BIRMINGHAM (GBR, Jul 10): Debut of Samsung Diamond League at the Alexander Stadium of Birmingham happened before 11 500 capacity crowd and registered in partly rainy weather 2 world leading marks and three meet records. Four British wins (Greene, Farah, Meadows, Idowu) was something for the spectators, Asafa Powell impressed after false start drama with 9.91, but best results came from Sally Pearson (12.57 and 12.48) and Andreas Thorkildsen (88.30).
Event by event review
100 m: Powell won after false start drama in 9.91 (+0.4) but did not push till the end. Second Nesta Carter 9.93 ahead of Michael Frater 10.01. Powell was more easy and impressive in his heat 9.95 (+1.0). Ndure false-started and Rodgers did not run the final because of an injury. This were numbers 70 and 71 sub 10 for Powell, the biggest number ever.
800 m: Kaki in solo race after 500 m won in 1:44.54 but faded little at the end. Second Lewandowski 1:45.47 beat Laalou 1:45.77.
5000 m: Farah gave in 56 last round the win for the crowd in European leading 13:06.14. His US training partner Galen Rupp beat Imane Merga in last meters 13:06.86 PB to 13:07.63. Fifth European medalist Jesus Espana of Spain improved to 13:10.19 and Moumin Geele of Djibouti (by some sources listed as Somalia) improved national record as 10th to 13:17.77.
400mH: Dai Greene for second time in his career beat Bershawn Batman Jackson in 48.20 over 48.22. Third Javier Culson 48.34 and fourth Jack Green improved before next weeks European U23 Champs to 48.98 (trains together with Greene).
TJ: Idowu ruled, had 17.54, 17.29 and 17.13 enough to win. Tamgho as fifth 16.74 was not a factor (had long fouls and promised big mark next time).
USA AHEAD OF KENYA AND JAMAICA
IMPRESSIVE 3000 M, RELAY WORD BESTS
UTICA (USA, Jul 10): Runners hit the streets of Utica for the 34th annual Boilermaker Road Race Sunday morning. Around 13,000 people took part in the 15k race this year. No one was able to beat last year's record times, but Ridouane Harroufi of Morocco took first place in this year's race in 43:30. Harroufi previously won the Boilermaker back in 2009. Second Peter Kamais 43:31 ahead of another Kenyan Shadrack Kosgei 43:49. Kenyan Alice Timbilili won the women race in 48:41 ahead of Russian Alevtina Ivanova 49:38. With help from local media.
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