Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti won the Lausanne Diamond League meeting the 11th in Diamond League series and setting the Diamond League record with a time of 2:13.49 100m race on Thursday (25)
The duel was expected to be between Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz and three time world champion Asbel Kiprop.
Souleinman the 2014 world indoor 1500m champion, who broke the world indoor record over the non-championship distance last winter, had his own plans. He powered down the back straight and off the final turn, easily fending off the late challenge by quick-closing Kenyans Robert Biwott and Jonathan Kitilit.
By setting the Diamond League record of 2:13.49, he became the fourth world all time. He trails Noah Ngeny, Sebastian Coe, Steve Cram and Taoufik Makhloufi.
He would have gone even faster had he not looked at the crowd and celebrated his run over the final 30 metres.
Kiprop who was poised as the favorite to win the race finished in fourth place in 2:14.23 behind Biwott and Kitilit who were second and third with a time of 2:13.89 and 2:13.95.
The 1500m Olympic champion United States Centrowitz came in distant sixth.
“I had a really bad Olympics and today finally I was strong, ready and had a great mindset,” said Souleiman, who was actually fourth in the Olympic 1500m final.