Cheruiyot rules at Diamond league in Stockholm

Jul 30, 2011

World champion Vivian Cheruiyot, with one of the most dominant 5000 metres performances in living memory, was the star of a wind spoilt but still highly entertaining DN Galan - Samsung Diamond League - meeting in front of a full-house of spectators in Stockholm on Friday (29).

Cheruiyot brought home a world season lead as did the victories of Andreas Thorkildsen and Mitchell Watt respectively in the Javelin and Long Jump. The other headlines came from Yelena Isinbayeva who sent a message to the world that she is back, while Usain Bolt managed on the third time of asking to get a victory in the 1912 Olympic stadium.

Kenyan record for Cheruiyot

Cheruiyot, with a national record and world season leading time of 14:20.87 thrashed her rivals, when defying the unhelpful conditions with a memorable performance which saw her finish over 120 metres ahead of her shell-shocked rivals.

The reigning World 5000 champion with her awesome individual display en route to the fourth fastest performance in history sent out a clear message that she will again be the athlete to beat in Daegu where the IAAF World Championships take place from 27 August- 4 September.

Hitting the front after one and two kilometres were passed in 2:55.35 and 5:47.19, she saw herself with seven laps remaining holding a huge 40 metres lead ahead of eight of her opponents who were left battling for second place.

Cheruiyot, her stride never faltering, progressed through 3K and 4K in 8:38.67 and 11:31.22 and at the bell held an amazing lead of over 100 metres.

She continued to motor around the final circuit, while Sally Kipyego making a long run from 300m finished runner-up in 14:43.87, with a Kenyan clean sweep of the podium places being confirmed as Sylvia Kibet took third in 14:45.31.

"I am happy for the national record and world lead because I came to this race with the vision I can run very fast," said Cheruiyot. "Frankly the weather was not the best today. Looking to the future she added: "I feel like I am able to break the World record soon but conditions must be perfect.”


Bolt carefully coasts to victory

Usain Bolt finally broke his Stockholm stadium duck and scored an individual victory at the DN Galan meeting but like in other events he had to battle with the wind and settled for a time of 20.03 into a wind of -1.2.

The World record holder for the distance producing a reasonable start, then roared around the bend to come into the home stretch his stride eating up the ground ahead of him.

Marvin Anderson his fellow Jamaican made an attack with 70m remaining but that was quickly blown away and he had to settle for second in 20.47, with Panama's World silver medallist Alonso Edward third in 20.56.

Bolt, who will defend his World 100 and 200 titles in Daegu, said: "Technically it was not a good race because the curves here are a bit tight so I was careful of not getting injured before the World Championships. But generally it was a good race despite the fact I wanted a better time.”

Kiplagat again in unstoppable form


World leader Silas Kiplagat continued his winning 1500m form of recent weeks and turning on the pressure in the final 200 scored a solid victory in 3:33.94. The field were hampered throughout by the unpredictable wind as USA’s former 800 star David Krummenacker led them through the 400 point in 56.10 and 800 in 1:54.36.

Kenya's Caleb Ndiku then took up the running but with half a lap remaining it was Nick Willis, a week after setting a New Zealand record in Monaco where Kiplagat won with his world lead of 3:30.47, who was looking strong.

However Kiplagat quickly pounced and although his fellow Kenyan and Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop and Willis chased hard they had to settle for second and third in 3:34.42 and 3:34.49 respectively.


Koech scores sixth Stockholm win

Paul Koech maintained his magnificent DN Galan meeting record when chalking up an effortless sixth 3000m Steeplechase victory around the 1912 Olympic Stadium track in a time of 8:05.92.

Koech, just a week after clocking a personal best 7:56.37 for the distance when third in an epic race in Monaco where Brimin Kipruto just missed the World record by 0.01sec, was never going to approach that time in the windy conditions.

Instead it was a seasoned professional display as, lying third through the first kilometre, he tracked pace Haron Lagat (2:39.27) before taking the initiative himself through 2K in 5:23.74.

Then coming into the home straight for the penultimate time Koech put his foot on the pedal to open a gap of 10 metres on Uganda's Benjamin Kiplagat at the bell. Kiplagat finished runner-up in 8:14.42 with the winner's fellow Kenyan Jonathan Ndiku third in 8:17.77.