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Breaking Records: Diamond League Final Caps Off Spectacular Season

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EUGENE, September 18, 2023 – The 2023 track and field season reached its grand crescendo at the Wanda Diamond League Final, held in Eugene, Oregon, with an astounding display of world-class performances that left spectators in awe. This historic event marked the first time the Diamond League Final was hosted in the United States, and it will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the greatest non-Olympic or World Championships meets in the history of the sport.

Chase Ealey: A Shot Put Sensation

The excitement kicked off with Chase Ealey’s record-breaking performance in the shot put. The two-time defending world champion solidified her status as a shot put sensation by unleashing a monumental throw of 20.76 meters (68 feet 1.5 inches) in the third round. Ealey’s throw not only secured her second consecutive Diamond League title but also surpassed the ratified American record of 20.63 meters (67 feet 8.25 inches) set by Michelle Carter during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Ealey’s opening throw of 19.77 meters (64 feet 10.5 inches) set the stage for her incredible achievement, and she followed it up with a 20.61-meter (67 feet 7.5 inches) effort on her next attempt, making it the second-farthest throw by an American athlete. Notably, her throw was the best in the world since 2015.

Athing Mu’s Mastery in the 800m

Athing Mu continued her dominance on the track with yet another breathtaking performance at Hayward Field. Mu, undefeated in her ten previous races at this storied venue, triumphed once more in the Prevagen Women’s 800. Her tactical brilliance was on full display as she clocked a remarkable time of 1:54.97. Mu tactically followed Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson for most of the race and then surged past her in the final meters to shave 0.07 seconds off her own American record of 1:55.04, set at the Pre Classic in 2021. Hodgkinson also set a national record of 1:55.19, securing second place, while Natoya Goule-Toppin of Jamaica claimed third in 1:55.96, also establishing a national record. This race showcased the incredible depth of talent in women’s middle-distance running.

Ingebrigtsen and Nuguse: Milestone Moments

The Nike Men’s Bowerman Mile featured a thrilling homestretch battle between Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen and American indoor record holder Yared Nuguse, resulting in the third and fourth fastest times in history. Ingebrigtsen, the Olympic champion, clocked an astounding time of 3:43.73, missing the world record by a mere 0.6 seconds. On his shoulder, Nuguse shattered the ratified American record with a time of 3:43.97, surpassing Alan Webb’s record of 3:46.91 set in 2007 at Brasschaat, Belgium. The top eleven finishers in the race all broke the 3:50 barrier, with Cole Hocker achieving a lifetime best of 3:48.08, securing the sixth spot and moving to fourth on the all-time U.S. performer list.

Ingebrigtsen’s Record-Setting 3000m

The men’s 3000 meters witnessed one of the fastest races in history, with Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen clinching victory in a meet record time of 7:23.63. Ingebrigtsen’s performance marked the fastest time in the world since 1999 and the third-fastest ever recorded. Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha set a national record of 7:23.64 in second place, becoming the fourth-fastest performer in the world. The United States’ Grant Fisher achieved a remarkable feat by shaving over three seconds off his personal best, clocking 7:25.47 in third place. His performance bettered the ratified American record of 7:29.00 and propelled him to eighth on the all-time world performer list.

Gudaf Tsegay Shatters Women’s 5000m Record

Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay left a resounding mark in the Nike Women’s 5000 meters by obliterating the world record with a staggering time of 14:00.21. Her remarkable achievement erased almost five seconds off the previous world record set earlier in the summer by Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon. Beatrice Chebet of Kenya secured the second position with the third-fastest time ever recorded in the women’s 5000 meters, crossing the finish line in 14:05.92. The United States’ Alicia Monson achieved a seventh-place finish with a time of 14:45.98, while Weini Kelati secured the eighth spot with a time of 15:25.62.

Mondo Duplantis Soars to Pole Vault Glory

Sweden’s Mondo Duplantis replicated his world-record-breaking feat from last year’s World Championships by breaking his own world record in the men’s pole vault. Duplantis effortlessly cleared 6.23 meters (20 feet 5.25 inches) on his first attempt, reaffirming his status as the world’s premier pole vaulter. Notably, Sam Kendricks clinched the third spot with a clearance of 5.72 meters (18 feet 9.25 inches), while Chris Nilsen achieved the same height for fifth place. KC Lightfoot claimed the seventh spot with a clearance of 5.52 meters (18 feet 1.25 inches).

Rai Benjamin Triumphs in Men’s 400H

The men’s 400 meters hurdles witnessed a thrilling showdown between Rai Benjamin and Karsten Warholm of Norway, the world champion and world record holder. Benjamin displayed an exceptional performance, cruising past Warholm in the final 100 meters to clock an impressive time of 46.39. Benjamin’s time ranks second on the all-time U.S. performance list, only behind his American record of 46.17. Warholm held on for second place, finishing in 46.53. Trevor Bassitt, the Oregon22 bronze medalist, secured the eighth position with a time of 48.42, while CJ Allen claimed the ninth spot in 48.62.

Christian Coleman’s Speed in the Men’s 100

Christian Coleman, the 2019 world champion, showcased his speed by winning the men’s 100 meters in a remarkable time of 9.83 seconds. The top four athletes finished within 0.04 seconds of each other, emphasizing the incredible competition in this event. World champion Noah Lyles closed swiftly to secure the second position with a time of 9.85 seconds, while Oregon22 silver medalist Marvin Bracy-Williams claimed the fifth spot with a time of 10.01 seconds.

Valarie Allman Triumphs in Women’s Discus

American record holder and Olympic champion Valarie Allman clinched victory in the women’s discus with her opening throw of 68.66 meters (225 feet 3 inches). This performance reversed the order from Budapest, where Laulauga Tausaga-Collins had emerged victorious. Tausaga-Collins produced a throw of 68.36 meters (224 feet 3 inches) in round three, securing the second position.

Joe Kovacs: Shot Put Great

Reigning Diamond League Final champion Joe Kovacs displayed his prowess in the shot put competition against world record holder Ryan Crouser. Kovacs delivered a strong statement with a throw of 22.70 meters (74 feet 5.75 inches) in round one. Although Crouser quickly responded with a mark of 22.91 meters (75 feet 2 inches) in the second round, Kovacs seized victory with a throw of 22.93 meters (75 feet 2.75 inches) in the fourth round. Kovacs displayed remarkable consistency by landing five of his six attempts over 22.50 meters (73 feet 10 inches).

Hansle Parchment’s Victory Over Grant Holloway

The men’s 110 meters hurdles featured a thrilling battle between three-time world champion Grant Holloway and reigning Olympic champion Hansle Parchment of Jamaica. Parchment replicated his victory from Tokyo, surpassing Holloway over the final three hurdles to win in a world-leading time of 12.93 seconds. Holloway secured the second position with a time of 13.06 seconds, followed closely by Daniel Roberts in third with a time of 13.07 seconds.

Shericka Jackson’s Quest for the Women’s 200 Record

Shericka Jackson aimed to break the world record in the women’s 200 meters to conclude the Diamond League season at Hayward Field. Although she didn’t reach the world record, Jackson claimed the title with a meet record time of 21.57 seconds, just shy of her personal best of 21.41 seconds, set in Budapest earlier in the summer. TeeTee Terry was the top American finisher, securing the fourth position with a time of 22.21 seconds.

Andre de Grasse’s Redemption in the Men’s 200

Reigning Olympic champion in the men’s 200 meters, Andre de Grasse, sought redemption following a sixth-place finish in Budapest. He achieved his goal by running a season-best time of 19.76 seconds, securing the title. Kenny Bednarek and Erriyon Knighton secured the second and third positions with times of 19.95 and 19.97 seconds, respectively, while Kyree King claimed the fifth position with a time of 20.16 seconds.

Emmanuel Wanyonyi’s World-Leading 800m

In the men’s 800 meters, Emmanuel Wanyonyi of Kenya displayed a spectacular performance, passing Canada’s Marco Arop in the final meters to win in a meet record time of 1:42.80, the fastest time in the world in 2023. Bryce Hoppel finished sixth in 1:44.63, showing his impressive form down the stretch.

Femke Bol Dominates Women’s 400m Hurdles

Femke Bol of the Netherlands, the fastest women’s 400 meters hurdles athlete in the world in 2023, secured a comfortable victory in the final 100 meters, clocking 51.98 seconds. Shamier Little, the Budapest silver medalist, finished second in 53.45 seconds, while Anna Cockrell claimed the fifth position with a time of 54.48 seconds.

Field Event Highlights

In the field events, notable achievements included JuVaughn Harrison clearing 2.33 meters (7 feet 7.75 inches) for third place in the men’s high jump, and Donald Scott securing third place in the men’s triple jump with a best of 16.84 meters (55 feet 3 inches). Quanesha Burks claimed the third position in the women’s long jump with a best of 6.77 meters (22 feet 2.5 inches), while Taliyah Brooks finished sixth at 6.45 meters (21 feet 2 inches). In the men’s triple jump, Chris Benard achieved the fourth position with a distance of 16.07 meters (52 feet 8.75 inches). Curtis Thompson placed fifth in the men’s javelin with a second-round throw of 77.01 meters (252 feet 8 inches). In the men’s discus, Sam Mattis recorded a best throw of 64.51 meters (211 feet 7 inches), securing the sixth position. Maggie Malone finished fourth in the women’s javelin with a distance of 60.42 meters (198 feet 3 inches), while Vashti Cunningham claimed the fourth position in the women’s high jump with a clearance of 1.91 meters (6 feet 3.25 inches).

The 2023 Wanda Diamond League Final in Eugene provided fans with an unforgettable showcase of athletic excellence, record-breaking performances, and fierce competition. As the curtain falls on this spectacular season, athletes, coaches, and fans alike can reflect on the incredible achievements that have graced the track and field world throughout the year.

Reference:

https://www.usatf.org/news/2023/avalanche-of-records-brings-season-to-a-close-at-d

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