Lyles Sizzles, Warholm Steamrolls The Field At Paris Diamond League

At this point Noah Lyles’ dominance is routine. The 22-year-old blasted another 200 meters, running 19.65 to better Usain Bolt’s Paris Diamond League meet record. Once again, he did it with no competition. Ramil Guliyev, the 2017 world champion, was second in 20.01. 

The mark is tied for the second-best of Lyles’ career. In total, he’s run under 19.70 six times in his career. Thus far in 2019, he’s broken 19.80 four times. He joined a category that only has two members: Lyles and Bolt.

“I'm coming off a loaded week in training so that gives me a lot of confidence. It felt fast. I blinked and all of a sudden the race was over,” Lyles said.

“I've been putting in some great training sessions but it's always different when you're over here in Europe. It's like a hiccup to overcome in itself with the travel. When I was coming off the turn it felt like such a fast track, the fastest I've ever felt coming off the turn.” 

Karsten Warholm stormed to another victory in the men’s 400m hurdles. Without Abderrahman Samba and Rai Benjamin, Warholm had his way with the field, running 47.26 to win by over 1.5 seconds. 

It’s the second-best time of the season for Warholm and the fourth fastest in the world. 

New Names, Familiar Faces In Men’s 1500m; Green Pulls Out Women’s 800m

A new medal threat emerged in the men’s 1500m. Ronald Musagala matched his Ugandan record with a run of 3:30.58 to win a deep, competitive race. The victory makes two straight for Musagala after he won in Birmingham last week. 

Through splits of 54.97, 1:52.19, and 2:50.02, the field was crowded at the front. In the final 100 meters, Ayanleh Souleiman, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, and Filip Ingebrigtsen all looked like they had a chance at the win. But Musagala swung wide and jetted past Souleiman in the final strides. Souleiman took second in 3:30.66 with Filip and Jakob Ingebrigtsen close behind. 

Taoufik  Makhloufi, the 2012 Olympic champion, ran his first Diamond League meet in three years. He acquitted himself nicely, taking seventh in 3:31.77, his best time since July of 2016. 

Hanna Green of the Oregon Track Club emerged from the women’s 800m with the first Diamond League victory of her career. 

Green laid off the fast early pace when the rabbit crossed the first 400m in 55.62. Raevyn Rogers was at the front and looked to be on her way to victory in the homestretch. The rest of the field came back to Rogers in the final 100 meters. Natoya Goule and Winnie Nanyondo were in a good spot to get the win before Green came hard from lane three. Green’s finishing time of 1:58.39 was two tenths better than Goule. Kate Grace took fifth in 1:59.33, while Rogers slid to sixth in 1:59.50.

Brandon McBride held on for a close win in the men’s 800m. After an ambitious first 400 meters right at 49 seconds, the field slowed in the second lap. The final straightaway came down to McBride and Wesley Vazquez, with both men well clear of the field. 

The last meters were agonizing, but McBride had just enough, running 1:43.78. Vazquez was close behind in 1:43.83 to set the Puerto Rican record. Last year’s NCAA indoor champion Michael Saruni took third in 1:44.41 and Clayton Murphy ran 1:44.93 for fifth. 

Soufiane El Bakkali won the men’s steeplechase, prevailing in a final lap sprint with Benjamin Kigen. El Bakkali ran 8:06.64 and now has two Diamond League wins on the season. 

Thompson Dominates Another Women’s 100m, Roberts Wins First Diamond League

It was another comfortable win for Elaine Thompson in the women’s 100m. The Jamaican gained the lead early and was never challenged, crossing the line in 10.98. Marie-Josee Ta Lou and Dafne Schippers were the next to finish in 11.13 and 11.15. Americans Teahna Daniels and Aleia Hobbs placed fourth and fifth and were both timed at 11.16. 

Through eight hurdles it looked like a rerun of the men’s 110m hurdles at the NCAA Championships. Grant Holloway and Daniel Roberts were at the front, cruising toward another 1-2 finish. But Holloway slowed in the final two barriers as Roberts went past. Roberts got his first Diamond League win in 13.08, while Holloway fell all the way to sixth in 13.25. Fellow American Freddie Crittenden ran a personal best of 13.17 to take third, just 0.03 behind Orland Ortega. 

“It hasn't been too hard for me to stay at a high level this long after NCAAs. A lot of people tell me after long seasons they feel it a little bit more, but my body feels great, everything feels good and I'm just thankful to be here. It's all brand new and I'm not trying to put too much pressure on myself coming out of the college season,” Roberts said.  

In the field events, Will Claye prevailed over Christian Taylor in the men's triple jump with a fifth-round jump of 18.06 meters to break the meet record. Taylor equaled his season-best with a mark of 17.82. 

Alysha Newman broke the Canadian record in the women’s pole vault. She cleared 4.82 meters to win the competition over Katerina Stefanidi and Sandi Morris. Sam Kendricks won the men’s pole vault with a third attempt clearance at 6.00 meters. 

Yulimar Rojas’ mark of 15.05 meters was more than enough to win the women’s triple jump. Keturah Orji set a personal best of 14.72 meters to take third. Tomas Walsh’s first four throws were over 22 meters as the man from New Zealand won the men’s shot put. His best toss, 22.44 meters, came in the opening round. American Joe Kovacs was second with a best of 22.11. 

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