Athletics

Warholm just misses 400m hurdles WR as Thompson returns in style

Norway's two-time reigning world champion clocks 47.07s for a meeting record as Elaine Thompson clocks fastest 100m of 2020

By Rory Jiwani ·

Besides Mondo Duplantis' outdoor pole vault world record, there was plenty of exciting action at the Rome Diamond League on Thursday (17 September).

Karsten Warholm just missed out again on the 400m hurdles world record.

The Norwegian shouted "Watch this!" to the TV cameras panning the field, and he flew out of the blocks in trademark fashion.

There were no obvious mistakes but he crossed the line in 47.07s, a new meeting record, and less than three-tenths outside the oldest men's track record in athletics - Kevin Young's 46.78s set in the final at Barcelona 1992.

The two-time reigning world champion was just nine-hundredths of a second outside Young's mark last month, hitting the last hurdle as he broke his own European record.

When asked about that world record afterwards he said, "I am quite used to talking about it and I love it because it shows that I am in the right pace, that I am close.

"Of course, I am satisfied. This is my third best time ever. I ran really low 47ers on a regular basis this year. I am very happy. This season has been a good experience for me. It is good fun for me coming here to Rome with the warm weather and no winds - unlike back home in Norway where it is cold now and rainy.

"Despite everything, I feel we got a lot of good things out of this season. My focus was - and always is - becoming better, staying injury-free and loving what I do." - Karsten Warholm

Karsten Warholm on his way to victory in the Rome Diamond League

Jakob Ingebrigtsen could not emulate his compatriot in the 3000m as he was outsprinted by Jacob Kiplimo.

The 19-year-old Ugandan backed up his fine win last week in Ostrava over 5000m with another excellent display, sitting on the double European champion's shoulder before surging past on the home straight.

His winning time of 7:26.64 was a new world lead, national and Diamond League record with Ingebrigtsen - who turns 20 on Saturday - setting a new Norwegian record of 7:27.05.

Jacob Kiplimo celebrates his 3000m victory at the Rome Diamond League

Thompson-Herah back with a bang

Rio 2016 sprint double winner Elaine Thompson-Herah made a superb 2020 Diamond League debut in Rome.

The Jamaican star was close to her brilliant best as she ran away with the 100m in 10.85s, the fastest time in the world this year.

American Aleia Hobbs was second from Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou with Switzerland's rising star Ajla Del Ponte fourth.

Elaine Thompson-Herah wins the 100m at the Rome Diamond League

Thompson said, "We had some competitions in Jamaica, but obviously the field was not as strong as it is here.

"I leave here with the world leading time, I'm super excited. This tells me where I am at the end of this season, and tells me how I can prepare for next year.

"This year required more adjusting, and my goal was to push back and to motivate myself. I am a double Olympic champion, so I want to be in my top form next season." - Elaine Thompson-Herah

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Dutch women run riot in Rome

Femke Bol made it six wins out of six in the 400m hurdles this season outdoors with a time of 53.90s, just over a tenth outside her personal best.

That completed a quick Dutch double after her training partner Lieke Klaver sprung a surprise in the women's 400m.

The 22-year-old clocked a personal best of 50.98s to take victory from Agne Serksniene of Lithuania and Poland's Justyna Swiety-Ersetic.

Klaver said afterwards, "The race was amazing, achieving a PB in the last race of the season. That is so cool. It is like a puzzle that came together today.

"This season, I guess I turned from a girl into a young women because I am more serious now and I found a balance between my studies and sport."

Lieke Klaver celebrates after winning the 400m at the Rome Diamond League

Nadine Visser made it three Dutch wins on the night in the 100m hurdles.

She crossed the line in 12.72s, just outside her world lead of 12.68s, ahead of Italy's Luminoso Bogliolo with the USA's Payton Chadwick third in a season's best 12.89s.

There was a home win in the men's 400m thanks to a power-packed finish from Edoardo Scotti.

Despite there being no fans inside the Olympic Stadium, Scotti roared home to move from fourth to first inside the last 50 metres and stop the clock in a new personal best of 45.21s.

Kuwait's Yousef Karam was second in a season's best of 45.25s.

Akani Simbine surged to victory in the men's 100m in 9.96s, making the South African the first man to break 10 seconds twice this season.

Cote d'Ivoire's Arthur Cisse was second in a season's best 10.04s ahead of home favourite Filippo Tortu.

Akani Simbine wins the 100m at the Rome Diamond League

Jemma Reekie won a tactical 800m after none of the field opted to keep up with the pacemaker.

Her British team-mate and training partner Laura Muir tried to kick clear with 250m to go but Reekie soon retook the lead and came home in front in 1:59.77.

Hedda Hynne, who set a new Norwegian record and world lead two days ago, passed Muir for second.

Britain also took victory in the 100m hurdles courtesy of Andrew Pozzi whose 13.15s was just outside his season's best.

Second was Aaron Mallet of the United States in a personal best of 13.23s.

Yuliya Levchenko won the women's high jump with a first-time clearance of 1.98m.

The 2014 Nanjing YOG gold medallist and world silver medallist from 2017 was the only athlete to make that height with fellow Ukrainian Yaroslava Mahuchikh second from Australia's Nicola McDermott and Erika Kinsey of Sweden on countback.

Andriy Protsenko completed a Ukrainian high jump double with his season's best of 2.30m enough to beat Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi.

USA's Nick Ponzio won the shot put with a second-round throw of 21.09m.