22 July, 2019

London: What You Missed

  • Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) clocked 10.78 winning the Women's 100m at the 2019 Müller Anniversary Games in London

A ferociously fast Fraser-Pryce, meeting records for Mihambo, Stahl and Obiri, and ever more qualifiers for the Diamond League Final. Here is everything you missed from a bumper weekend in London.

There may not have been a world record in the end, but there was no shortage of marvellous performances and eyebrow-raising developments on the Road To The Final in London this weekend. 

A full two days of turbo-charged Diamond League action saw a whole host of stars lock down their place in the Diamond League Final later this season and also produced a fistful of meeting records to delight the crowds in the London Stadium.

Akani Simbine, Dina Asher-Smith, Tatsiana Khaladovich and Christian Taylor were among the athletes who secured qualification, but in general, it was a weekend coloured in black, green and gold as Jamaican athletes such as Akeem Bloomfield, Danielle Williams and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce stacked up the victories for their country. 

With the next Diamond League meeting in Birmingham almost a whole month away, we will be taking stock in the next few weeks and investigating what is still to play for on the Road To The Final. But first, put the kettle on, put your feet up and enjoy a well-earned look back at some of the highlights from this weekend's action. Here is what you missed in London. 

Top performances

London is a city which boasts a proud and vibrant Caribbean community, and there were no shortage of Jamaican fans cheering on their national heroes at the Müller Anniversary Games. 

Danielle Williams hogged the headlines on Saturday, smashing the Jamaican record in the women's 100m hurdles with a staggering 12.32 to go top of the standings and guarantee herself a place in the Diamond League Final later this season. 

Further victories followed for Akeem Bloomfield (men's 400m) and Rushell Clayton (women's 400m hurdles) on Sunday, but eight points was not enough for either athlete to break into the top eight and pick up a place in the Final. 

An impressive 50.69 in the women's 400m saw Shericka Jackson strengthen her grip on a qualifying position. The Jamaican now sits fourth in the standings, eight points shy of finalists Salwa Eid Naser and Stephenie Ann McPherson. 

The headline act among the Jamaicans, though, was sprinting legend, self-proclaimed "rocket mommy", and all-round superstar Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who stormed to victory over a star-studded field in the women's 100m. 

Fraser-Pryce clocked 10.95 and 10.78 to leave the likes of Marie-Josée Ta Lou and Dina Asher-Smith in the dust and pick up her second victory on the Road To The Final. The consolation for Ta Lou and Asher-Smith? Second and third place finishes were more than enough for them to secure their passage to the Diamond League Final. 

In the men's 100m on Saturday, Akani Simbine also bagged his place in the Final with a season's best of 9.93, while elsewhere on the track, woman of the moment Sifan Hassan suffered a surprise defeat in the women's 5000m.

Hassan, fresh from her world record run in the women's mile in Monaco a week earlier, led the pack for much of the race before a well-timed kick from Olympic champion and Diamond Trophy holder Hellen Obiri left the Dutchwoman reeling. Unstoppable from that point on, Obiri clocked a meeting record of 14:20.36.

It was to be one of several meeting records on Sunday. After her victory in Rome, Germany's Malaika Mihambo continued her dominance of the Road To The Final in the women's long jump with a meeting record 7.02m, while in the men's discus, Sweden's Daniel Stahl inflicted defeat on Jamaican rival Fedrick Dacres with a third-round throw of 68.56m.

Stahl and Dacres had both already qualified for the Diamond League Final, but there was more at stake elsewhere on the infield. 

Mutaz Essa Barshim, returning to the circuit after a year on the treatment table, muscled his way into a qualifying position with a strong second-place finish in the men's high jump. Syrian rival Majd Eddin Ghazal not only claimed victory in London, but also secured his place in the final. 

The same went for Diamond Trophy holder Tatsiana Khaladovich in the women's javelin. Having failed to hit her best form on the Road To The Final so far, the Belarusian arrived in London under pressure and in need of points. She rose to the challenge, taking a comfortable victory with 66.10m to sneak into the top eight and book herself a chance to defend the Diamond Trophy in Zürich next month.