×

• Semenya blazes 1:55.33 at Diamond League in Monaco

Article source: Athletics


South Africa's Caster Semenya clocked a blazing personal best, a new Diamond League record, and new world lead at the Diamond League Meet in Monaco on Friday.

The former world champion Caster Semenya of South Africa crushed the women's 800m field clocking a new national record time of 1:55.33.  World indoor champion Francine Niyonsaba crossed the line seconds in a new Burundi national record of 1:56.92, while Kenya's Eunice Sum posted season's best of 1:57.49 to  take third.  Margaret Wambui after finishing in 4th behind Sum  in a new personal best of 1:57.52 was disqualified.  Semenya,  who clocked 50.74 in 400m at SA national championships and 4:01.99 in 1500m at African championships last month, confirmed she will attempt the 400m/800m double at Rio Olympics.

World 200m champion Dafne Schippers dominated the women's 100m dash crossing the line in 10.94 seconds into -0.5m/s headwind.

South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk took the men's 400m in 44.13 followed by Machel Cedenio of Trinidad who posted his lifetime best of 44.34 and Grenada's Bralon Taplin 44.38.

Ronald Kwemoi produced a major upset in the men's 1500m as he managed to beat  Asbel Kiprop, Mo Farah and Taoufik Makhloufi in the men's 1500m. The 3-time world champions Asbel Kiprop was paced through 800m in very fast 1:50.  However when he was reaching 1000m marker it was clear he will not be the winner as Morocco's Abdelaati took the lead 450m to go. Coming out of the final bend several men had a chance to win, but Kwemoi, who took third at Kenyan trials, stormed to a victory in a new season's best of 3:30.49. Second place took  Elijah Monogoi in 3:31.19 as the Olympic champion Taoufik Makhloufi was third in 3:31.35. Double Olympic champion Mo Farah finished in 4th, while meet record holder Kiprop faded to 6th place.

World indoor champion and newly crowned European champion Gianmarco Tamberi set a new Italian record of 2.39m to claim the win in the men's high jump contest.

Orlando Ortega of Spain clocked 13.04 seconds to win the men's 110m hurdles.

See full meeting results here>>

 

 

 



World Athletics Championships Oregon 2021 Rescheduled for 2022 30 March 2020
World Athletics Championships Oregon 2021 Rescheduled for 2022
  The World Athletics announced on Monday it will postpone Oregon 2021 World Championships for one year. The World Athletics said it is working with the Oregon...
International Olympic Committee Announces new Dates for Tokyo Olympics 30 March 2020
International Olympic Committee Announces new Dates for Tokyo Olympics
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Monday new dates for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and Paralympics. The Tokyo Olympics will start July 24,...
2020 Tokyo Olympics Postponed Until Next Year 24 March 2020
2020 Tokyo Olympics Postponed Until Next Year
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games have been postponed until next year because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Tuesday...
Cuban Athletes Shine at Copa Cuba in Havanna 24 March 2020
Cuban Athletes Shine at Copa Cuba in Havanna
Several World-class results were achieved during the 2020 Copa Cuba that took place last weekend in Havanna. No spectators were allowed to enter the Pan-American Stadium in...
World Cross Country Championships 2021 Course Revield 21 March 2020
World Cross Country Championships 2021 Course Revield
Athletics Australia revield the course for the 2021 World Athletics Cross Country champioships. Bathurst a city in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia will host...
African Games 10,000m Champion Berehanu Tsegu Banned for EPO 21 March 2020
African Games 10,000m Champion Berehanu Tsegu Banned for EPO
Ethiopia's 2019 African Games 10000m gold medalist, Berehanu Tsegu, was banned for four years after testing positive for the blood-boosting drug erythropoietin EPO. During the...
Latest Videos
Past Headlines Latest Results Upcoming Events
Watch Athletics
©2020 WATCHATHLETICS.COM. All rights reserved.