A stunning meeting record of 47.60 by Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba in the men’s 400m hurdles proved the highlight of the Bislett Games in Oslo on Thursday night (7), the fifth stop of the 2018 IAAF Diamond League.
Mutaz Essa Barshim finally released meeting organiser Steinar Hoen from his personal pain here at the Oslo Bislett Games, the season’s fifth IAAF Diamond League meeting, by breaking the Bislett Stadium’s 28-year-old high jump record of 2.37m on Thursday (15).
Ivorian speedsters dominated the sprint finals, and East African athletes swept the podium in the women’s 5000m, but South African athletes raked in 10 medals to open a gap at the top of the medals table at the African Championships in Durban on Thursday (23).
Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast broke the African 100m record when running 10.78 (1.6m/s) at the Star Athletics Pro Meet in Montverde, Florida on Saturday (11).
The three finest high jumpers of the new generation – Mutaz Essa Barshim, Bogdan Bondarenko and Ivan Ukhov – gathered in Oslo’s City Hall on Wednesday (10) to speak about tomorrow’s IAAF Diamond League event where, once again, they will seek to surpass the longstanding world record of 2.45m set 22 years ago by Cuba’s Javier Sotomayor.
One of the world’s leading sprinters, Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown, will make her long-awaited debut at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Oslo when she competes in the 100m at this year’s ExxonMobil Bislett Games on 11 June.
Sharika Nelvis upstaged global superstars Renaud Lavillenie and Mutaz Barshim with the performance of the night at the Malmo Games, the US sprint hurdler flying to a world-leading 60m hurdles time of 7.83 on Wednesday (25).
The 108th edition of the NYRR Millrose Games, held at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory on Saturday (14), produced two world bests and five world-leading marks.
Top sprinters Carmelita Jeter and Murielle Ahoure will grace the women’s 60m at the 2015 Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix, an IAAF Indoor Permit meeting, in Birmingham on 21 February, the organisers announced on Monday (29).
The 2014 African Championships in Marrakech drew to a close on Thursday (14) as no fewer than 15 titles were decided. One of the most hotly contested of those, the men’s 1500m, was the last individual event on the programme and it did not disappoint.
Olympic champion Allyson Felix will be looking to put an injury-plagued 2013 behind her and re-establish herself as the dominant force in 200m running at the Bislett Games on 11 June, the fifth leg of the 2014 IAAF Diamond League.