Africa shines in Eugene

The Africans shone at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Eugene on Saturday (May 28) with Kenyan Faith Kipyegon who flew the 1500m in 3'52''59 ahead of Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay (3'54'' 21) and Canadian Gabriela Debues-Stafford (3'58''62). The Olympic champion suddenly achieves the best performance of the season and a meeting record.


Ethiopian Berihu Aregawi produced a superb solo performance to win the 5000m with a meeting record and the world best of the season in 12'50''05, ahead of his compatriots Samuel Tefera (13'06''86) and Selemon Barega (13'07''30).

Nigerian Tobi Amusan took second place in the 100m hurdles in 12.58 behind Puerto Rican Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (12.45). Tonea Marshall of the United States ranks third in 12.66. His compatriot Ese Brume is second in the Length with 6m82 behind the Swedish of Gambian origin Khaddi Sagnia (6m95). American Tara Davis is third with 6m73.

The American Michael Norman signed an exceptional performance by setting a time of 43.60 in the 400m ahead of Kirani James from Granada (44.02) and the Englishman Matthew Hudson-Smith (44.35).

For the record, Norah Jeruto, the athlete of Kenyan origin who now represents Kazakhstan, achieved a world first by winning the women's 3000m steeplechase in 8'57''97. Bahrain's Winfred Mutile Yavi, also of Kenyan origin, was close behind with a best of 8:58.71, while Ethiopia's Mekides Abebe was third in 9.03.26.

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