Seven Diamond League trophies and a world-leading win in the men’s
4x100m highlighted competition tonight at the Weltklasse Zurich, the
penultimate stop on the Samsung Diamond League.
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Diamond League encompasses 32 individual event disciplines, with a
points scoring ‘Diamond Race’ which runs throughout the 14 meeting
series. Winners of each Diamond Race will get a Diamond Trophy and a
cash prize. For complete rules and regulations, CLICK HERE
Chris Solinksy ran
his third sub-thirteen of the season when he took third place in the
men’s 5,000m in 12:56.45. Solinksy now owns three of the top five times
ever run by an American. Galen Rupp finished 12th in a personal best
[Ed. note: Solinsky was actually mad at himself following this race. In an interview, he commented: “I’ve been waiting for an opportunity in one of these races where things would open up and I could take the lead and that’s exactly what presented itself. I started to go and then I backed off because I got scared. I’ve got to get more confident in these situations. This was actually the best I’ve ever placed in a diamond or golden league meet.”]
In a gutsy women’s
400m race, Allyson Felix battled Debbie Dunn down the home straight,
pulling ahead at the end to win in 50.37 to Dunn’s 50.57. The win
clinched the Diamond League trophy for Felix, the first athlete to lay
claim to two Diamond League events following her success in the 200m.
Coming off the
final turn in second place, Jeremy Wariner surged down the final
straight passing Jamaica’s Jermaine Gonzales with 60m to go and never
looking back as he went on to win the men’s 400m in a world leading
44.13. Wariner earned a $20,000 bonus from the Weltklasse organizers for
setting a world-leading time and he also collects $40,000 for winning
the points standings in the Diamond League. Gonzales took second in
44.51 and Angelo Taylor finsihed third in a season best 44.72.
The men’s 4x100m
saw Trell Kimmons, Wallace Spearmon, Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers blaze
the track in 37.45 to beat Team Jamaica, who finished second in 37.76.
Their time was .05 seconds off the American record. Earlier in the
night, Kimmons won the men’s 100m in a personal best 9.95 and Rodgers
took second in 10.12, while Spearmon locked up the Diamond League trophy
in the men’s 200m by winning in a meet record 19.79.
holder David Oliver picked up his Diamond League trophy tonight after
winning the men’s 110m hurdles in a meet record 12.93. After a poor
start, Oliver had a clear lead by the third hurdle and stormed down the
track leaning mightily at the end before tumbling across the finish line
Outdoor champion Dwight Phillips secured his Diamond League trophy in
the men’s long jump with his win today. Phillips’ first mark of the day,
8.20m/26-11, was good enough to outlast his competitor’s six attempts
and win the competition. Reigning World Indoor
and Outdoor champion Brittney Reese was able to do the same on the
women’s side, winning the competition with 6.89m/22-7.25 to secure her
own Diamond League trophy.
The women’s 100m
came down to a photo finish, with Veronica Campbell-Brown being given
the nod over Carmelita Jeter, though both were officially timed at
10.89. Marshevet Meyers took third in a season best 10.97. Jeter had
already clinched the Diamond League trophy, which she won with 21 points
over Campbell-Brown, who had 14.
For more information and complete results from the Weltklasse Zurich, visit http://www.diamondleague-zurich.com/.