Road To The Final - London Diamond League Headlines

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.


Hellen Obiri at the London Diamond League / Photo IDL/Kirby Lee

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.


Women's 100m final line-up / Photo: Yomi Omogbeja / AthleticsAfrica.com

Here's a summary of the top headlines.

Clement fights back to qualify

After suffering a surprise defeat to Karsten Warholm earlier in the season, Diamond Trophy holder Kerron Clement seemed to be struggling more than expected to secure his place in the men's 400m Hurdles Final.

Victory in 48.02 in London, though, saw him confirm his qualification. The full line-up is now confirmed for the 400m Hurdles, with the likes of Clement, Warholm, Yasmani Copello all set for the Final.

Thompson secures place in the Final


Elaine Thompson suffered a surprise defeat in her heat in the women's 100m, but rallied to win her final in 10.94. That meant eight points for the Jamaican Olympic Champion, and means that she is the first woman to qualify for the IAAF Diamond League Final in the 100m.

Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers was second in 10.97 with Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor third in 10.99, the Nigerian’s first sub-11 of the season.



Harrison leaps back up the standings

Kendra Harrison was the star of the show with her world record run in London last year, and she was nearly as brilliant this time around, winning the 100m hurdles in 12.39.

Due to her hand injury, Harrison had missed opportunities to pick up points this season, but is now in third, just five points behind Sharika Nelvia and Christina Manning, who have already qualified.

Merritt qualifies with dominant display

Aries Merritt won the 110m hurdles in 13.09 on Sunday, putting beyond doubt the fact that he has well and truly returned to form.

Not only was it a fine victory on the scene of his Olympic triumph in 2012, it was also a crucial eight points which meant that Merritt has now qualified for the IAAF Diamond League Final alongside Orlando Ortega and Sergey Shubenkov.


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