Track & Field

Day 9 Recap: Ayana the Annihilator, Dream Team Dethroned, Kiprop still the King

Women’s Marathon

What a dust-up! 7 seconds separating the top four in this one. Mare Dibaba took the win in 2.27 35 as three women entered the home straight in the stadium in step. Helah Kiprop and Eunice Kirwa rounded out the top three.

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#Jump-off

Derek Drouin got the win here after a three way mexican stand-off style jump off. The Jump off still officially the coolest word in our sport. Home Favorite Guowei Zhang shared silver with Ukraine’s Bogdan Bondarenko. 2.34 was Drouin’s winning clearance

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Women’s Javelin

Kathrina Molitor got the win on her last throw here with a world leading 67.69. Perennial favorite and World Record holder Barbara Spotakova crashed out after three rounds while Huihui Lyu of China set an area record of 66.13 for second. Sunette Viljoen added to South Africa’s medal haul with a bronze after her throw of 65.79.

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Women’s 5000m

Almaz Ayana annihilated Genzebe Dibaba over the final 3000m to win the World title. An incredible 8.19 last 3k blew the overwhelming race favourite out of the water, it is unofficially the sixth fastest 3000m ever run, with Dibaba’s 8.16 the only non chinese time ahead of her. Senbere Teferi came though to pick off Dibaba in the home straight to complete the Ethopian 1-2-3 but certainly not in the order expected beforehand. Ayana’s time of 14.26 was a championship record.

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Men’s 1500m

Asbel Kiprop showed why he still the King here although he made the race entertaining by doing everything he could to throw the title away as he wound out out the back with a lap to go and passed almost the entire field on the back straight to get in position. Taoufik Makhloufi led coming into the home straight only to be passed by first Asbel Kiprop who went on to win in 3.34.40 with the late charge from Elijah Motonei Manangoi getting up for silver in 3.34.63 while Abdalaati Iguider picked up the bronze in 3.34.67.

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Women’s 4 x 400m

USA Dream team were dethroned here as Jamaica got up for the win and world lead of 3.19.13. It was a massive surprise even though Jamaica with four individual runners in the final surely should have been favorites themselves. A poor run from Natasha Hastings left Allyson Felix with too much to do and while her 47 split was incredible it was not enough to give Francena McCorory the lead she needed as Novlene Williams-Mills ran her down in the home straight. GB and Northern Ireland got up for an impressive third.

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Men’s 4 x 400m

A 2.58.20 national record from Trinidad and Tobago was not enough to put the US under pressure as they ran out winners with a World lead of 2.57.82. More importantly Jamaica and Great Britain were locked in an incredible battle. Both given the same time of 2.58.51, Martyn Rooney’s lean gave Great Britain the bronze medal.

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Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan is an athlete, coach, athletics fan and, most importantly, was once named Bandon AFC's under-12 Player of the Year. He was once a promising athlete but is now a promising coach, teacher and part-time athletics writer/broadcaster. While an 800m runner himself, Ronan has coached everything from pole vault to 10km with varying levels of bluffing. He has regularly been threatening to do something for years but is yet to deliver. He is regarded as our expert on the American running scene, though has yet, to prove his knowledge in this realm.

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