Saturday, May 12, 2012

Diamond League: Doha

The outdoor track season has officially commenced with the running of the Diamond League meet from Doha, Qatar. Here's some quick recaps of the events:

Walter Dix wins the 200m in 20.02. Not a great field, but was into a slight headwind.

Pamela Jelimo runs a 1:56.94 in one of the most exciting women's 800m races I've ever seen, especially for a non-championship event. Oh, and it's 95 degrees there. American Molly Beckwith got under 2 in 1:59.51 (7 women total under 2 minutes).

In the men's 100m, Jamaica's Asafa Powell had a great start and led until the closing meters, when Justin Gatlin snuck by him to win in 9.87, which is just off his PR of 9.85. Slight tailwind.

Men's 800: who else? David Rudisha wins in 1:43.10. Slowest time was 1:45.12.

In the very stacked (no pun intended) women's 100m, our favorite, Allyson Felix, GETS THE WIN. Pretty incredible as the field was very competitive and she is not a 100m runner. It was an incredible race for her.

Men's 1500m was a huge field, and the pace was lightning fast as the rabbit brought them through 2 laps at 56 (1:52 at 800m) and through 1200m at 2:50. Asbel Kiprop tripped on the rail heading into the home straight and ended up getting beat by Silas Kiplagat, with both guys running under 3:30. Russell Brown, the only American, finished 12th place in the race, but ran 3:34.11 (PB), which is well under the Olympics "A" standard (if he should qualify at US Trials).

Men's 400m: Lashawn Merritt cruises to the easy win in the fastest time in the world this year - 44.19. Guess Extenze really works.

Read the full article on Running Maryland: Diamond League Sizzles in Doha Opener

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