Lausanne Diamond League — Noah Lyles In Rare Company

Only 3 superstar names now stand ahead of Noah Lyles on the all-time 200 list. (JEAN-PIERRE DURAND)

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND, July 05—Usain Bolt. Yohan Blake. Michael Johnson. They are now the only three men to stand above Noah Lyles on the all-time world 200 list. The 21-year-old Florida native sped to a lifetime best of 19.50 at the Athletissima meet in what was arguably the best Diamond League affair of the year so far. On a night of perfect conditions in the packed-out Stade de la Olympique Pontaise, Lyles’ 200m run was one of four meet records.

The American, contesting his second half-lapper of the year following a narrow 19.72 defeat to Michael Norman in Rome four weeks prior, was drawn in friendly lane 7 and had a slight lead over Andre De Grasse at halfway, reached in 10.2. He then started to pull away and charged through the line in 19.50 in a race where three other men—Alex Quiñónez (Ecuadorian Record 19.87 from lane 8) and the Canadian pair of De Grasse (19.92) and Aaron Brown (19.95 PR)—finished inside 20 seconds. It was the fastest time in the world since Bolt’s gold medal-winning run at the ’12 Olympics. It also broke the 19.58 meet record that Bolt had set earlier that year.

“The track here is burning up,” said Lyles. “I know I’m running exactly how my coach wants me to run. It was a good, well-executed race. It was about getting out strong.”

Just minutes before Lyles stepped on to the track, Timothy Cheruiyot had set the stadium alight with a thrilling run in the 1500. Aided by a pacemaker, the world silver medalist passed through 800m in 1:49.7 and had a lead of more than a second over the rest of the field as he reached the bell. He maintained his advantage to the finish, clocking a world-leading 3:28.77 to take almost a second off the meeting record. The prodigious Jakob Ingebrigtsen, still just 18, produced an impressive final lap to take 2nd in a European Junior (U20) record of 3:30.16. Ayanleh Souleiman was 3rd in 3:30.79.

At about the same time that Lyles and Cheruiyot were producing fireworks on the track, the men’s vault was reaching an exciting climax. Sam Kendricks and Piotr Lisek had been tied for the lead after both cleared all their bars—5 for the Pole, 6 for the American—on their first attempts, breaking the meet record at 19-6¼ (5.95). The bar moved to a world-leading 19-8½ (6.01) and the pair recorded their first failures of the evening, both missing three times. Now in a tie-break, the bar remained at 6.01 for one further attempt. Lisek took it and was successful, setting a Polish Record and moving to =No. 12 on the all-time world list in the process. Kendricks opted against taking his jump, effectively handing Lisek the victory.

After winning the women’s 100 in 10.74, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce claimed that motherhood has made her a better and more determined athlete. The 32-year-old Jamaican, who gave birth to a son in ’17, looked every bit as dominant as she did when winning her many World and Olympic titles, finishing comfortably ahead of European champion Dina Asher-Smith (10.91) and African champion Marie-Josée Ta Lou (10.93). The winning time was just 0.02 shy of Marion Jones’ MR set back in ’98, but SAFP equaled another one of Jones’ records as she now owns 13 sub-10.8s.

One of the biggest surprises of the night came not from an event winner but a runner-up. As Salwa Eid Naser approached the homestraight of the women’s 400 half a second ahead of the field, it looked as though the Bahraini sprinter was on her way to another dominant DL win. But the world silver medalist soon found herself sprinting desperately for the line as Niger’s fast-finishing Aminatou Seyni produced a storming run down the stretch. Naser just about managed to hold off her rival, but it took a meet record to do so. Naser’s 49.17 improved on the standard of 49.45 set back in ’96 by Marie-José Pérec. Seyni was rewarded with a huge lifetime best of 49.19, moving into the all-time top 20.

Zuzana Hejnová couldn’t catch Shamier Little in the 400 hurdles. (GIANCARLO COLOMBO/PHOTO RUN)

The men’s 5000m was the most dramatic event of the night but—as far as Hagos Gebrhiwet was concerned, anyway—for all the wrong reasons. The race set off at a decent pace with 2000m reached just inside 5:10. The tempo then dropped with 3000m covered in 7:51 and chances of an improvement on the 12:55.23 meet record looked to be disappearing fast. The field bunched together in the closing kilometers with Gebrhiwet, Paul Chelimo, Selemon Barega, Telahun Haile and Yomif Kejelcha all close to the front but reluctant to lead.

Gebrhiwet darted to the front with about 700m left to go, but as he ramped up the pace it soon became clear that it wasn’t a long run for home; he had miscounted his laps. He covered that lap in 54.5 seconds and crossed the line in celebration with the clock reading 12:00 but still hadn’t realized his error. It was only when Kejelcha came past him on the bend that Gebrhiwet figured out his mistake and rejoined the pack. Kejelcha went on to win in 13:00.56 with Barega (13:01.99) coming through for 2nd and Haile taking 3rd (13:03.09). Running on weary legs, Gebrhiwet finished down in 10th but still managed a respectable 13:09.59.

Elsewhere, Mariya Lasitskene continued her domination of the high jump, winning with 6-7½ (2.02). Caterine Ibargüen produced a fifth-round leap of 48-10¼ (14.89) to move from 4th to 1st in the women’s triple jump, and Shamier Little won the 400H for the second year in succession, clocking 53.73.


LAUSANNE DL MEN’S RESULTS

Athletissima; Lausanne, Switzerland, July 05 (altitude 599m)

Non-DL 100(0.2): 1. Justin Gatlin (US) 9.92; 2. Mike Rodgers (US) 10.01; 3. Aaron Brown (Can) 10.07; 4. Arthur Gue Cissé (CI) 10.08; 5. Cameron Burrell (US) 10.18; 6. Devin Quinn (US) 10.19; 7. Kendal Williams (US) 10.20; 8. Devon Allen (US) 10.33.

200(-0.1): 1. Noah Lyles (US) 19.50 PR (WL, AL) (4, 8 W; 2, 2 A) (lane 7);

2. Alex Quiñónez (Ecu) 19.87 NR; 3. Andre De Grasse (Can) 19.92; 4. Aaron Brown (Can) 19.95 PR; 5. Ramil Guliyev (Tur) 20.01; 6. Alex Wilson (Swi) 20.29; 7. Zhenye Xie (Chn) 20.32; 8. Sydney Siame (Zam) 20.47.

800: 1. Wyclife Kinyamal (Ken) 1:43.78; 2. Ferguson Cheruiyot (Ken) 1:43.93; 3. Emmanuel Korir (Ken) 1:44.01; 4. Brandon McBride (Can) 1:44.14; 5. Clayton Murphy (US) 1:44.47; 6. Amel Tuka (Bos) 1:44.87; 7. Wesley Vázquez (PR) 1:45.16 (1:16.97); 8. Marcin Lewandowski (Pol) 1:45.23; 9. Adam Kszczot (Pol) 1:45.75; 10. Guy Learmonth (GB) 1:45.86;… rabbit—Harun Abda (US) (50.67).

1500: 1. Timothy Cheruiyot (Ken) 3:28.77 (WL) (2:46.62); 2. Jakob Ingebrigtsen (Nor) 3:30.16 NJR (WJL) (3, 3 WJ);

3. Ayanleh Souleiman (Dji) 3:30.79; 4. Filip Ingebrigtsen (Nor) 3:30.82; 5. Ronald Musagala (Uga) 3:31.33 NR; 6. Samuel Tefera (Eth) 3:31.39 out PR; 7. Vincent Kibet (Ken) 3:33.79 PR; 8. Adel Mechaal (Spa) 3:33.91; 9. Jake Wightman (GB) 3:34.40; 10. Kevin López (Spa) 3:34.83 PR; 11. Bethwel Birgen (Ken) 3:35.04; 12. Aman Wote (Eth) 3:36.68; 13. Justus Soget (Ken) 3:38.79;… rabbits—Timothy Sein (Ken) (53.86), Boaz Kiprugut (Ken) (1:49.41).

5000: 1. Yomif Kejelcha (Eth) 13:00.56; 2. Selemon Barega (Eth) 13:01.99; 3. Telahun Haile (Eth) 13:03.09; 4. Joshua Cheptegei (Uga) 13:03.59; 5. Abadi Hadis (Eth) 13:04.50;

6. Paul Chelimo (US) 13:05.70 (AL);

7. Paul Tanui (Ken) 13:06.10; 8. Nicholas Kimeli (Ken) 13:07.35; 9. Davis Kiplangat (Ken) 13:08.09; 10. Hagos Gebrhiwet (Eth) 13:09.59 (kicked a lap early); 11. Richard Yator (Ken) 13:09.79; 12. Dawit Fikadu (Bhr) 13:10.40 PR; 13. Solomon Berihu (Eth) 13:11.70 (10:34.07); 14. Julien Wanders (Swi) 13:13.84 PR; 15. Tsegay Kidanu (Eth) 13:14.68; 16. Birhanu Yemataw (Bhr) 13:17.82; 17. Albert Rop (Bhr) 13:18.25; 18. Muktar Edris (Eth) 13:29.53; 19. Aron Kifle (Eri) 13:36.42; 20. Richard Ringer (Ger) 13:44.58;… rabbits—Thierry Ndikumwenayo (Bdi) (2:32.96, 5:09.87), Cornelius Kangogo (Ken) (7:51.32).

110H(1.0): 1. Orlando Ortega (Spa) 13.05; 2. Daniel Roberts (US) 13.11; 3. Ronald Levy (Jam) 13.25; 4. Andrew Pozzi (GB) 13.28; 5. Wenjun Xie (Chn) 13.29; 6. Pascal Martinot-Lagarde (Fra) 13.34; 7. Devon Allen (US) 13.35; 8. Jason Joseph (Swi) 13.80.

Non-DL 400H: 1. Luke Campbell (Ger) 49.54; 2. Rasmus Mägi (Est) 49.54; 3. Mamadou Kasse Hann (Fra) 49.90; 4. Kariem Hussein (Swi) 50.00; 5. Dany Brand (Swi) 50.80; 6. Alain-Hervé Mfomkpa (Swi) 50.84.

Field Events

PV (jumpoff): 1. Piotr Lisek (Pol) 19-8½ (6.01) (WL) (=12, x W) (18-1, 18-8¾, 19-¾, 19-3½, 19-6¼, 19-8½ [xxx]) (5.51, 5.71, 5.81, 5.88, 5.95, 6.01 [4]);

2. Sam Kendricks (US) 19-6¼ (5.95) (=AL) (18-1, 18-4¾, 18-8¾, 19-¾, 19-3½, 19-6¼, 19-8½ [xxx]) (5.51, 5.61, 5.71, 5.81, 5.88, 5.95, 6.01 [xxxp]);

3. tie, Mondo Duplantis (Swe) & Renaud Lavillenie (Fra) 19-¾ (5.81); 5. Cole Walsh (US) 18-8¾ (5.71); 6. Pawel Wojciechowski (Pol) 18-4¾ (5.61); 7. Alioune Sene (Fra) 18-4¾; 8. tie, Valentin Lavillenie (Fra) & Bo Kanda Lita Baehre (Ger) 18-1 (5.51);… nh—Thiago Braz (Bra).

LJ: 1. Juan Miguel Echevarría (Cub) 27-3¾ (8.32); 2. Miltiadis Tentoglou (Gre) 26-10½ (8.19); 3. Luvo Manyonga (SA) 26-8¼ (8.13); 4. Tajay Gayle (Jam) 26-8¼ (8.13); 5. Ruswahl Samaai (SA) 26-6¼ (8.08); 6. Darcy Roper (Aus) 26-5 (8.05); 7. Will Claye (US) 25-4¾ (7.74); 8. Benjamin Gföhler (Swi) 25-2½ (7.68).

LAUSANNE DL WOMEN’S RESULTS

100(0.2): 1. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jam) 10.74; 2. Dina Asher-Smith (GB) 10.91; 3. Marie-Josée Ta Lou (CI) 10.93; 4. Dafne Schippers (Neth) 11.04; 5. Kayla White (US) 11.16; 6. Gina Lückenkemper (Ger) 11.16; 7. Mujinga Kambundji (Swi) 11.27.

Non-DL 200(1.0): 1. Gabrielle Thomas (US) 22.69; 2. Jodie Williams (GB) 22.75; 3. Anthonique Strachan (Bah) 22.81; 4. Ashleigh Nelson (GB) 22.85 PR; 5. Gunta Vaicule (Lat) 23.08; 6. Sarah Atcho (Swi) 23.41; 7. Olga Safronova (Kaz) 23.53; 8. Yongli Wei (Chn) 23.68.

400: 1. Salwa Eid Naser (Bhr) 49.17; 2. Aminatou Seyni (Ngr) 49.19 NR; 3. Stephenie Ann McPherson (Jam) 50.88; 4. Laviai Nielsen (GB) 51.31; 5. Christine Botlogetswe (Bot) 51.50; 6. Justyna Święty-Ersetic (Pol) 51.73; 7. Courtney Okolo (US) 51.85; 8. Shericka Jackson (Jam) 52.35.

Non-DL 800: 1. Nelly Jepkosgei (Ken) 1:59.54 (1:28.80); 2. Halimah Nakaayi (Uga) 1:59.97; 3. Gabriela Gajanová (Svk) 2:01.25; 4. Selina Büchel (Swi) 2:01.58; 5. Delia Sclabas (Swi) 2:03.01; 6. Lovisa Lindh (Swe) 2:03.60; 7. Lore Hoffmann (Swi) 2:04.12; 8. Diribe Welteji (Eth) 2:04.74; 9. Liga Velvere (Lat) 2:05.20;… rabbit—Eglė Balčiūnaitė (Lit) (57.67).

400H: 1. Shamier Little (US) 53.73; 2. Zuzana Hejnová (CzR) 54.11; 3. Ashley Spencer (US) 54.11; 4. Janieve Russell (Jam) 55.13; 5. Léa Sprunger (Swi) 55.24; 6. Amalie Iuel (Nor) 55.48; 7. Kori Carter (US) 55.55; 8. Cassandra Tate (US) 56.90.

Non-DL 4 x 100: 1. Netherlands 42.33; 2. China 42.50; 3. Switzerland 42.60; 4. France 42.93.

Field Events

HJ: 1. Mariya Lasitskene (Rus) 6-7½ (2.02) (6-½, 6-3¼, 6-4¼, 6-5½, 6-6¾, 6-7½ [3], 6-9½ [xxx]) (1.84, 1.91, 1.94, 1.97, 2.00, 2.02 [3], 2.07 [xxx]);

2. Karyna Taranda (Blr) 6-6¾ (2.00) =NR (6-½, 6-2, 6-3¼, 6-4¼ [2], 6-5½ [xp], 6-6¾, 6-7½ [xxx]) (1.84, 1.88, 1.91, 1.94 [2], 1.97 [xp], 2.00, 2.02 [xxx]);

3. Mirela Demireva (Bul) 6-5½ (1.97); 4. Yuliya Levchenko (Ukr) 6-4¼ (1.94); 5. Kamila Licwinko (Pol) 6-4¼; 6. Iryna Gerashchenko (Ukr) 6-4¼; 7. tie, Erika Kinsey (Swe) & Nicola McDermott (Aus) 6-3¼ (1.91); 9. Salome Lang (Swi) 6-2 (1.88).

Non-DL PV(7/04; street) 1. Katie Nageotte (US) 15-9¾ (4.82) (out PR) (15-0, 15-3¾, 15-5¾ [2], 15-9¾ [2], 16-¾ [xxx]) (4.57, 4.67, 4.72 [2], 4.82 [2], 4.90 [xxx]); 2. Anzhelika Sidorova (Rus) 15-5¾ (4.72); 3. Holly Bradshaw (GB) 15-5¾; 4. Yarisley Silva (Cub) 15-0 (4.57); 5. tie, Michaela Meijer (Swe) & Robeilys Peinado (Ven) 15-0; 7. Angelica Moser (Swi) 14-8 (4.47); 8. Nicole Büchler (Swi) 14-4 (4.37);… nh—Alysha Newman (Can), Katerína Stefanídi (Gre).

TJ: 1. Caterine Ibargüen (Col) 48-10¼ (14.89) (47-9¾, f, f, f, 48-10¼, f) (14.57, f, f, f, 14.89, f); 2. Yulimar Rojas (Ven) 48-7½ (14.82) (f, 48-7½, f, 48-2¾, f, f) (f, 14.82, f, 14.70, f, f); 3. Liadagmis Povea (Cub) 48-5½ (14.77) PR (47-8½, 48-1¼, f, 48-5½, f, f) (14.54, 14.66, f, 14.77, f, f); 4. Shanieka Ricketts (Jam) 48-¾ (14.65); 5. Kim Williams (Jam) 47-7¾ (14.52); 6. Paraskeví Papachristou (Gre) 47-7¼ (14.51); 7. Olha Saladukha (Ukr) 47-6½ (14.49); 8. Olga Rypakova (Kaz) 47-1 (14.35); 9. Ana Peleteiro (Spa) 46-5½ (14.16); 10. Patrícia Mamona (Por) 45-9 (13.94); 11. Kristin Gierisch (Ger) 45-6½ (13.88).

SP: 1. Christina Schwanitz (Ger) 62-5¾ (19.04); 2. Brittany Crew (Can) 60-6¾ (18.46); 3. Fanny Roos (Swe) 60-4¾ (18.41); 4. Danniel Thomas-Dodd (Jam) 60-3 (18.36); 5. Aliona Dubitskaya (Blr) 59-11¼ (18.27); 6. Chase Ealey (US) 59-6¾ (18.15); 7. Paulina Guba (Pol) 57-11¾ (17.67);… 3f—Jessica Ramsey (US).

JT: 1. Christin Hussong (Ger) 218-5 (66.59) (194-5, 218-5, 213-5, f, 202-8, 201-0) (59.26, 66.59, 65.06, f, 61.78, 61.28); 2. Kelsey-Lee Barber (Aus) 215-4 (65.63); 3. Barbora Špotáková (CzR) 209-3 (63.79); 4. Shiying Liu (Chn) 205-5 (62.63); 5. Tatsiana Khaladovich (Blr) 203-7 (62.07); 6. Lina Muze (Lat) 197-5 (60.18); 7. Annu Rani (Ind) 194-8 (59.35); 8. Liz Gleadle (Can) 192-9 (58.76); 9. Kara Winger (US) 186-11 (56.99); 10. Sara Kolak (Cro) 184-4 (56.19);… 3f—Liina Laasma (Est), Eda Tuğsuz (Tur). ◻︎