Five take-aways from the Diamond League Final in Brussels
A world junior record, the fastest 100m this year and a double Diamond League winner.
Those were the headlines at the Final in Brussels where some athletes had to travel hundreds of kilometres in between races to make the venue.
The world's fastest man?
Christian Coleman stunned the field in Brussels with a new world leading time of 9.79 seconds.
9.79 is the fastest 100m this year and a new personal best for the U.S. sprinter.
The 22-year-old looks back on track after a season plagued by injuries.
This was Coleman's fastest 100m since 2015 and earned him the Diamond League sprint, putting him right back in the field as one of the pretenders to Usain Bolt's crown.
Coleman is the 60m world indoor record holder and at his age only one other man has broken the 9.80 mark in the 100m dash.
Bolt ran 9.76 at 21.
A world junior record for Barega
The other highlight at the Memorial van Damme was Selemon Barega’s 5000m victory.
The 18-year-old was one of eight men who broke 13min in the Diamond League Final.
The 2016 World U20 champion used a combination of tactics and speed to knock more than four seconds off the previous world junior mark.
His 12:43.02 time made the Ethiopian the fourth fastest man in 14 years.
Only compatriots Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele, and Kenya’s Daniel Komen have gone faster.
All the three set world records, is Barega the next record breaker?
Ibarguen does the double
32 Diamond League trophies were won by 31 athletes.
Caterine Ibarguen was the only athlete to achieve double Diamond League glory in the long and triple jump.
The Olympic champion won the triple jump by just a centimetre in Zurich, her fifth title out of six.
24 hours later the 34-year-old lined up for the long jump in Brussels.
Ibarguen took a fourth leap of 6.80m to win ahead of Great Britain’s record holder Shara Proctor by 10 centimetres.
Her double chase is far from over.
The Colombian, who claimed the same double at the Central American and Caribbean Games at the beginning of August, will be back jumping soon.
She has another double contest at the Intercontinental Cup in Ostrava, which should be a lot easier after the early start in Zurich to catch the flight to Brussels.
Mad dash for Salwa Eid Naser
There was a handful of back-to-back travels between the European cities, but nothing quite beat Salwa Eid Naser’s 14-hour flight from Jakarta to Brussels.
The 2017 world silver medallist had an incredible couple of days.
On 30 August, the Bahraini won gold in the 4x100, and took silver in the 4x400m relay at the Asian Games.
The four-time medallist at Jakarta and Palembang 2018 got to Brussels in time to win the 400m Diamond League in 49.33, taking over from Olympic champ Shaunae Miller-Uibo.
Thrice is so nice for Shaunae
Bahama’s Miller-Uibo shone bright like a diamond again in Brussels.
The 24-year-old retained her 200m Diamond League title in dominant style, with a strong finish in the last 100m.
The Rio 2016 gold medallist decimated the field in the home stretch to clock 22.12, holding off the challenge of Dafne Schippers.