8th September 2022
2022 DIAMOND LEAGUE SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE IN ZURICH
The Weltklasse Zurich was final stop on the Wanda Diamond League as British athletes finished their track and field seasons at the Stadion Letzigrund.
World 1500m champion Jake Wightman (Geoff Wightman, Edinburgh) was third in the men’s 800m which was won by Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir (KEN) in a tense battle for the line with Marco Arop (CAN).
Wightman, winner in Brussels last week, sat behind Gabriel Tual (FRA) as they headed down the backstraight on the final lap, but it was Arop who made the decisive move to hit the front with just over 200m to go.
The European and Commonwealth medallist reacted to go with the Canadian, as did Korir, but the Briton could not go with their ferocious acceleration and eventually held on for third in 1:44.10, while Korir pipped Arop on the line in a world leading time of 1:43.26.
European and Commonwealth bronze medallist Daryll Neita (Marco Airale, Cambridge) was fourth in the women’s 100m, recording a time of 11.02 (-0.8) from lane eight. After a false start saw Natasha Morrison (JAM) disqualified, the race got underway at the second time of asking and it was Jamaican, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who won the Diamond League trophy and equalled the meeting record with a time of 10.65.
Earlier in the session, after being in contention for the victory at the bell, Laura Muir (Andy Young, Dundee Hawkhill) ended the season with a fifth-place finish in the women’s 1500m in a race won by world champion, Faith Kipyegon (KEN).
Muir held the inside line behind Kipyegon for much of the race, and at the bell, she went with the move but there was a tear up down the backstraight as a handful of athletes battled for position. Brussels winner, Ciara Mageean (IRE) and Freweyni Hailu (ETH) captured the slipstream behind the world champion and finished second and third respectively. Muir crossed the line in a time of 4:02.31.
After a summer that has seen her win the European title, as well as world and Commonwealth silver, Keely Hodgkinson (Trevor Painter, Leigh) was fifth in the women’s 800m as the race was won comfortably by Mary Moraa (KEN). The Briton held that position for much of the contest and as the pace stepped up with 200m to go, Hodgkinson could not go with the move but did pick off Anita Horvat to come home fifth in a time of 1:59.06.
In a fast men’s 1500m won in a world leading time of 3:29.05 by Jakob Ingebrigtsen (NOR), British duo Josh Kerr (Danny Mackey, Edinburgh) and Jake Heyward (Mark Rowland, Cardiff) were sixth and ninth respectively.
As the Norwegian dominated the contest, the rest of the field were left to jockey for position behind, and it was Kerr who hit the bell in fourth position in a battle with Kenya’s Abel Kipsang. As the lap unfolded, Kerr was eventually overhauled by Australian duo of Ollie Hoare and Stewart McSweyn so he ended the three and three quarter laps in sixth in 3:31.85, while Heyward finished with a time of 3:34.27.
Elsewhere, Reece Prescod (Marvin Rowe, Enfield and Haringey) was sixth in the men’s 100m. In a race won by Trayvon Bromell (USA) in 9.94 (-0.3), the relay bronze medal-winning Briton clocked 10.16.
In the field, world indoor bronze medallist Lorraine Ugen (Dwight Philips, Thames Valley) ended the women’s long jump competition in seventh position. Her fourth-round jump of 6.38m was the best of her series.
Back on the track and running from lane one, Beth Dobbin (Leon Baptiste, Edinburgh) ended her 2022 season in eighth position in the women’s 200m, recording a time of 23.83 (-0.9).
Elsewhere, European 400m silver medallist, Alex Haydock-Wilson (Benke Blomkvist, Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow) finished fifth in the pre-programme 400m, recording a time of 45.93. Sadly, Matthew Hudson-Smith (Gary Evans, Birchfield) did not start the men’s Diamond League 400m, as he withdrew prior to the race.
In the mixed men’s and women’s wheelchair 3000m pursuit, Daniel Sidbury (Christine Parsloe, Sutton & District) Nathan Maguire (Ste Hoskins, Kirkby) finished fourth an eighth respectively in times of 5:59.45 and 6:12.54.
On Wednesday (7) evening, Amy-Eloise Markovc (coach: Chris Fox, club: Wakefield) took on the 5000m around a temporary circuit near the shores of Lake Zurich, and she clocked a time of 15:28.24 for eighth position overall. The race was won by Kenya’s Beatrice Chebet in 14:31.03.