There was much speculation over this Diamond League event, which comes in the middle of three closely packed calendar events of the Paris and Monaco Diamond Leagues. As always, Lausanne has a strong history of athletics, and the start lists for this rendition would indicate no change to this trend. Most notably of which would come in the Men’s 5000m, 800m, 100m and the women’s 200m.
Inevitably, I must start off by talking about the highly anticipated Men’s 5000m which included the double Olympic Champion, Mo Farah. As I wrote about when questioning Farah’s current form and ability to retain his world championship title, I said that the result of this 5000m here in Lausanne would answer these questions. What we most certainly can say is that they were answered and Farah has still got him infamous speed over the last lap after he came from behind over the last 150m to take a dominant victory with a 54.77 last lap, winning in 13:11.77.
The race as a whole however turned out not to be the great spectacle which we had all expected. This was due to there being some notable non starters in the forms of Thomas Longosiwa and Hagos Gebrhiwet, both of whom have made podium finishes behind Farah in major championships, making both massive threats in Beijing later this year. We haven’t seen much of Caleb Ndiku either this season and sadly looks as if we will have to wait a little longer still to see the best of him, as the same goes with Yenew Alamirew who also fell. With all of the drama came rather a disappointing race in the sense that we didn’t quite see the highly anticipated match up we had all expected, yet what we definitely know for sure is that you’re not going to out kick Mo, even despite the missed training from the doping allegations.
You can view the Men’s 5000m here:
As all of this panned out, there was also many sprint events taking place with some of the worlds fastest men and women taking centre stage over the 100m and 200m respectively.
The Men’s 100m would follow the script which everyone expected. Justin Gatlin had a fling start over Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell on wither side of him, driving away leaving them behind. Gatlin’s winning time was just outside of a WL in 9.75 seconds with Powell (9.92) just edging out Gay (9.92). In the Women’s 200m, the big guns of Allyson Felix (22.09) and Dafne Schippers (22.29) would run away from the rest of the field taking 1st and 2nd places respectively, despite maybe not the fast times they were looking for.
You can view the Men’s 100m here:
Apart from just the Men’s 5000m being a potential pre run of the world championship final, the very same case was seen in the Men’s 800m. The Olympic 800m first and second finishers of David Rudisha and Nigel Amos lined up against some of the other top runners this year including World Champion, Mohammed Aman who now trains in America.
The race as always went out fast, with even the pace maker, Bram Som struggling to get to the front before the fast, front runner of Rudisha. Som would take them through 400m in 49.93 seconds, where Rudisha would follow suit, closely followed by Amos. They hit 600m 2 seconds down on what Rudisha went through in the Olympic World Record run (1:16.35) but this is where he started to struggle. After being plagued by injury on and off throughout the last few years, he didn’t quite have the speed there to hold off Amos who charged through to win in 1:43.27. Rudisha still showed some very strong and good form, just like that in the New York Diamond League, but the World Championship final could be a very close and interesting race.
The next Diamond League event will be held in Monaco, where the likes of Mo Farah will race again, this time over the 1500m distance.