Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba continued his impeccable start to the season, as the 22-year old stormed to another Meeting Record (MR) of 47.60s to win the men’s 400m Hurdles, beating World Champion Karsten Warholm in the process.
While running in Oslo, Samba knew his rival Warholm had the support of the home crowd, but that did not deter him, as the quatermiler cum hurdler silenced them when he crossed the line in 1st place on his way to setting his third MR in this season’s Diamond League (DL), following victories in Doha and in Rome.
Reigning World Champion Warholm, settled for 2nd place as he clocked a time of 48.22s, while Yasmani Copello finished 3rd in 48.55s.
In the women’s 100m, Murielle Ahoure ensured that the Ivorians continued their dominance in the event as she led from start to finish to win in a time of 10.91s.
British Sprinter Dina Asha-Smith crossed the line in 2nd place in a new National Record (NR) of 10.92s, while Commonwealth Games Champion Michelle–Lee Ahye settled for 3rd in 11.06s. Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor placed 4th in 11.12s.
Bahraini quatermiler Salwa Eid Naser followed her win in Rome with yet another victory, with the World Silver medallist exerting revenge on her conqueror at last year’s World Championships – Phyllis Francis, winning the women’s 400m race in a Seasons Best (SB) of 49.98s. Francis came through in 2nd while clocking a time 50.47s.
World Champion in the men’s 200m, Ramil Guyilev took advantage of the absence of Noah Lyles as he raced to a 19.90s SB to win the event. Canadian athlete Aaron Brown was 2nd in a Personal Best (PB) of 19.90s, while Commonwealth Games Champion Jereem Richards placed 3rd in 20.19s.
Also, Olympic Champion Dalilah Muhammad, shrugged off the late surge of her compatriot Shamier Little, to win the women’s 400m Hurdles in an SB of 53.65s.
The duel between Hyving Kiyeng and Emma Coburn in the women’s 3000m Steeplechase is shaping up nicely this season. Nevertheless, it was Kiyeng that triumphed ahead of the World Champion, winning the race in 9.09.63 as Coburn placed 2nd in 9:9.70.
Caster Semenya’s victory was never in doubt while she raced in the women’s 800m. Although she couldn’t surpass her feat in Eugene where she set a World Lead (WL), the South African still won by a country mile in a time of 1:57.25.