Caster Semenya took the first step towards a Commonwealth middle-distance double --and added to South Africa’s already impressive showing-- with a commanding victory in the 1500m on the third day of Games competition in Carrara Stadium.
Mo Farah brought his track career to an end in the most fitting fashion, producing a dramatic 5000m victory at the Weltklasse Zurich on Thursday (24), the first of two 2017 IAAF Diamond League finals.
It was as the men’s 400m field exited the final bend in last Friday night’s IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco that a tantalising glimpse of the Post-Bolt athletics world was revealed.
At the Meeting Madrid 2017, Isaac Makwala became the first man in history to run a 200m within 20 seconds and a 400m within 44 seconds on the same day, winning both events at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in the Spanish capital on Friday (14).
The men’s 400m rivalry between Kirani James and LaShawn Merritt will return to the Prefontaine Classic for a fifth time on 28 May; after sub-44 races in the past two years, it is possible that one of the oldest meeting records at the IAAF Diamond League competition could take a tumble.
Local heroes Mutaz Essa Barshim and Abdalelah Haroun will be out to impress their home fans at the opening IAAF Diamond League meeting of 2016, which see the series start in Doha on 6 May.
For the first time ever, Ivory Coast won both the men’s and women’s 100m titles at the All-African Games, with Ben Youssef Meite and Marie-Josee Ta Lou dominating their events in Brazzaville.
Less than 24 hours after South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk broke his African record with 43.96 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris, Isaac Makwala took it back with a sensational 43.72 run at the Resisprint meeting in the Swiss city of La Chaux-de-Fonds on Sunday (5).
This is the event the home crowd will be waiting for, and brings possibly The Bahamas’ one realistic chance of victory.