Paris Diamond League — A Great Day For Triple Jumping

Another spectacular TJ clash with arch-rival Christian Taylor found Will Claye pulling within 2 in their all-time meetings, 25–23. (GLADYS CHAI/ASVOM AGENCY)

PARIS, FRANCE, August 24—Will Claye served notice that he is a serious contender to win the world triple jump title as he beat his friend and rival Christian Taylor—the current world and Olympic champion—with a meet record effort of 59-3 (18.06) at the final Diamond League gathering before the upcoming finals in Zürich (August 29) & Brussels (September 06).

Competing on a new, blue surface that had been laid in the Stade Charléty ahead of next year’s staging of the European Championships, Claye—who leads this year’s world list at 59-6¼ (18.14)—seized the initiative with a fourth-round effort of 58-1¼ (17.71), only for Taylor to retake the lead with 58-5¾ (17.82) in the fifth.

On the eve of the competition Claye had admitted that he was kept up at nights by the memory of all the narrow defeats he has suffered at the hands of his former Florida teammate, who has beaten him to two Olympic titles and one world gold since ’12. After Taylor’s characteristic response, it seemed as if the sleepless nights were about to continue, but then he turned the contest around once more with the 59-3 (18.06) and Taylor was unable to respond.

“It was a great day,” said Claye after producing the =No. 8 performance in history. “I think I’m in a very good space right now, not just physically but my mindset. My confidence is very high and I’ve been taking care of myself. My grandma passed away earlier this summer and I know she’s watching over me too. I think I can achieve the biggest of feats. It’s hard to talk about a number for Doha but I want to win.

“I’ll sleep well tonight!” (Continued below)

On a notable evening all around for triple jumping, Venezuela’s world champion Yulimar Rojas—one of the most electric talents on the circuit—fizzled and flared all the way through a competition that she won with her second round 49-4½ (15.05)—6cm shy of her best set in winning the Pan-Am title. Notable in 3rd was the PR 48-3½ (14.72) for Keturah Orji, who solidified her hold on the No. 2 position on the all-time U.S. list, just 4¾ inches from the American Record.

On the track, Noah Lyles served notice of his own hugely justified ambitions for world 200 gold as he won handily in 19.65, the =No. 8 U.S. performance ever. In his wake was world champion Ramil Guliyev, who finished with a well-beaten 20.01. Lyles is now looking massively likely to dispossess the Turk of his title later this year, especially as he has simplified his running programme by deciding not to try and double up over 100m in Qatar.

“I’m coming off a loaded week in training so that gives me a lot of confidence,” Lyles said. “It felt fast—I blinked and all of a sudden the race was over. I’ve been putting in some great training sessions, but it’s always different when you’re over here in Europe, it’s like a hiccup to overcome in itself with the travel. When I was coming off the turn it felt like such a fast track, the fastest I’ve ever felt coming off the turn. Looking to Doha, it’s not about going after Bolt’s record or anything like that, but when we get there we’re willing to go after any event.”

Ronald Musagala dipped like a high hurdler to win a deep men’s 1500 that was every bit as competitive as forecast, equaling the Ugandan Record of 3:30.58 he set at last month’s Monaco meet. Djibouti’s Ayanleh Souleiman was second in a season’s best 3:30.66 ahead of Norway’s Ingebrigtsen brothers. On this occasion it was Filip who had the better run, finishing 3rd in 3:31.06, with 18-year-old brother Jakob, the European champion, 4th in 3:31.33. The first 10 finished inside 3:32. Said Musagala, “If I can run in Doha like I ran here, anything is possible. My target is a medal.”

Norway’s Karsten Warholm won the 400H in characteristically bold style as he came home in 47.26, 0.14 off the European Record he set in London last month. New Zealand’s world champ Tom Walsh won the shot with a meet record 73-7½ (22.44), producing three other 22-plus throws for good measure.

In a triathlon set up for decathletes, WR holder Kevin Mayer—who wants such events to become part of the DL program starting next season—won all 3 disciplines. He improved his shot best from 54-2 (16.51) to 56-½ (17.08), his hurdles best from 13.60 to 13.55, and took the long jump with 24-7¼ (7.50).


PARIS DL MEN’S RESULTS

Meeting de Paris; Paris, France, August 24—

Non-DL 100(-0.3): 1. Hassan Taftian (Irn) 10.03 =NR; 2. Emre Zafer Barnes (Tur) 10.19; 3. Gavin Smellie (Can) 10.25.

200(0.2): 1. Noah Lyles (US) 19.65 (x, =8 A);

2. Ramil Guliyev (Tur) 20.01; 3. Aaron Brown (Can) 20.13; 4. Alex Quiñónez (Ecu) 20.25; 5. Christophe Lemaitre (Fra) 20.40; 6. Divine Oduduru (Ngr) 20.50; 7. Mickael-Méba Zeze (Fra) 20.88.

Non-DL 800: 1. Brandon McBride (Can) 1:43.78 (1:15.60); 2. Wesley Vázquez (PR) 1:43.83 NR; 3. Michael Saruni (Ken) 1:44.41; 4. Collins Kipruto (Ken) 1:44.59 PR; 5. Clayton Murphy (US) 1:44.93; 6. Pierre-Ambroise Bosse (Fra) 1:45.07; 7. Mostafa Smaili (Mor) 1:45.23; 8. Andreas Kramer (Swe) 1:45.59; 9. Gabriel Tual (Fra) 1:45.84 PR; 10. Abubaker Haydar Abdalla (Qat) 1:46.33;… rabbit—Harun Abda (US) (48.90).

1500: 1. Ronald Musagala (Uga) 3:30.58 =NR; 2. Ayanleh Souleiman (Dji) 3:30.66 (2:50.02); 3. Filip Ingebrigtsen (Nor) 3:31.06; 4. Jakob Ingebrigtsen (Nor) 3:31.33; 5. Bethwel Birgen (Ken) 3:31.45; 6. Abdelaati Iguider (Mor) 3:31.64; 7. Taoufik Makhloufi (Alg) 3:31.77; 8. Stewart McSweyn (Aus) 3:31.81 =PR; 9. Samuel Tefera (Eth) 3:31.82; 10. Marcin Lewandowski (Pol) 3:31.95 NR; 11. Rabie Doukkana (Fra) 3:33.11 PR; 12. Charles Simotwo (Ken) 3:33.27; 13. Vincent Kibet (Ken) 3:34.08; 14. Nick Willis (NZ) 3:37.33; 15. Alexis Miellet (Fra) 3:38.94;… rabbits—Mounir Akbache (Fra) (54.97), Brimin Kiprono (Ken) (1:52.19).

St: 1. Soufiane El Bakkali (Mor) 8:06.64; 2. Benjamin Kigen (Ken) 8:07.09; 3. Lemecha Girma (Eth) 8:08.63; 4. Chala Beyo (Eth) 8:09.36; 5. Conseslus Kipruto (Ken) 8:13.75; 6. Nicholas Bett (Ken) 8:14.18; 7. Stanley Kebenei (US) 8:14.20; 8. Ibrahim Ezzaydouny (Spa) 8:14.49 PR; 9. Abraham Kibiwot (Ken) 8:15.66; 10. Djilali Bedrani (Fra) 8:16.91; 11. Amos Kirui (Ken) 8:17.07; 12. Andy Bayer (US) 8:17.69; 13. Lawrence Kemboi (Ken) 8:19.60; 14. Albert Chemutai (Uga) 8:23.79; 15. Mohammed Tindoufti (Mor) 8:24.74; 16. Wilberforce Kones (Ken) 8:29.05 (2:40.90);… rabbit—Barnabas Kipyego (Ken) (5:28.29).

110H(0.8): 1. Daniel Roberts (US) 13.08; 2. Orlando Ortega (Spa) 13.14; 3. Freddie Crittenden (US) 13.17 PR; 4. Ronald Levy (Jam) 13.22; 5. Pascal Martinot-Lagarde (Fra) 13.24; 6. Grant Holloway (US) 13.25; 7. Wenjun Xie (Chn) 13.46; 8. Sergey Shubenkov (Rus) 13.88.

Non-DL 110H(2.1): 1. Dimitri Bascou (Fra) 13.38w; 2. Konstadínos Douvalídis (Gre) 13.52w; 3. Gregor Traber (Ger) 13.56w; 4. Aurel Manga (Fra) 13.61w.

400H: 1. Karsten Warholm (Nor) 47.26; 2. Ludvy Vaillant (Fra) 48.30 PR; 3. Kyron McMaster (IVB) 48.33; 4. Yasmani Copello (Tur) 48.47; 5. TJ Holmes (US) 49.04; 6. Dave Kendziera (US) 49.16; 7. Thomas Barr (Ire) 49.32.

Non-DL 4 x 100: 1. Canada 38.26 (Gavin Smellie, Jerome Blake, Brendon Rodney, Aaron Brown); 2. France 38.67; 3. Turkey 39.00; 4. Portugal 39.24; 5. Spain 39.44; 6. Denmark 39.61 NR.

Field Events

HJ: 1. Michael Mason (Can) 7-5¾ (2.28); 2. Andrii Protsenko (Ukr) 7-5¾; 3. Ilya Ivanyuk (Rus) 7-5¾; 4. tie, Jeron Robinson (US) & Mateusz Przybylko (Ger) 7-5 (2.26); 6. Mathew Sawe (Ken) 7-3¾ (2.23); 7. tie, Tihomir Ivanov (Bul) & Ryo Sato (Jpn) 7-3¾; 9. tie, Brandon Starc (Aus) & Joel Castro (PR) 7-2¼ (2.19).

Non-DL PV: 1. Sam Kendricks (US) 19-8¼ (6.00) (x, =8 A) (17-10½, 18-4½, 18-8¼, 19-¼, 19-2¾ [2], 19-8¼ [3]) (5.45, 5.60, 5.70, 5.80, 5.86 [2], 6.00 [3]);

2. Augusto Dutra (Bra) 19-¼ (5.80); 3. Emmanouíl Karalís (Gre) 18-8¼ (5.70); 4. Ben Broeders (Bel) 18-4½ (5.60); 5. Chris Nilsen (US) 18-4½; 6. Renaud Lavillenie (Fra) 18-4½; 7. tie, Konstadínos Filippídis (Gre), Sondre Guttormsen (Nor) & Alioune Sene (Fra) 17-10½ (5.45); 10. Cole Walsh (US) 17-10½.

TJ: 1. Will Claye (US) 59-3 (18.06) (x, =8 W; x, =5 A) (56-11½, 57-¾, f, 58-1¼, 59-3, 52-8¾) (17.36, 17.39, f, 17.71, 18.06, 16.07);

2. Christian Taylor (US) 58-5¾ (17.82) (54-2, 56-½, 57-¼, 57-4¾, 58-5¾, f) (16.51, 17.08, 17.38, 17.49, 17.82, f); 3. Omar Craddock (US) 56-8½ (17.28); 4. Fabrice Zango Hugues (Bur) 56-2¾ (17.14); 5. Benjamin Compaoré (Fra) 55-11¼ (17.05); 6. Yaming Zhu (Chn) 55-9 (16.99); 7. Nelson Évora (Por) 55-2¼ (16.82); 8. Alexis Copello (Aze) 54-7¼ (16.64); 9. Jean-Marc Pontvianne (Fra) 54-6¾ (16.63); 10. Chris Benard (US) 54-6½ (16.62); 11. Harold Correa (Fra) 53-6½ (16.32); 12. Yoann Rapinier (Fra) 53-4½ (16.27).

SP: 1. Tom Walsh (NZ) 73-7½ (22.44) (73-7½, 72-6¼, 72-10½, 73-2½, f, f) (22.44, 22.10, 22.21, 22.31, f, f); 2. Joe Kovacs (US) 72-6½ (22.11) (71-7¼, 71-1¼, 72-6½, 71-2½, f, 70-1¾) (21.82, 21.67, 22.11, 21.70, f, 21.38); 3. Darlan Romani (Bra) 70-9 (21.56) (69-0, 70-½, 70-9, f, 70-3½, 68-8¾) (21.03, 21.35, 21.56, f, 21.42, 20.95); 4. Michał Haratyk (Pol) 70-¼ (21.34); 5. Tomáš Staněk (CzR) 69-10¾ (21.30); 6. Filip Mihaljević (Cro) 69-7½ (21.22); 7. Konrad Bukowiecki (Pol) 69-6¾ (21.20); 8. Bob Bertemes (Lux) 69-6¾; 9. Frederic Dagee (Fra) 66-5 (20.24).

(best-ever mark-for-place: 8)

Tri(SP/LJ/110H): 1. Kevin Mayer (Fra) 2886 (56-½/17.08 PR, 24-7¼/7.50, 13.55 PR); 2. Pieter Braun (Hol) 2629; 3. Kai Kazmirek (Ger) 2621; 4. Jorge Ureña (Spa) 2606; 4. Devon Williams (US) 2606.

PARIS DL WOMEN’S RESULTS

100(-0.2): 1. Elaine Thompson (Jam) 10.98; 2. Marie-Josée Ta Lou (CI) 11.13; 3. Dafne Schippers (Hol) 11.15; 4. Teahna Daniels (US) 11.16; 5. Aleia Hobbs (US) 11.16; 6. Jonielle Smith (Jam) 11.17; 7. Carolle Zahi (Fra) 11.25; 8. Natalliah Whyte (Jam) 11.25.

400: 1. Stephenie Ann McPherson (Jam) 51.11; 2. Kendall Ellis (US) 51.21; 3. Shakima Wimbley (US) 51.50; 4. Phyllis Francis (US) 51.56; 5. Lisanne de Witte (Hol) 51.83; 6. Christine Botlogetswe (Bot) 52.02; 7. Deborah Sananes (Fra) 52.04; 8. Amandine Brossier (Fra) 53.29.

800: 1. Hanna Green (US) 1:58.39; 2. Natoya Goule (Jam) 1:58.59; 3. Winnie Nanyondo (Uga) 1:58.83; 4. Olha Lyakhova (Ukr) 1:59.13; 5. Kate Grace (US) 1:59.33; 6. Raevyn Rogers (US) 1:59.50 (1:26.56); 7. Gudaf Tsegay (Eth) 1:59.52 PR; 8. Renelle Lamote (Fra) 2:00.40; 9. Morgan Mitchell (Aus) 2:00.87; 10. Nelly Jepkosgei (Ken) 2:01.94;… rabbit—Chanelle Price (US) (55.62).

Non-DL 4 x 100: 1. France 43.48 (Carolle Zahi, Cynthia Leduc, Maroussia Pare, Sarah Richard); 2. Spain 44.02; 3. Denmark 44.38; 4. Norway 44.71; 5. Israel 44.79 NR.

Field Events

PV: 1. Alysha Newman (Can) 15-9¾ (4.82) NR (14-5¼, 14-11, 15-3 [2], 15-7, 15-9¾ [3], 15-11¾ [xxx]) (4.40, 4.55, 4.65 [2], 4.75, 4.82 [3], 4.87 [xxx]); 2. Katerína Stefanídi (Gre) 15-7 (4.75); 3. Sandi Morris (US) 15-7; 4. Anzhelika Sidorova (Rus) 15-7; 5. Robeilys Peinado (Ven) 15-3 (4.65); 6. Katie Nageotte (US) 15-3; 7. Yarisley Silva (Cub) 14-11 (4.55); 8. Ninon Guillon-Romarin (Fra) 14-5¼ (4.40);… nh—Angelica Bengtsson (Swe), Eliza McCartney (NZ), Jenn Suhr (US).

TJ: 1. Yulimar Rojas (Ven) 49-4½ (15.05) (47-9, 49-4½, f, 48-11¾, 41-1½, 48-7¼) (14.55, 15.05, f, 14.93, 12.53, 14.81); 2. Liadagmis Povea (Cub) 48-4¾ (14.75) (48-4¾, 47-3¾, 47-11¼, 47-10¾) (14.75, 14.42, 14.61, 14.60);

3. Keturah Orji (US) 48-3½ (14.72) PR (3, 3 A) (47-8, f, f, 48-3½, f, 45-¼) (14.53, f, f, 14.72, f, 13.72);

4. Shanieka Ricketts (Jam) 48-3¼ (14.71) (f, 48-3¼, 48-2¾, 47-9¾, 47-10½, 47-6½) (f, 14.71, 14.70, 14.57, 14.59, 14.49); 5. Ana Peleteiro (Spa) 47-10½ (14.59) PR; 6. Kim Williams (Jam) 47-5 (14.45); 7. Olha Saladukha (Ukr) 46-11 (14.30); 8. Olga Rypakova (Kaz) 46-5½ (14.16); 9. Paraskeví Papahrístou (Gre) 45-7¼ (13.90); 10. Yanis David (Fra) 44-¾ (13.43).

DT: 1. Denia Caballero (Cub) 219-6 (66.91); 2. Sandra Perković (Cro) 213-3 (65.01); 3. Bin Feng (Chn) 211-11 (64.60); 4. Kristin Pudenz (Ger) 211-2 (64.37) =PR; 5. Valarie Allman (US) 208-11 (63.69); 6. Mélina Robert-Michon (Fra) 205-5 (62.62); 7. Nadine Müller (Ger) 204-5 (62.32); 8. Andressa de Morais (Bra) 203-5 (62.00); 9. Yaimé Pérez (Cub) 200-0 (60.96); 10. Claudine Vita (Ger) 199-6 (60.80). ◻︎