05 July, 2018

Lyles, Samba and Kambundji fire up Lausanne

Magical atmosphere in La Pontaise. Two Swiss records and two wizards in a beautiful 43rd edition.

19:10 | Javelin Women | Nikola Ogrodnikova Gets it Over 65m
Nikola Ogrodnikova (CZE) was the only one to cross the 65m mark with a throw at 65.02m. She secured a great victory against Shiying Liu (CHN) who threw at 64.48m and Martina Ratej (SLO) who delivered 63.28m.


19:15 | Long Jump Women Malaika Mihamboand Ivana SpanovicBack to Back at 6.90 m.
Ivana Spanovic(SRB) thought she had killed the contest with a great first jump at 6.90m. But Malaika Mihambo(GER) also jumped that distance on her last try. In the end it is the German who wins, thanks to her second best jump (6.70m against 6.62m for the Serbian). Triple jumper Caterine Ibargen (COL) takes third with 6.77m. 



19:20 | Shot Put Men | Tomas Walsh, the Strongman of La Pontaise
By throwing at 21.92m, Tomas Walsh (NZL) was, as expected, the strongest at La Pontaise. Darlan Romani (BRA) reached 21.38m and Michał Haratyk (POL) 21.21m.


20:02 | 400m Women | Salwa Eid Naser Dominates in 49"78
The favourite Salwa Eid Naser (BRN) confidently completed her lap around the track in an excellent time of 49"78. She is ahead of a trio of Americans: Jessica Beard in 50"40, Shakima Wimbley in 50"58 and Jaide Stepter in 50"63.



20:12 | 200m Women | Gabrielle Thomas Wins with an Excellent Time of 22"47
Gabrielle Thomas (USA) was very solid in her 200m. She won in 22"47 against Jamille Samuel (NED) in 22" 68 and Shericka Jackson (JAM) in 22 "84. Sarah Atcho (Lausanne-Sports) finished seventh in 23"16. 


20:15 | Pole Vault Women | Katerina Stefanidi Wins the Ballet of the Pole Vault
Superb contest with seven jumpers at 4.72m and over. The first three passed 4.82m and it was Katerina Stefanidi (GRE) who finally won on the number of attempts against Jennifer Suhr (USA) and Anzhelika Sidorova (ANA).



20:22 | 110 m Hurdles Men | Sergey Shubenkov Again Under 13 seconds!
The Russian Sergey Shubenkov is currently hard to beat. With his 12"95 today, he has run for a third time under 13 seconds this season. Devon Allen (USA) is second in 13"29, one hundredth ahead of Pascal Martinot-Lagarde (FRA). The young Swiss Jason Joseph (LC Therwil) ran in 13"54.


20:30 | High Jump Men | Danil Lysenko Hovers Over the Competition
The Russian jumper Danil Lysenko (ANA) reigned over the competition with his best performance of the season at 2.37m. Brandon Starc (AUS) and Jeron Robinson (USA) both crossed 2.29m.


20:32 | 800m Women | Francine Niyonsaba Wins the 800 m in 1'57"80
The favourite Francine Niyonsaba (BDI) had to push hard to take the victory in 1'57"80. Her opponents followed very closely with 1'58"20 for Ajee Wilson (USA) and 1'58"38 for Habitam Halemu (ETH).


20:42 | 400m Hurdles Women | Superb Duel Between Shamier Little and Janieve Russell
In this high-profile event, Shamier Little (USA) and Janieve Russell (JAM) had a great duel, which resulted in their best performance of the season in 53 "41 and 53" 46. Fifth in the race, Lea Sprunger (COVA Nyon) also had her best time of the season with 54"79, the best European performance of 2018!


20:45 | Triple Jump Men | Christian Taylor Beats Pedro Pablo Pichardo by One Centimeter
The duel between Christian Taylor (USA) and Pedro Pablo Pichardo (CUB) was magnificent and it ended on a win for the American by the smallest of margins: 17.62m against 17.61m.


20:52 | 100m Women | An Absolutely Fantastic Race Won by Marie-Josée Ta Lou
The new coating of the straight line of La Pontaise has kept all its promises! Marie-Josée Ta Lou (CIV) won in 10"90, ahead of Elaine Thompson (JAM) in 10" 99, Jenna Prandini (USA) in 11 "00, Daphne Schippers (NED) in 11" 02, and Mujinga Kambundji (ST Bern) who broke her Swiss record by four hundredths in 11.03, the same time as Murielle Ahouré (CIV). What a race!



21:02 | 5000m Men | Birhanu Balew beats the Ethiopiens and the Kenyans!
The classic battle between Kenya and Ethiopia was on the verge of turning largely to the advantage of the Ethiopians when a collision at 130m from the finish line allowed Birhanu Balew (BRN) to escape and win this 5000m in 13'01"09, the world’s best performance of the year! Behind, Selemon Barega (ETH) in 13'02" 67 and Abadi Hadis (ETH) in 13'03 "63 were also excellent. Julien Wanders (Stade Genève) finished his race in 13'36"24.


21:18 | 400m Hurdles Men | Abderrahman SambaOff Limits Again
Once again, Abderrahman Samba (QAT) showed the extent of his immense talent by mastering the 400m hurdles in 47"42. Only Karsten Warholm (NOR) seemed to be able to follow him, remaining in the end half-a-second behind (47 "95).



21:28 |1500m Women | Shelby Houlihan Impressive in 3'57"34
We were waiting for Caster Semenya (RSA), but it was not her day. Sifan Hassan (NED) tried everything to make the race as fast as possible and that was the case. At 100m from the finish, Laura Muir (GBR) seemed to have an advantage. That was without counting on the final surge of Shelby Houlihan (USA), who finally won in a fantastic time: 3'57 "34, world’s second best performance of the year and a meet record! Muir finishes second in 3'58"18, Hassan in 3'58"39 and Gudaf Tsegay (ETH) in 3'59"07.



21:38 | 200m Men | Noah Lyles is Definitely the New Sprint Star
The new American wave was devastating on the half lap. Noah Lyles clocked another fantastic time of 19"69, the best performance of the year, with compatriot Michael Norman running 19"88 and Alex Quinonez (ECU) finishing third in 20"88. Alex Wilson (Old Boys Basel) could not deliver a new feat.



21:48 | 4x100m Relay Women | The Swiss Team Imperial in 42"29 Sets a Swiss Record 
The duel at the top between Germany, Holland and Switzerland turned to the advantage of the Swiss, who were absolutely furious over the entire lap. Ajla Del Ponte, Sarah Atcho, Mujinga Kambundji and Salome Kora broke the Swiss record by 21 hundredths in 42"29, the world’s third best performance of the year, with Germany still two tenths behind and Holland nearly half a second away.