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Hello and welcome to Morocco's capital city Rabat for the latest
leg of the Diamond League tour. If the quality matches London last
weekend, you are in for a treat. COMMENTATOR: Whatever you are
expecting, it will be quicker than you think. Not a breath of wind
inside the arena for this one. This is hard work now. He has smashed it.
A new world best. Thompson will get it, just. He is scrapping for it and
he has got to get it. Harrison has to fight hard and he does so and he
takes it. This is a fascinating race. She is
trying to do it the hard way, from the front. He kicks again and here
he goes. That will blow the cobwebs away. Perfect.
The Anniversary Games was a fascinating rehearsal ahead of the
championships in three weeks but before that we bring you athletics
from Morocco, for the Rabat Diamond League. Your commentators today are
Steve Cram and Stuart Storey. We will start introducing from the
outside but it is a strong line-up with the reigning world champion.
The London winner. Going well. She has not got a great
lane. Russell of Jamaica also going. In very good form at the moment.
Interesting to see what form we have with the twice world champion who
won in 2013 and 2015. She will defend her title in London. The
within's 400 metres hurdles. Doyle is the target for Russell of
Jamaica. Hejnova making headway. Chased by Hejnova on the inside. Her
last run was not good. Doyle going strongly but Hejnova is really
putting on the pressure and she will lead as they come into the home
straight. Russell will have work to do to catch her. Hejnova is tough.
Right on the inside. Cassandra Tate is going well. The reigning world
champion, Hejnova, Russell chasing her down. Russell and Doyle. Hejnova
will take this, I believe. Hejnova get sick, Russell is second and that
was a good run by Doyle. Hejnova signals that the reigning champion,
who will defend her title in London, is getting into good form.
Good competitive form. That was a good race, Steve. Very competitive
in the end. It was. You have a great athlete and her best has been slowly
getting back to the best, Hejnova. The world champion will want to go
and defend that. Russell did not go out as hard as she finished
strongly. Doyle in the outside, lane eight, a tough draw. Finishing
strongly in third. Hejnova making the advancements she needs to make.
Russell did not attack the last barrier. Still closing on Hejnova
but ran out of time. Hejnova is looking strong. A season's best, she
will be delighted. It came at the right time.
STUDIO: London 2012 silver-medallist Nijel Amos is running in the 800
metres. Mitchell-Blake and Chijindu Ujah battle it out in the 100
metres. De Grasse in the 200 metres. Laura Weightman in the 1500 and
Elaine Thompson double gold-medallist looks to continue her
good form. South Africa's Olympic champion Caster Semenya running in
the 400 metres and home favourite Abdalaati Iguider will be roared on
by the home crowd in the men's 3000. Let's see how they fared in
Morocco's capital. Richards from Jamaica, one of the
elder statesman. World bronze-medallist in 2015 and a
national record broken this year and that is another one. Krause is the
Olympic champion, tall and powerful. -- Ryan Crouser. Those credentials
go together to fly this shot out beyond 22 metres. 22.47 is his best
performance. The meeting record, but he had three throws over 22 metres.
That was his third round throw. And then Ryan Whiting comes in. A good
throw for the American. His next best throw of the season. All
smiles, sneaking in to take third spot ahead of Bukowiecki. O'Dea
Richards had three no throws after his.
Just a little bit at the end. The Olympic champion, an entertainer.
Heaving the shot out to 22.40 seven. Just adding another three
centimetres. The first time they have had the men's shot in the Rabat
Diamond League. It says meeting record because it is the first. A
great competition. Ryan Crouser carrying on serenely. Nobody would
bet against him at the World Championships.
The sprinters are already out. A cracking field we have. Martina.
Roto. Su. Ujah from Great Britain. Bledman and Beejay Lee. What a
season Ujah is having, finding consistency. Andre De Grasse, a new
trading partner. Selected for Great Britain for the World Championships.
Ben Youssef Meite, the African champion. Having a great year.
Mitchell-Blake, the British-based sprinter. Former junior champion who
will be contesting the 200 for Great Britain in the World Championships.
They get away cleanly. It will be close on the -. Ujah is going to get
it. 9.90 nine. If it stays and we will wait for it to be confirmed.
Very slight headwind. It has gone to 9.90 eight. That will move him
alongside Jason Gardener in the British all-time list. CJ Ujah. His
best of the season. His starts have been good this year. It is the way
he has been finishing lately. Meite got a good start put on pressure.
The measure of the man is he was not fazed by that. Meite ahead. He gets
into tunnel vision and makes his way to the finish. Lovely high hips. A
beautiful run by Ujah and he the Saab ten second clocking. Ujah,
cool, calm, and the last 30 metres, drifting ahead. Meite, they have
raced each other a few times this season, and they have had differing
results but CJ is showing with a 9.98, a new meeting record, winning
again and that is a big win for him. What will that do for his confidence
in the World Championships? An awful lot, I would presume.
STUDIO: This year the disciplines cover men and women put it follows a
championship model with the first ten meetings acting as qualification
for finals in Zurich and Brussels. At each of the 12 qualification
beatings athletes are awarded points for ranking from first to eighth and
the top athletes at the end will be awarded a starting place in the
winner takes all final. The men's 800 metres and what a
line-up. It will be a competitive race. That is the line-up. Amos has
been going well. Som the pacemaker who always does a good job. Nijel
Amos. Wedding in London stop he really has had a poor start to the
season but come good. My goodness, world junior champion and is now
making an impact. Let's see who in fact makes the
headway into the back straight. Amos has been charging to the front and
establishing the tenor of the race. Donovan brazier in third. You have
Bett them. The rest trailing. It looks pretty quick and Amos, Steve,
has taken it on and this time, the American Donovan brazier not letting
him go too far nor is Bett. Amos is getting back to his best. He is a
massive talent. The confidence has been building, which is why he is
doing this. He asked Som to go hard. Brazier is within range. Amos, who
have the magnificent run in second place behind David Rudisha in the
Olympics, he has suddenly come of age this season. Having a poor
start, running 1.47s, 1.48s and now Bett has him in his sights. Coming
through also Brazier, making headway as they have 200 metres to go. Amos
under threat from Bett. Can he hang on? Amos, Bett is second, Brazier
fourth and the youngster on the inside, the 20-year-old going
strongly. Bett in second place. Brazier in third. A quick one again.
Amos, Bett, Brazier. Steve, it is becoming a habit, the winning habits
and the way he is running, he takes it on. He lacked confidence at the
beginning of the season but in recent races he has set himself up
and gone for it. Not afraid to be at the front. He knows he has had good
times and he is building on it. He has taken out hard, inviting them to
go with him and when he knows he is as strong as this he knows he can
cope with that. He slows the third 200 and everything is, we have got
you and close in. Brazier had to make too much ground. You cannot set
off when the field is this good. A young guy, 20, the American, a
massive talent, who will get better. Bett is a massive talent, as well.
Amos then goes away. Comes into the home straight, the arms flailing.
The action we love. He has the ability, the strength that allows
him to do that, a hard way to run it, go out hard, slow, and go again.
Second round of the triple jump competition. Really a super split in
the middle, to give her the range. That is 14.21, following a 14.18, so
she starts off well. Kimberly Williams, a couple of times and
Olympic Games finalist, twice the World Championship finalist as well.
She was six in London, 14.48. Still going strong. Good balance. That is
roundabout 14.5. It's 14.31, 14.02, the second round is no job. Caterine
Ibarguen leads to Billy Williams, based in Birmingham, trains at Aston
Villa. Within two centimetres of the Olympic champion. Now Caterine
Ibarguen, round three. A massive middle phase from her. That's
better. Not as far as she wants. She knows that's an improvement though.
White flag, all right on the board. Very good indeed. A centimetre to
spare. The sort of range she has here, just maybe decelerated a
little bit. Holds it together so well.
Huge step there. Caterine Ibarguen, 14.51. There it is, Williams took
second, 14.31, Paraskevi Papachristou with the jump that you
saw. The world champion in the pole vault in action here, Shawn Barber.
Had no vault, his first Moult-macro. 5.40, the height he is attempting
here. Yes, well, Barber, that was his second attempt at 5.40. Won the
world title in Beijing. That looked a good clearance, actually. The
national champion again this year. He was fifth in Eugene, and third in
Paris, just to give you an update. But he did win the national title.
This fellow, well, his third and final attempt at 5.40, Raphael
Holzdeppe. He is world champion in 2013, silver-medallist in 2015, and
needs this. And he's got a! Let's say it was ragged! There was nothing
beautiful about that but the end result of a clearance. A third
attempt clearance. He's got a couple of failures that will work against
him, of course. He charged in there, desperation on the top. He left hold
of the poll and flowed over the top. It's a good clearance, he is capable
of so much more. Here's the Olympic champion, Thiago Braz. He's finding
it very tough to get back to the form we know he has. He's gone from
the competition. Remember, this is a man that cleared 6.03 in the Olympic
final and was a very surprise winner there. He's on home soil in Rio and
really performed well. You could see the potential there. He's got the
height. You just drops down onto the bar. The timing not quite right.
He's had his injuries and problems and is struggling to get back.
GABBY LOGAN: Next bit the men's 200 metres,
including Andre De Grasse, the Olympic silver-medallist. He
finished second to Usain Bolt in Rio and will be hoping to go one better
at next month's World Championships. Joining him at the start line is
Ameer Webb, who won the 200 metres at the USA outdoor track and Field
Championships last month, which resulted in qualification for
London. He'll be joined by Zharnel Hughes, who had a disappointing
fifth place finish at the Anniversary Games last weekend. Can
he hit form here on the tracking Rabat?
COMMENTATOR: We come to the men's 200 metres.
It's a tough one, as one would expect at this stage approaching a
major championships. With Andre De Grasse in the middle lane five.
Olympic silver-medallist, twice Olympic Games medallist and he
really is a man of the present and right inside him is Ameer Webb of
the United States. 20.09, won the trial at 20.09, into a headwind, so
that was pretty tough. This is Warren Weir Ross Jamaica. 27 now,
world champion silver-medallist in Moscow, third in the national
championships in Jamaica in 20.39. The men's 200 metres.
Away this time. Warren Weir got away well. Rasheed Dwyer going strong.
Andre De Grasse has a lot of work to do. Andre De Grasse charging through
the inside. He's going to take this one. He takes it in the end. He gets
it ahead of Ameer Webb, who really dominated on the bend. Powerful it's
a meeting record, 20.03, and he didn't have the best bend but his
transition was good and once he started to get into the straight he
looked so Boeing. He looked totally in control -- he looked so flowing.
He stood up to the pressure that a Web put on him, he came passed him
but it didn't faze him. He sat in and gradually worked his way to the
front and took it beautifully. Andre De Grasse, Ameer Webb and Zharnel
Hughes, what a good run he had from the inside. Yes, he did well in
League One. I'm going to be harsh, I'm waiting for something from Andre
De Grasse. We keep hearing how good he is. You want to see that some 20
consistency. He was very good at this point of the race, his best bit
of the race. He should have been in a better position coming off the
bend. Ameer Webb is in a great athlete, he hangs on to third spot.
A very good distance, Fred Kerley running brilliantly at 400 metres.
I'd like to see him dominate a bit more, Andre De Grasse. If he's to be
a gold medal contender, the one everyone is going to look to, saying
he's the man to beat, we want a bit more. Others are starting run
quicker 200 metres. 400-metre runners are running quicker. I want
him to step up. This time yet, it's the middle of July and he's probably
saying be patient, so let's be patient. Men's jump, early stages.
The long jump, of course, in such rude health. It's a cracking event.
It's dominated by the South Africans. This was the top man, but
no longer. Getting close to the eight-metre mark. I'm sure they'll
be wishing the number one in a world well, but they might think there's
an opportunity. Mokoena begins with 7.9 four. This is a real talent,
Lawson. An 8.50 jumper last year. A man who knows that on his day he can
take on anybody. Early stages here. Make the final in Rio, finished just
outside the medals in fourth. It was a night of big competition. Lawson,
just outside the medals. That's better. The Americans have so much
talent in the long jump, but at the minute the South Africans are
leading the way. Set them back a little bit. Is good to see a and
closed at 8.7 zero. This is world-class. But that's about an
eight-metre mark, isn't it, and we'll see what he's got. 7.9 nine.
-- 7.99 will stop here's Samaai. My goodness me, he really got on the
board. That was a good, powerful lift. Second in the national
championships behind another jumper. There is such a depth of talent in
South Africa. He's very powerful on the runway. Just a little hitch
kick, enough to eradicate the rotations in the air. What's he got?
It looks as though that's going to challenge the lead. 8.2 one. He rude
moves up the rankings, the first place.
The women are out for the 1500 metres, 14 athletes, one pacemaker
in there. Here's the lady in form, the Polish, Nelly Jepkosgei. Laura
Weightman run 4.1 this year. Very competitive women's 1500 metres
here. Away they go. Jenny Meadows in all blue on the outside will look to
come across and set the space for at least 800 metres, maybe up to 1000
metres. It looks like the Moroccan has slotted in quickly, Rababe
Arafi. Others are being stretched. Jenny has gone off pretty quick
through the first 200 metres. The crowd getting excited with Rababe
Arafi in second place. Nelly Jepkosgei moving up on the outside
as they come through 300 metres completed, three laps to go. It will
interesting to see what happens with Shannon Rowbury, she's a three times
Olympic Games finalist. Really, she has the credentials. 4.05 this
season. 4:01.61, I'll get it right, 4.0 161 this season, but she's a
3.56 competitor at very, very best and that was in 2015. Jenny Meadows
perfectly right on the nose, 63.4 for the first 400 metres. Tucked on
the inside is the fast finishing hole. -- Samaai. They need to make
sure the gap doesn't close. They are beginning to queue up there. Jenny
Meadows just watching to try to see if they can coax the field with her,
as they come round with two laps to go and a bit of a gap. She's wanting
to control the rest of the field, if you like. Yes, I guess they running
about 4.3, but it will speed up towards the end as we get into this
part of the race. The pace, Martinez now looking to get a little bit
closer upfront. Just looking at the way the fielders bunching, it might
have slowed a little bit down the back stretch. Its load on the second
lap and it's now slowed again. Laura Weightman of Great Britain itching
to go. They are bunching. Rabara because the traffic jam behind her,
didn't take the pace. Nelly Jepkosgei has moved up behind the
bridge. She's decided to stretch this out because they slowed right
down. Brenda Martinez, Shannon Rowbury trapped on the inside, so is
the Pole. Laura Weightman leading as they come round to take the bell but
they hole have chances here. Yes, let's see what sort of place there
on as they commented the bell at three minutes. I think this is going
to be quicker and if Laura Weightman can hang on then well, who knows,
but they are still all queueing up, it can go either way here as Judith
Kiyeng starts to move up and stay close order. The British champion,
Laura Weightman, stretching them out. Rababe Arafi trying to go past
on the back straight. The USA runner trying to close the gap. Nelly
Jepkosgei moving on the outside. They are looking to finish quickly
here. It's Rababe Arafi, the local athlete, in the front, then
Martinez, then Nelly Jepkosgei. Look at the crowd response to this.
Rababe Arafi attacking from the front, then Martinez, Weightman.
This is Angelika Cichocka doing what she always does. It's Angelika
Cichocka. 4.1 the winning time. They lost the time in the middle of the
race, came back strongly at the end and this is what this young lady has
become very good at. She's winning races. I remember doing this in
Stockholm last year and Angelika Cichocka is becoming a threat in
these races. She knew what she was doing and
Martinez was pretty well spent at this stage and Rababe Arafi, who led
for most of the race paid the penalty. Rababe Arafi went for it
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this. Listen to the crowd. Lovely. Very straightforward technique by
Berrabah. A Moroccan in front of his home crowd. What has he done? He hit
the board perfectly. That is as good as it gets. He has a lovely hand
technique. Gets the long position and that is an eight metres jump if
ever I saw one. Really attacks the board. He gets the lift. Once you
hit the board, how high can you jump? You get the length of the jump
from that. 8.14 for Berrabah. Jarrion Lawson of the USA. Lawson,
second round. That is a good one. That is huge from Lawson. He stands
up out of the pit as though that was, OK. I think that will challenge
the lead. He was fourth. 8.30 three. That is a season best for the
American. All of them legal jumps. The wind is not helping, completely
still. Rushawl Samaai. He is the man to challenge. 8.33 is the target.
Lovely. That is a good jump. That looked about the same. He is shy of
the board. Did not get as much of the board as the rested, well,
Lawson. Lovely. I think that will challenge the lead. 8.30 one. Two
centimetres down. 2.27 for Robbie Grabarz. That is nice. Looking in
nice form, Grabarz. Nice rhythm going into the bar. Tied for the
Olympic bronze medal in 2012. Not too far away in 2016. 2.20 seven.
Andriy Protsenko goes clear, as well. Three men clear. All going
clear at second attempt. It is a slightly odd setup for the high
jump, tucked up in the corner of the quadrant. Very close to the
finishing line, so they are kind of running towards the crowd. The crowd
are loving this, particularly with Gianmarco Tamberi, the Italian. He
has had a lot of injury problems which resulted in going to hospital
and he is gradually coming back. He is the European champion. Almost a
season's best for him. 2.18 and 2.20 in his previous competitions. 2.28
gave him hope. STUDIO: Elaine Thompson is looking
to build on her win at the London Anniversary Games. A time of 10.94
mean she is unbeaten in 2017 and even won with trainers rather than
spikes. Her main competitor to night. Blessing Okagbare. Great
Britain's Olympic relay bronze-medallist lines up, Neita.
She would need to run a season's best to stand a chance. The women's
100 metres. The double Olympic champion and all of those likely to
be here, there, or near the World Championship final. Okagbare six
times African champion. And Baptiste, we have not seen too much
of her. Seconded her national championships. This is one of the
better-known athletes over 100 and 200. The Olympic champion over 100
and 200, Elaine Thompson of Jamaica. Marie Hose said to -- Marie-Josee
Talou has been thereabouts. The women's 100 metres.
Thompson has a good start and Williams going well. Talou on the
near side and Thompson wins. Talou in second place and a photograph for
third. 10.80 seven. A new meeting record and my goodness, that was a
good race. It was for half of the race and then the burners went on
and Elaine Thompson, once again, shows the class she has when it
matters. She is only going to run the 100 in the World Championships,
we are told, so to emphasise on that race, the rest better watch out.
That is impressive. She has a 10.71 this season, but that was very
impressive. Did not get the greatest start. Williams of Jamaica got away
like a bullet. When it came to the race proper in the midfield, it was
Talou and once again Elaine Thompson. She gets a good start,
Thompson but Talou, going quicker in the middle of the race, then she
gets alongside and Thompson said, you are not winning this, I am going
away again. Good performance from Talou. I love Thompson, really, and
in full flow, still looking relaxed. Talou fighting a little bit.
Michelle-Lee Ahye coming through for third spot. They can see why
Thompson is the best in the world. 8.30 one. That looks better. A big
smile on his face. Challenging the 8.33 second round jump of Lawson.
Not sure what happened there. Samaai, lovely technique. Gets the
rotations, avoids the heavy rotation, and that will challenge.
8.35, he has gone into the lead. He was down by two centimetres and is
now up by two centimetres. Good performance. The American, what can
he do? The finalist in the long jump. Fourth in Rio with 8.20 five.
He has come on a bit since then. And that look good. He hit the board
well. He had been standing out there a long time and I do not have -- do
not know how much that took the edge off. A good hit on the board. He
struck it well. 8.17. That will not challenge the 835 lead. Good
competition, appreciated by the big crowd in the home straight. And
there is the result. 8.35 enough for Rushawl Samaai. The race on the far
side about to get under way is the 3000 steeplechase for men. El
Bakkali of Morocco could feature in this race. He has been going well
and won in Stockholm. Kipruto. Still not broken nine minutes. It might be
the time to have a go at it. If they are going to take this on, the field
will split early, I would think. The pace they were looking at was 2.38
for the first 1000. The pace going out very quickly. There was no clear
declaration who was taking the pace in this race. I think we can see
where it is going at the moment. Kipsang the second of the
pacemakers. And then the champion himself, Kipruto. Leading the field
at the back. Very interesting to see what happens now with Birech. He has
latched onto the back of the Olympic champion. 2.29, Robbie Grabarz. His
third and final attempt in the high jump. No, no, Robbie, he had that
problem in Shanghai and I spoke to him in Shanghai. He injured his
ankle and it was bruised and he said it took awhile to get it back and he
now needs one or two classy performances to set himself up for
the two classy performances to set himself up for the 2.30 advanced
jumps. This is the third and final for Gianmarco Tamberi. I think he is
European champion. He is. Not clear on that particular day. He has had
injuries and surgery. He is desperate to come back but the time
may be running out. With others at 2.38 closing in on 2.40, it might be
too much for him to come back. Andriy Protsenko is a 2.40 man at
his best and he has struggled this season. They are finding 2.29 a
stretch. Finally, somebody goes over. Andriy Protsenko, third
attempt, he takes the high jump competition on a little further. Not
much of it. His backside just scraping over it. Not the best
competition in terms of height achieved with only one man going
over to .20 nine. -- 2.20 nine. The third and final attempt. He needs
this badly. No. Of course, these events always end up in failure.
5.70, in second place. Pawel Wojciechowski in the lead. It is
good to see him coming back. He has had problems. World champion in
Moscow. A silver medal in Beijing in 2015. He is a good competitor in
championships, but he has had in form. Nothing positive in a
constructive way. Lisek next up. Nowhere near that, Piotr Lisek has
gone as well. The 5.75 is really finding them out.
Raphael Holzdeppe, 5.70 on the second attempt, but failed three
times at 5.7 five. Third attempt at 5.85, looking good, Pawel
Wojciechowski. He's got it. Brilliant piece of vaulting.
Just look at that again. Each charges down. Left-hander,
incidentally. Five point 85. He passed at 5.75, passed at 5.80, he'd
already won at 5.70, with Raphael Holzdeppe are taking two attempts.
That's an emphatic win, passing the two Heights, and taking a third
attempt at 5.8 five. That's a very, very good performance.
Leading the trailing group is a more secure Ruy. These two are now away.
They went through a slower lap. They went through in 5.24. The crowd are
getting into this. Two laps to go. Where he was hanging on, he's trying
to take the race by the scruff of the neck. Soufiane El Bakkali, he's
no slouch, but he's trying to run away and already two metres appears.
He looks very confident. He is gradually made up the difference. He
got behind him a bit but he gradually made up the distance and
it's between Soufiane El Bakkali and Gary is the code Ibehre. I wonder if
the home crowd can help them take this on. A musky Ruy -- Amos Victor
Riu is way off at the moment. They will speed a bit towards the end,
that's for sure. I wonder what Birech will do, attack on the water
jump? No. He's just got to be careful he doesn't get too carried
away too early. The crowd are going crazy! He's hurdling well, this is
the main thing. He's picking up distance off the barrier and he was
smart. On the water jump, attacked the Kenyans. He hears the bell. He
has a six or seven-metre lead and it's starting to look as though this
could be a massive victory in front of the home crowd here. Soufiane El
Bakkali leads. The 19-year-old Amos Kireev you in third place. Soufiane
El Bakkali was second in Rome, he won Stockholm, he's getting used to
winning. That's good news for the local crowd. My goodness me, the
crowd noise here is emphatic and he's moving away even further. A
fabulous, fabulous run by the Moroccan. He promised much and he's
delivering. Just over 100 metres to go! The celebrations, the personal
celebration begins. Let's watch the clock. His personal best is 8.0
five. He's looking very, very close. 8:05.13, a personal best, by four
one hundredths of a second. A personal best. Birech in second. It
was a competitive race, but I've no idea what happened to the reigning
Olympic and world champion. I've no idea what you said, it was so loud!
I couldn't hear anything! Raising the roof, Weller wasn't one, but had
there been one it would have disappeared. A personal best. If he
hadn't been waving to the crowd it could have been a bit more. A huge
performance. He's putting himself up there is real contender.
The women's 400-metre athletes out on the track, a great feel. There's
Caster Semenya, the Olympic champion at 800 metres. I'm told she is
looking for a very fast data grid in Monaco next week in a Diamond League
on Friday. This is an ideal way for her to sharpen up for that.
Cleanly away. Shaunae Miller-Uibo starting quickly. The Olympic
champion. Quinn are hate is chasing her down. Natasha Hastings, with the
long locks, in between the two of them. The Olympic champion is 23
years of age, trying to chase down on the outside. Quanera Hayes is
trying to get back into this. Caster Semenya miles behind. Shaunae
Miller-Uibo has a lead over the American. Look at this, Shaunae
Miller-Uibo goes away as Kwanda Hayes starts to sink. Surely Shaunae
Miller-Uibo, look at the time. It's not quite the world lead and it's
not even a seasoned's best for her. We'll wait to see what it gets
rounded down to. A couple of hundreds outside, it's a new meeting
record. What was impressive for me was she went out hard, certainly. By
going hard then it looked as though they might just start to make up a
little bit of inroad into the lead, but she went away again in the last
50 or 60 metres. Indeed, that was a very quick first 200 metres. She had
that 21.91 national record in Eugene over 200 and gives her confidence. I
think she was testing herself. By the time she got a 300, she had to
gain and then again, the margin of victory was what impressed me, not
just the time, but the margin of victory in their end ahead of
Hastings and Hayes, the two Americans.
Our last event on the track, the men's 3000 metres, 7.5 laps of the
track. Again this has been set up a little bit really, hoping for a home
win. We've already had one. The crowd noticing him on the big
screen. Safely away in this 3000 men's last
event. The two pacemakers are rating to get to the friend. They are
pushing and shoving. Oh, dear me. This lad gets ten out of ten for
enthusiasm! He's even having a fight with the pacemaker to get to the
front. They've set off at a fair lick. Way too quick, 28 seconds.
This is all for Iguider, hoping he will perform as he has in recent
years. His record at major championships is very good. He's
slotted in there. We will get a check at the first 400 metres. It
looks swift. We were looking for something about 60-61, and he went
through at 58 there. , maybe 59. The race is really on. Iguider takes on
Mechaal. The other Moroccan in the red and
green. The crowd is starting to get excited here. 500 metres left to
run. Iguider on the front. Trying to get back to close the gap that has
appeared with the top three. They come round take the bell. Iguider
leader. Bouqantar and a good position. Iguider is the favourite.
Bouqantar are still there. They are trying to close the gap, trying to
get in it. Struggling at this point. Look at Mechaal, the big kick.
Iguider Halsey Loft-macro, this is what he does well. Listen to the
crowd! The Spaniard has a look behind. Huygens see the two as they
start to move away. Iguider with a metre lead. He attacks again. The
crowd wants them and the ball away and Iguider will do that. Moving
away from Mechaal. It's going to be a consecutive victory for Iguider in
Rabat. Iguider over the years, it's stood him in such good stead, that
finishing burst. He can't take on Mo Farah and one Rojer of the others
but he still going to be a threat. 30 years of age. The man who, in
front of this sort of crowd, certainly producing a big
performance against. It is a seasoned's best for him, not as fast
as last year. A big personal best for Bouqantar. Personal bests for
quite a few of the athletes behind as Iguider takes the plaudits.
Iguider winning with the seasoned's best, lots of personal bests all the
way down to seven. That's quite impressive, most of it came on the
last lap. A big win for the home crowd. You know what they say,
points win prizes. There were plenty of prizes tonight. Mainly it was
confidence that was won. Eilidh Child third, Mitchell Blake said,
Laura Weightman force, but it was the win for CJ Ujjawal Ub that was
the most impressive, 9.9 take the cross of -- across a good field.
He's performing consistently well. We saw what a home crowd can do for
athletes' performances. When London comes around in a few weeks, there
will be British athletes who rise to a higher level than their world
rankings. GABBY LOGAN:
That's all the action from Rabat but there's plenty more top sport coming
up on the BBC. On Thursday night there are highlights of the Open at
Royal Birkdale, HP BBC Two. We have live diving coverage from the World
Championships this week on the red button on the BBC Sport website and
the swimming World Championships begin on the 23rd of July BBC 24
5pm. More Diamond League highlights on Saturday from Monaco. Following
that the focus will be fixed on London for the World Championships.
The countdown to Friday the 4th of August continues. London, are you
ready? Mo Farah wins the gold! It's a mammoth job. -- jump. David
Rudisha is going to win the world title. It's going to be Dafne
Schippers. Laura Muir has smashed the British record. Usain Bolt! I'm
Gabby Logan presents highlights of the tenth round of the 2017 Diamond League from Rabat.
With the trip to Morocco coming three weeks before the World Championships in London, the world's best athletes are desperate to find form in north Africa.
Rabat made its Diamond League debut last year when the 14-meeting global series headed to Africa for the first time.