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(IAAF Diamond League) Eritrea’s Aron Kifle third in 27:27.68

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Friday, 31 May 2019

Aron Kifle🇪🇷 3rd place 10000m Diamond league Stockholm Sweden.
....However, up front Kenyan Rhonex Kipruto and Ethiopian Hagos Gebrhiwet were the class of the field, and Kipruto put on an impressive display the final three laps to get the win and a sub-27:00 clocking in 26:50.16. Gebrhiwet was second in 27:01.02 in his 10,000 debut, likely locking up a place on the Ethiopian Worlds team, as Eritrea’s Aron Kifle was a distant third in 27:27.68. American Paul Chelimo was a game 5th, outkicking Switzerland’s Julien Wanders to run 27:43.89 to Wanders’ 27:44.36 (a Swiss national record), but as things stand, neither of those men will be able to run the 10,000 at Worlds this year as neither ran under the IAAF standards. Instead fellow American Shadrack Kipchirchir, who was 14th today in 28:21.26, will likely get to go to Worlds as he already has the standard from last year.

31 May, 2019

Stockholm: Fighting Difficult Conditions, Kipruto and Stahl Impress

It would be hard to find two more contrasting figures of athleticism than Sweden’s Daniel Stahl and Kenya’s Rhonex Kipruto, but in their own unique way the pair lit up the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm on Thursday evening (30) at the third meeting of the IAAF Diamond League. 

It would be hard to find two more contrasting figures of athleticism than Sweden’s Daniel Stahl and Kenya’s Rhonex Kipruto, but in their own unique way the pair lit up the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm on Thursday evening (30) at the third meeting of the IAAF Diamond League.

Stahl is a towering hulk of muscle, a hefty behemoth replete with virtually peerless power and strength, while Kirputo is a tiny, ultra-thin figure, one whose compact stride covers the ground with such effortless efficiency that it’s impossible to imagine him as anything but a distance runner.

But in Stockholm both stamped their authority over world-class contemporaries with similar supremacy, Stahl sending the home crowd happy with victory in the men’s discus with 69.57m, Kipruto turning in the fastest performance in two years when clocking 26:50.16 in the men’s 10,000m, a frankly astonishing effort given the surging headwind he faced on every journey up the back straight.

The 10,000m may have been a non-Diamond League event, but Kipruto somehow managed to outshine perhaps every athlete on the programme. He was content to sit behind the leaders for the first half of the race, with Ethiopia’s Hagos Gebrhiwet taking the field through 5000m in 13:28.65. But then the 19-year-old Kenyan surged to the front, upping the pace over the laps that followed.

By 9000m he had just Gebrhiwet for company, but soon the Ethiopian couldn’t live with his teenage rival and began to drop away. Kipruto stormed to the finish with a 2:34 final 1000m, setting a world lead, meeting record and PB of 26:50.16.

“I’m really happy,” said Kipruto. “Now I’m going back to Kenya and training until I run another Diamond League – maybe 5000m. Later in the year I’ll run the 10,000m at the Worlds.”

Gebrhiwet came home second in 27:01.02, with Eritrea’s Aron Kifle third in 27:27.68.


In the men’s discus, it appeared at one point as if Stahl had done something even more astonishing, the Swede sending the disc hurtling into the night sky in the fifth round and watching as it hit the turf at least three metres beyond the 70-metre line.

But the wild cheers soon turned to groans when the red flag was raised, a furious Stahl exiting the circle and left to wonder what might have been. His second-round effort of 69.57m proved enough to take victory, however, with Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres second with 68.96m and Austria’s Lukas Weisshaidinger third with 66.97m.

“I threw a little bit too high today – that’s why I didn’t throw even longer,” said Stahl. “But it’s there, it’ll come. It felt like I had 60 percent power in my winning throw. It feels like there’s a lot more to give.”


Elsewhere there were a number of upsets across a range of events. World cross country champion Hellen Obiri was an unlucky victim of a collision of athletes with a little over 1000m to run in the women’s 5000m, the Kenyan taking a heavy fall and conceding a good 40 metres to the leaders at a crucial stage. She closed the gap over the lap that followed but by the time the leaders kicked with a lap to go her fuel gauge was in the red.

Canada’s Gabriela Debues-Stafford led into the home straight and appeared ready to spring a massive surprise, but Kenya’s Agnes Tirop soon came storming past, taking victory in 14:50.82, a world lead. Ethiopia’s Fantu Worku was second in 14:51.31 with Kenya’s Lilian Rengeruk third in 14:51.34. Obiri faded to 12th.

World champion Elijah Manangoi was well off the pace in the men’s 1500m, the Kenyan coming home 10th in 3:48.83. It was his compatriot Timothy Cheruiyot who reigned supreme, the Kenyan kicking off the front with 200 metres to run and coming come a clear winner in 3:35.79.

Djibouti’s Ayanleh Souleiman took the runner-up spot with 3:37.30, the same time credited to Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who unleashed a storming finish to take third.

Ajee Wilson was an impressive winner of the women’s 800m, the US athlete taking command at the front after the pacer stepped aside after 500m. Wilson hit 600m in 1:30.09 and kept the pedal to the floor around the final bend, holding off the strong challenge of Ethiopia’s Habitu Alemu to take victory in 2:00.87 to Alemu’s 2:01.26. Kenya’s Nelly Jepkosgei took third with 2:01.98.

“I did what my coach told me to do and it worked out,” said Wilson. “I got out well in first 100m and had a good position. The majority of my training right now is really distance orientated. I'm looking forward to coming down a bit and doing more specific workouts and speed training.”


There was a huge upset in the men’s long jump, Sweden’s Thobias Montler the sole athlete in the field able to thrive in the difficult conditions. He soared to a personal best of 8.22m in the second round, a mark which no one could match.

Juan Miguel Echevarria came closest, the Cuban unable to match his heroics here last year and having to make do with second via his sixth-round effort of 8.12m. USA’s Jeff Henderson was third with 8.09m while world champion Luvo Manyonga was fourth with 8.07m.

“I did my 8.43 jump a week ago but it was in the wind so it gave me confidence for today,” said Montler. “Of course I am surprised to come out on top with the big names – I know Luvo and Echevarria can jump really far but maybe I ‘m more used to the cold.”


Cuba’s Denia Caballero sprang a surprise in the women’s discus, an event where two-time Olympic champion Sandra Perkovic could only finish fifth.

Perkovic indicated yesterday that she wasn’t expecting much on her season debut, given it was still four months out from the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, but even still she was below-par. She registered two valid attempts – her best effort of 63.71m leaving her fifth. Caballero took victory via her second-round effort of 65.10m, with fellow Cuban Yaime Perez just behind with 65.09m and China’s Yang Chen third with 64.25m.

Sam Kendricks continued his fine start to the season with his second Diamond League victory in the men’s pole vault, the American the only athlete in the field able to clear 5.72m in the breezy conditions, which he did at the first attempt.

With that he decided to call it a night, the world champion in prime position at the head of the standings with his maximum tally of 16 points from his first two meetings. Poland’s Piotr Lisek finished second with 5.60m, while Japan’s Seito Yamamoto was third with a best of 5.48m.

Mariya Lasitskene had a few nervous moments in the women’s high jump, but the reigning world champion opened her season with a win. She had two failures at 1.90m but sailed clear on the third effort and then cleared 1.92m at the first attempt, something no other jumper could manage. Ukraine’s Yuliya Levchenko took second on countback from Sweden’s Erika Kinsey, both clearing a best of 1.90m.

“Today it was super hard for me, my body was not listening at all,” said Lasitskene. “I tried not to get injured during the competition and therefore I´m happy. That really was my only and big goal for today.”

In the women’s 1500m, a non-Diamond League event, Britain’s Laura Muir displayed her vast supremacy with a solo run to victory, the 26-year-old coasting away from the pack after the pacemaker stepped aside after 800m and cruising home in 4:05.37 – an ideal tune-up for Rome next Thursday where she will target a much faster time.

“Today was about the win rather than the time with the conditions as they are,” she said.

Cathal Dennehy for the IAAF and the IAAF Diamond League

Results (Lap-by-lap splits here)

Rank Name Nat Date of Birth Order Result
1 KIPRUTO Rhonex KEN 12 OCT 1999 14 26:50.16 WL MR PB
2 GEBRHIWET Hagos ETH 11 MAY 1994 8 27:01.02
3 KIFLE Aron ERI 20 FEB 1998 9 27:27.68
4 TUEMAY Mogos ETH 24 MAY 1997 16 27:34.36 PB
5 CHELIMO Paul USA 27 OCT 1990 1 27:43.89 PB
6 WANDERS Julien SUI 18 MAR 1996 3 27:44.36 NR PB
7 KURGAT Amos KEN 7 MAR 1992 15 27:48.15
8 ERASSA Kirubel USA 17 JUN 1993 21 27:52.75 PB
9 KAYA Ali TUR 20 APR 1994 17 27:53.39
10 TOROITICH Timothy UGA 10 OCT 1991 13 28:06.87
11 HABTE Awet ERI 29 SEP 1997 10 28:11.12
12 MUNERIA Charles KEN 10 FEB 1996 20 28:13.91
13 BOUCHIKHI Soufiane BEL 22 MAR 1990 4 28:20.97
14 KIPCHIRCHIR Shadrack USA 22 FEB 1989 6 28:21.26
15 KORIR Leonard USA 10 DEC 1986 18 28:23.00
16 PÉREZ Juan Antonio ESP 6 NOV 1988 11 28:27.14
17 KIPROTICH Peter (PM) KEN 20 DEC 1998 26 28:32.78 PB
18 PETROS Amanal GER 17 MAY 1995 19 28:42.59
19 KAYA Aras TUR 4 APR 1994 12 28:49.21
20 RONO Vincent KEN 11 DEC 1990 5 29:01.82
21 FSIHA Robel SWE 7 MAR 1996 23 29:15.45 PB
22 BARRIOS Juan Luis MEX 24 JUN 1983 22 29:26.99
KERICH Gevin (PM) KEN 2 FEB 1995 24 DNF
KIPSANG Isaac (PM) KEN 20 FEB 1999 25 DNF
KIPTUM Kelvin (PM) KEN 2 DEC 1999 27 DNF
MEKONNEN Jemal Yimer ETH 11 SEP 1996 2 DNF
SOLOMON Napoleon SWE 14 FEB 1994 7 DNF

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