With 300 metres left to run on a sultry summer’s night at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco last Friday (18), Asbel Kiprop realised the pace was too slow to give him any chance of beating Hicham El Guerrouj’s 1500m world record of 3:26.00.
Great Britain’s Perri Shakes-Drayton provided the highlight of the BT Great CityGames in Manchester by beating Russia’s London Olympic 2012 Games 400m Hurdles champion Natalya Antyukh and setting a World best of 25.74 in the rarely-run straight 200m Hurdles on Saturday (25).
Allyson Felix, the 2012 IAAF World Female Athlete of the Year, along with another eight past and present Olympic medallists will compete at the BT Great CityGames Manchester on Saturday (25).
Britain’s athletes produced some of the best performances of the Great North City Games with Dwain Chambers taking the 100m in 10.04, Chris Tomlinson winning the Long Jump with an event record of 8.18m and Anyika Onuora clocking 16.70 for the 150m. But it was team USA that won the match versus Great Britain with a convincing score of 6-3. Each winner of the nine disciplines collected one point.
Yulia Gushchina took the Russian baton out hard from the gun and was well up on the field in the first 150 metres but not to be outdone USA’s Deedee Trotter had a brilliant second 200 and pulled away into the home straight and passed over the first of the eight teams. Russia was next with hosts Britain close behind as the first handover was completed.
Gladys Cherono won her second African gold clocking 32:41.40 and leading a Kenyan sweep of medals in the women’s 10,000m on the penultimate day on Saturday (30).