Classy Coleman and Miller-Uibo provide Birmingham’s top moments

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Christian Coleman’s quick start and Shaunae Miller-Uibo’s fast finish were the highlights in Birmingham, the 12th meeting of the 2018 Diamond League series.

The men’s 100m race featured nine sub-10 runners, including Coleman, who beat Usain Bolt by 0.01 sec at the London World Championships, and Noah Lyles, the world’s joint fastest man of the year.

They were joined at the starting blocks by European champion Zharnel Hughes, Berlin silver medallist Reece Prescod, two-time Olympic champion Yohan Blake and Commonwealth and African champion Akani Simbine.

Coleman, the 60m world record holder, powered off the blocks and narrowly won the race.

The American was pushed to the line by Prescod to win by one thousandth of a second as they both clocked 9.94.


Coleman was delighted with the win.

“I felt pretty good. It was a sigh of relief because you never know what to expect when you come back from injury and I got my rhythm back and I came out with the win in a good time. I was looking forward to competing and the win is the icing on the cake.”


Unstoppable Miller-Uibo

Saturday’s other meeting highlight was the women’s 200m.

European champion Dina Asher-Smith blasted off the blocks, but it was Dafne Schippers who led the way as they approached the finish line.

Then the long frame of Bahamian Miller-Uibo -wearing purple hair- came through strongly crossing the line in 22.15.

The 400m reigning Olympic champion is unbeaten this season and looking to defend her 200m and 400m Diamond League titles later this month.

“I feel really good. The main thing for me was just to have a great curve race and once I put myself into the race off the curve I used my 400 strength to power home. It was a really competitive race and everybody brought their A-game.”



Another close finish      

Newly crowned 400m European champion Matt Hudson-Smith missed a chance to celebrate at home as he lost to Fred Kerley.

Kerley and Hudson-Smith went head-to-head in the last 50m, but the American’s final gasp won him the race just on the line in 45.54.

Hudson-Smith though was pleased with his race execution.

“It was a good race. It is all slowly coming together, I keep finding something new every single run.” 

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African 4x400m relay champion Emmanuel Korir returned to the 800m, seeking a win after losing the continental gold to Botswana’s Amos Nigel.

Barely three weeks after his world lead of 1:42.05 in London, the Texas-based Kenyan blazed to another sub 1:43.



Luvo stretches away

The focus of the high jump was on the Olympic, World and Commonwealth champion Greg Rutherford, who was competing for the final time in a stadium.

But reigning World champion Luvo Manyonga made sure that the event remains in good hands.

The South African, who missed out on the African title two weeks ago in Nigeria, improved his best mark at the Alexander stadium with a leap of 8.53m.

Tajay Gayle of Jamaica was second with 8.17m ahead of the Commonwealth champion Henry Frayne of Australia at 7.99m. Rutherford bowed out of the track and field arena with a best leap of 7.43m for eighth place.

In the women’s, European champion Malaika Mihambo left it late to stun Olympic and World gold medallist Caterine Ibarguen. The German’s round six jump of 6.96m was way ahead of the Colombian’s best effort of 6.80m.


Andreas just shy of 90m-mark  

Alexander stadium again provided perfect ground for monster javelin throws.

Germany’s Andreas Hoffman produced a dominant display to claim victory with his second-round throw of 89.92m. The European Silver medallist finished ahead of compatriot Julian Weber with 86.63.

Kipruto reigns on

Olympic, World, Commonwealth and newly crowned African champion Conseslus Kipruto looks to have put behind a troubled season weighed down by a back injury. The Kenyan won his first race on track this year in the Diamond League.

He survived a stumble going into the last water jump as compatriot Benjamin Kigen hit the ground.

Kipruto hung on to win in a pedestrian time of 8:14.33, way off his season best of 8:08.40 from Roma.

After Birmingham the top contenders head off to the finals in Zurich on August 30, and a day later in Brussels.

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