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Road To The Final - Monaco Diamond League Headlines

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The Road To The Final reached its decisive phase in many disciplines this Friday July 21, as the IAAF Diamond League completed its 11th stage of the season at the Herculis Meeting in Monaco.

Here's a summary of the top headlines.


Manangoi wins, Kiprop misses out on Final


Elijah Motonei Manangoi won a thrilling 1500m in Monaco, overtaking Timothy Cheruiyot on the home straight to come in at 3:28.80. Victory saw Manangoi finish top of the qualification standings.
Three time Diamond Trophy winner and current holder Asbel Kiprop, meanwhile, finished only 11th, meaning he did not secure a place in the top 12 of the qualification standings, and will not be able to defend his title at the Final.

Ibargüen rallies, takes revenge on Rojas

For much of the women's triple jump, it looked like Venezuelan pretender Yulimar Rojas was going to inflict a second defeat this season on Colombian legend Caterine Ibargüen.
The Diamond Trophy holder and Olympic champion rallied in the final round, howe…

Video Highlights: IAAF Diamond League Monaco Press Conference with Wayde van Niekerk

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Catch up on what Kendra Harrison, Wayde Van Niekerk, Maria Lasitskene, Thomas Röhler and Renaud Lavillenie had to say at Thursday's press conference ahead of the 11th IAAF Diamond League meeting of the summer in Monaco.



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Road To The Final - Rabat Diamond League Headlines

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The Road To The Final reached Africa this weekend as the world's top athletes descended on Rabat for the Meeting International Mohammed VI.

The action saw many stars book their place in the Final, while others picked up enough points to raise their hopes of securing a qualifying place.

Here's a summary of the top headlines:




Protsenko qualifies, Tamberi fights back

Andriy Protsenko put in a consummate display of jumping to secure victory in Rabat, but the night belonged to Gianmarco Tamberi.

After returning from injury just weeks ago, Tamberi's second Diamond League appearance of the season marked a brilliant return to form in which he finished joint second, picking up seven points, and moving him closer to a qualifying position.

"I needed these points, I need to reach the Final", he said.

Ibargüen returns to top of the standings

Diamond Trophy holder Caterine Ibargüen has dominated the IAAF Diamond League for the last four seasons, which meant that defeat to Yuli…

Road To The Final - London Diamond League Headlines

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Hellen Obiri from Kenya won the Women's Mile at the 2017 Müller Anniversary Games in London on Sunday, setting a meeting record of 4:16.56, and breaking her national record.



Kenya's Winny Chebet was third while there was a Polish record of 4:19.55 for Angelika Cichoka in fourth.

In the men’s 800m, Botswana's Nijel Amos leapt to the top of the world leaderboard as he brought back memories of the 2012 Olympic final where he chased world record-setting David Rudisha to the line for a world U20 record of 1:41.73.

He wasn’t quite that quick this afternoon, but Amos adopted Rudisha-like tactics as he followed pacemaker Bram Som through half way in 49.58 and held off the field into the home straight to win in 1:43.18, his quickest time since 2015.
Many of the world's top athletes secured their place in the IAAF Diamond League Final at the end of the season by picking up crucial points at London's Müller Anniversary Games.



Here's a summary of the top headlines.

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Road To The Final - Lausanne Diamond League Headlines

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It was a thrilling night of IAAF Diamond League action at Athletissima in Lausanne on Thursday evening.

A number of athletes secured qualification for the Final, and records were tumbling left, right and centre.

Here's a summary of the top headlines.

Wayde van Niekerk eases to record

South African Wayde van Niekerk made his first Diamond League appearance of the season in Lausanne, and he made quite a splash, easing over the line in 43.62 and smashing the 400m Diamond League record.
The win gives him eight points and brings him to 9th place in the rankings, meaning a spot in the top eight and a place in the Final is within touching distance.

Kendricks and Wojciechowski deliver thrilling finale
The men's pole vault was the last event to finish in Lausanne, as Sam Kendricks, Pawel Wojciechowski and Renaud Lavillenie went the full distance in a brilliant battle.
After Lavillenie had bowed out at 5.87m, Kendricks and Wojciechowski both cleared 5.93m.
Kendricks took victory, bu…

Road To The Final - Paris Diamond League Headlines

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The 2017 IAAF Diamond League season reached Paris on Saturday, as the world's top athletes had another chance to pick up valuable points on the Road To The Final.

It proved to be a night of upsets and decisive moments at the Stade Charlety. Here's a summary of the top headlines.

Thompson back in the running

Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson had drifted down the qualification standings in the women's 100m over the last few weeks.

She eased to victory in 10.91 in Paris to take her tally to 16 points. Though she is now second, and still yet to officially qualify, Thompson's passage to the Final now looks a lot smoother than it did before tonight.

Kendricks beats Lavillenie again
Sam Kendricks had twice beaten Renaud Lavillenie in this season's Diamond League before this evening, and he extended his streak, winning again after he cleared 5.82m.

Seven time Diamond Trophy winner Lavillenie couldn't use his home advantage, and is still without a win in this year's…

Upsets expected at 2017 Athletics South Africa Senior Championships in Potchefstroom

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While South Africa's top sprinters are expected to steal the show and experienced campaigners are favoured to dominate other disciplines, a number of junior prospects and resurgent stars are aiming to cause upsets at the ASA Senior and Combined Events Championships in Potchefstroom on Friday and Saturday. 

With the likes of national 100m record holder Akani Simbine, SA 200m record holder Anaso Jobodwana, world 400m record holder Wayde van Niekerk and defending 100m champion Henricho Bruintjies tipped to battle it out for the short-sprint titles, they will need to hold off a new generation of determined teenage speedsters.

Defending national 200m champion Clarence Munyai broke the SA Junior half-lap mark in Tshwane last month, clocking 20.10 seconds, while training partner Gift Leotlela shattered the Under-20 100m record with a 10.12 performance on the fast Tuks track.

After covering the 100m dash in 9.95 earlier this season to join a growing list of local sub-10 sprinters, 21-year-…

Top SA sprinters to clash at the 2017 South African Championships in Potchefstroom this weekend

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South Africa's growing list of world-class sprinters will lead the charge in Potchefstroom this weekend, as a number of elite stars target double titles at the ASA Senior Championships on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 April 2017.

In-form Olympic finalist Akani Simbine will turn out as the favourite for the Men's 100m and 200m crowns, after he was confirmed in the Athletics Gauteng North (AGN) entry lists released on Tuesday.



Simbine, who has clocked impressive times of 9.92 and 19.95 in the short sprints this season, will line up against 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk (Athletics Free State), World Championships 200m bronze medallist Anaso Jobodwana (KwaZulu-Natal Athletics) and national Junior 100m record holder Tlotliso Gift Leotlela (AGN) in both events.

Two other AGN speedsters, former national 100m record holder Henricho Bruintjies and the latest SA athlete to dip under 10 seconds, Thando Roto, will focus on the short dash, while Western Province Athletics (WPA) …

Kenyans Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat claim 2017 Boston Marathon titles

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Geoffrey Kirui won the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday, pulling away from three-time U.S. Olympian Galen Rupp with two miles to go to give Kenya its first men's victory in five years.

Edna Kiplagat won the women's race to complete the Kenyan sweep. They were followed closely by Americans who grabbed two of the top four women's spots and six of the top ten for men -- the first time that's happened since the race went professional in 1986.



"It's so exciting to see Americans being competitive here," said Rupp, the Olympic bronze medallist who was making his Boston debut.

"It's a real exciting time. And it's awesome to see American distance running on the upswing and being competitive in these races."

Kirui finished in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 37 seconds to claim a silver trophy, a guided olive wreath from Marathon, Greece, and the $150,000 first prize.

Rupp was 21 seconds back, and Japan's Suguru Osako 30 seconds behind him. Rounding out…

South Africa: Lungile Gongqa won the Old Mutual Two Oceans, Lebogang Shange and Ncincilili Titi shine at the weekend

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South Africa's road runners dominated a long weekend packed with fine performances, as the nation's elite athletes turned out in various contests around the world.

On Saturday, Lebogang Shange stepped on the podium at the IAAF Race Walking Challenge in Taicang, China. Shange took third place in 1:23:45, crossing the line 1:29 behind Brazilian Caio Bonfim, who was fourth at last year's Rio Olympics, in the Men's 20km race.




Elsewhere, in Cape Town, marathon runner Lungile Gongqa won the Old Mutual Two Oceans 56km ultra-distance contest. Gongqa completed the race in 3:09:43 to earn the first SA victory in the men's race in four years.

Maryna Damantsevich of Belarus controlled the women's race from start to finish to bag the title in 3:37:13, despite falling and scraping her knees at the start.

Local marathon specialist Jenna Challenor, making her Two Oceans debut, ran a well-judged race to finish second in 3:47:32. Namakoe Nkhasi of Lesotho set a course reco…