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Mike Rosenbaum

Fast Times in Doha Diamond League Meet

By May 13, 2014

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The season-opening Diamond League meet in Doha last Friday produced plenty of exceptional performances, particularly for an early-season meet. The men's 1500 meters, for example, featured six runners who finished within 3:31. Asbel Kiprop won the race in 3:29.18, followed by fellow Kenyan Silas Kiplagat in 3:29.70. LaShawn Merritt was pushed hard in the 400, as five competitors finished in less than 45 seconds. Merritt prevailed in 44.44.

In the women's 3000, Genzebe Dibaba ran her outdoor personal best (8:26.21), but still faded to sixth on the final lap, as Hellen Obiri won in 8:20.68. Obiri's time is the seventh-best in history. She trails six performers who all ran during China's famous - or infamous, depending on your suspicions - National Games of 1993, during which Wang Junxia set the still-standing world record of 8:06.11.

Four high jump competitors cleared at least 2.37 meters (7 feet, 9 inches) in Doha, led by Russia's Ivan Ukhov, who won the meet by topping 2.41/7-10. American Erik Kynard and Canada's Derek Drouin tied for second at 2.37, while Mutaz Essa Barshim was fourth, also at 2.37, but with more misses than either Kynard or Drouin.

Nigerian-born Adekoya Kemi, now running for Bahrain, pulled off the meet's biggest surprise. The 21-year-old won the 400 hurdles in 54.59, beating veterans such as Kaliese Spencer and Lashinda Demus.

Check out the meet's full results.


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