Top 5 Recap: 2012 Aviva London Grand Prix



1. It was not the best day for American middle distance superstars Matt Centrowitz and Leo Manzano who both finished last in their heats of the 800 and the mile.  Centro ran a time of 1:48.42 in his heat of the men's 800 while Manzano came through in last place in the men's mile with a time of 4:00. 

RANK ATHLETE NATION RESULT DIAMOND POINTS DIAMOND RANKING
1
POL
1:44.49
 
4
2
 
2
KEN
1:44.60
 
2
6
 
3
GBR
1:45.21
 
2
6
 
4
SUD
1:46.05
 
4
2
 
5
KEN
1:46.09
 
 
 
 
6
USA
1:46.12
 
 
 
 
7
USA
1:46.14
 
 
 
 
8
GBR
1:46.56
 
 
 
 
9
GBR
1:47.70
 
 
 
 
10
KEN
1:48.06
 
 
 
 
11
USA
1:48.42
 
 
 
 
 
USA
DNF



RANK ATHLETE NATION RESULT
1
KEN
3:52.44
SB
2
GBR
3:52.77
 
3
KEN
3:53.15
 
4
NZL
3:53.64
 
5
KEN
3:53.93
 
6
USA
3:54.17
SB
7
NOR
3:54.28
PB
8
AUS
3:55.86
 
9
KEN
3:57.12
 
10
GBR
3:57.90
 
11
USA
4:00.78
 
 
USA
DNF
 
 
KEN
DNF





2. It was a rare occasion today to see World Champion Sally
Pearson get beat in the women's 100m hurdles. After winning 15 of her 16 races last year and being unbeaten in 2012, Pearson was edged out at the line by Kellie Wells who won in a time of 12.57.  Wells is just coming off of a second place finish at the Trials where she ran a time of 12.77.  


RANK ATHLETE NATION RESULT REACTION TIME DIAMOND POINTS DIAMOND RANKING
1
USA
12.57
 
0.134
8
2
 
2
AUS
12.59
 
0.135
10
1
img
3
USA
12.74
 
0.147
3
5
 
4
USA
12.82
 
0.183
2
6
 
5
USA
12.88
 
0.138
 
 
 
6
USA
12.90
 
0.137
 
 
 
7
CAN
12.94
 
0.162
1
8
 
 
JAM
DNS
 
 
5
3



3. 2008 Olympic Champion Christine Ohuruogu had a great performance at home in the women's 400 meters, winning the race in a season's best of 50.42.  She also beat 2011 World Champion Amantle Montsho who trailed behind her in a 50.56.
 

RANK ATHLETE NATION RESULT REACTION TIME DIAMOND POINTS DIAMOND RANKING
1
GBR
50.42
SB
0.192
4
3
 
2
BOT
50.56
 
0.208
14
1
img
3
JAM
51.19
 
0.174
1
6
 
4
USA
51.43
 
0.160
 
 
 
5
JAM
51.89
 
0.166
 
 
 
6
USA
52.08
 
0.249
 
 
 
7
GBR
52.38
 
0.171



4. The triple jump was dominated today by 2011 World Champ Christian Taylor who jumped 17.41.  Taylor is looking ready to go after his world leading jump of 17.63 at the Trials in Eugene.  One surprise in the event was World Silver medalist Phillips Idowu not competing.  We are unsure whether it was because of injury or not. 

RANK ATHLETE NATION RESULT
WIND
DIAMOND POINTS DIAMOND RANKING   1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
1
USA
17.41
-0.2
 
11
1
img
 
16.96
(-0.8)
17.12
(-0.6)
16.78
(-0.2)
17.24
(+0.6)
x
(+0.1)
17.41
(-0.2)
2
BAH
16.97
+0.4
 
6
2
   
16.58
(-0.7)
16.80
(+0.2)
x
(-0.2)
16.83
(+0.6)
16.97
(+0.4)
x
(+0.3)
3
NGR
16.93
+0.5
 
1
7
   
x
(-1.0)
x
(-0.1)
x
(0.0)
x
(+0.4)
16.93
(+0.5)
x
(+0.5)
4
HAI
16.85
0.0
 
 
 
   
16.15
(-1.4)
16.74
(-0.3)
16.66
(+0.1)
x
(+1.0)
16.28
(+0.2)
16.85
(0.0)
5
ITA
16.80
+0.9
 
 
 
   
15.22
(+0.2)
x
(+0.6)
16.35
(0.0)
16.36
(+0.8)
16.58
(+0.5)
16.80
(+0.9)
6
FRA
16.49
+0.9
 
2
6
   
x
(-1.8)
16.18
(-0.7)
x
(-0.5)
16.47
(+0.9)
x
(+1.0)
16.49
(+0.9)
7
USA
16.37
+0.2
 
 
 
   
16.17
(-1.5)
x
(-1.2)
16.26
(0.0)
x
(+0.6)
x
(+0.4)
16.37
(+0.2)
8
ITA
15.87
0.0
 
 
 
   
x
(-0.7)
x
(0.0)
15.87
(0.0)
x
(+0.5)
15.57
(+1.4)
-
 
GBR
DNS
 
 
5
3
 



5. Some big personal and season bests in the women's steeplechase were hit by Ancuta Bobocel, Bridget Franek, Katarzyna Kowalska, and Ashley Higginson.  Bobocel won the race in a personal best of 9:27.24 while Franek trailed behind her in fourth place with a personal best of 9:29.53. 

RANK ATHLETE NATION RESULT DIAMOND POINTS DIAMOND RANKING
1
ROU
9:27.24
PB
4
3
 
2
LAT
9:28.27
NR
2
6
 
3
GBR
9:29.22
 
1
8
 
4
USA
9:29.53
PB
 
 
 
5
POL
9:34.14
SB
 
 
 
6
USA
9:34.49
PB
 
 
 
7
KEN
9:36.55
 
 
 
 
8
PUR
9:41.15
 
 
 
 
9
USA
9:45.51
 
 
 
 
10
GBR
9:53.47
PB
 
 
 
11
ETH
10:06.98
 
 
 
 
 
JAM
DNF
 
 
 
 
 
RUS
DNS