05 August, 2019

Road To The Final So Far: Part Two

  • © Sifan Hassan

With just under two weeks to go until the IAAF Diamond League resumes in Birmingham on August 18, here's the second part of our series looking back on the Road To The Final so far in 2019.

From the season launch in Doha to a two-day Diamond League bonanza in London last month, the Road To The Final has already touched down in ten different cities so far this summer. 

Last week, we recapped the pick of the action in Doha, Shanghai, Stockholm, Rome and Oslo, and this week we will be revisiting the thrills and spills of the second five meetings of the season. 

So sit back, relax, and enjoy a rollercoaster ride through everything you might have missed in Rabat, Stanford, Lausanne, Monaco and London. 

Rabat - June 16

Nijel Amos became one of the first athletes to secure his place in the IAAF Diamond League Final with his victory in the men's 800m, while Genzebe Dibaba continued her fine form with a second consecutive win in the women's 1500m. 

Despite a tangle of legs and an ungainly crash over the finish line, Sergey Shubenkov picked up an invaluable win over his friend and rival Omar McLeod, while Blessing Okagbare's surprise defeat of Marie-Josée Ta Lou in the 100m proved to be the latest twist in the tale of the women's sprints. 

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Eugene/Stanford - June 30

Aside from the temporary change of venue, there was much at which to marvel at the Prefontaine Classic. 

Forced to trundle a little way down the West Coast due to renovation works at Hayward Field, the American Diamond League meeting threw up several staggering performances. Okagbare emphasised her strong form with victory in the women's 200m, while Christian Coleman and honorary American Mondo Duplantis delighted the home crowd with victories in the men's 100m and pole vault respectively.

Sifan Hassan, meanwhile, showed a tiny taste of what was to come as she defeated the likes of Hellen Obiri and Genzebe Dibaba to claim victory and a new European record in the women's 3000m. 

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Lausanne - July 5

Noah Lyles picked up one of three meeting records in Lausanne, shaving nearly a tenth of a second off Usain Bolt's previous mark with 19.50 in the men's 200m. 

There were also meeting records for Timothy Cheruiyot in the men's 1500m and Piotr Lisek in the men's pole vault. Clearing the six-metre mark outdoors for the first time in his career, Lisek established himself among an ever longer list of serious candidates to relive Timur Morgunov of the Diamond Trophy later this season. 

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce kept things interesting in the women's sprints, meanwhile, becoming the fourth different winner in four meetings on the women's 100m Road To The Final. 

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Monaco - July 12

Lisek cleared six metres again in Monaco to put his place in the pole vault Final beyond any reasonable doubt, while Christian Taylor launched his 2019 Diamond league campaign with victory and a meeting record of 17.82m in the men's triple jump. 

Diamond Trophy holder Shaunae Miller-Uibo also made a stylish first appearance on the circuit in 2019, picking up eight points in the women's 200m with a season's best of 22.09.

Yet the headlines were deservedly hogged by Sifan Hassan, whose world-record-breaking run in the women's mile had the Stade Louis II stadium and even Hassan herself clasping their mouths in disbelief. After her stand-out performance in Stanford, the magic in Monaco was the final confirmation that this is a very special year in the Dutchwoman's career.

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London - July 20/21

It was a good weekend to be a Jamaican when the Road To The Final touched down in London. Fraser-Pryce moved one step closer to a place in the Final with her second successive win in the women's 100m, while Shericka Jackson did the same with victory in the women's 400m. 

In the women's 100m hurdles, meanwhile, Danielle Williams place in the Final is now beyond doubt after she smashed the Jamaican record with a stunning 12.32. 

Akani Simbine also wrapped up his place in the men's 100m Final, and there were meeting records for Malaika Mihambo in the women's long jump, Daniel Stahl in the men's discus and Hellen Obiri in the women's 5000m. 

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