The track and field community didn't take long to return to action following the end of the Moscow World Championships on Aug. 18. The Diamond League schedule resumed on Aug. 22 in Stockholm with the annual DN Galan meet.
Meseret Defar won the 3000 meters in 8:30.29, the day's only world-leading performance. Numerous competitors who left Moscow with gold medals also won in Stockholm, including LaShawn Merritt in the 400 meters, Zuzana Hejnova in the 400 hurdles, high jumper Svetlana Shkolina, David Oliver in the 110-meter hurdlers, Aleksandr Menkov in the long jump, Caterine Ibarguen in the triple jump and, as usual, Valerie Adams in the shot put. World champ Eunice Sum won at 800 meters, despite the presence of 1500-meter World Championship gold medalist Abeba Aregawi. Check out the full results from the DN Galan. The Diamond League resumes in Zurich on Aug. 29.
World champion Pawel Fajdek and Krisztian Pars exchanged the hammer throw lead back and forth at the Athletics Bridge meet in Slovakia Thursday, before Pars threw a world-leading 82.40 meters (270 feet, 4 inches) to claim victory. Anita Wlodarczyk won the women's competition with a throw measuring 78.22/256-7. The competition was part of the IAAF's season-long Hammer Throw Challenge. Other meet highlights included Mike Rodgers' 100-meter victory over Nesta Carter, in 9.90 seconds to Carter's 9.98. Milcah Chemos won the rarely-run 2000-meter steeplechase in 6:03.38.