He didn’t win, but Canada’s Marco Arop still made it to the podium of the men’s 800m at the Diamond League today for the third time this season, finishing third in 1:44.74 in Paris. Kenyans Wyclife Kinyamal (1:43.94) and Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist Ferguson Rotich (1:44.45) took the top two podium spots. Arop won this event at both the Pre Classic and the Lausanne Diamond League last week, but couldn’t pull a third win out of the bag today. Countryman Aaron Brown also finished third, in the 200m, in 20.20. The race ended in a photo finish between the two Americans, Fred Kerley and Kenny Bednarek, both of whom ran 19.79; Kerley was credited with the win, and his time was a personal best. (Kerley won silver in the 100m in Tokyo, and Bednarek took silver in the 200m.)
Canada's Marco Arop lands on his 3rd consecutive @Diamond_League podium with a 3rd place finish in the men's 800m final in Paris with a time of 1:44.74 behind Kinyamal & Rotich from Kenya 🇰🇪https://t.co/dRl9yxVWRU pic.twitter.com/SvyQ0ktAdf
— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) August 28, 2021
Canada’s Matt Hughes was fifth in the men’s steeplechase event, with a time of 8:13.77, just a fraction off his season’s best time of 8:13.56. Kenyans swept the podium in this event, with Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist Benjamin Kigen taking the win in a world-leading time of 8:07.12, Abraham Kibiwot in second with 8:09.35 and Leonard Kipkemoi Bett third in 8:10.21. Getnet Wale of Ethiopia was fourth, ahead of Hughes. (Hughes finished sixth at the final in Tokyo.)
All Marco Arop does these days is travel the world and collect 800-metre podiums! He takes third at the Diamond League event in Paris, clocking in with a time of 1:44.74!#ExperienceGreatness pic.twitter.com/ipnPVvw7G2
— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) August 28, 2021
Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba, who doubled in the 5,000m and 10,000m in Tokyo, won the 3,000m in Paris in a world-leading 8:19.08, after winning this event at last week’s Pre Classic also. Ejgayehu Taye ran a national record-setting time for Ethiopia of 8:19.52 for second place, and Margaret Kipkemboi of Kenya was third, in 8:21.53, a personal best. The three Africans opened up a huge lead over the rest of the field, the other runners strung out in a very long line behind them. Elise Cranny of the Bowerman Track Club ran a personal best 8:30.30 for fourth place. Canada’s Gabriela DeBues-Stafford had a difficult race, finishing 10th in 8:44.21, but managing to nip Kenya’s Beatrice Chebet, the world U20 cross country champion, at the line.
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The women’s 100m was missing a key player from the last several meets, Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce having decided to sit out this race. Olympic gold medallist Elaine Thompson-Herah proved herself indomitable in this event, taking the win in a meeting record of 10.72, with Shericka Jackson taking second in 10.97 and the U.K.’s Dina Asher-Smith third in 11.06.