Kiprop shines in Monaco

American Gatlin clinches 100M title in 9.94 seconds

World champion Asbel Kiprop's relentless pace proved too much for his rivals, including Mo Farah, as the Kenyan clocked the fastest 1,500 metres time since 2004 at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday.

With the World Championships in Moscow just over three weeks away, world leads and minor records were set with seeming abandon on a still, warm evening in the Stade Louis II. 

Kiprop pulled ahead of the field shortly before the bell and raced away to win in three minutes 27.72 seconds to make him the fourth fastest man of all time over the distance.
Britain's Olympic 5,000 and 10,000 metres champion Farah said before the event that he was dropping down to the shorter distance to work on his speed and the move paid off as he was dragged round in a European record of 3:28.81.

Controversial sprinter Justin Gatlin won the men's 100 metres, which was run against the backdrop of last weekend's revelations that leading sprinters Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell had failed dope tests.

American Gatlin, who served a four-year doping ban from 2006, got a great start and won in 9.94 seconds, in a race missing world-record holder Usain Bolt, to show he is likely to be the Jamaican's main rival in Moscow.

Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast put herself in the mix for the world 200 title after blasting out of the blocks and holding off American Tiffany Townsend and Olympic 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce for victory in a national record of 22.24.


Results: Men: 100M: Justin Gatlin (US) 9.94s, 1; Dentarius Locke (US) 9.96, 2; Jimmy Vicaut (Fra) 9.99, 3. 800M: Duane Solomon (US) 1:43.72, 1; Pierre-Ambroise Bosse (Fra) 1:43.76, 2; Kevin Lopez (Esp) 1:43.93, 3. 1500M: Asbel Kiprop (Ken) 3:27.72, 1; Mohamed Farah (Gbr) 3:28.81, 2; Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku (Ken) 3:29.50, 3. 5000M: Edwin Cheruiyot Soi (Ken) 12:51.34, 1; Albert Rop (Gbr) 12:51.96, 2; Isiah Kiplangat Koech (Ken) 12:56.08, 3. 400M hurdles: Jehue Gordon (T&T) 48.00, 1; Johnny Dutch (US) 48.20, 2; Javier Culson (Pue) 48.35, 3. 4x100M relay: US (37.58), 1; US (38.26) 2; Can (38.33) 3. Pole vault: Renaud Lavillenie (Fra) 5.96M, 1; Brad Walker (US) 5.78, 2; Bjoern Otto (Ger) 5.70, 3. Triple jump: Christian Taylor (US) 17.30M, 1; Daniele Greco (Ita) 17.25, 2; Pedro Pichardo (Cub) 16.94, 3. Javelin throw: Vitezslav Vesely (Cze) 87.68M, 1; Dmitri Tarabin (Rus) 84.33, 2; Andreas Thorkildsen (Nor) 83.71, 3.

Women: 200M: Murielle Ahoure (Ivory Coast) 22.24s, 1; Tiffany Townsend (US) 22.26, 2; Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jam) 22.28, 3. 400M: Amantle Montsho (Bot) 49.33, 1; Stephanie McPherson (Jam) 49.92, 2; Francena McCorory (US) 49.96, 3. 1500M: Jennifer Simpson (US) 4:00.48, 1; Hellen Onsando Obiri (Ken) 4:00.93, 2; Brenda Martinez (US) 4:00.94, 3. 100M hurdles: Queen Harrison (US) 12.64, 1; Yvette Lewis (US) 12.69, 2; Kellie Wells (US) 12.70, 3. 3000M steeplechase: Milcah Chemos Cheywa (Ken) 9:14.17, 1; Lydiah Chepkurui (Ken) 9:15.18, 2; Fancy Cherotich (Kenya) 9:36.82, 3. 4x100 relay: US (41.75s) 1; US (41.78) 2; Fra (43.36) 3. High jump: Brigetta Barrett (US) 2.01M, 1; Anna Chicherova (Rus) 1.98, 2; Blanka Vlasic (Cro) 1.98, 3. Long jump: Blessing Okagbare (Nig) 7.04M, 1; Darya Klishina (Rus) 6.98, 2; Shara Proctor (Gbr) 6.74, 3. Discus throw: Sandra Perkovic (Cro) 65.30M, 1; Yarelys Barrios (Cub) 64.24, 2; Gia Lewis-Smallwood (US) 63.63, 3.

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