening in the long jump pit. Greece’s Olympic champion sailed past 8.13 m (+.1) on his 5th attempt, though he remained a way off his season’s best this year (8.26 m). The competition was particularly hotly disputed as he took victory just two centimetres ahead of the Swiss jumper Simon Ehammer and four more than Indian athlete Sreeshankar.
Women’s shot put
Dongmo subdues the Americans
The outsider of the competition, Auriol Dongmo had her sights on victory in the first Wanda Diamond League event of the Meeting de Paris. The Portuguese thrower dispatched her shot on her fourth attempt at 19.72 m, her season’s best. It was enough to put her ahead of Americans Chase Ealey (19.43 m) and Maggie Ewen (19.26 m), despite both of them having already thrown more than 20 metres this summer.
Allman still the boss
Already a cut above the others by coming into the competition with a throw of 70.25 m, Valarie Allman confirmed in Paris that she’s currently on another planet in terms of performance. The American thrower threw her discus 69.04 m on her fourth attempt. With two other throws of more than 68 metres, she was untouchable this Friday. Croatian Sandra Perkovic, 2nd with 65.18 m, could only attempt to limit the damage.
Kitaguchi wins hands down
Japanese thrower Haruka Kitaguchi sailed to victory in the javelin thanks to a third attempt measured as 65.09 m. By far her best throw of the competition, it was also her season’s best. Australian Kelsey-Lee Barber (62.54 m) and Cuban Yulenmis Aguilar (60.61 m) complete the podium with their own season’s bests.
Men’s 2 miles
Jakob Ingebrigtsen put on quite the exhibition in the 2 miles. Intent on setting a new world record in Paris, the Norwegian demolished the previous mark (7’58’’61 set by Daniel Komen in 1997) and utterly dominated the race in 7’54’’10. Running 3000 m in 7’24 with disarming ease, he may well be on track for an historic season with a number of records in his line of sight.