Juan Miguel Echevarría soars out to 8.83m as Lorraine Ugen and Dina Asher-Smith also finish first in Stockholm
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
Juan Miguel Echevarría: huge 8.83m long jump with a wind speed
Lorraine Ugen: 6.85m to
take the long jump
Dina AsherSmith: 100m victory in
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