BAUHAUS-GALAN

Juan Miguel Echevar­ría soars out to 8.83m as Lor­raine Ugen and Dina Asher-Smith also fin­ish first in Stock­holm

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CUBA’S Juan Miguel Echevar­ría soared out to 8.83m, while Bri­tain’s Dina Asher-Smith and Lor­raine Ugen were also among the win­ners at the BAUHAUS-galan Di­a­mond League meet­ing in Stock­holm.

Echevar­ría’s leap was wind-aided by the smallest pos­si­ble mar­gin with a read­ing of +2.1m/sec but it still puts him sixth on the world all-time list of per­for­mances un­der any con­di­tions and is the long­est jump recorded since Iván Pe­droso’s dis­al­lowed mark of 8.96m from 1995.

The 19-year-old world in­door cham­pion – who has a PB of 8.53m from Rome

– also recorded wind-le­gal jumps of 8.50m and 8.29m in Stock­holm.

Olympic cham­pion Jeff Henderson of the United States was sec­ond with 8.39m and South Africa’s world cham­pion Luvo Many­onga third with 8.25m – his only valid jump in swirling, windy con­di­tions.

“To­day, I wanted over 8.50m but I didn’t think I could jump so far!” said Echevar­ría.

“I want to jump at this level for a long time but it’s early sea­son so I will just take it all

step by step. I’m not even think­ing about nine me­tres – I will have to keep work­ing very hard in or­der to jump that, it is a huge bar­rier.

“The pres­sure on me was good to­day and it was good com­pet­ing against the top guys. Next, I will jump in Lon­don and Zurich.”

In the women’s com­pe­ti­tion, Ugen had the best vic­tory of her career as she jumped a sea­son’s best of 6.85m twice

(in the first and fifth round) for her first Di­a­mond League win, the Bri­tish in­door record-holder claim­ing vic­tory on count­back ahead of Ger­many’s Malaika Mi­hambo who did not take her fi­nal two jumps.

Canada’s Com­mon­wealth cham­pion Christa­bel Nettey was third with 6.83m and Ser­bia’s world in­door cham­pion Ivana Spanovic fourth with 6.81m.

“I came out try­ing to win and I knew I could get the big jumps in but, be­cause I was in­jured dur­ing the in­door sea­son, I’ve been strug­gling to find my rhythm un­til to­day, luck­ily,” said Ugen. “It was a great com­pe­ti­tion and it was nice to be com­pet­i­tive amongst some good girls. I’ve been in­juryfree for a while so I’m feel­ing bet­ter on the run­way. Next, I’ll com­pete in Madrid and then the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships.

“I al­ways want a medal in a cham­pi­onships so I hope to get a medal in Ber­lin, but this year is all about hav­ing fun and en­joy­ing com­pet­ing.”

Over on the track, Asher Smith was one hun­dredth of a sec­ond off the Bri­tish 100m record she set in Oslo, clock­ing 10.93 (-0.1) to this time claim vic­tory ahead of Oslo win­ner Murielle Ahouré (11.03), for the great­est se­nior win of her career.

Asher-Smith is the only Bri­tish fe­male ath­lete to have legally gone sub-11 sec­onds for the event and now has three times in­side the mark to her name. Her 10.92 in Oslo had been run with a +1.6m/sec wind so the Stock­holm event where she ran down Ahouré in the clos­ing 30 me­tres was clearly the su­pe­rior per­for­mance.

“I am re­ally happy that I was able to re­pro­duce that time (from Oslo) be­cause I am an ex­citable per­son so when I do some­thing good I nor­mally take a lit­tle bit of time to come down,” she said. “The big thing for me was con­trol­ling my ex­cite­ment and not get­ting psy­cho­log­i­cally drained be­tween races. So I am re­ally happy that I was able to do that.

“Now I can go and re­cover

and head home for the tri­als.”

In the ear­lier non-Di­a­mond League 200m, but eas­ily her big­gest race to date, Beth Dob­bin ex­celled to again break the Scot­tish record, with her time of 22.83 tak­ing 0.01 off the mark she ran at the UK Women’s League Premier Division match in

Eton the week­end be­fore.

She fin­ished sec­ond be­hind a strong fin­ish­ing Euro­pean sil­ver medal­list Ivet Lalova-Col­lio’s 22.63. Anyika On­uora was a dis­tant third in 23.38.

Dob­bin said: “I am pleased with it. Prob­a­bly not my best ex­e­cuted race but I can’t com­plain as it was my first ever Di­a­mond league. It was a PB so if I can run like that when I was so ner­vous, it looks good for the fu­ture.”

There was an­other Scot­tish record bro­ken as Jake Wight­man clocked 2:16.27 in the rarely-run 1000m for third in a race won im­pres­sively by Fer­gu­son Rotich in 2:14.88.

The Kenyan un­leashed a 26.1 fi­nal 200m af­ter pass­ing 800m in a slow 1:48.76. Wight­man’s time beats Gra­ham Wil­liamson’s mark from 1984, while his fel­low Briton An­drew Osagie was sev­enth in some good over dis­tance work with 2:17.18.

Wight­man, who was far hap­pier with his per­for­mance than in Oslo, fin­ished strongly and held off world in­door cham­pion and dou­ble Euro­pean out­door cham­pion Adam Kszc­zot’s usual strong fin­ish to be top Euro­pean.

He said: “I’m pleased with that. Oslo was a bit of a shock to the sys­tem. It was a lot bet­ter to­day. I knew that they would go off fast and that, if I was pa­tient, I would be able to close them on the last 200m. Per­haps I could have run faster if I’ve been more evenly paced but it was a good step for­ward for me. I’m on an up­ward curve and shap­ing up the way I’d like to.”

Ethiopia’s 2016 world in­door medal­list Gudaf Tsegay won the 1500m in a big PB and net­ted a Di­a­mond for set­ting a meet­ing record of 3:57.64 as Bri­tish record-holder Laura Muir looked to dig deep to cross the fin­ish line in 3:58.53 for sec­ond. Laura Weight­man was happy with her sea­son’s best ninth in 4:02.90.

How­ever, the pace­mak­ing was abysmal and in­stead of the re­quired 64 per lap giv­ing 2:08, Noelle Yarigo’s lu­di­crous 59.96

open­ing cir­cuit and Emily Tuei’s 2:03.96 800m split com­pletely de­stroyed it as a race and split the field.

Tsegay was the only one of the lead­ing con­tenders to fol­low and sur­vive and had a huge lead at 1200m in 3:09.82. Though Muir man­aged to make up some of the big deficit, she fin­ished just un­der a sec­ond short.

The Ethiopian will surely run quicker with bet­ter pac­ing and said of her great­est win to date: “I was con­fi­dent and I’m happy I ran well and I felt strong.”

Muir said: “I knew what the pace was sup­posed to be but I think they went through in about 59, which is five sec­onds faster than they should have been. I’m lucky that I’ve got that in­ter­nal clock so I knew I had to trust my own judg­ment. I was clos­ing on the last straight but it was just too much. I didn’t want to go off too hard at the start like the rest of them as that was very fast. I’m get­ting there race by race.”

Turkey’s world cham­pion Ramil Guliyev won the 200m in 19.92 as Bri­tain’s Netha­neel Mitchell-Blake fin­ished a dis­ap­pointed fifth in 20.47. World sil­ver medal­list Steven Gar­diner of Ba­hamas looked like he might have tweaked his an­kle off the bend and slowed to a jog.

Mitchell-Blake was not im­pressed with his own run. “Ter­ri­ble. Ter­ri­ble time. No ex­cuses, noth­ing re­ally,” he said.

To the delight of the crowd, home favourite Ar­mand Du­plan­tis won the pole vault with a clear­ance of 5.86m and went on to at­tempt a world un­der-20 record height of 5.96m. The man who cur­rently holds the mark with his 5.93m, from May, beat the USA’s world cham­pion Sam Ken­dricks, who had a best of 5.81m.

Af­ter clat­ter­ing bar­ri­ers and fin­ish­ing ninth in Rome, USA’s Olympic cham­pion Bri­anna McNeal re­turned to win­ning ways in Stock­holm, clock­ing a world-lead­ing and meet­ing record 12.38 to win the 100m hur­dles ahead of Ja­maica’s for­mer world cham­pion Danielle Williams with a PB of 12.48.

McNeal won a Di­a­mond for break­ing Gail De­v­ers’ long­stand­ing meet­ing record of 12.42.

“I knew once I put the race to­gether then I would get a great time,” she said.

There was an­other bril­liant bat­tle in the men’s 400m hur­dles as Qatar’s Ab­der­rah­man Samba broke Di­a­mond

League, meet­ing, Asian and na­tional records with 47.41 to beat world cham­pion Karsten Warholm, who again im­proved his Nor­we­gian record with 47.81.

Warholm was much closer than he was in Oslo and fin­ished strongly but again couldn’t match the fin­ish­ing strength of the Qatari who achieved his fifth suc­ces­sive sub-48.

“I was look­ing for some­thing

big and got that to­day,” said Samba. “It was windy on the back straight so that made us push too hard but it was amaz­ing to get the Di­a­mond League record.”

Bri­tons Jack Green (49.73) and Seb Rodger (49.87) fin­ished some way back in fifth and sixth but at least un­der­lined their case again for Euro­pean selec­tion.

Com­mon­wealth cham­pion Fedrick Dacres won the dis­cus with a world-lead­ing Ja­maican record of 69.67m ahead of Lithua­nia’s An­drius Gudz­ius with 69.59m.

World cham­pion Maria La­sitskene con­tin­ued her win­ning streak in the high jump but this time only on count­back ahead of Olympic sil­ver medal­list Mirela Demireva as both ath­letes cleared

2.00m, a PB for Demireva. Bri­tain’s Mor­gan Lake was eighth with a best of 1.90m in her first com­pe­ti­tion since the Com­mon­wealth Games.

Salwa Eid Naser’s re­lent­less progress con­tin­ued as she again im­proved her Bahrain record with 49.84 to win the 400m from world cham­pion Phyl­lis Fran­cis’ 50.07.

World in­door cham­pion

Sandi Mor­ris of the United States won the non-Di­a­mond League pole vault with a meet­ing record clear­ance of 4.86m, while Shume

Chaltu Re­gasa won a very dis­ap­point­ing non-Di­a­mond League 800m in 2:01.16 af­ter a promis­ing 58.55 open­ing lap.

Bri­tain’s She­layna OskanClarke was third with 2:02.09 as she again got the bet­ter of Lynsey Sharp, who faded to fifth with 2:02.78 af­ter be­ing well placed in the first 600m.

Aus­tralia’s Peter Bol won the men’s 800m in 1:44.56 from his com­pa­triot and train­ing part­ner Joseph Deng’s 1:44.61 as both close in on Ralph Doubell’s 40-year-old Australian record from win­ning the Mex­ico Olympics.

Bri­tain’s Jamie Webb was a solid fourth in 1:46.37 and said: “I’m happy. Last week 1:45.7 felt great. I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to be rac­ing again be­fore tri­als and had three heavy days’ train­ing. I had just fin­ished my train­ing on Tues­day when I got a call say­ing ‘we need a pace­maker for Oslo on Thurs­day’.

“Af­ter the race I was told there was a lane avail­able in Stock­holm on Sun­day.

So it’s not been my nor­mal prepa­ra­tion. I didn’t feel that great to­day be­cause of hav­ing a heavy week so I’m pleased to set out an­other Euro­pean qual­i­fy­ing stan­dard. I’ll try to get on the team and save the 1:44s for the Eu­ros.”

Ethiopia’s world in­door 3000m sil­ver medal­list Sele­mon Barega won the 5000m in a world-lead­ing 13:04.05, which was still dis­ap­point­ing af­ter they were paced per­fectly through 3000m in 7:48.75.

How­ever, the next few laps were far too slow and the 18-year-old Barega pre­dictably set­tled the race with a last-lap kick and he just about held off Birhanu Balew’s 13:04.25 PB.

An­other ex­cit­ing fu­ture propect, 17-year-old Jakob Inge­brigt­sen, backed up his Oslo run three days ear­lier with a 3:37.42 Na­tional

1500m win.

PIC­TURES: JP DU­RAND

Juan Miguel Echevar­ría: huge 8.83m long jump with a wind speed

of +2.1m/sec

Lor­raine Ugen: 6.85m to

take the long jump

Dina AsherSmith: 100m vic­tory in

10.93

Gudaf Tsegay: Ethiopian beat

Laura Muir over 1500m

Jake Wight­man went No.6 on the UK all-time rank­ings in the 1000m in a race won by Fer­gu­son Rotich of Kenya

Home vic­tory in the pole vault: Ar­mand Du­plan­tis

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