Stockholm DL — Another Amazing 400H Race

Times of 52.37 & 52.39 moved Femke Bol and Shamier Little to Nos. 4 & 5 on the all-time list. (JIRO MOCHIZUKI)

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, July 04 — Among the stars at the Bauhaus-Galan, perhaps none impressed more than Dutch hurdler Femke Bol, the 21-year-old phenom who improved her national record in the 400H nearly a full second from 53.33 to 52.37. She needed every bit of it to hold off Shamier Little, who also ran the fastest race of her life at 52.39.

The American, disappointed by her Trials 4th-place, got out fast, but on the backstretch Bol more than made up the stagger and led through the final turn.

Approaching the last barrier, Little mounted her charge, pressing the Dutchwoman to the line but falling just short. Bol took the win in as they moved to Nos. 4 and 5 all-time. Little cut her best from the 52.75 she ran in ’17. Behind them Ukrainian Anna Ryzhykova set a national record 52.96 to make the race only the second in history with three sub-53 performances.

Said Bol, whose time missed the European Record by just 0.03, “I’m amazed. I’m so happy! I think running PBs is going to stop for now, but I hope to keep on getting close to this time. I can’t believe it. In 2 days I have another competition in Hungary with the same field so it will be exciting.”

Kyron McMaster made the men’s long-hurdle race even if he didn’t show up at the finishline. He blasted through the early going and by the time he came off the final turn, looked like he had enough momentum to hold off Alison dos Santos. But McMaster clipped hurdle 8 hard and veered into dos Santos’s lane before regaining control. The Brazilian moved into the lead then, while McMaster faltered and went down at hurdle 10.

The win in an NR 47.34 went to dos Santos, with Turkey’s Yasmani Copello 2nd in 48.19. “I’m looking forward to the Olympics,” said the victor, “and I think I can get a medal.”

A burner of a women’s 800 yielded fast times all around as the rabbit took the field through the 400 in 56.84. When she dropped at 500, Cuban Rose Mary Almanza led with Jamaican Natoya Goule just behind. American Kate Grace, fresh off her PR 1:57.60 Oslo win, ran 3rd several strides back. Grace pulled closer over the final turn, but the positions remained unchanged. Almanza held on for a meet record 1:56.28, with Goule at 1:56.44.

Grace held off the late challenge of Britain’s young Keely Hodgkinson to set another PR, 1:57.36, in 3rd. Said Grace, who moved to No. 8 on the all-time U.S. list, “I wasn’t quite as smooth as 2 days ago but it was nice it wasn’t too fast. I could just follow them and get pulled along.”

Mondo Duplantis highlighted the field action for the distinctly pro-Mondo crowd of 5000. Of the three who vaulted at 19-9 (6.02), he was the only one who cleared — cleanly on his first attempt — while Sam Kendricks and Renaud Lavillenie both topped out at 19-5 (5.92), taking 2nd and 3rd. Then Duplantis asked the bar to be set at a World Record 20-3¾ (6.19). He nailed it with his knees on his initial ascent, then bailed his last two tries.

“I feel good about today, being here with my family and friends, and everybody watching,” said Duplantis. “I think it was really important for me to just kind of go out here and try to get over 6 meters, and then maybe take a few better shots at the World Record, but overall 6.02 was a nice jump so I can’t complain so much.”

Another local fave, discus thrower Daniel Ståhl, put all three of his fair throws — topped by a 225-2 (68.64) — beyond the 219-8 (66.97) of Lithuania’s Andrius Gudžius.

In the men’s 100, Ronnie Baker got out well and held the faintest of leads through the race. Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs pulled close at the end but the American got the 10.03–10.05 win.

“As long as I win then I’ve had a good day,” said Baker. “I’d have to go back and look at the start. I don’t think I was as aggressive as I need to be in the first 30m but I think I was in the right position.”

Hyvin Kiyeng front-ran her way to a 9:04.34 steeple triumph, as German Gesa-Felicitas Krause came from far back to tag WR holder Beatrice Chepkoech for 2nd, 9:09.13–9:10.52.

Bouncing back well from her disappointing Olympic Trials fall-induced 9th, Leah Falland finished 5th in 9:16.96, her first PR in 5-plus years, tightening her hold on the No. 5 all-time spot among Americans.

Canada’s Marco Arop tried some bold front-running in the men’s 800, but Ferguson Rotich caught him in the final strides, 1:43.84–1:44.00. The sole American, Isaiah Harris, took 5th in 1:44.51.

The women’s 1500 was not a DL race but it produced a significant battle, as Ethiopian Diribe Welteji’s 4:00.68 held off Americans Shannon Osika (4:00.93) and Helen Schlachtenhaufen (4:01.09 PR).

In the meet-finale men’s 1500, Timothy Cheruiyot followed the rabbit through splits of 54.85 and 1:52.32, but let the pace lag on the third go-round. That brought the pack to his heels, but the world champion mustered a solid kick over the last 200 to win in 3:32.30 over Spaniard Ignacio Fontes (3:33.27 PR) and Ronald Kwemoi (3:33.53).

Yaroslava Mahuchikh delivered an outdoor-leading 6-8 (2.03) to take the high jump; the Ukrainian has only lost once this season.

Jamaica’s Tajay Gayle showed fine form in the men’s long jump with a come-from-behind final round win at 28-¾w (8.55) over Cuba’s Juan Miguel Echevarría (27-2½/8.29).

Then there was the women’s LJ. Malaika Mihambo dominated with her windy 23-½ (7.02) from round 3, but won’t show up that way in the Diamond League standings. In another new-format disaster, Ivana Španović got her best leap of 22-7 (6.88) in the fatal final round, while Mihambo reached just 22-2½ (6.77) and only received credit for 2nd.

One notable absentee not impressed with the DL’s round-6 protocol was 2-time Olympic champion Brittney Reese, who tweeted, “So Mihambo gets 2nd with a 7-meter jump… This is why I am not competing at any Diamond Leagues this year until that is changed!!”


STOCKHOLM DL MEN’S RESULTS

100(-0.8): 1. Ronnie Baker (US) 10.03; 2. Lamont Marcell Jacobs (Ita) 10.05; 3. CJ Ujah (GB) 10.10; 4. Isiah Young (US) 10.13; 5. Aaron Brown (Can) 10.18; 6. Jerome Blake (Can) 10.18; 7. Marvin Bracy (US) 10.19.

Non-DL 100(0.5): 1. Jerome Blake (Can) 10.15 PR; 2. Mouhamadou Fall (Fra) 10.16.

400: 1. Kirani James (Grn) 44.63; 2. Deon Lendore (Tri) 44.73; 3. Liemarvin Bonevacia (Neth) 44.80; 4. Vernon Norwood (US) 44.83; 5. Wil London (US) 44.86; 6. Isaac Makwala (Bot) 45.03; 7. Alexander Ogando (DR) 46.87.

800: 1. Ferguson Rotich (Ken) 1:43.84 (51.8/52.0); 2. Marco Arop (Can) 1:44.00 PR (51.3/52.7); 3. Elliot Giles (GB) 1:44.05 PR (51.6/51.5); 4. Adrian Ben (Spa) 1:44.18 PR (52.1/52.1); 5. Isaiah Harris (US) 1:44.51; 6. Amel Tuka (Bos) 1:44.94; 7. Andreas Kramer (Swe) 1:45.05;… rabbit — Patryk Sieradzki (Pol) (50.81).

Non-DL 800: 1. Jonathan Kitilit (Ken) 1:44.68; 2. Archie Davis (GB) 1:44.72 PR; 3. Piers Copeland (GB) 1:45.77 PR; 4. Luke McCann (Ire) 1:46.36 PR; 5. Jake Heyward (GB) 1:46.47 PR; 6. Joakim Andersson (Swe) 1:46.51 PR; 7. John Fitzsimons (Ire) 1:46.54;… rabbit — Zan Rudolf (Slo) (51.18).

1500: 1. Timothy Cheruiyot (Ken) 3:32.30 (2:51.69) (26.9, 55.0); 2. Ignacio Fontes (Spa) 3:33.27 PR (27.0, 54.9); 3. Ronald Kwemoi (Ken) 3:33.53; 4. Ronald Musagala (Uga) 3:33.99; 5. Adam Ali Musab (Qat) 3:34.76; 6. Bethwel Birgen (Ken) 3:34.77; 7. Brahim Kaazouzi (Mor) 3:35.32; 8. Josh Thompson (US) 3:37.23; 9. Abdirahman Saeed Hassan (Qat) 3:38.67;… rabbit — Zan Rudolf (Slo) (54.85, 57.47 [1:52.32]).

Non-DL St: 1. Samuel Firewu (Eth) 8:20.27 PR; 2. Zak Seddon (GB) 8:23.22; 3. Ibrahim Ezzaydouny (Spa) 8:24.40; 4. Amos Kirui (Ken) 8:30.39; 5. Mohamed Amine Jihnaoui (Tun) 8:40.78; 6. Jens Mergenthaler (Ger) 8:43.51; 7. Víctor Ruiz (Spa) 8:43.83;… rabbit — Wilberforce Kones (Ken) (2:44.85, 5:33.99).

Non-DL 110H(0.8): 1. Koen Smet (Neth) 13.59; 2. Martin Vogel (Ger) 13.62; 3. David King (GB) 13.63; 4. Petr Svoboda (CzR) 13.77; 5. Elmo Lakka (Fin) 13.83.

400H: 1. Alison dos Santos (Bra) 47.34 NR; 2. Yasmani Copello (Tur) 48.19; 3. Kemar Mowatt (Jam) 48.75; 4. Rasmus Mägi (Est) 48.81; 5. Chris McAlister (GB) 49.16 PR; 6. Wilfried Happio (Fra) 49.28; 7. Amere Lattin (US) 49.87;… dnf — Kyron McMaster (BVI).

Field Events

PV: 1. Armand Duplantis (Swe) 19-9 (6.02) (18-5¼, 19-1, 19-5, 19-9, 20-3¾ [xxx]) (5.62, 5.82, 5.92, 6.02, 6.19 [xxx]); 2. Sam Kendricks (US) 19-5 (5.92) (=out AL); 3. Renaud Lavillenie (Fra) 19-5 (5.92); 4. Ernest John Obiena (Phi) 19-1 (5.82); 5. Piotr Lisek (Pol) 19-1 (5.82); 6. Chris Nilsen (US) 18-9¼ (5.72); 7. KC Lightfoot (US) 18-5¼ (5.62); 8. Melker Svärd Jacobsson (Swe) 18-1¼ (5.52).

LJ: 1. Tajay Gayle (Jam) 28-¾w (8.55) (f, f, 26-3, 22-1w, 27-1¾, 28-¾w) (f, f, 8.00, 6.73w, 8.27, 8.55w); 2. Juan Miguel Echevarría (Cub) 27-2½ (8.29) (27-2½, 24-10½, p, 25-1¼, p, 26-10½) (8.29, 7.58, p, 7.65, p, 8.19); 3. Thobias Montler (Swe) 27-0 (8.23) PR (26-11, 27-0, f, f, 26-1, f) (8.20, 8.23, f, f, 7.95, f); 4. Ruswahl Samaai (SA) 26-3½w (8.01) (26-¾/7.94); 5. Benjamin Gföhler (Swi) 25-7¼ (7.80); 6. Serhii Nykyforov (Ukr) 25-5½ (7.76); 7. Lester Lescay (Cub) 24-11¾ (7.61); 8. Andrzej Kuch (Pol) 24-10 (7.57).

DT: 1. Daniel Ståhl (Swe) 225-2 (68.64) (220-10, f, f, 225-2, f, 223-10) (67.33, f, f, 68.64, f, 68.23); 2. Andrius Gudžius (Lit) 219-8 (66.97) (217-9, 216-0, 219-8, f, f, 208-1) (66.37, 65.85, 66.97, f, f, 63.43); 3. Kristjan Čeh (Slo) 218-7 (66.62) (218-7, f, f, 211-4, f, 212-5) (66.62, f, f, 64.41, f, 64.74) (DL protocol finish: Ståhl-Čeh-Gudžius); 4. Simon Pettersson (Swe) 213-10 (65.19); 5. Daniel Jasinski (Ger) 212-3 (64.70); 6. Alex Rose (AmS) 210-11 (64.30); 7. Fedrick Dacres (Jam) 208-6 (63.57); 8. Lukas Weißhaidinger (Aut) 205-4 (62.59).

STOCKHOLM WOMEN’S RESULTS

Non-DL 100(-1.3): 1. Kayla White (US) 11.23; 2. Salomé Kora (Swi) 11.31; 3. Marije van Hunenstijn (Neth) 11.32; 4. Naomi Sedney (Neth) 11.44.

200(-0.4): 1. Shericka Jackson (Jam) 22.10; 2. Marie-Josée Ta Lou (CI) 22.36; 3. Beatrice Masilingi (Nam) 22.65 PR; 4. Beth Dobbin (GB) 22.84; 5. Morolake Akinosun (US) 22.97; 6. Marije van Hunenstijn (Neth) 23.28; 7. Lisa Lilja (Swe) 23.39 PR.

800: 1. Rose M. Almanza (Cub) 1:56.28 PR (57.2/59.1); 2. Natoya Goule (Jam) 1:56.44 (57.7/58.7);

3. Kate Grace (US) 1:57.36 PR (58.0/59.4) (8, x A); 4. Keely Hodgkinson (GB) 1:57.51 NJR (6, x WJ) (58.9/58.6);

5. Catriona Bisset (Aus) 1:59.13; 6. Lovisa Lindh (Swe) 1:59.76; 7. Hedda Hynne (Nor) 1:59.82; 8. Worknesh Melese (Eth) 2:02.07;… rabbit — Anieta Lemiesz (Pol) (56.84).

Non-DL 1500: 1. Diribe Welteji (Eth) 4:00.68 (x, 10 WJ) (3:14.39) (30.5, 62.0);

2. Shannon Osika (US) 4:00.93 (30.5/62.0); 3. Helen Schlachtenhaufen (US) 4:01.09 PR (30.5/61.7); 4. Esther Guerrero (Spa) 4:02.41 PR; 5. Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal (Nor) 4:03.07 PR; 6. Tigist Ketema (Eth) 4:04.96; 7. Sarah Lahti (Swe) 4:08.00 PR; 8. Caterina Granz (Ger) 4:08.90;… rabbits — Anna Silvander (Swe) 63.58, Rebecca Mehra (US) 2:09.68.

St: 1. Hyvin Jepkemoi (Ken) 9:04.34 (6:02.31); 2. Gesa-Felicitas Krause (Ger) 9:09.13; 3. Beatrice Chepkoech (Ken) 9:10.52; 4. Purity Kirui (Ken) 9:16.91 PR;

5. Leah Falland (US) 9:16.96 PR (5, x A);

6. Roseline Chepngetich (Ken) 9:22.30; 7. Genevieve Gregson (Aus) 9:23.24; 8. Elena Burkard (Ger) 9:27.81 PR; 9. Mel Lawrence (US) 9:30.26; 10. Aimee Pratt (GB) 9:39.12; 11. Agrie Belachew (Eth) 9:45.17;… rabbit — Fancy Cherono (Ken) (2:57.32).

400H: 1. Femke Bol (Neth) 52.37 NR (4, 6 W); 2. Shamier Little (US) 52.39 PR (5, 7 W; 3, 5 A);

3. Anna Ryzhykova (Ukr) 52.96 NR; 4. Janieve Russell (Jam) 54.08; 5. Viktoriya Tkachuk (Ukr) 54.39 PR; 6. Leah Nugent (Jam) 55.01; 7. Carolina Krafzik (Ger) 55.20; 8. Léa Sprunger (Swi) 55.27.

Field Events

HJ: 1. Yaroslava Mahuchikh (Ukr) 6-8 (2.03) (out WL) (6-2¼, 6-4, 6-5, 6-6¼, 6-7 [2], 6-8 [3], 6-9½ [xxx]) (1.89, 1.93, 1.96, 1.99, 2.01 [2], 2.03 [3], 2.07 [xxx]);

2. Nicola McDermott (Aus) 6-7 (2.01) NR (6-¾, 6-2¼, 6-4, 6-5 [2], 6-6¼ [2], 6-7 [2], 6-8 [xxx]) (1.85, 1.89, 1.93, 1.96 [2], 1.99 [2], 2.01 [2], 2.03 [xxx]); 3. Eleanor Patterson (Aus) 6-5 (1.96); 4. Iryna Herashchenko (Ukr) 6-5; 5. tie, Salome Lang (Swi), Kamila Lićwinko (Pol) & Karyna Demidik (Blr) 6-4 (1.93); 8. Erika Kinsey (Swe) 6-2¼ (1.89).

Non-DL PV: 1. Polina Knoroz (Rus) 15-5½ (4.71); 2. Holly Bradshaw (GB) 15-1½ (4.61); 3. Iryna Zhuk (Blr) 15-1½; 4. Angelica Bengtsson (Swe) 15-1½; 5. Angelica Moser (Swi) 15-1½; 6. Michaela Meijer (Swe) 14-9½ (4.51); 7. Olivia Gruver (US) 14-3½ (4.36); 8. Lisa Gunnarsson (Swe) 13-9¾ (4.21).

LJ: 1. Malaika Mihambo (Ger) 23-½w (7.02) (21-4¾, f, 23-½w, 21-5¼, p, 22-2½) (6.52, f, 7.02w, 6.53, p, 6.77); 2. Ivana Španović (Ser) 22-7 (6.88) (21-5½, 21-5½, 22-¾, 22-5, f, 22-7) (6.54, 6.54, 6.72, 6.83, f, 6.88); 3. Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk (Ukr) 22-3½ (6.79) (21-½, f, 22-3½, f, 21-5¼, f) (6.41, f, 6.79, f, 6.53, f) (DL protocol finish: Španović–Mihambo–Bekh-Romanchuk); 4. Khaddi Sagnia (Swe) 22-¾ (6.72); 5. Jazmin Sawyers (GB) 21-6¾w (6.57) (21-4/6.50); 6. Polina Lukyanenkova (Rus) 21-6 (6.55); 7. Sha’Keela Saunders (US) 20-9¾w (6.34).

SP: 1. Valerie Adams (NZ) 63-2¼ (19.26) (63-0, f, 63-2¼, f, 61-9¾, 61-2¼) (19.20, f, 19.26, f, 18.84, 18.65); 2. Auriol Dongmo (Por) 62-6 (19.05) (60-9½, 60-½, 60-9¼, 62-6, f, 60-3¼) (18.53, 18.30, 18.52, 19.05, f, 18.37); 3. Maggie Ewen (US) 62-5¾ (19.04) (62-5¾, f, 60-7¾, 60-1¾, 61-0, 59-10½) (19.04, f, 18.48, 18.33, 18.59, 18.25); 4. Aliona Dubitskaya (Blr) 62-5¼ (19.03); 5. Fanny Roos (Swe) 62-2½ (18.96); 6. Chase Ealey (US) 61-2¼ (18.65); 7. Danniel Thomas-Dodd (Jam) 61-0 (18.59); 8. Christina Schwanitz (Ger) 61-0 (18.59).

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