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Tobi Amusan smashes the African Record in Paris

The 2018 Commonwealth Games 100m hurdle champion, Tobi Amusan, smashed the African championship record last night at the Paris Diamond League Meeting held in Paris, France.

Amusan, who narrowly missed a medal at the Tokyo Olympics, started slowly in yesterday’s Diamond league in Paris, but picked up midway to erase the old African record of 12’86 that she set in 2018 in Asaba with a new record and a personal best of 12.41 seconds.

With the new African record in her kitty, Amusan will surely be one of the athletes to watch at the 2022 World Athletics Championship in Oregon, U.S. next month and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England from July 28 to August 8.

 

Winfred Yavi runs the World leading time in 3000m steeplechase in Paris

The 2018 Asian Games champion, Winfred Mutile Yavi blew the women 3000m steeplechase race with a world leading at the Paris Diamond League Meeting held on Saturday (18) in Paris, France.

The 22 year-old who came to this race with the fastest time in world this year of 8:58.71 that she got at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, where she finished in second, lowered it further as she run for the second time sub nine to cross the line in a new personal best of 8:56.55.

Yavi who is a Kenyan-born Bahraini athlete was followed by 17-year-old Sembo Alemayehu from Ethiopia in new personal best of 9:09.98 which is also the New World U18 record hold.

The 2018 Youth Olympic silver medallist, Mekides Abebe also from Ethiopia who came with the second fastest time on paper of 9:03.26 that she got in Eugene closed the podium three finishes in \9:11.09.

Where to Watch the Paris Diamond League

The Paris Diamond League action will happen this evening which is the seventh meeting of the season.

The action begins at 19.30 local time (GMT +2) with the women’s high jump and the main programme kicks off at 21.00 with the women’s 400m.

Check out the information below to find out where you can follow and watch the meeting on TV, livestream and social media.

The meeting will be streamed in a number of territories on the Wanda Diamond League YouTube page from 21:00 local time (GMT +2).

The livestream will NOT be available in all territories.

To find out where the meeting may be broadcast in your country, check the list below. If your country does not appear on the list, please check local listings. The list is subject to change, and some broadcasters may only show highlights coverage, while others will show the meeting live. Please check your local listings to find out more information.

Territories Broadcaster
Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Reunion, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Seychelles, Socotra, South Africa, St. Helena and Ascension, Swaziland, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Zanzibar, Algeria, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Mayotte, Morocco, Saint Helena, Somalia, Togo, Tunisia, Western Sahara Supersport (English) / Canal+ (French)
Argentina TeleRed
Australia Fox Sports
Baltics: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania TV3 (SIA)
Balkans: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia Sportklub
Belgium VRT
Brazil Globo / Newco – Band Sport
Bulgaria A1 – Sport Max
Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba), Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States Virgin Islands Flow Sports
China CCTV
Czech Republic Ceska Televize
Denmark NENT
Finland MTV
France / Monaco L’Equipe / Sportall / AthleTV
Germany Sky Deutschland
Greece / Cyprus TAF / ERT
India Viacom 18
Israel Charlton
Italy and the Vatican City Sky / Rai
Hungary MTVA
Macau TDM
Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic Sky Mexico
Netherlands Ziggo Sports / NOS
New Zealand Spark
Norway NRK
Poland Polsat
Portugal Sport TV Portugal
Singapore Starhub
South Korea KBS
Slovakia RTV
Spain Movistar
Sweden C More-TV4 / SVT
Switzerland SRG
Thailand Cineplex / Mono
Turkey Ssport
United Kingdom, Guernsey, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man- audio BBC Service overseas BBC
Ukraine Sentana
USA NBC Sports
Vietnam SCTV
Bhutan, Bolivia, Chile, Cambodia, Indonesia, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Mongolia, Myanmar, North Korea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Sri Lanka, Uruguay, Venezuela Wanda Diamond League YouTube / Facebook

Winfred Yavi to fight for top honors in Paris

The 2018 Asian Games champion, Winfred Mutile Yavi will highlight the women 3,000m steeplechase race at the Paris Diamond League Meeting that will be held on Saturday (18) in Paris, France.

The 22 year-old comes to this race with the fastest time in world this year of 8:58.71 that she got at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, where she finished in second.

Yavi who is a Kenyan-born Bahraini athlete will renew her rivalry against the 2018 Youth Olympic silver medallist, Mekides Abebe, who finished third in Eugene with a time of 9:03.26.

World U20 silver medallist, Zeerfe Wondemagegn and 17-year-old Sembo Alemayehu, who improved the World U18 records to 9:18.98 in Hengelo this year and European Indoor 3000m silver medallist Alice Finot from France have also been roped in to fight for the top honors.

Francine Niyonsaba sets new 2,000m world record in Zagreb

Olympic 800m silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba set a new 2,000m world record at the Continental Tour Gold meeting that was held on Tuesday (14) night in Zagreb.

Her time of 5:21.56 seconds was two seconds faster than the record set by Genzebe Dibaba indoors in 2017.

The world 800m silver medallist, became the sixth fastest woman over the 3000m in history at the Paris Diamond League Meeting  is also among several athletes banned from competing between 400m and 1500m because of naturally high levels of testosterone.

However she was forced to move up in distance due to the new rules relating to testosterone levels and at the Tokyo Games where she finished in fifth in the 10,000m final in 30:41.93.

Her world record run, which also broke the outdoor record set by Ireland’s Sonia O’Sullivan in 1994, came a week after claiming victory over 5,000m in the Diamond League meeting in Zurich.

The 2,000m has never been held at an Olympics or World Championships but is often featured at track and field meetings.

Francine Niyonsaba breaks three records in Paris

Burudi’s Francine Niyonsaba became the sixth fastest woman over the 3000m in history at the Paris Diamond League Meeting that was held on Saturday (28) at the Stade Charlety in Paris.

The 2017 World 800m silver medallist Champion produced the most eye-catching performance of the day when she  held of the challenge of the 2018 World U20 Championships silver medallist, Ejgayehu Taye from Ethiopia, crossing the line in a world lead of 8:19.09.

The 2016 and 2017 World Indoor gold medallist Champion broke three records in this race which is a world-leading time, national record and Meet Record and made history’s sixth fastest outdoor performer.

Taye who is also from the Tokyo Olympics and could not qualify to the finals as she finished fourth in heat held on to come home second in National Record and personal best of 8:19.8.

Margaret Chelimo kipkemboi from Kenya closed the podium three first finishes with a personal best of 8:21.53.

United States Elise Cranny and Ethiopia’s Fantu Worku came home with personal bests in fourth and fifth place in 8:30.30 and 8:30.76.

Another Kenyan Beatrice Chebet finished in tenth position in 8:44.27

Wyclife Kinyamal silences Marco Arop in Paris Meet

The unexpected happened as Canada’s Marco Arop steam was slowed down by Wyclife Kinyamal from Kenya at the Paris Diamond League Meeting that was held on Saturday (28) at the Stade Charlety in Paris.

The 22 years-old has been on fire recently beating the reigning Olympic gold and silver medalists, Emmanuel Korir and Ferguson Rotich at the Prefontaine Classic and at Athletissima meeting as he defeated them to claim his second Diamond League title.

The Canadian had to be silenced by Kinyamal as he had punished the two in two occasions and the time was nigh to be put in the frying pan as he was pushed to his limit by the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Wyclife Kinyamal.

With the Tokyo champion missing for this meet, the 2016 East African Junior Athletics Champion had to step in his shoes and salvage Kenya from the Canadian dominance as he lived to it crossing the line in 1:43.94 with the 2019 World Championships bronze medallist taking in silver in 1:44.45. Arop was forced to settle on third in 1:44.74.

Australia’s Peter Bol and Great Britain’s Elliot Giles finished in fourth and fifth place in 1:44.88 and 1:44.92 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS
800m MEN

  1. Wyclife Kinyamal    (KEN) 1:43.94
  2. Ferguson Rotich       (KEN) 1:44.45
  3. Marco Arop               (CAN) 1:44.74
  4. Peter Bol                    (AUS) 1:44.88
  5. Elliot Giles                (GBR) 1:44.92

Benjamin Kigen runs world lead as Conseslus Kipruto falters in Paris

The battle between the former and current Olympic champions never happened as the two bowed out of the race at the Paris Diamond League Meeting that was held on Saturday (28) at the Stade Charlety in Paris.

The 2020 Tokyo champion, Soufiane El Bakkali from Morocco was the first to bow out as he collided to the first barrier forcing him to pull out while Conseslus Kipruto pulled out in the third round of the race.

The race had its uniqueness as Tokyo bronze medallist Benjamin Kigen led 1-2-3.

The 2019 African games gold medallist started pulling away from the group at the bell and continued to increase his momentum creating a gap at the last 20m to cross the line with one of his finest kick clocking a world lead time of 8.07.12.

The 28 year-old was followed by the 2015 African Junior Athletics Championships gold medallist Abraham Kibiwot who crossed the line in 8:09.35 with Leonard Kipkemoi Bett closing the podium three finishes in 8:10.21.

Ethiopia’s Getnet Wale finished in fourth place  in 8:13.31 while Hillary Bor from the United States finished a distant ninth in 8:21.02.

LEADING RESULTS

3000m Steeplechase Men

  1. Benjamin Kigen  (KEN) 8:07.12
  2. Abraham Kibiwot (KEN) 8:09.35
  3. Leonard Bett (KEN) 8:10.21
  4. Getnet Wale (ETH) 8:13.31
  5. Matthew Hughes (CAN) 8:13.77

Battle of the Titans in Paris as Conseslus Kipruto faces Soufiane El Bakkali

World 3000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto will square it out with the Tokyo Olympic champion, Soufiane El Bakkali from Morocco at the Paris Diamond League Meeting that will be held on Saturday (28) at the Stade Charlety in Paris.

El Bakkali, who in Tokyo became the first non-Kenyan to win the men’s Olympic 3000m steeplechase title since Poland’s Bronislaw Malinowski at the 1980 Moscow Games – which Kenya boycotted – will be favourite on paper to record another victory in Paris.

The Moroccan will have to battle with his most fierce opponent the Rio 2016 Games gold medallist and double world champion Kipruto, who dropped out of the Kenyan Olympic trials after two laps following an injury that has been toll on him.

Despite Kipruto’s outstanding success in major championships, El Bakkali is the fastest runner in the field with a best of 7:58.15. Kipruto, surprisingly, has never bettered 8 minutes, with a best of 8:00.12.

Lamecha Girma will be the Ethiopia’s hope as he carries his personal best of 8:01.36 that he got at the 2019 World Athletics Championships, where he won the silver medal and set the new Ethiopian national record.

Gatlin, Coleman to miss U.S. championships, World Cup

World sprint champions Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman will miss next week’s U.S. championships and as a result will not be eligible for track and field’s new premier event, the Athletics World Cup in London in July, officials tell Reuters.

The decisions, especially rising star Coleman’s, come at a time the World Cup, an eight-nation showdown, is seeking to bring new energy to the sport in a year when there is no world outdoor championship and Usain Bolt is no longer competing.

Managers for 100 meters winner Gatlin and Coleman, the world indoor 60m champion and record holder, both told Reuters their clients would not run in the American meeting, scheduled Thursday through Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa.

That makes them and any other athlete who misses the championships ineligible for the U.S. World Cup team, according to Duffy Mahoney, USA Track & Field’s chief of sport performance.

“It is quite simple,” Mahoney said in an email to Reuters. “The highest placing finisher in each event at the 2018 USATF Senior Championships – who elects to compete – will select themselves for a position on the U.S. Team.”

Gatlin’s manager, Renaldo Nehemiah, said “there was no real incentive” for the 36-year-old sprinter to run in Iowa since there would be no world championship and not having extra races would cut down on the sprinter’s wear and tear going into the 2019 world championships and 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Coleman manager Emanuel Hudson, in a text message, said, “Coleman is not at nationals.”

The world 100m silver medalist has been injured but is expected to return for the June 30 Paris Diamond League meeting.

Olympic 400m hurdles gold medalist Dalilah Muhammad also will not be at the championships, Hudson wrote.

“So according to what you sent (Mahoney’s statement), they wouldn’t be eligible for World Cup,” he added.

TOP TEAMS

Despite their absence and perhaps others, “USATF looks forward to having the world’s best national track & field championship next week in Des Moines, and to fielding the top team for the World Cup,” spokesperson Jill Geer said.

The World Cup, scheduled for July 14-15, will bring together teams from the United States, Jamaica, China, France, Germany, Britain, South Africa and Poland.

Track events from 100 through 1,500 meters, plus hurdles races and 4×100 and 4×400 meter relays, will be contested along with eight field events.

Each nation will have one competitor per event.

Without Gatlin or Coleman, the World Cup likely will look to Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, the year’s fastest at 100m, or emerging talent from the U.S. and Jamaican championships for its new sprint king.

World indoor bronze medalist Ronnie Baker and new 200m sensation Noah Lyles are set for a 100m showdown at the American meeting with Michael Norman, the year’s top 400 meters runner, contesting the 200.

Teenager Sydney McLaughlin will be launching her professional career in the 400 meters hurdles, where she is 2018’s fastest.

reuters.com