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London’s Top Three Moments – Obiri Upstages Muir’s record attempt

Later this week, the IAAF Diamond League heads to London for the 11th meeting in the 2018 series. Here we look back at three of the more memorable moments from the British capital.


Kendra Harrison’s world 100m hurdles record of 12.20, beating the 1988 mark of 12.21 set by Bulgaria’s Yordanka Donkova, put even Usain Bolt’s 19.89 200m into the shade on the first of two days of competition in London’s Olympic stadium.

Two months after becoming the second fastest women’s high hurdler in history with 12.24 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene, and two weeks after failing to qualify for the US Olympic team, the 24-year-old from Tennessee produced one of the great track performances in front of more than 40,000 fans.

“Only the record will make up for missing out on Rio,” Harrison had said at the previous day’s press conference.

Harrison, who had won her heat in 12.40, crossed the line five metres clear of a world-class field, but the time which flashed up was only 12.58. But shortly afterwards, the figures were corrected to a world record mark and the winner sank to her knees in tears.

Harrison had dipped so low at the line, she had run beneath the beam and the trackside clock initially recorded the uncorrected time of second-placed Brianna Rollins, later credited with 12.57.

“I wanted to come out here and show the world that I still have it, even though I won’t be going to the Olympics,” she said. “I had to give it all I had.

“Initially I saw 12.5 and I was just happy to come out here and win. I was so happy when it came up and I was feeling really blessed.”


There would hardly have been a more popular winner in the mile than Laura Muir, who had begun her year by winning European indoor titles at 1500m and 3000m.

The previous year Muir had beaten the British 1500m held by double Olympic gold medallist Kelly Holmes, running 3:55.22 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris and concluding her season by winning the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich.

Now she was after the imperial version of that record, set 32 years earlier by Zola Budd at 4:17.57.

Hellen Obiri had other plans.

She tailed the Briton through the bell. As Muir hit the home straight, the noise levels in the Olympic stadium rose to the heights. But then Kenya’s Olympic 5000m silver medallist moved past her to break her own national record, setting a meeting record of 4:16.56.

Only Genzebe Dibaba had run faster than that time this millennium. Obiri moved above Mary Slaney on the world all-time list having eclipsed Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon as the fastest Kenyan ever.

Muir, ultimately, paid for her early ambition, finishing six tenths off Budd’s mark in 4:18.03. But it had been a proper, old fashioned race that will be long remembered.

With the top five athletes finishing within 4:20 and best marks-for-place being set from fourth to 14th, it was the deepest women’s mile race in history.


Cuba’s Yarisley Silva achieved her second consecutive IAAF Diamond League victory over Jenn Suhr and Fabiana Murer, beating the respective Olympic and world champions with an IAAF Diamond League record of 4.83m.

Suhr took second with 4.73m, although she had two goes at 4.88m, with Murer third at 4.63m, reversing their positions from the previous month’s IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham.

Early in the season, Silva had altered her technique in line with her rising ambitions, holding the pole higher and extending her run-up. She was aiming for gold at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow. She went on to take bronze in the Russian capital, but a world indoor title in 2014 was a step towards her making the top of the podium at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015.

Laura Muir targeting UK Mile record In London

Double world indoor medallist Laura Muir is planning an assault on the British mile record at the Müller Anniversary Games, the 11th stop of the 2018 IAAF Diamond League, in London on 22 July.

One of Muir’s most memorable career achievements to date came at the same event in 2016 when buoyed by a vociferous home crowd, she broke Kelly Holmes’ 1500m British record en route to a 3:57.49 victory, a record she further lowered to 3:55.22 in Paris one month later.

This year, Muir will have Zola Budd’s 33-year-old mile record of 4:17.57 in her sights in the London Stadium. Eclipsing that will elevate Muir into the event’s all-time top-10. Muir clocked her 4:18.03 personal best at last year’s London meeting where she finished second behind Kenyan Hellen Obiri.

“I just remember it being so loud as I turned into the home straight, it was an amazing experience,” Muir said of her London race in 2016. “Everyone was cheering me to the line, so to get that victory and the record was a fantastic moment in my career.”

After ending her indoor campaign in March with a double medal-winning performance at the World Indoor Championships where she captured 1500m silver and 3000m bronze, Muir embarked on her 2018 outdoor season in Eugene yesterday where she finished second in the 1500m clocking 3:59.30.

Her record attempt adds to an already stellar line-up that includes the 60m world indoor record holder and world champion Christian Coleman, Olympic medallist Andre de Grasse, British international medallists Dina Asher-Smith, Richard Whitehead, Andrew Pozzi, Olivia Breen, Eilidh Doyle and Morgan Lake.

Dibaba lifts the 1500m title at the World Indoor games as Chebet finishes disappointing fifth

Ethiopian’s Genzebe Dibaba was  was on her class as she claimed her fifth world indoor medal when she won the 1500m gold medal at the ongoing IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham on Saturday (3).

Sifan Hassan and Laura Muir – the other 3000m medallists – joined her in action along with a supposedly fresh Kenyan Beatrice Chepkoech, who won the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in an impressive 4:02.21 to lie second in the world rankings behind Dibaba’s 3:57.45.

Muir had won 3000m bronze behind Hassan and this time the Scot proved the better to finish just under a second down on Ethiopian world record-holder Dibaba.

The race started with a jog – 39.25 for the first 200m, which is only just inside five-minute pace, and picked up slightly through 400m in 76.48.

It was Dibaba who this time lost patience with the dawdle and she picked up the pace through 600m in 1:49.96.

Now Dibaba was operating at a mind-boggling 3:42 pace as she was running sub 30-second laps as she went through 800m in 2:20.81 and it was down to six runners to fight for the gold.

The third 400m through to 1200m was run in a vicious 59.77 but still Hassan, Muir and Chepkoech were holding on to the frantic pace.

The next 200m was run in 29.47 and that went away from Hassan. Down the back straight, Muir passed Hassan and briefly began to close on the leader.

Dibaba is special though and completing the last 800m inside two minutes she won in a superb 4:05.27.

“I am so happy to be able to do the double,” said Dibaba. “Last year I was sick but this time I was ready to run for my country.

“Laura was very strong but I am in good shape and that is why I won it. This is a gold for all the people of Ethiopia too.”

Muir was a brilliant second in 4:06.23 to take Britain’s first medal in this event since Kelly Holmes in Birmingham in 2003.

The three medallists finished well clear of the rest, US champion Shelby Houlihan taking fourth in 4:11.93 ahead of Kenya’s Winny Chebet fifth in 4:12.08, Jamaica’s Ashia Praught sixth in 4:12.86 and Kenyan steeplechaser Beatrice Chepkoech finishing a disappointing seventh place in 4:13.59.