Kenyan female athletes dominated the women’s 5000m event at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene with Obiri Helen, Kibiwot Viola Jeleget and Cheruiyot Vivian Jepkemi winning the gold, silver and bronze respectively.
Obiri Helen crossed the finishing line with the time of 14.32.02, while Kibiwot jeleget came second with the time of 14.35.13 and C Cheruiyot Vivian Jepkemi’s time of 14.35.69 got her the third position.
The IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 men’s shot put gold medalist Joe Kovacs of the USA uncorked a world-leading 22.13m on his final attempt to close out a dominant performance.
With this achievement, the American becomes the first man over 22 meters this year.
“It’s the body waiting to have that little gear change. I didn’t do it in the first couple throws but I could feel the rhythm and excitement coming,” commented Kovacs.
After this meet, Kovacs now has the four best throws in the world this year but he sees much more improvement ahead of him.
“I’m probably in better shape than I’ve ever been in my life right now. When I see 22 (metres) something, it’s fun to see; but I think there’s another level. I’m not there yet and it just takes time to let the body get used to all the little stretches, the pressures on the hand, everything seems like it takes a little bit longer but it goes a lot farther.”
New Zealand’s Tom Walsh finished second with 20.84m while Hoffa Reese of the USA came third with 20.58
In the men’s 10,000m race, Mo Farah of Great Britain won with the a world leading 26:53.71 and a sprint victory in the last 100 metres.
“I finished the race and didn’t feel too tired. When you finish a race, you’re tired, you’re knackered. I feel alright so that’s a positive thing.” Farah said after the race.
Kenya’s Sitonik William Malel came second with 26:54:66 while the third place went to Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola with the time of 26:57:33.
Nigeria’s Blessing could only finish 4th in the women’s long jump event as Reese Britney of the USA came 1st while Spanovic Ivana of Serbia and Ugen Lorraine of Great Britain came 2nd and 3rd respectively.
In other action, Alysia Montano won the women’s 800m in 2:00.78 and world champion Pawel Fajdek won his 22nd consecutive hammer competition in a row with a distance of 80.28m.