Gabby Logan presents live coverage of day two of the London Anniversary Games from the Olympic Stadium. With commentary by Steve Cram, Andrew Cotter and Steve Backley.
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Welcome to day 2 of the Muller Anniversary Games here at the
Olympic Stadium and if it's half as good as last night you are in for a
treat, world records and national records. In two weeks' time the
Olympics will be underway in Rio, four years since London 2012. The
legacy of London is alive and well as 50,000 people pour into the
stadium to enjoy an electrifying afternoon of athletics. Here are
some of the stars they will see. That is fantastic. It's going to be
Dafne Schippers. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce holds on once again for
the world title. Having a brilliant race. My goodness. Dina Asher-Smith
is looking fantastic here. It's enormous! It's a huge jump. A
staring jump from Proctor. Hudson Smith wins it. That was a fantastic
record. She is going to win it. It's a fabulous run from Kiplagat. Mo
Farah is going to make it two gold medals for Great Britain. So that is
the view over the stadium, a glorious day, temperature inside 28
degrees at the moment, but we are not inside right now, you can see
the warm up track which is where you will find Michael Johnson as we look
ahead to the action which starts at 2:15pm. It is fascinating to come
out here and see the athletes warming up and doing final
preparations. I have seen you looking at them, are there any new
tricks that I haven't thought about? No, but this is where you can find
out about the mindset of the athletes, this is where it all takes
place because from here you go into the stadium where it all goes down
and the finals take place. You see if the athletes looked nervous and
if they are interacting with others and if they are on their own, and
how relaxed they are. That is David Weir. Katarina Johnson-Thompson wave
that you a few minutes ago. You got all excited. I thought she was
waving at you! The big stars of athletics are warming up. You can
see just by looking at their eyes how they are feeling and what state
they are in. This is where the nerds start taking place, you hear about
nerves before the race and you are in your hotel and in your comfort
zone and left your own devices, but when you are here this is when you
see the competition for the day, and you start to see, that looks really
good, it's warming up, looking confident, that sort of thing. That
can get the nerds going. The athletes who can control their
nerves best are the ones who succeed in the end. I'll was want to just
see how the athletes are interacting, some of them will have
headsets on, listening to music, just nice and relaxed. OK, I would
think he looks confident. Some of them might look more concerned and
the coach might be rubbing them like this, you know that things did not
go well today and they are just... I hope you did not speak to anyone. I
did not. Just focused on the task at hand, and that is what you want to
do in the warm up area, just focus on the process and what works for
you in terms of warming up to get yourself physically and
psychologically ready to do battle. I know you are looking forward to
some great performances today and we will talk about that in a minute. We
will also be joined by Toni Minichiello, the coach of Jessica
Ennis-Hill is the magnificent evening under the stars last night.
Just two weeks left until Rio. To talk you through the best of the
action from mass night we have Steve Backley, Michael Johnson, and Steve
Cram. -- last night. Jess Ennis-Hill is in Wayne 9. The first two go
through automatically and the three fastest losers.
Cleanly away. Rollins is leading at the moment. Tiffany Porter is going
well. The winner, with a slight breeze
helping. Who one, who qualified? And the time of Jessica Ennis-Hill. She
is smiling. I think it is a race to be very pleased with Jessica
Ennis-Hill. Looking at her time. Just ahead of Brianne Rollins.
Jessica Ennis-Hill is through to the final. With all of the mess
happening inside. Rollins is an amazing hurdler. When she gets it
right she is flawless. She crashes into the barrier and it pulls her
back and that could upset a few people in the field and Jessica
Ennis-Hill keeps pushing through. She made very little mistake through
there and it made her sneak through. Her second quickest time ever.
12.54, her personal best was done on this track in the Olympic Games.
Harrison is in lane 4. Away they go. Harrison gets a very
good start. Nelson is trying to pull alongside but Harrison is already
putting daylight between herself and the rest. 12.40 one.
That is a new stadium record for Harrison. I feel so sad for this
young lady, she has demonstrated so well all the time through this year
how good she is and what qualities she has, and when the crunch came,
at the championships when she only had to finish in the top three, she
got very close to the barriers and then made mistakes, if you hit them,
you hit them badly. Look at the contrast, easy running, 12.40, made
to look very effortless indeed. That is a meeting record. A bit of a
disappointing run for Cindy Ofili. Four British athletes starting here.
One of whom is not competing in Rio. Strong athletes in lanes five, six
and seven. Miller should be the one to chase, from the Bahamas, in lane
five. Christine Ohuruogu pacing herself.
It is very quick so far from Natasha Hastings with the blonde hair,
there. McPherson just squeezing alongside Christine Ohuruogu at the
moment. There is a long way to go, but it is Hastings and Miller
side-by-side and Miller is now putting the squeeze on and striding
clear of Hastings. Christine Ohuruogu is in fifth at the moment,
she is trying to get there. Miller, this is an exhibition of 400 metres
running. That is the quickest in the world this year. Natasha Hastings
was in third, but they were a long way adrift. She takes the world
leading mark from Allyson Felix. You are very welcome, what a run from
Miller. She is going well in the 200 but she is focusing on the 400 for
Rio, and you can see why. This is her fourth win in the Diamond
League, she is learning to run well, it was almost two different races,
from her lane out they went through the first 200 much quicker but she
was the only one to maintain well. Look at this performance down the
straight. She is moving her arms, trying to pick up her knees. She is
a very good runner, Miller, and there is a massive amount of
attention on her in this event. Miller is the quickest in the world
this year and a long way clear of the rest. The American champion, the
fastest in the world, in lane six. It's all about rhythm, all about
keeping those stride patterns and not worrying about what's going on
around you, they try to be competitive in the home straight.
You can see how quickly Mohammed has gone off, she can't get drawn into a
race with her, just stick to her own race, and she is going pretty well
for the first two in metres, she may have completed that first. A lead
Doyle is right there. She is hitting this right. Now it is about
strength. Holding it together. Mohammed, the American champion, and
need to roll to between the three of them and the crowd is trying to help
the Scot who is coming on well. She just had to check, Doyle, and now
coming through, but Mohammed streaks away and also Pedersen coming past.
53.92, it was there, going well until the last hurdle but then she
had to check and lost more momentum this time and I would suggest that
that is because of what was going on ahead of her. Even though she lost
momentum she came off that well. She was almost at still. Mohammed was
really good on the last hurdle but she was struggling on the two before
that. This young lady, the European champion, finished very strongly as
well. Where we expecting too much? No, she is still quality, I hope she
will get a lot from this, the difference that it makes when you
check back, because when she was there, ready to attack, going into
hurdle number nine, you can see that she is there or thereabouts, she is
full of running, the brakes have to go on, she checks back and she is
drawn back by every single person in the field, and when she goes home
she will think, OK, I can get close to the 53.9 mark. A really good win
for Mohammed to continue what is a very good season, it is good to see
her back on form. Two seasons best for Sarah Peterson and Wenda Nel. It
has taken an hour and a half but now just two men remain. The world
numbers one and two. He has had a flawless cards so far. The bar is at
5.90 metres. He has jumped over six metres in this stadium in the past.
5.97 to take the Olympic title. His first attempt at 5.9, is a good one.
He knows that that will be enough, it would seem, for victory this
evening. Flawless so far this evening.
Lavillenie, flawless this evening. That is what it is all about ahead
of Rio. Called the Frenchman, the Flying Frenchman, indeed. That is
what it means to him. He is head and shoulders above the rest of the
world. He's brilliant. 5.95. An equal personal best.
Katrina Johnson-Thompson has jumped 1797.
The UK indoor title early last year. It is one of her best events. This
and the long jump. 1795, then, Katrina
Johnson-Thompson. Oh, yes! Johnson Thompson has gone clear! Wow! Well,
I tell you what, ahead of Rio that is just what she would have wanted.
A boost in confidence. . The strength must be good to carry
on whatever else goes on. And day light. There may be more to come.
Brilliant from Katrina Johnson-Thompson.
And Ruth Beitia then. Playing to the crowd.
For the third time. Looking focussed indeed.
But after the two fouls, she has to go clear.
She is seen to salvage that. That's a great clearance.
Michael Johnson talked about athletes coming forward from behind.
And here in this stadium in 2012 she was behind two Russians. So, Beitia
of Spain, well, good luck to her ahead of Rio.
A win tonight equals the season's best for the athletes. A good clear.
The slightest of rattles. Absolutely brilliant. 1.98.
Jessica Ennis-Hill has been given the same lane that she had in 2012.
What a line up. The strength of the Americans.
They really do have such strength in this event. They have had for many,
many years. The stars, Castlin and all will
fancy their chances of taking victory here. You know that Harrison
in lane six feels she has a move. 12740 looks so comfortable here.
Tiffany Porter in two. Ennis-Hill in eight. Kristi Castlin
is in lane 9. Nine.
12. .58. Not as wick as in the heats.
Won by a huge margin, Harrison. She says one again: You'll be missing me
in Rio. I am the number one. Well, the clock has been corrected.
Look at the time now! It is a new world record! What?! Harrison will
not be at the Olympics but she is the world recordholder. London rises
to her. One of the oldest records in the book has gone and it has gone to
Kendra Harrison. I was sitting next to Steve Cram, as
we were watching the race I thought this is quick. No doubt about it. It
looked like she dipped under the clock. And the second time was given
of 12747. Right at the beginning, I did
mention the quality of the field. Knowing that this young lady has the
ability, we saw her cruise through the first round. 12.40. Looking easy
and steady. What a race.
Let's watch it. Explodes from the box. A clean first
hurdle. Looks to fall off the barrier but rolls off it. Runs
through aggressively. This is a world-class field. She's absolutely
destroyed them. Look at the margin of victory. Worked hard all the way
through. You can see with the dip, how she managed to go under.
And a photo finish. There we are, a world recordholder.
Tiffany Porter, incidentally, a season's best.
That time defines a season. That time defines a premier.
And delighted to say that Tony Minichiello, Jessica Ennis-Hill's
coach has just joined us. But firstly, Michael, prays for that
performance by Ke in, dra Harrison? Absolutely. A world-class field and
she demolished it. So, kudos to Kenny, she did not make
the US team, finishing fourth, a huge disappointment. But in Olympic
careers you want world records and Olympic gold. She has the world
record now. Hopefully we will see her in London next year and then at
the Olympics later. She could go quicker? That is
motivation. If you are not making the US team you have to do something
that defines you. And breaking that record. Which, to be honest, I never
thought anyone could break it. At the end she starts to float
around and veers to the left. I asked her about that. What it takes,
she picked that out to say that is the area.
She could take that record down a little bit from the 212.20 she ran
last night. But flawless execution. We noticed in her eyes before that
final that she was so disappointed but that is pure joy right there.
Just incredible emotion. We could not quite believe that was
a race that could be won. She appeared so quick, and looked happy
with that I was thinking that it looked slower as Jessica was flat.
You start to do the connotations, and then suddenly, the story is not
about anything else in the race. Were you able to keep your eye on
Jes? I tend to. I watch the athlete I'm working with. So she was running
well. She is not active enough on the floor, going into the barriers.
But hurdle seven, she hits that and all credit to her she stays on her
feet. She is tumbled around. You have lost momentum but she came in
at 13.04. Coming back, we were hoping for a little more.
But in the heat, still a fantastic performance. She set her P B in
2012. Let's have another look at Jess. What were you hoping for? I
was looking for 12.6 #0s. But trying to be active. To drive from the box.
The second half of the race, what happens is that in six, seven,
eight, the stride lengthens but with 5.5 metres, the stride is in, you
are running closer to the barrier. That is hard.
You must stay away from the hurdle. Once you have had a break through
pregnancy with the technical elements of disciplines, how quickly
did she get that back? She has done really well. And the surface here is
incredible. But we have to work for at least six, seven eight months
before starting on the hurdles. There is lots of abdominal work
there. You don't want to damage that early on.
She looked stronger than in Beijing? Totally but we could not
weightlifting then for six months. We started earlier. So she is
stronger than last year. Further ahead. But, to work that into the
heptathlon, we will have to wait and see.
She did a good javelin last week? I am pleased with that. We did that,
the way that they decided in the pools. She was 46... 49! At 45.07 we
were looking at it saying, we didn't know if she would be the bottom half
or the top half. You want to be in the top half. That is the pool you
want to be to look them in the eye and pile on the pressure. If she is
45... They have to throw 50, 51. It happened a lot to Kelly soother
tonne. She would drive first but then had to sit in the stand.
So you are confident to get her in the top pool? Hopeful.
Well, the high jump for Katrina Johnson-Thompson in the heptathlon,
she will be in an elite pool of athletes. She jumped 1795.
But for somebody obviously last year in Beijing, the long jump was a
disaster. These are her strengths. She has
jumped 1.97 indoors. So she is coming into forms. There are a lot
of girls in the heptathlon. We have not even mentioned Briane,
the world number one. So a compressed field. Medals can come
from anybody. If you slip up... What should Jess' preparations be now?
You spoke about the hurdles, and trying to get that down between now
and Rio is difficult? It is stuff to work on. You never give up the
ghost. The difficulty is you cannot do a lot of volume. At this point we
are taking the volume off but doing less work but higher quality. Really
you want to rest. You want to put your athlete in a bubble! But it is
not just about Kat versus Jess. There is a huge pool of talent. Last
year, Briane went in but then seemed to crumbleble in her presence. Jess
was amazed how much her legacy gave her the advantage? That happened
last year but will it happen a second time? I don't think so. You
have to bring the A game. To be consistent in the performances. That
is what you look for. It is not one or two performances but looking at
being solid across the board. That is the kiss of death.
But again, Jess had a hiccup in 2011 finishing in the silver medal
position. That helps to reset. I am sure that Briane has gone away and
with her coach, they will have put in place what they need.
The long jump along with KJT and along with Proctor. It should be a
good field. The girls pushing each other along? That's the hope.
Jess has done well. But can she do it again? Show it is not a fluke. So
some of the things we have been training, she used to jump off her
right foot. Had fractures, then we switched back to the left and after
London back to the right foot. So we have missed a couple of seasons with
an Achilles heel and a little thing called a pregnancy! So, hopefully,
we will go forward. Now I know you have coaching to do.
So good luck this afternoon. We are looking back to last night. A
fantastic 4x100m performance from Great Britain's women. Take a little
look. Keep an eye out for Ashya Phillips.
They are off. It's a good strong run from Asha
Philip. A strong position.
Henry at the back. Dina Asher-Smith will now run them
in with a big lead. They are looking for a safe handover. It's going to
be a big victory. 41.82, the time. A couple of those
changeovers were very good. It all adds up to 41.81. That was
outstanding. By the Great Britain A team. We have seen it on many
occasions, they have all come together wonderfully well for their
team. They should be really proud. World lead, that is tremendous, that
has got to be one of the fastest times of all time. Fantastic
performance, it was rounded down to 41.79 which is a new national record
and a world lead, that bodes well going into Rio. Very impressive
performance, I have never seen that kind of performance from Great
Britain, young sprinters, Asha Philip 's is the youngest, she is
still a baby. That bodes well going into Rio. They need to understand
that they have the foot speed, they need to acknowledge that, the
coaching staff have to acknowledge that, now it is about getting the
baton around, they need to practice their exchanges, but what they do
not practice is, what if the first attempt goes wrong, if the first
attempt goes wrong, don't compound the mistake, that is what we see
when the US and British team drop the baton it is because they run out
of their zone. They are trying to get the second pass. Yes, then they
are in unfamiliar territory because they never practice getting it
wrong. You would practice mistakes? I would practice correcting it when
it has happened because there is a higher probability when they are
running that fast and it is not easy. That is why you see so many
drops. The reason why I focus on that is specifically because what I
saw on that team means that even if the other teams, the Jamaicans, the
Trinidad and Tobago team, the US team, even if they get it round,
finally Great Britain can still get a medal even if the other teams
don't drop the baton. You don't have too hope that one of the other teams
drops it so you can get a medal. I would never say that! Very
impressive performance, we are talking about Rio and it bodes well
for the team. It's very good to see, that was amazing last night and I'm
very excited about those prospects. The men's 4x100m will kick off today
in around 25 minutes. I'm not sure if they were practising the second
exchange. The eyes in the back of my head are not working so well today.
Let's go back to the stadium so we can review more great action from
last night. Charlie Gray is going in this one.
Better known as a 1500 metres man but he is trying out something new.
Nigel Amos was a silver-medallist four years ago. Rotich be the man to
beat here in the men's 800 metres. Just inside is Amos. He has been
1.16 to 600, so let's see how quickly they go. Who can forget this
race on this track four years ago. They all went to lifetime best
times. A bit of a gap now. To McBride at the moment, the young
Canadian, following closest. Doing the job that he has been asked to
do, pacing along, but there is not much interest in that. It's not
about running fast times, it's about establishing where you are. He beats
David Rudisha into third place in the Kenyan trials. Charlie Grice has
impressed so far, using this as a springboard for his Olympic 1500
metres attack. Going well down the back straight. Charlie Grice is
starting to run well. Amos is trying to lift the pace a little bit with
his erratic style. Bosse is leading them out at the moment. Charlie
Grice will have two Labour little bit. McBride is trying to lift the
pace. Bosse is coming through further victory, surely. Does
McBride still had something? He is closing but he's not going to get
there. Bosse hangs on, just. Rotich came through, Amos in fourth place.
Bosse was the closest to the pacemaker. He takes it on. Well
timed run. He did it the hard way, the Brave way, from the front. He
can run hot and cold, fifth at the European Championships, but he was
in charge there. That was disappointment, a good result for
Bosse the surprising result in some ways. He has the talent but often on
the big occasions he does not do it but tonight he ran the perfect race.
Charlie Grice coming off the track there, he looks at his time and he
will be delighted. Here is Bosse down the finishing straight. Amos,
the Olympic silver-medallist, and Rotich mother man we are looking to
do well in Rio. Bosse goes well. What a perfect time to run for
Charlie. -- another man. It rather gives a false impression about
Charlie Grice. He is not on the first page. Rotich mother Diamond
League leader, only in third. Charlie Grice is a miler. The
silver-medallist from London in 2012, Manzano. Good representation
for Great Britain. Thomas Lancashire and Jake Wightman, they are not
going to Rio. It will be the Kenyans to watch out for again. Kiplagat,
former Commonwealth Games champion. As the pacemaker steps aside, on the
shoulder of Chariot. In a good position now. He will be
disappointed not to make the Olympic team. Emanuel is running well. He
has been impressive so far. Thomas Lancashire stretches his feet at the
back. This is an impressive run from Whiteman. Silas Kiplagat, trying to
hold off the youngster, Timothy chariot. He just missed out on
Olympic selection, trying to take on the Kenyans. It is a real scrap.
Kiplagat is there, on the outside, just finds a little bit extra. Can
he make it to the line? The fast finishing Swede in fifth place. That
was a great race at the front. Silas Kiplagat, his best race of the year,
not a good season at all, Kiplagat. But he is returning to good form on
the big stage here. On his day he is one of the best Kenya have ever had
and he will be delighted to have found some form. A little bit late
for him in terms of Rio but a good win for him. Great run by Jake
Wightman in fourth place. Sprinting down the finishing straight. Their
Jake Wightman judges this race perfectly. And a personal best
coming into this race of 3.50 seven. And he has come out with a real
bonus. Silas Kiplagat signs the famous book. INAUDIBLE
The first Kenyan to win this one. Being presented with the trophy. It
is a famous race. I think that was a great performance by Kiplagat. Good
British representation. Dropping down to 1500 here. Laura Weightman
will join Laura Muir at the Olympic Games. That is the pacemaker, Chanel
price. She will be asked to set a good pace for Laura Muir. We hope
that she can go to Rio and really content, as they come round with two
laps to go, following Chanel price. Reasonably quick pace here. Moving
quickly to close the gap, obviously she recognises the danger. Laura
Muir was fifth in the World Championships last year. She has
done this before, and carried it through. She has the capabilities to
do that and recognise that and move up to close the gap. Weightman is a
few places back and she is working to close the gap. Laura Muir is
leading. Then the diminutive Kenyan and Laura Weightman in fourth. Costa
moving up. Laura is now putting her foot down a bit and trying to move
away. Hassan going with her. The world indoor champion. She has been
struggling with these injuries but she is now getting back to her best
and they are now well clear. Laura Muir is attacking this from the
front and the crowd are trying to lift her, they are a good ten metres
clear off the field at the bell. Going really well in this race. She
has raised the 800 metres in Padua, close to her personal best. She
knows who it is on her shoulder but she knows that she is in decent
shape this year. She will be looking to hold on. This really is
aggressive running from Laura Muir. Down the back straight, she has
opened up, look at the great she is showing here. She is fighting to
pull away from Hassan and she is managing to do that. A stunning run
so far, she gives up, she is well clear in second. Laura Muir, coming
down the home straight, and this is a massive performance from her, she
is heading for a very quick time here. Laura Muir will be clock
watching all the way down here, she has got this won, that's for sure.
She has a long way ahead, it's a massive performance. 3:57.51, that
is a new British record, I think, if it gets confirmed. Kelly Haimona 's
has been obliterated by Laura Muir of Scotland and Great Britain, the
23-year-old was so strong on that last lap. Yes, it's a meeting
record. But have you ever seen, Paula, the strength, coupled with
the speed obviously, but she was aggressive from the start, and what
a reward for her. It's official now, I knew British record for Laura
Muir. Absolutely brilliant. That was a really scintillating run, and it's
so good to see you there getting the enjoyment from that as well because
she really worked hard. Sophie said at the beginning of the programme
what a talent she is, and the capabilities she has to take the
step up to be a medallist at the Olympics and she has underlined that
here tonight. This will be something she will remember for the rest of
her life. Meeting record, but more importantly the British record. A
host of seasons bests behind her. The Swede has just pipped Laura
Weightman for third spot. It's an amazing stadium, Christian Taylor,
victorious here four years ago in the triple jump, and he has been a
class apart through this competition. We are in the last
round. Two valid jumps would have won anyway. He has won the
competition, and it's a big one. Well, I've thought we were going to
have to send for something relatively mediocre, given the dizzy
heights of success we have seen as Taylor came with an eight
centimetres of the Jonathan Edwards world record. En route to taking the
world title last summer. Taylor stamped his authority on this event
in the last competition prior to Rio. It's very close to 18 metres.
That looks almost perfect on the board. Slight glitch in his season
so far is that he was beaten in the American trials by his team-mate
will Clay. Look at that, 17.78, undoubtedly the
favourite. A world lead. The fast men have a lot to life up to. This
is the line up for the final of the men's 200m.
Cleanly away. Vicaut trying to get back onside. It
is Vicaut. And it is Vicaut just ahead of Young. 10. .03. He takes
the victory. An extraordinary achievement.
The men's 100m, being one in 10. .03. Vicaut heads to Rio as a
contender. But a few of the sprinters slightly disappointed that
they could not deliver quicker times.
That looked like hard work. He had to hall himself through the field to
get to the line in only 10. .03. But the victory is key. Let's have a
look at the race to see how it pans out. Jimmy Vicaut gets up quite
well. But never an athlete to drive out of the block. He gets into the
running quickly. There is where he loses the ground then gains it as he
halls himself through. I think all of them will be a bit disappointed
as they read the performances on the clock.
Vicaut, I'm sure he will be a contender for the final in Rio.
Vadlejch, the javelin thrower struggling somewhat.
86.76. The best throw for him this year.
He looks as though he has it right here in the second round. 85.72.
Usain Bolt has to do something that some athletes don't have do, he has
to take the media in his stride. He does it well, of course.
He is in lane six. Gemili is in eight.
And then there is this man. To see somebody who could get a surprise,
when he was told he had won the gold medal at the European championships
after a disqualification. There is Gemili.
He was going to run the 100 heats today. Let's see how he goes. Edward
getting back into good form in the Diamond League in Monaco. Here we
go, through... A hero for so many. There is a big crowd here at the
Olympic Stadium hoping he can give them something to cheer. And what
about this man, Rodney. The Canadian champion this year.
Very talented. And Lemaitre. He has been doing better this year
with a season's best. Ashmeade, he is the man in the
relay. And Talbot because of
disqualification in the championships, he moves up.
He moved up to third to get the Bronze Medal. Then on the inside the
24-year-old American, McClean with a new personal best this year. So the
scene is set. A familiar one for Usain Bolt. A one which has given
him, of course, so many memories, I'm sure he still has of 2012. So
how much has happened since then but that will never ever be takenway
from him. Starting quickly.
Usain Bolt leads. Usain Bolt wins it.
A within for Usain Bolt. He's back in business.
It wasn't superfast but good enough tonight to beat a pretty good field
and certainly good enough to please a very big crowd. And for Usain Bolt
the confidence booster that sends a little bit of a message to say
"19.89, OK but still fast." He will undoubtedly get quicker by
the time he gets to Rio. He doesn't look too happy. But I'm sure he is
happy to get that under his belt with a win and a solid time.
Happy in the sense that the race is out of the way. Out of his system.
The first time, a strong performance.
And to go under 20 seconds is great, to go under 19.90. That is good.
An incredible finish to a magnificent evening under the stars
at the Olympic Stadium. Here is Paula Radcliffe, nodding away,
welcome, Paula. This is like the weather in the South of France? It
is. The guys could have come from the training camp there. It is what
they have been training in. Possibly a little hotter but perfect
preparation for Rio. This is the temperatures that we are looking at.
We have been speaking about the world record for the hurdles but
also time to talk about Laura Muir. Another record that stood for a long
time. A gutsy run. You must have been impressed? . It was. The race
was paced very well. The first 400, she ran close to 64 seconds, and
then 2. .08... We see her slotting in from behind the pacemake. You
knee she meant business. And at 1500m is when the third lap drops
off. But she put her food to the floor and accelerated.
The second to last was the quickest one, where Zeb did the Danning to
Hassan. She would have known she was the big danger in the race.
-- world recordholder I I have seen her training in the last couple of
weeks, showing how much she is moving. How much stronger she is.
That is good too mentally. She is showing she is in good shape.
Driving there. Knowing she had the capabilities of getting the record.
It is the first thing she checked for. Looking across to see if she
got the time. You can see she worked hard for that. And that is a tough
one to beat. If you beat that, you are underlining that you are a huge
medal prospect going to Rio. We spoke about why people are here,
what are they using it for? Is it something to prove fitness,
confidence? But that is the kind of competition, that is sheing she is
here it get herself on the Rio podium? For many athletes like
Laura, it is an opportunity to go to Rio with a tremendous amount of
confidence. Able to produce the second best time in the world this
year. So it bodes well for her confidence and prospects of a medal
going to Rio. We are next to the long jump inside
here. Dangerously so! If I step further back, I will be in there!
The girls are working on the run-ups, working on the strides.
Jess very much has her game face on. We will see her competing soon
alongside Katrina Johnson-Thompson and of course Shara Proctor as well.
Firstly, it was nice to see Kelly Holmes tweeting last night. To get
that record Kelly Holmes had to race at the Olympics at the same time?
That is important. It is. I'm sure are she is proud to see Laura
getting in there. And hopefully she will get a medal. Yesterday we
started to talk about just Rutherford, Mo and Doug and all of
those people. But Great Britain we need more to come up.
FORCEDYELLOW heaven I think that Laura and Katrina Johnson-Thompson,
they want to establish themselves. They have learned a lot from the
World Championships last year. We will not see the same Katrina
Johnson-Thompson as last year. I think we will see a new Katrina
Johnson-Thompson with more confidence. That is where you make
the mistakes, in the World Championship, not the Olympics.
Saving the best stuff for the Olympics Games. Well, a man not so
short of confidence is Usain Bolt. It was his first 200m here in the
stadium last night. His season has not gone always to plan. A few
problems with his body. But overall he seems to have come through it
unscathed? I think he was very happy with last night's race in context.
This is the part of the race that he knows he has to work on a little
more. But the thing is, as far as his race is concerned, he basically
had one injury this year. Compare that to last year. Last year was a
really difficult year for him. This year is a better year for him. Only
one injury. Slight. That was mostly taking precaution. So healthwise he
is going to Rio in a good position. Last night's 200 proved to him he is
healthy. He can use the rounds in order to get himself right and to
get himself ready to go ahead and defend his Olympic titles and win
this thing for an unprecedented third time as 100 and 200 metre
Olympic champion. He did say to him when we spoke at
length that he knows he needs more races but he does not have the
opportunity or the luxury. Tell us what he can do in training to test
himself? Is it literally going against the clock with a training
partner is it that crude? Yes, you think about it, last year at this
time he did not have the race he had last night. It had been over a month
before he had a race. He still went there with the best of times, to
beat Justin Gatlin, who was at his best. So, Usain Bolt, you say he
doesn't need the races but he needs to use the rounds. He has the
technical aspects. He must use the speed. Now he can go on in training.
It is two weeks, a lot of time for Usain Bolt to work on the technical,
the speed endurance to hold the speed he has. So he is in a great
position, a much better position than last year.
Thank you, Michael. Lots of stars in action last night. Usain Bolt
arguable one of the biggest of the lot but there is much more coming
your way today. That is fantastic. It's going to be
Dafne Schippers. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce holds on once again for
the world title. That is a brilliant race. My goodness. Dina Asher-Smith
is looking fantastic here. It's enormous! It's a huge jump. Starring
jump from Proctor. That was a fantastic run from him. Sharp is
going to win. That is fabulous run from Lagat. Mo Farah is going to
make it two gold medals for Great Britain. Beautiful! So, in a few
moments time Rio heptathlon rivals Jessica Ennis-Hill and Johnson
Thomson will take each other on. It is also featuring Shara Proctor.
Then it is the 4x100m relay for the men. Then the heats for the 110
metres hurdles. Andrew Pozzi will be among those looking for a clean run
for Great Britain. Holly Bradshaw and company will have their sights
set at 2:50pm for the men's two metres. The women's discus gets
underway shortly after that. Michael Tinsley lining up. Olympic champion
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is among a quality line-up for the women's
100m. The last hour of action kicks off at 4pm with the men's shot put.
Then it is a competitive looking women's 800 metres. The flying
Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers is the one to beat in a field that includes
five Americans will stop then the quick women continue in the final of
the 100 before the Mo Farah show, taking on a competitive field in the
5000 metres, his first competitive 5000 metres this year. He was out a
moment ago being introduced to the crowd, taking a lot of photos and
selfies and lapping it up. Still wearing a long-sleeved top which I'm
slightly worried about, he's not able to regulate his body
temperature like the rest of us! That is just Mo, just trying to stay
warm, he is looking forward to these conditions but he's just chilling
out, he still has while before he needs to warm up. He has talked
about how special it is to get the chance to come out here and race,
and this is important because it's his first five K. For him we are
talking about what this whole event means and it means different things
to different people but he will take his time here seriously. Absolutely,
this is a serious test, he hasn't really backed off in training coming
into this, he is focusing on being 100% for Rio. It's important for him
to come out here and lay down a marker. A warning to the others, he
was beaten in Monaco in the 1500 metres, but so what? He is in a good
place mentally and he's looking forward to getting out there and
racing. It's incredible that he has won double gold medals twice since
the London Olympics. An incredible four years for Mo Farah. We will see
him at the end of proceedings today but kicking us off is the 4x100m
relay for the man, can the British men live up to the women who laid
down the gauntlet with a national record and a world lead. Steve Cram,
over to you. Good afternoon everyone, beautiful day in the
Olympic Stadium, and yes, it would be something if the British man
could get anywhere near to the British record. The women, one of
the stars collectively last night, and I think it has added a bit of a
crowd that has turned up today, still people coming into enjoyed the
IPC event earlier and now looking forward to a fantastic afternoon as
Mo Farah is leaving the track and of course he will be in the last event,
the 5000 metres. As Gaby said we begin with this intriguing relay.
And of course this is an event, the women's relay and the men's, 4x100m
and 4x400m where we are looking for medal chances, and places in the
team. Very much up for grabs, because the team is not yet set. The
A team today is Adam Gemili, who ran well in the two would metres last
night, he goes down the back straight. James Ellington will be on
the top bend and CJ will bring it home. A bit of a change of lanes as
Great Britain have moved out to lane seven because the French have
scratched Jimmy Vico. A bit of a twinge after last night. There is no
Usain Bolt in the Jamaican team, but it is still a pretty strong team.
The one interesting fact that may well be on the first leg, they will
be pretty strong, Brazil. Then we will see a strong Canadian team. We
will go through them now. They have two big sprinters, Rodney
who won the two metres championships. This is where the
intrigue is, Richard Kilty, he would love to run the first leg in Rio, of
course. He has been given the nod here today, but what if Kielty were
to built their solo -- were to beat his rival, he has been given this
job of leading off. The all-stars team is led off by Kim Collins.
There is Dasaolu mad bit disappointing yesterday. Really good
conditions. We saw so many great performances. Not in the men's
hundred metres, it has to be said. The Jamaican team led by Everton
Clarke and then Michael Freitag, hugely experienced. A bit unusual
for him to be in that position. He will be in the long jump later
today. The Netherlands on the outside. He competed in front of his
home crowd in Amsterdam at the European Championships. There is no
Martina in their team. There is game early. I know that he was a little
disappointed. -- Adam Gemili. He was suffering from a bit of a cold this
week and did not run in the 100m, chose to do just the 200 metres
which was not bad at all and now he will take it from Dasaolu on the
back straight. Kielty is on the first leg for the B team.
Safely away. Dasaolu is moving well. Kielty has taken a couple of metres
out of Kim Collins. It's a good change, solid from the B team. Great
Britain A in the lead at the moment. That's another solid changeover. The
B team are going well. It is Great Britain one and two here. Chijindu
Ujah gets away. He gets it safely. The youngster chasing down Chijindu
Ujah. It is Britain one and two, who will win it? It's the A team. That
is fast. I said that they weren't break the British record but they
nearly did. And the B team has run one of the quickest times. Five
hundredths of a second off the British record. I think one or two
changes that could be better, it was solid. But as the women yesterday,
particularly the last change with Dina Asher-Smith and Daryl, perhaps
that change was a bit safer, pressure from the B team but
fabulous runs by both quartets, all posting a British record. Talked us
through this. What was significant was that they are already cup races
at Rio. When we talk about making sure the baton saran safely, they
both know what is necessary here. For me, what is so necessary is they
have delivered fast times under pressure. -- gets around safely.
They have destroyed the field. As you said, spot-on, a few changes
there that could have been stretched and they were a bit safe, but I
would rather they were safe and put themselves in good contention for a
very strong medal at the Rio Olympic Games. What I love about it again is
that we have real choices, that's going to be important. I'm just
wondering whether CJ was a little tired, it almost looked as though he
was being chased down by the youngster who was running very well
but he tightens up a little bit. The record was there for the taking, but
nonetheless, great performances. 37.78, world lead, and the B team,
we can't take two teams but my goodness if we cut they would not do
bad. -- if we could. Five hundredths of a second off the British record
but the B team pushed you close button blue great strength from both
teams, running the quickest time for five or six years and put together
two teams that did it. Strong performance from everyone. The
exchanges looked fairly solid. Yes, we are pushing it a bit further.
Than we did at the Europeans. Still a lot to play with, the depth we
have got is amazing. The battle for places will hot up and there is
still room for improvement from this quartet? We are still a bit tired
from yesterday because James was in the 100. You must have enjoyed that,
decent run in the 200, 20 .07, followed it up by being just outside
the British record? Yes, we were pushing for it but we are glad to
get the world lead and what better place to do it than in front of the
home crowd, amazing atmosphere. Brilliant. Good stuff, guys.
Well, there you have it, 37.78, a new world lead. Five hundredths off
the British record which goes back to Seville in 1999. Canada will be
quicker come rear. -- come Rio. Impressive performances from two
Great Britain quartets there, running them close, the B team. Just
off the British record. A meeting record and a world lead but I'm sure
you will say there is room for improvement. Absolutely. Which is a
good thing. It will have to improve when you get the Jamaican 18. When
you get the USA in there. -- the Jamaican A team. And Canada with
their best team. There will be really tough competition when it
comes to Rio, but you have to take the things that you can do here with
a world leading time, five hundredths of the British record.
That will give them confidence to take to Rio but also recognise the
opportunity that is now right there, very close and within grasp and make
sure you don't squander that in Rio. Four out of the last five times they
have not had the baton in their hand, so that will be a huge relief
to date because they know they have the foot speed and of course there
was a terrible performance at the Olympics four years ago. They have
really had to iron out a lot of stuff, a lot of money and time has
been spent on them. Let's take a closer look and can you say where
the exchanges could be smoother? Firstly, this team when it comes to
foot speed, they will be able to match Jamaica and Canada and the USA
so their exchanges will have to be spot-on but you also have to make
sure you don't drop it. That was fairly safe but I would keep it
there, don't try to stretch that too much. This is another safe handover.
You can see that he gets very close to the outgoing runner. This was the
worst one coming up. It is not that great. He ran out on the other
runner but it is safe if you want to do that, and now they can take time
over the next couple of weeks to work on getting very good and
aggressive but safe and quick changeovers. Also at the same time
you want to work on contingencies because the odds are something will
happen especially when you are under pressure. When you are out in front
you are not under as much pressure when you have Jamaica and the
incoming runners, six foot five looming figure of Usain Bolt is
about to take the baton and you think, I want to get it to my guy
quicker so he has an advantage, all of that adrenaline and thinking
that's going on, trying to get to your man to hand over at the same
time, that is very stressful. You have to have a contingency plan, if
it does not go right, what do we do? There has to be good communication
and assign responsibility to the outgoing runner to make sure that he
knows what to something happens. Those are
the things they will need to work on over the coming weeks to take
advantage of this opportunity, get it around and hopefully be in
proposition. Thank you, we will head down to the track because the men
are lining up for the first heat of the hurdles. The world record holder
is not going to Rio because he did not finish in the top three at the
US trials. There is the line up for the first
of two heats in the money's 110 hurdles.
Aries Merritt just missed out on US selection for Rio.
He is in lane five. Simone Krauss.
Great hurdling talent that France has.
And King. Ranker. 37th in Madrid last month.
Merritt, he will not be in Rio but still such a great talent.
Andrew Pozzi with a hamstring injury just before the championships, he
has had great running times this year.
Manga, another of the French talents in this event.
Not selected for Rio. Omoregie, he has just won a life
time best, 13.25. But a bit too late for his Rio selection.
And Sedecias, just 21. 13.45 this season, fourth at the French
championships. Talking about athletes missing out
on the Olympics, of course, Sergei Shevenkov.
It's the first three to go through automatically and the three fastest
losers over the two heats. The final is just before 4.00pm.
This first heat of the men's 110 hurdles.
Merritt left it little early. Pozzi... It's Andrew Pozzi! Into the
slightest of winds, Andrew Pozzi. He breaks his personal best by a soth
of a second. 13.19. He is getting better, he's
getting quicker, he is looking forward to Rio. A good run from
Andrew Pozzi. He will be pleased with that. His
coach has put in a lot of work developing in training to see what
he can do. He is so talented. For me, this is a really good run.
13.19. Getting himself through to the final. He needs to calm down to
produce that again later on. Let's have a look at him out of the
blocks. No hesitation. Out sharp! Keeping across all of these guys.
He is not close to the bar. But then he catches it. He checks back a
little. Gains control and works on the final barrier. Drives into the
line. He knows he is running quickly. A good start by Pozzi.
And Omoregie coming through. Keep an eye on him in lane eight.
Pozzi moving so fluidly. He has a problem in the middle of
the race. At this stage he is really at speed. And he has not had the
opportunity to train with top speed, that is why he sometimes makes a
mistake. Today he was nearly flawless. I know he will look at it,
scrutinise and get it even closer to that 13-second mark.
Andrew Pozzi moves above Andy Talbot.
A good line-up. Pozzi goes through, as does David Omoregie. And Manga
also a qualifier. Trapper and David king in fourth and
fifth places. It would not be An veriary Games
without the leading lady, Jessica Ennis-Hill. The first round of the
long jump. -- Anniversary Games.
Of course, to put it together here, a healthy heptathlon. A life time
best in this event. Looking to back it up today. I spoke to the coach to
see if there is space on the board. It would be good to see. Look at
that 19 centimetres to add as a potential business tans to add to
whatever this measures at. That is a good, safe jump. It is what she will
have wanted to do. She had two rounds yesterday. So a little bit of
tiredness in the legs. There is the coach, Tony Minichiello. He says he
is the boss but I'm not sure, what do you think? So Jess is waiting.
6.18. A decent start with the slight distance be lined the board. A
strong domestic field here. Katrina Johnson-Thompson... Something to
really look forward to in Rio FORCEDYELLOW heaven. Today it is
just the long jump. Johnson-Thompson... Oh, yes! It's
bigger Khan Jess' jump, it would seem. This is a strong event for
Katrina Johnson-Thompson. She hastown 6.92 indoors last year.
That may challenge. I tell you what, Katrina Johnson-Thompson, also with
space to spare. 13 centimetres, to be spree sips.
-- precise. Her coach there. A season's best.
A great first round here, 6.63. Here is the world's
silver-medallist. Shara Proctor. What can she do in the first round?
Oh, that was flat. No height off of that it looks as if
he is in one piece, that is the main thing ahead of Rio. Number one rule,
don't get hurt. Overstriding is the culprit there.
Addles of space. Another safe jump.
I tell you what, that is a big statement from Proctor.
I tell you what, it's a decent jump. It's 6.57 for Proctor at that
distance behind the board. What an opening round. Five jumps remaining.
The Brits out in front. Well, that long jump right in front of the
crowd, in the home straight. A great view. And as Steve was saying, what
a great round. This is the first round, the heats of the 110 hurdles.
We have seen Andrew Pozzi with the brilliant 13.19. There is the top
line there. Koen Smet. The top three go through
and the three fastest losers. So let's go through them. Smet from
the Netherlands. Only ran 13.71 this year.
Buchler Buhler of Germany. Easton. A personal best this year of
13.25. The European champion from Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago,
just beat no-one the Monaco Diamond League, 13.12, Bascou of France.
There is Lawrence Clarke. So many memories from the Olympic Games in
2012. He just missed a medal. Fourth lace then. Douvalidis of Greece.
Very experienced. 13.38 this year. Very well matched this field.
There is Eddie Lovett. Again, 13.39 from the US Virgin
islands. Then Vukicevic from Norway from the outside in lane.nine.
So So, Lawrence Clarke consistent without hitting the straps but what
an opportunity here. We have seen yet another big performance from a
British athlete here in the Olympic Stadium and the conditions are
pretty much ideal. A slight head wind in the first heat.
So Bascou is in lane five. Latin Americans Clarke is in lane six. The
top three to go through. Bascou got a cracking start.
Clarke starting to come through in the middle.
Bascou is in front. Lawrence Clarke is falling off a little bit.
I'm not sure if Lawrence got the top three. But the time, 13.28. It may
have been close enough. I reckon four will go through, maybe even
five. This is an event where the French have a lot of talent. At the
end Langard managed to get ahead. But Bascou is the best of the
French. Yes, he has had a cracking indoor
season. Taking the French indoor season. So running well from the
beginning of the year. Sometimes he makes mistakes. Kicking the barriers
with the lead leg. He is not sighting the hurdles early
enough. Once he starts to accelerate, which
is about now when he hits the top speed he starts to get close to the
barriers. As the lead leg is going first, he is just right of them all
of the time. That must be frustrating, that will draw him
back. Just taken there. But he will be a threat in the final, that is
for sure. As suspected, fourth and fifth was
good enough. Lawrence Clarke pipped Eton. But both are quick enough to
go through along with the athletes from the first heat. Douvalidis came
through. Bascou and Lovett with Clarke and
Eton through to the final. Up on the track next it is the men's
400m. It is a strong field. Looking at Hudson Smith. There he is with
the shades on. Relaxed. He is young but inexperienced and hampered by
injury. You have had a chat with him, Michael. You gave him tips.
This will be a good indicator of where he is today. Whether he has
the hopes and the inoperations of making a top final.
I think today is a good opportunity for him. He is the fastest in the
field of the runners there. He has run well with his PB. I believe he
is not far off after having a year off last year. He has run the UK
Championships to first place and take the team. This is a competition
in which to stamp his position as one of the best. A potential
finalist. He should not be worried about medals but focus on getting
into the final in Rio. That is where anything can happen. I think he has
a very good chance of that. He is a great young runner. I would like the
form cleaned up a little bit. Some of the things he does near the end
of the race. I pointed that out to him in the studio. He took it will.
Let's see if he can apply that. But I think that obviously he and his
coach have done the right things, he is exactly where you want to be,
getting close to the personal best as you come into the Olympic Games.
He is there. It will be a top 400m. The event has moved on with LaShawn
Merritt and James. The top three were all under 44
seconds. Such a quick final. And looking at the times this year,
Michael, again, before a major championship, LaShawn Merritt has
dipped under 44. He leads with 43.97. And Kirani
James is doing well. Wayde van Niekerk is running well. So a tough
field. But after the three it drops off.
That is where I think that Matthew Hudson Smith can do well. If you
have the lane and the lane draw goes your well he could find himself in
the mix with all of the big names and just run it. He does not have
the championship experience but it could work in his favour. There is
not a lot of expectation. Those guys, there is expectation, LaShawn
Merritt, Olympic champion, Nierke world champion.
So he does not have to live up to that hype. He could find himself in
a good position. But it all starts today. He needs to win this today to
go to Rio with the confidence. We'll get to that when it happens.
First let's go to Steve Backley to find out what is happening on the
field with the long jump action. The second round of the long jump
and it is the Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill taking to the
runway for her second attempt. It's the board again as she did, she is
so precise. In everything she does. She looks so reliable, she is
looking for a jump beyond 6.18. Quite anxious, the look on her face.
Let's have a look, similar distance to the first round. She has space to
spare. That is a plus. Look at this, driving hard, she has been working
on holding that hang. Cut the sand early. Just one centimetre
improvement. She will be looking to add 22 that if she can. -- 20, two
that if she can. After a decent first-round jump for Johnson
Thomson, I'm sure it would be nervous after what happened last
summer. She is the world indoor silver-medallist. 6.92 is her best
outdoors. She is close to her best. Hitting the broad better that time.
6.63 was her first round jump. Really good in the high jump
yesterday. Looking good ahead of Rio, has to be said. This event, day
one, event one. The feeling of both Jess and Katarina, running and
jumping yesterday and coming back into the Olympic Stadium today, good
dress rehearsal ahead of Rio. Mike is there. Just two centimetres
shallow. That is her best far, 6.6 three. The men's 400 metres is not a
Diamond League event so this is not the strongest line-up, but the three
Britons who will compete individually are here. That could be
the relay quartet for the Olympics. We have seen how quick the track is.
How quick the conditions are. We will be looking out for some good
times. He is a tall man. It will be tight for him on the inside lane,
Luka Janezic. Solomon, this is where he had his greatest moment as a
19-year-old. But he missed the qualifying standard by 407 second
for Australia. -- for hundredths of a second.
World indoor bronze-medallist, Deon Lendore. And this is a great chance
for Hudson Smith to bounce back after a chastening final leg of the
4x400m relay at Amsterdam at the Europeans. Just outside him he has
the twice European champion after his victory in Amsterdam, Peking
nicely, close to sub 45, Rooney. Onto a familiar name in 400-metre
terms. Jonathan Borlee Kevin Borlee has been running better. Rabah
Yousif Was in great form last year. Can he start to find a little bit
more? There is Williams, he will be part of the relay squad like he was
in Beijing last year. He started out as a 200 metres man and a great
talent there but does most of his training over 400 metres now. It is
a straight final in the men's four metres. As I mentioned, even though
this is a Diamond League meeting not all of the events count towards the
Diamond League standings, this one does not, but it has plenty of
interest. It's a very strong British contingent in the line-up.
Now, that looked as though it might have been Rooney. There was a ripple
of applause and a bit of noise. From the naked eye I thought Rooney was
out very quickly, to say the least. It is not just your naked eye, the
eagle eye of the electronic system has identified Rooney, but there was
a ripple of applause so the starter might be kind. It wasn't even a
false start, he was away long before the gun. I wonder he will just get a
warning. We will see. The long jump was taking place and everyone got
excited by that. Martyn Rooney tries to busy himself, and he looks to the
screen to hope. Well, he has been disqualified. I think that is harsh.
He is not contesting it, it was a false start which is unusual in the
400, but the ripple of applause just as he was getting into the set
position, that is always disconcerting, that is sad for the
European champion. And deeply frustrating. He would have been
targeting sub 45 in these conditions where everyone has been flying.
Matthew Hudson-Smith has a bit of a gap outside him. He is now looking
to Jonathan Borlee. We are now settled again for the 400 metres.
Now they are asking them to stand up which emphasises how cruel it is
that they did not do that the first time. That is the discretion of the
starter. If on that occasion he had enough time to ask them to stand up,
they were further into the sequence first time round. Now, you can argue
that Rooney should still have stayed in his position but whenever the
crowd made a noise when you are in that starting sequence, normally the
starter like on that occasion would ask everyone to settle down. We
handed earlier on when someone shouted go in one of the races as
well. We asked the crowd to remain quiet, there are a few events going
on and normally things are a bit quieter. Anyway, here we go.
Well, it blows again but this time they get away. It is pretty even at
the moment. Borlee is moving alongside Yousef. Stretching those
long legs again, Hudson Smith. Good effort by Deon Lendore inside Hudson
Smith. Hudson Smith, it is pretty even. Yousef has a bit of ground to
make up. Hudson Smith is now alongside and beginning to stretch
out. Finishing quickly. Matthew Hudson-Smith just from Deon Lendore.
Hudson Smith is strong towards the line. Just outside 45 seconds.
Matthew Hudson-Smith takes the victory and salves some of the
wounds from the European Championship. Rounded down to 45.0
three. It was not sparklingly quick but it is victory for Hudson Smith.
He won the UK title and again he says it would have been lovely to
see Martyn Rooney racing against him but he is the best Britain has to
offer at the moment. Yes, that is a pity because that sort of time, and
with Rooney in the race, who knows? Maybe not having anybody in the lane
outside did not help. Came under a bit of pressure here, Yousef fades.
Any one of three or four at this point, Deon Lendore going well. Very
even, there. Yousef is coming but then his charge falters. He
stretches this out, nothing more than that, 45 seconds, you know,
that's OK, but as Michael Johnson was making the point earlier you
have to move up levels if you are to go through the rounds, because this
will be an incredibly tough event come Rio. You can only beat the
people who are here and that's the most important thing. It's a pity
that Rooney was not there to content that with Matthew Hudson-Smith. 10th
in the world. Again, strength in depth in the men's 400 metres and
all of the British athletes will have defined something else and it
will be interesting to see how Rooney goes, it would have been
fascinating to see him today. Hudson Smith takes the victory with just
outside 45 seconds. Taking the weight off his feet after that. Not
your fastest raced of the season, bit of disruption with Rooney being
the athlete disqualified. It was a bit new to me, three false starts. I
did not really get out as well as I wanted but I got the win and that is
all I wanted really. I finished strong. Now it is time to start
tapering and onto Rio. Those are exactly the kinds of scenarios and
situations you could find yourself in a major championships? Yes,
anything can happen at championships and that is the beauty of them,
anything can happen on the day and today I was the one who worked to
the best of his ability and won. The men's 400 metres could be one of the
great races in Rio, you have all of the top guys in top form, do you
have the form to get into the final? If you look at my championship
performance record, I have always seemed to do it when it matters.
People like the big three, there are people out there, the Bahamas and
Trinidad teams, we are all in the same boat. I am just going back to
execute and basically try to win and do my best and that's all I can do.
Well done for winning today. Thank you. A mixed bag for the British
athletes in the race. Hudson Smith taking the victory. Martyn Rooney
down there with a false start. We are into the third round of the
long jump, Katarina Johnson-Thompson in third place at the moment with
her season's best. She backed it up nicely in the second round, so she's
in the groove. Her run-up is working. Off she goes on her third
attempt, chasing Shara Proctor's 6.70 seven. That's better, that is
good from Katarina Johnson-Thompson. It is Britain one and two at the
moment, Jessica Ennis-Hill, 6.19 is her best so far. Johnson Thomson, a
bit of a statement in fact when you think about the competition that
might unfold between Johnson Thomson and Jessica Ennis-Hill in the
habitat one. This is event five, of course. -- heptathlon. One of their
best of the seven. 6.78, she takes the lead by one centimetre. Ahead of
Shara Proctor. And a new season's best, that was a brilliant jump.
Great jumping from Katarina Johnson-Thompson, at very hot long
jump competition. Was Matthew Hudson Smith hot enough for you? He did
what he had to do, could have been worse. If he hadn't won that race
because it was not a super high quality field, that would not have
been good for him. He did what he needed to do. You can only win the
race. Under 45 seconds and being consistent word have been good. It
would have given him a little bit more confidence and we could have
heard a bit more confidence in his postrace interview had he gone under
45, which he has done this year. The Borlee s are always tough and they
will be there. He was speaking sensibly about that. They have run
44.2, some of those guys, so he needs to consistently run 44. I can
see a situation in Rio where the first round is very quick in the 400
metres so he will have to run four rounds of very quick races to be in
that position for a medal. We will be talking about Mo Farah shortly,
it is not time for him just yet, we will see him after 4:30pm running
his first competitive five kilometres on the track this year. A
big test for him. This is where he won double gold in 2012 on Super
Saturday, the wonderful occasion that we will all remember forever.
He is now going for back-to-back Olympic golds. Steve Cram quarter
with him. -- caught up with him. Back in London, track that has so
many memories for you, you must love racing here. I love coming down here
to the Olympic Stadium, I walked in last night and it was empty and that
was amazing to think back to 2012. In three weeks' time, all of those
memories I have, it was incredible. Are those memories still strong? I
get nervous just thinking about it. Life has changed. Are you better now
than you wear them? Definitely. I have moved on a lot and got
stronger. I learn about racing quicker, and I try to analyse and
come up with the best tactics. Last year was hard, the Kenyan guys made
it hard for me, and then I came back to win the five, and that was pretty
good. On an Olympic year they will make it hard for me. Are the Kenyan
is going to have a plan? If they do, that is what I ask myself, how fast
can you run? I have to make sure I do everything I can.
find out what is happening on the field with the long jump action.
# Move on up # Move on up. Mo Farah, it's gold!
The Olympics was special. Has it been something that's been sitting
with you for a while? It feels like it was yesterday but it is not, it
was four years ago. The major medals but the best is the Olympics. It
would be nice to have another two gold medals. It does drive me a bit.
It would be nice. World medals are greater, by
Olympics is where it is at? Yes, it is where it's at. It would be nice
to have it towards the end of your career. It is going to be the last
Olympics in it weres of the track. It would be nice to have something,
and then do one more worlds in 2017. And then see what I can do.
Mo, as jolly and efusive as he ever is. Steve Cram having a chat with
him. He is in a good place. I can't believe it is four years since he
was here and winning double gold. Is he in the right shape to do it from
what you have seen? Absolutely. He knows how extraordinary it really
is, what he accomplished over the past four years since those
victories. In London 2012. He came into that with a world title from
2011. So to keep the role going over the amount of time he has done is
phenomenal. But it is has bolstered his confidence. Where he comes out,
people will look at it on paper, he took a knock in the world marathon,
the knock in the cross-country but they are all distances that are not
his forte. He knows that 5,000 and 10,000, he still holdses the cards
and has the domination over the other guys. He is the one to beat.
And the Kenyans, it is the if, and it is a big if. They have to have
the talent and get it right if they don't, if there is an opening there,
he will jump on it, Mo. And Mo's modus.Randy is I don't care
what you think but you can use the tactics but as long as I'm producing
the times. And the foot speed -- modus.Randy.
But tactically, the race is sometimes different, are you
confident he is in great shape ahead of the championship? I think so.
This is the first time he races over the 5,000. We will see.
Coming coming up on the track next it is the men's 400-metre hurdles.
Steve Cram is on the track with them.
So, a little time to get the 400m hurdles for the men. There is LJ Van
Zyl. Dutch, Copello, Clement. Sebastian
Roger and Jack Green are our two representatives in Rio. Great
quality in the race. The three fastest men in the world this year.
Jacob Paul coming in. What an opportunity for him.
In lane one. That is not always easy. And then an experienced man to
follow, 31 years of age, Van Zyl. Still in good form. It is really an
open event. Johnny Dutch who we will see is the world's fastest but the
likes of Culson, the Olympic bronze-medallist, behind Tinsley,
very much the same sort of people. Clement in this, coming back to
great form. But Dutch did not make the American team, much like Kenny
articleson. Johnny Dutch is in five. Then Copello.
A very good performance from him at the European Championships. He won
there on a personal best in the semi-finals, 48.42. Ranked number
two in the world. There is Kerron Clement. Well, he is finding the
sort of form of days of old former world champion. Sebastian Roger.
Well, he clocked up some miles to get himself to Rio after winning the
British championships. Four attempts, to France, to Finland and
Belgium finally to get the qualifying time, 49 high pressure
29. Then Jack Green on the outside in lain nine. So Jack Green and Seb
Roger have made it tonne the team in Rio. But there is a very strong
field here. Tinsley in four. Johnny Dutch in five, Capello and Kerron
Clement. Clement who won the American trials. He is 30 years of
age. It seems he has been around forever. Tinsley... He's in four.
Culson is inside of him from Puerto Rico.
So a clean start. Well behaved! I expected cullson to
get out hard. He has done. Going well is Clement in lane seven.
Forcing his way through the first 200-metre. The big long legs of his
eating up the ground. Tinsley, Capello are all in contention. Jack
Green trying to go with this. Now Capello in the orange vest.
Stuttering into that as he changes down. Culson, Clement and Capello.
But it is Culson forcing his wade forward. Culson looking good. The
others faulter. Clement is struggling here.
Culson is coming in under pressure. Clement comes back. His momentum
gets in there. Clement win it is. From Culson, then Capello. 48.42. As
with all of the times. 48.40, the winning time. That is a
season best. I'm trying to work that one out it was like he started well,
went through a difficult patch. Culson did not last out. That is
what happens with him. But goodness me, Clement was strong off the last
hurdle. The season's best he is rewarded with. But surely more to
come from Clement? You are right, Steve. We could not call this from
the beginning. He was up and down with form. We were not sure who
would take the title. But Clement, I would love to see him push all the
way from the middle part of the bend where he could keep the acceleration
going. He always demonstrates he has the strength when in good shape.
Remember his personal best, mind you, 47.24. So still a long way off
what he is capable of doing. But if he can keep the force around the
corner, the bend. If he can get it down closer to the times, as he does
keep focussed. He does not panic at the barriers. He sits right. And
runs off the final barrier with the speed he has. Remember he is the
world indoor recordholder for the 400m. So Clement is very good. He
will be filled with a lot of confidence in the Olympic Games.
More than capable of stepping up another gear and proving that he is
world number one. A decent run from Jack Green on the outside.
100th off the season's best. He got fifth place.
Looking across. So a full result then. Clement with the season's
best. Culson a season's best for him. Copello continuing his good
form this year. And Jack Green, the best of the British athletes in
fifth place. There is good and bad news in the
long jump. The bad news is that Jess Ennis-Hill was unable to improve on
her last jump. The good news is that Katrina Johnson-Thompson is still
there with 6:6.. Looking to improve also on a 6.78. She attacked this
hard. That is better. Close to seven metres. Well, you would not tell by
the reaction but she has been smiling. Great to see herself
enjoying in this event. A brilliant day yesterday. 1.95 in the high
jump. Putting together an impressive series. Slightly unbalanced there on
the board. Leaning across. But this looks like an improvement on the
6.78. It is. 6.84. Another season's best. And two jumps
remaining. Right, in the fifth round of the
long jump. Proctor chasing the lead. Much better height on that. Well,
rock are, relishing the competition. We drewing from the European
Championships with a sore knee a couple of weeks ago. Looking close
on the board. If maybe a foul it will be measured. Oh, look at this.
It does not get closer than that to being a foul. Look at the height
though. This has got to be long. If she kept the acceleration tonne
that, this must be the best so far. 6.77. Oh, look at that, 6.80.
A season's best. Second place. Shara Proctor posting a season's best. A
very good time as she heads to Rio. In a few minute's time it is the
women's 100-metre heats. But to put it into context we have this recap
of the 2016 sprinting story. In women's sprinting in as in the mens
it is Jamaica that is ahead. What of shally an Fraser-Pryce? Like
Usain Bolt going for her third Olympic title. Like Bolt, injury
disrupted the season but is peak in time. No more brutal event than the
US trials but the American top three all made it. But the Jamaican rule
could be threatened. Measure yell of the Ivory Coast is
finding her form again. Asha Philip and Daryll Neita go from Britain.
But Europe's best is from Dafne Schippers. If she is a contender in
the 100, she starts favourite in the 200, where her power shines through.
And Tori Bowie doubling up after winning the US trials, where the
great Alison Felix missed by a fraction.
Elaine Thompson running the 100 and the it 00 for Jamaica, and counting
on Veronica Campbell Brown, winning in Athens and Beijing. Shaun Miller
of the Bahamas is also running this year. For Britain, Dina Asher-Smith
decided her strength lies in the longer sprint, accompanied by Jodie
Williams but it is Dafne Schippers who is the woman to beat here. In
Rio, she could well become purely and simply, a sprinting great.
Dafne Schippers, coming up in the second heat. Shelley-Ann
Fraser-Pryce, the outstanding athlete if you are talking golds in
the first heat. But this has not been the ideal build-up for Rio? No,
she has been having problems with her toe.
It is painful and stiff. But getting into shape. Still running #0 #10
well this year. She has confidence, does not need so many races. Coming
at the right time. This will be a test today. She has two
opportunities today. If she gets into the finals, two opportunities
to work on the technical things, I'm sure she would have lacked at the
earlier part of the season. Let's get the full line-up from Andrew
Cotter. It is a toe injury for Shelly and
price. She is not in her best form. -- Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price. Desiree
Henry will try to keep pace. Louise Bloor also going for Britain. In
lane one, the American-born Brazilian champion. Nowhere near her
times of last year. Rosen Jell-o Christina Oliveira Santos. And
Claudia Lemos had a sample test positive but the B sample was fine.
Crystal Emmanuel, the Canadian. Morolake Akinosun is a reserve in
the relay. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price, second to Thompson in the Jamaican
Championships. Had to pull out of the 200. Shows the concerns she has
with her injury. Williams, with Thompson. Desiree Henry still 20.
11.06. Inside her, the Europeans. Her whole body cramped up. Keep an
eye on her today. Simone faced the very good runner. -- Facey. Then
Louise Bloor who ran in the B squad. Two heats. This is the first. Three
goes through automatically plus the three fastest losers. Conditions
near enough perfect. It is very warm. It is very still. We have seen
some quick times. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price, questions to be
answered with her form. Seems to be coming good. That toe injury really
has had her flying this season. Shelly and Facey usually so quickly
out. -- Fraser-Pryce. With a victory. 11.0 five. Just ahead of
Chris Danny Williams, have fellow countrywomen. -- Christinia. Gone
through to the final. I think she was very much within
herself. Cautious is a word I would use out of the blocks. There was not
an explosive start but we are used to build it is not necessary in the
heats and the qualifying round for that she puts herself out in front
of the field. Keep an eye on Desiree Henry. She has run really well. Come
through and taken bird. A high-quality field. It was important
for her to qualify. -- third. She has suffered a lots from injuries.
To return in that form is fantastic. She needs to deliver those types of
performances. Great to get there. I am hoping she can raise her game.
Again a look at -- Fraser-Pryce. She will look at perhaps a tenth also
more to come in the final. She goes through automatically, as
does Williams. Desiree Henry takes the third qualifying place.
Shara Proctor asks full support from the home crowd here in the Olympic
Stadium. The silver-medallist last year in Beijing in the World
Championships. Possibly the last jump she will have prior to going
out to Rio. Another big jump. She looked as though she is in one
piece. That is great news after some injury scares in European
Championships recently. A puff of the cheeks. Her work is done,
whatever it measures. Let's have a look at this. 6.84 she is chasing.
She may have to settle for second best. Eight centimetres shy. So
crucial to get as close as you can to the plasticine without going
beyond it. Her best so far, 6.80 in the previous round. A good series.
Second place. A win for Katarina Johnson-Thompson. That's 6.84 jump
is equal tenth best in the world this year. Can she improve on it in
the last round? She just over strides again. That was a strange
jump. It looks like there is mass is more to come bust up that bodes
well. A shake of the head. -- masses more to come. She would have taken
any of the six jumps last year in Beijing. She did not complete the
take-off. All aborted halfway through. Another long jump into the
sandpit and just the boost she would have needed. I can see her smiling.
She knew it was not quite right. Congratulations all around. A
victory for Johnson-Thompson. A season of Matt Best. There is the
confirmation. -- a season's best. Jessica Ennis-Hill as to settle for
a season best. Sandra Perkovic, the world leader. Very dominant in this
competition. A big scream a big shout. The discus wings out for the
Croatian. She became Croatia's first ever Olympic champion in athletics
in this very stadium. Trying to get the crowd involved. She enjoyed that
throw. She opened up with 64.80. That looks close to 70 metres will
stop snaps the right hip in. That would have been in no throw if she
fell out the front. Then time to celebrate as she watches the fly
out. 69.94 and a new meeting record. The big statement from her and
surely that is enough from her to win. We're onto the second heat of
the women's 100 metres. The Natasha Smith will be going in lane five,
right in the middle. -- Deena Asher Smith. Three British athletes in
this. All three women part of the 4x100 Quartet that broke the record
last night in such style. Being has been brought in as a late
replacement for the French athlete. The Canadian from the relay is in
lane one macro. Remona Burchell from Jamaica, studies in the USA. She has
been collegiate champion on three occasions. Now Daryll Neita, the
19-year-old who anchored the team so brilliantly last night. She is going
individually to Rio, as is this athlete from the Ivory Coast. This
is the track last year where Dina Asher-Smith set the track record
last year. She is running very well, very fast. What can she do here?
Ahye, from Trinidad and Tobago, the fastest in the field. 10.85 her
personal sub just missed out on a medal in the world indoors. That is
her personal best. Philip led off superbly last night, as ever, in the
first leg. She won the UK trials in the 100 metres and then on the
outside, Stella Akakpo from France, warmer European champion. -- former
European champion. Dina Asher-Smith did the 10.99 in their heats last
year of the 200 metres. She said this should she was was going to
concentrate on the one event, the 200, at the Olympic Games and huge
opportunity for the women in that event. Also the 19 rolled and Asha
Philip trying to get to the final. -- the 19-year-old. Dina Asher-Smith
gets a pretty good start. Coming through Ahye. 10.98 the winning
time. That will probably be taken down as most of them have. Pretty
impressive running. A massive personal best. It has gone to 10.90
six. That will be a national record. Marry Josay tar loop taking a huge
advantage. -- Marie-Josee Ta Lou. Dina Asher-Smith with a season best
as well. That was much quicker, almost certainly quicker than the
first heat. Goodness me she did well. It was a very competitive
race. All of the time into a strong headwind. Anything over -1 is pretty
tough for the athletes to handle. Marie-Josee Ta Lou, an incredible
performance. That is a metre. When you are talking about track
distance, a metre of her personal best into a strong headwind. It will
be a tough race. Everybody in this race is really strong. Out of the
blocks well. Really competitive. It is really good to see. I need to
correct myself. I forgot there was a superb 10.78 ran earlier in the
season. Not a national record but a massive personal best for
Marie-Josee Ta Lou. Dina Asher-Smith goes through. We'll tell you the
fastest losers shortly. We saw a fantastic long jump competition
earlier this afternoon. Katarina Johnson-Thompson building on her
high jump yesterday to a season's best with her winning jump, which
was 6.80 four. Pushing Shara Proctor, 6.80 into second place. She
has such a demeanour that she never looks quite happy. A season's by
some weight. Afterwards she caught up with Rob Walker. A cracking long
jump competition! It is first and second for the Britons. Let's start
off with you. What a time to nail a season best. I'd think it is the
stadium. Every time I come here, I am glad I could reproduce some of
the good jumping and consistency on the board. How much confidence does
this give you going into last few weeks ahead of Rio? That is what I
wanted. I did not get in a jump after last year's Beijing
competition. Of course, we have Jess going in the Olympics as well,
trying to defend her title. Does it give you added spice it is a writ
issued reigning Olympic champion? -- that it is a British. She is such a
good competitor. Olympic gold will not be an easy job for anyone. I
will step up to the competition. Well done today and yesterday. And
to you, Shara Proctor, a tidy season's best. The knee is 100%
fine. It was a precaution. I spoke to my team doctors and my coach and
they all agreed it was a good decision to pull out of the
Europeans because I haven't eager picture, which is Rio. That is why
sat out. I'm healthy, pain-free, and everything is good. A great medal
last year. The likes of Brittany Rees have taken it over seven metres
maybe that is what is required to get a medal. I cannot focus on other
competitors, I have to focus on myself. I need to just focus on
getting better each meet. That is what I came to do. I wanted to come
here and have a season best. That is a big confidence booster.
A great couple of days for Katarina Johnson-Thompson. To put that in
context and what it will do for her, to beat her British competitor in
the high jump, and to beat world silver-medallist Shara Proctor, it's
two pretty impressive back-to-back jumps. It's a big confidence boost
for her. She will no Shara Proctor is coming off injury and is not at
his best, and as Proctor says, it's still a season best for her. This is
a world-class competition and meeting. For Johnson-Thompson to
come here and win the long jump against a world-class field, it's
boding well for her confidence going to Rio. We can safely say the ghosts
of the long jump at ageing have been banished? We can hope so. -- at
Beijing. A habitat had heptathlon is a tough two-day competition.
Jess didn't have a vintage long jump competition for her, she can go
further. What do you make of it? A bit frustrating. I have seen better
in training. You are seeing her lean back, not getting on the board in
her more upright position. That's what led to the lower distances than
I would have looked for. Let's available look at a couple of her
jumps and you can talk us through what you are describing. As she is
running out her body just leans back a little bit, and then she drops her
feet in. If you look at the angle the body makes with the board, you
want that to be around 20 degrees and she's leaning back about 30,
slowing down through the last couple of steps into the board and losing
speed. That's something that worked really well with Ratigan, working
the speed across the board. She hasn't done that there, letting her
head rise and lean back. There is a bit of a headwind, a little excuse,
but it's not efficient, not the optimum position to jump. Is that
the overarching emotion she will have, frustration? I haven't managed
to speak to her, but I'm very happy and not travelling back with her to
Sheffield! She will be frustrated with that performance because she
knows she's better in the competition environment and she has
been training better than that. That's the frustration, if you
perform at one level in training, and not in competition, you haven't
let it happen. What would cause that? Trying to get on the board?
For those at home, they might say in stud of leaning back, just leans
forward. It is as simple as that. With the best will in the world,
it's as simple as that, running on the runway and gathering speed. She
didn't seem to hit speed until three or five metres before the board and
then she slowed down through the last couple of steps, which is
critical. If you shorten you get a lowering of the hips and then a
racing which can ping you off the board. That didn't work today. I
don't think it's hitting the hurdles last night or bruising last night.
She got a little knock last night. She hit in warm up before the heat
and then clattered hurdle seven in the final. She woke up today feeling
fine. Yeah, it shouldn't be an issue. It's basically courage, run
and keep ripping into the board. Drive yourself across. Its speed
that carries you far. They changed the rules in the Diamond League this
season about jumping and how many jumps you can do. She couldn't keep
going. People say there are six jumps, but that's not the case any
more. I think it's a huge mistake by Diamond League. They are trying to
speed things up. They are blaming television. It's crazy, this idea to
speed up the competition, it's completely foolish to me. You find
that the next three jumps takes around two minutes 15 between
effort, and athletes don't recover that quickly in that time. The whole
event is governed by the track timetable. They are cutting it for
no reason. It's supposedly to jazz up the sport and speed it up, but we
are just being deprived of competition. The ability to go from
fifth to meddle and so on is so evident in things like long jump. I
think it's a foolish mistake. And they should learn from that mistake.
The jeopardy with six attempts is you could be in last and then
produce a winning jump. Change is always hard. Looking at the context
of what it used to be, it's a difficult change to make. But purely
from the standpoint of competition between athletes, more even between
everyone, maybe it's moving in the right direction but just needs
tweaking. Best of luck over the next couple of weeks to Jess and thank
you for joining us. We can get back to the track, the women are out for
the 3000 metres steeplechase. Always a thriller of a race. We can go to
Andrew Cotter and Brendan. COMMENTATOR: A belated good
afternoon. This is a Diamond League race but without the Diamond League
leader. In fact, most of the world's best are elsewhere choosing
alternative preparations for Rio. Keep an eye out for Lennie Waite.
Rosie Clarke is the UK champion. Lennie Waite will be going to Rio
for Great Britain. She has run quickly this year, running 9.35 in
Oregon. But she hasn't got close to that in other races. Needs to find
something and in world terms you have to be up towards 9.30, below
that if possible. Some women here have done below that. Have the
degree be, the Tunisia, is the defending Olympic champion. -- happy
degree be -- Habiba Ghribi. Madeline Hills is going through your shot,
very strong. She was just behind the Kenyans in the Commonwealth Games a
couple of years ago. Ghribi, now the gold-medallist from London. Just
behind the pacemaker, Caroline Tuigong, looking to go through one
kilometre in 3.05, to give you an idea of the pace. The Tunisia in
Habiba Ghribi it in her 2012 Olympic gold medal. Now we know the original
recipient of that medal was cheating, taking drugs, so Ghribi
becomes the first Tunisian gold-medal winner for a woman. Back
here and running better this season, ready to go hopefully on to Rio and
acquit herself with athletes around her who haven't been cheating her.
In the field here we have Lennie Waite of Great Britain in the main
pack. The Scottish athlete. I'm just thinking, Andrew, a fantastic
Scottish contingent in the team. Haley Doyle, Loram your, Chris
O'Hare, Prichard. And three representatives in the marathon are
all Scottish. I think it's a great put forward from Scotland in the
Olympic team this year. The most is 15 in 1908. They hit the water
again. They are beginning to stretch out a little bit, the chance for
some quick times. It's warm and I think 3000 metres is roughly where
it turns and the heat isn't much of a benefit. Madeline Hills is there
with Ghribi. We will see some quick times. But looking in world terms,
nine minutes has been beaten this year. We have two strong Americans
here, including Stephanie Garcia in the leading bunch, a world finalist
from last year. Madeline Hills, we mentioned her credentials, Stephanie
Garcia, opening up a gap to the rest. The pacemaker's job is
completed. Ghribi, the Olympic champion, having received that
medal. Madeline Hills in second, running strongly recently. A good
performance over 1500 metres, a great indicator for the 3000 metres
steeplechase. Ghribi is now setting off to pound them into the dust.
Running hard. Occasionally you see athletes go over the water jump
without touching the barrier. Interestingly, more conventional
all-round. One of the women trying to close the gap is Purity Kirui,
only fifth in the Kenyan trials so not going to the Olympics. Aisha
Praught is going though. The bar is at four metres 62. This is the
second attempt. That was a good effort from Bradshaw. Jumping well
in Monaco recently, a season 's best of 4.6 five. Whacked it on the way
up. Sixth in the Olympics here four years ago, seventh here last year in
the World Championships. Bradshaw at 4.62 has one more chance to stay in
the competition. That was the pole vault. The couple of leaders in the
steeple chase, Shalaya Kipp had a tumble at one of the hurdles, she's
slipped back. Madeline Hills beginning to lose a bit of contact.
Purity Kirui trying to make you alongside Aisha Praught. The quality
athletes in this field. Ghribi was denied a gold medal here last year,
and would like to seal confirmation of that gold medals she got by
winning here at the Anniversary Games. These three are clear. In the
background we can see Purity Kirui, perhaps as Madeline Hills in her
sights. Ghribi stretching down the home straight. Sorry, the back
straight. The crowd having a great afternoon. Great atmosphere.
Fantastic crowds last night, some good performances last night and
today. Great to see Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Jessica Ennis
performing. Water jump on the back straight. Ghribi, Garcia from
America running well. Over the barrier. It will be interesting as
we watch Purity Kirui, the Kenyan, not touching the barrier, just going
straight over. Some of these athletes are brilliant technicians
and others are just good runners. Ghribi looking strong. Coming into
the home straight, two laps to go. Four years ago she was in this
position. Unfortunately there was a Russian athlete ahead of her,
dominant in that race, but Ghribi eventually got just rewards with the
gold medal given to her recently. Lennie Waite stepping aside, not
finishing here. Not ideal preparation is going to Rio. Rosie
Clarke is a long way down the field. The race seems to be between these
two. The gap is the same distance between Olympic champion Habiba
Ghribi, the current limbic champion. -- Olympic champion. I think Garcia
is beginning to close a little bit on Ghribi. It we might get a race
into the water jump, the penultimate water jump. Ghribi is successfully
over. Garcia struggling a bit, using the barrier. Now into the home
straight. One lap to go for Ghribi, the Olympic champion, the first
female Tunisia athlete to win an Olympic gold medal.
Garcia now, they hear the bell. Ghribi is stretching out. It would
be nice for her to keep it going, keep the gap going, and enjoy the
last lap of this competition. She could not enjoy it in the Olympic
Games because she had an athlete ahead of her. Still working hard and
still a competitive race. She looks like she is stepping into it. Now
the Olympic champion, Ghribi, from Tunisia. The gap opens up and you
can see the pain on her face. She dips her head and drives on over the
barrier. It is purity Kirui in a very good battle in third place.
Garcia startles and -- staters at the barrier. Habiba Ghribi was
denied four years ago in this very stadium. She has the gold medal now
and she has victory here today in the Anniversary Games. It is a good
season best for Ghribi. She's shows form going ahead to Rio. -- she
shows. The American, despite the fall, in fifth place. You can see
the effort after that fall. A very good validation for her entry in the
Olympics. Having got a medal last month in a ceremony in Tunisia, she
has victory here today and a well deserved one. A well deserved
victory. She has worked hard for it. Into the finishing straight in the
Olympic Stadium. I imagine she was made pleased to take a silver medal.
There was a banning order on the champion and she now enjoys the
moment. Coming home and things are getting better. She is running
better already this year. Ghribi of Tunisia comes home with a good
victory. A weak field but she will be happy to win a cost of you can't
do a thing other than the people around you. A bit of an injury
problem for Lenny Wade. You'll have to see what happens with the British
representative to see how she recovers and gets ready for Rio. --
Lennie Waite. Perfect conditions for the pole vault. She has to go clear
this time. She got over but it was on the way down that she knocked it
off. Disappointment for her. She has cleared high this year. Looking in
good shape. Let's have a look at this. She makes really good shapes
on the way up. She keeps her width really nicely. The upright is in the
wrong position. She is coming down on it. Adjustments to be made
technically. A failure, a bedtime failure. Game over for Holly
Bradshaw. Not happy that she has time to make amends. Next up on the
track, the 110 metre hurdles final. Colin is here to have a little look
further in slightly more detail at his performance. How can he improve
on that as he heads into the final? Andrew has a ready done a fantastic
job this season. He has established himself clearly as the British
number one. In this race, it would be really important for him. He lost
his former little bit in the European Championships. He pulled
out because he had cramps. Against the current Olympic champion and it
is absolutely amazing. He gets out strong and stamped his authority
very early on in the field and pulled away from them. Look at that
for a winning margin in a world-class field! We can criticise
some of the bits and bobs that are important. He clips that hurdle
because he is very fast on top of it. The biggest improvement is he
has managed to control that speed. He puts his foot down once again for
the final and runs even faster than the 13.19, a season best and a
personal best. He is really pleased about that needs to regain and focus
again for the big race, the big competition. Let's contrast that
with French athlete. European champion, he has done it. He has run
very quickly indoors and now he is up against it to qualify and be
dominant. He is very long stride it into the first barrier. He sets
itself up nicely. Same problems as Andrew. They get quick to the
barrier and they get on top of them. When you are tall and strong like
these guys, you can create a problem and you need a sense of control. As
you run more and more, ultimately with more technique behind you, you
manage to control it much better. This will be a red-hot race. This
young man has a lot to prove. He is European champion. Andrew is on home
turf. In my opinion, he will -- it will be one hell of a race and I am
looking forward to it. It is probably one of the most difficult
events to predict a winner. In major championships, so much happens. We
saw that last year with the women in the 100 final. So much can go wrong.
For Andrew, who has had injury problems in the past and shown so
much promise as a youngster, what do the next few weeks have in store and
how does he manage that through the tournament? One of the problems with
Andrew is he struggles putting back-to-back training sessions
together because of his that problem. Mark Arnold has done a
really good job in working out how best we can prepare him under these
circumstances. He has worked a lot on technique and insurance in funny
and finicky ways. Giving him trigger words to think about so he can
always what it is. I am just hearing Andrew will not start this final.
That terribly endorses what you have said. We do not know what the
problem is that we will find that hopefully down on the track why.
What a missed opportunity for him. He will be furious, really annoyed.
He is very fragile, as you know. It has taken him years to get into the
position where he is. And only has had problems in the week and he has
had to have medical treatments on that. I am really pleased he has
managed to get a fast run under his belt before he gets on the plane to
Europe. Let's hope it is not too serious. The hurdles are out. The
final will take place without him. Still a very good field. Once again
the predictability of this event shows itself. This is a red-hot
race. At the jeopardy of having to clear ten hurdles smoothly and the
race is anybody's. Thank you very much. What a great shame for Andrew
to be at this stage out of the race we are trying to find out what has
gone on with him in between an hour and 15 minutes ago. It could have
been something after the first race or something that happened in the
warm up. A positive thing, hopefully if it is not too serious and he did
get a personal best under his belt but maybe this is a precaution. That
would be the best case scenario. Running a personal best with no
sense going out that and really irritating something that may be a
minor issue. That is what you would hope for. We are hearing back in the
warm up area, where we were earlier, there was all kinds of activity.
Cramp. Simple as that. Cramp in the warm up. In this heat with athletes
not being accustomed to run around and having to come back later, that
is the uniqueness of these games, where you do have the qualification
earlier in the day and come back a couple of hours later. They are used
to having two hours to warm up and go through the entire situation.
This is different having to come back an hour and a half later. That
is exactly what happened at the European Championships. I was
chatting to Andrew yesterday. He said they are very aware, Malcolm
Arnold, and Andrew, getting into the start line in Rio. Optimum physical
health. Why would he risk anything with all the problems he had had
over the last three or four years that a pity for him and the and the
cloud. -- the crowd. Temple macro is not going to Rio.
Bascou is. He won the European title in Amsterdam. The lane next to him
be empty so we will go lane seven. Douvaldis finished strongly to come
through. From the US Virgin Islands, the US student champion. Manga was
overlooked by French selectors, having finished third in the trials.
Two Frenchman in this and two British athletes, would have been
three had Andrew completed. Laurence Clark on the far side lane. That is
the lane in which he finished fourth during the Olympic Games. He was
right on the far side, if your memory is good enough for that. The
American next to him. Well, we are going to lose another
one. Omoregie It may well be Clarke. He knows, doesn't he? This weekend,
we have seen some brilliant performances from British athletes.
We have had British records. We have talked a lot about people being
given a last chance to show. With Andrew not wanting to take the risk
of competing in the final after that brilliant personal best was that
this was a big chance for Clarke to give himself a real boost. A good
opportunity and it may well have gone. He will be really annoyed if
he ends up being disqualified. Just listening to hear what they are
actually saying. Drifting over. Which card is it? It is a red card.
He will be really frustrated. He will know it is a good opportunity
for him to run fast and get close to the 13.3 mark, which is what he
would have wanted to take to the Olympic Games. That will get him
through to the semifinals. You never know, raise your game that little
extra you will get into the final. From three British athletes in this
final, we are down to one macro. Bascou, the favourite. I am
wondering if he can relax a little bit now that he does not have the
pressure of Andrew next to him. A great opportunity for the
20-year-old from Pembroke. Outside of the qualifying windows sadly for
him. Bascou, 13.12, his new personal best. He ran very well in Monaco.
It seems quite a while ago, a week ago. We
Oh, goodness me! That is looking like Eton, according to this. That
was closer and not as easy to spot. He knows. In the orange shorts in
lane two. What is going on? I am surprised. There is usually much
more disciplined than this. I have watched so many hurdle races over
the years which have ended up with three or four macro in them. What
time does it gets dark? Let's see. They need to gather themselves
again. It is quite frustrating. Each of these hurdles, has a walking back
to the start line, they would be thinking, the race will be over
right now. They will be really in fuel you hated -- infuriating,
because it develops tension. Watch him on the far side.
There is confirmation. Jarret Eaton has gone. Three from the original
nine, we are down to sit 's. Colin, if you run down there, get your
spikes on quickly, you have a chance to get some Diamond League points,
mate! Seventh place wouldn't be bad. I'm sure you wouldn't be seventh. We
have lost lanes one, two and six. Gregor Traber of Germany, my rage in
four, Bascou, the favourite is in Fife. Douvalidis, Eddie Lovett and
Aurel Manga. Bascule gets away better than anyone
else. Omoregie hits the first hurdle to put him off balance. We have lost
Eddie Lovett. Bascule is well clear as expected. There was more drama at
the start than at the end. Omoregie got off to a poor start, that upset
his rhythm. A messy 110 hurdles, sadly. The time given out as 13.2
zero. The German, Gregor Traber managed to come through for second
place while many around him were struggling. Bascou out of the blocks
well. Impressive into the first hurdle, which was Queen, the most
important thing. You want to be able to accelerate to the top speed and
then hold onto that speed as long as you can. Still clipping the
barriers, which annoys me, I know he doesn't necessarily need to do. Next
to him, David Omoregie, I think he was affected by the fast start of
Bascou. The key thing is to keep your brain, keep your mind, when
everything is going on around you. It's a technical event, and if you
don't do the obstacles well, they will bite you back. His reaction
time was not quite as good. You would be proud of that, 0.1 03. Only
legal by 3000 's of a second. That's a fairy action time. I think that
really puts you off, when you our a world-class athlete. Stamp your
authority early. If they really want to torture
themselves this evening, we hear Pozzi has gone for treatment. We
don't know exactly what he's gone for treatment for. I'm delighted to
say that Jenny Meadows has joined us in the studio. You have recently
announced retirement, which we are perfectly at ease with. I am. I was
saying that a lot of the elder statesmen in the team say
congratulations on retirement. The younger ones say, we are really
sorry about that. Is it because you couldn't do everything you could
within your power? Exactly, I started this sport at seven years
old, I'm now 35, a long career at 2080 is. I'm very grateful, I world
bronze medal, running 1.57, I wish I could have won medals for longer, I
was unfortunate with illness. We can see some career highlights just now.
Jenny Meadows is going to win this one! Jenny Meadows gets their!
Bronze medal for Jenny Meadows and a new personal best to boot. It's a
dream come true. For all young athletes out there, never say never.
Jenny Meadows gets the bronze. Jenny Meadows is going to win this one.
Superb. Well done, fantastic. A little bit teary there, Jenny. When
you see it like that, definitely. I've had some amazing highs. If you
can finish your career remembering those, it makes the lows still worth
it. Some of those lows were not in your control. It's very topical
after the banning of the Russian athletes from Rio. We will talk to
you after what we hope will be a great 800-metre race. Lynsey Sharp
ran an impressive time in Monaco, warming up, looking to replicate
that performance today. We can get out there for the women's 800 metres
coming up shortly. Andrew Cotter is commentating on this one. Jenny
Meadows, might profit from another medal after the world indoors of
2010. The field here, the yield is dominated by Caster Semenya, but
she's not here today. Kendra Chambers is the pacemaker for
this one. Looking at 456 seconds. We will see how many choose to go with
her. Lynsey Sharp is often a pacemaker in her own right, wants to
get near the front and has run strongly this season. Silver in
Glasgow on to the Commonwealth Games and Europeans in Zurich a couple of
years ago. Oskan-Clarke, beating Lynsey Sharp to the UK title eight
couple of months ago. As twice come below 1.5 nine. Molly Ludlow. The
fastest American this year, just four hundredths of a second behind
Williams who was third at the US trials, but has run two seconds
quicker. Winny Chebet will be running. Chanelle Price, the world
indoor champion in Poland a couple of years ago. Nothing below two
minutes this season. Angela Petty, took the world junior games title
last year. Alison Leonard, a lot of people know she wrote eloquently
about the heartache of missing out on selection. Has something to prove
here but is still to find a time under two minutes. Alexander Bell,
the 22 rolled from Yorkshire. -- Alexandra Bell.
We have talked about how dominant Castor cement yet is this year. But
below that there are four, five, six athletes who could challenge for
medals come the Olympics. -- Caster Semenya. Molly Ludlow is one of
those, potentially a rival for Lynsey Sharp. I think Molly Ludlow
ran very strongly in Monaco coming off the back of her heartache from
the US trials, finishing just ahead of Lynsey Sharp who was very close
to a personal best. They both ran in the 157s. A bit of a delay. Just
settling in again. The women's 800 metres.
The pacemaker, Kendra Chambers, trying to go through 400 metres in
56 seconds. Lynsey Sharp has to step on the accelerator to get away from
her. Oskan-Clarke is shadowing Lynsey Sharp at the moment with
Molly Ludlow making an early move to tuck yourself in behind Kendra
Chambers. We hope it will be a good race between sharp and Ludlow.
Settling in behind the pacemakers. Way behind. Not much good asking the
pacemaker to go out in 56 if nobody actually wants to do that. We saw
Lynsey Sharp accelerate to get the position down the back straight to
be able to control it and she immediately slowed it down after a
bit of jostling. Molly didn't want any of that. She wants to push on.
Effectively getting no help whatsoever from the pacemaker. The
pacemaker goes through in watching was asked to do, 56 seconds, but
nobody going with her. Ludlow, Oskan-Clarke and Lynsey Sharp tucked
in behind with Angela Petty moving through and Alison Leonard a couple
of places further back ahead of Alexandra Bell. Ludlow beginning to
take it on. We are seeing a bit of a British battle. Lynsey Sharp wants
to finish ahead of Oskan-Clarke and the other way round. And then
Alexandra Bell would like to get in amongst it as well. It's a good race
with Ludlow wanting to make it a harder run. The Diamond League in
London, an interesting event developing. Oskan-Clarke begins to
close with Lynsey Sharp there as well. Angela Petty trying to make a
move. Ludlow is there to be hunted down. Molly Ludlow hanging on for
now but Shelayna Oskan-Clarke has done it again, taking it just ahead.
Just below two minutes. I think Lynsey Sharp came through to take
Ludlow at the line, but Shelayna Oskan-Clarke loves the big occasion.
She showed it at Beijing last year and has gone below two minutes once
again. For the first time this season, just in time for Rio,
peaking. The big thing you can say about Oskan-Clarke, I don't think
she realises yet how fast she can go and how much she has in the tank in
the closing stages. If we look back at the finishing straight, it was
when Lynsey Sharp moved wide to challenge that Oskan-Clarke dug deep
again and was able to find reserves. She was much closer to Molly Ludlow
and it was only in those closing stages she realised she could reel
her in. The British duo are perfectly placed in the last couple
of hundred metres. It's when Lynsey Sharp moves wives to try to
challenge for the victory to reel in Molly Ludlow, like she did in
Monaco, Oskan-Clarke realises she has more than she thought she had.
She realises she's closing on Ludlow and can just get there. Just getting
ahead as she crosses the line. Does Lynsey Sharp move into second?
Possibly ahead of Molly Ludlow. You can see the effort in the faces of
both Lynsey Sharp and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke. They've had good
battles so far and I think they will have more in Rio. Both in good
shape. Oskan-Clarke taking the victory in a time under two minutes
for the first time this season. The scenes outside the stadium. It's
been a beautiful day here in the east of London. We are just over 20
minutes away from Mo Farah's time on the track. His first competitive
5000 metres this year. This isn't just him saying goodbye to the crowd
before Rio, he will want to put down a marker, get a quick time against a
strong field. Jenny Meadows is still with us in the studio. Michael here
as well. We enjoyed that eight in metres, Oskan-Clarke with her first
sub two-minute time. This season. The real guts she showed there. I
thought Lynsey Sharp was just going to get past her towards the end but
she showed determination on her face, the biggest win of her career.
She very much deserves it. They will both be hoping to emulate the kind
of finishes you showed us in your career when they get to Rio. Paula
is here as well. The thing we discussed yesterday, and we can't
ignore it, because you have been so outspoken about drug cheats and a
clean sport, how many times you could have been higher up the
rostrum if it were not for suspicious Russian performances. At
the time when you are in the moment you try not to think about it too
much. Sometimes you have suspicions but try to do your best regardless.
I have been really impressed with the IAAF and their stance, but in
the blanket ban on the Russian athletic team, and that gives a lot
of the right message going forward, we will not accept this behaviour.
It's great the IAAF has taken that stance. One of the things we alluded
to yesterday was, we talk about the athletes who have cheated, but
little thought is given to the athletes who finish fourth, or
third, missing out on silver. It's so much deeper than that, it's the
athletes who don't qualify for the final, and then the final would have
been a totally different race if it wasn't run or lead out in the way we
have seen, by people who have since been found to be cheating. It
changes the make-up of the race. You can't simply reallocate the medals,
because it's not as as that, it would have changed the way the race
was run. Michael, I'm sure you would want to reinforce what we said
yesterday about this ban. You have to send a strong message, make
difficult choices at times like this that threaten to destroy the
credibility of the sport. When you make those difficult decisions,
everybody will not be happy. Somebody will get hurt. It's about
protecting clean athletes. If you are about protecting clean athletes,
you must look after the victims, those who have been clean, and how
they have been affected over the years by these situations. We saw
the athlete from Tunisia in that 3000 steeplechase race. All the
races she would have won, the gold medals she has got subsequent to the
championships. She never got that opportunity. I know first hand,
there is nothing better than standing on the podium and receiving
the medal. They never got that opportunity.
Best of luck. Any idea what you're to do? Nothing for a little while.
Whatever I do will have to be something that fills me with lots of
adrenaline. It is hard to replace the moments you get on the track.
Another area which will potentially cause confrontation is Caster
Semenya. He/she is head and shoulders above the rest of the
field .- is when she head. She is in a race with her hormonal balance.
There will still be? Is surrounding her performances. It is so complex.
We have seen her dominance. With the other girls trying to get in there,
it should not just be about Caster Semenya. She is not a cheat. She has
levels of testosterone, yes, that are higher, and that probably should
not be public and should not be discussed in that way. It is very
helpful to her. It is a really difficult subject. On the same
scale, other women's with lower levels of testosterone are allowed
to compete and never gets to that level. It has to be discussed. I do
not know if there is a fair solution in there. Jenny, the best of luck,
whatever it is you are doing. We will speak to you soon, I hope. Back
down on the track and we have the women's 200-metre final coming up,
which is loaded with talent. It is Daphne Schippers, who all eyes will
be on. She goes in lane six. She is one of the world's stars of
athletics, after a superb year last year. Particularly last season when
she won a world title in this event. She ran the fastest time ever for
this distance. Outside her Kimberly Hyacinthe of Canada, yet to break 23
seconds this year. Then Jodie Williams. She has been talking about
changes she made was that she has been in Arizona over the winter,
really stripping things back. Delighted to be a representative in
this event in Rio. Not quite as fast as she ran in 2014 but getting
there. Tiffani Tan said that as a Townsend in seven and then Dafne
Schippers the world champion in this event. I am sure she is eager to
produce something for this crowd in the Olympic Stadium. Jeneba Tarmoh
made the UK trials but was only eighth. Atkins, another top class
runner. Kay Lynn Whitney was announced onto the stage. She is
still a junior, only 18 years of age. A great talent Cheers. Solomon
at the other end of her career, at the age of 30. Big races for Jodie
Williams out in lane eight. A chance to test yourself against a pretty
good field. Here, the women who most people in athletics think will win
this Olympic title in this event. Can she do that? A lot of talk, I
was chatting to her on Thursday thought she was asked last week in
Monaco, is this your best event? She said, I am pretty good at the 100th.
She has worked a lot on her start but always that bit of room for
error in the 200. Dafne Schippers in lane six.
A clean start this time for the women. Jodie Williams has got way
pretty well in lane eight. Between Townsend is trying to chase down as
well. Look at Dafne Schippers pulling away. Atkins is coming
through now. Look at the Dutchwoman go extra measure mark she wins this
by a long way. -- go! It is like she has another year to go into with 50
to go. A strong bend. Came into the straight with the other competitors
within two or three metres. After that, she moves away from remember
how she won the world title last year but she kicked through so late.
Only got into the lead in the last ten metres. She is so strong in the
latter part of the race. 22.13, she is going to be with the band that.
She has already been quicker this year.
She is very strong. She is creating an aura around her. If you come
within striking distance of Dafne Schippers, the likelihood is she
will read past two. Nice, controlled bend. -- breeze past you. She comes
off the bend and it is controlled and well-balanced. She eases herself
down the home straight. It is a world-class field and she eases her
way through. It must be frustrating for these athletes to see how
controlled Cheers and ultimately how fast you can go. If you drew a line
from the waist up, she looks so relaxed. A lot of power but it is
relaxed power. She almost looks to me as if she is holding a little bit
back. If you look at that, she is a powerful lady. It looks so easy.
That will always be the key in sprinting. You do not want to create
tension in the shoulders. Especially when you are tired so you can hold
your form. If people around you do not do that, the likelihood is you
will come through and breeze past and take the races. It was not
superfast. A bit of a breeze in the home straight. 22.13, half a second,
a big distance the other athletes were behind her. A season best for
Townsend. Jodie Williams in fifth place with 22.90 nine. Dafne
Schippers, you have been watching the replay. Into a headwind, what
are your reflections? I am happy for now. I wanted to win the race. A bit
of discussion in the studio. What do you think is your best distance
quest much do you feel as comfortable over the 100 as you are
over the 200? My start in the 100 is better than it was. The 100 came
closer than it was before. Are you comfortable? The performances you
have produced so far this season over the 100 and the 200, you'll be
favourite in the 200 and joint favourite maybe in the 100. You with
that? Never nervous. It is good for me. Thank you very much. A good shot
of the Orbit. The Aquatic Centre buzzing from the main stadium at all
happened four years ago. The anniversary games in full flow. The
world indoor champion in second place at the moment. He is behind
Kurt Roberts of the United States. Robert Snodgrass to Rio. He was
unable to make the team, such is the state of the American team. --
Roberts is not going to Rio. A big smile from the Kiwi. He likes it.
Good rotation. Fast and agile. He nails that. A good balance. All the
energy goes up into the shot and he is left standing. This will go into
the lead and that is perfect for them a great example of rotational
shot putting. A big season's best for Tom Walsh. He goes into the
lead. The men's long jump. No Greg Rutherford. We wish him out
on his final preparation ahead of Rio. Gao is a contender. He is one
of a few Chinese athletes who will be contenders in the long jump. I am
really looking forward to that in Rio. Gao has been in fairly good
shape, making the best of good conditions, as we have seen. He
takes the lead. Nine women lying up that is not
lining up for the final of the 100 metres. Here is a reminder of how
they came through the heats to get there. Shelley and Fraser-Pryce
usually so quickly out. Very close. Desiree Henry tried to get back. Job
done, through to the final. Dean Ashton Smith, there's the track
where she set the British record. -- Deena Asha Smith.
Look at her. She is looking, going, I can't believe it. Fraser-Pryce
looking for her third Olympic gold in Rio. How will she do in the
final? She has to show something a little bit more as well. In the
grand scheme of things, there are seven women with better times in the
world this year. It would be interesting if Dina Asher-Smith can
get close to be quickest in the race. Akinosun is the reserve for
the United States. Simone Facey, I would like to see her running in the
200. She will represent Jamaica at Rio.
Fraser-Pryce, 11.03 in the heats. 10.93 in the Jamaican Championships.
11.03 the time the Trinidad and Tobago athlete got in the heats.
Fastest of the qualifiers and a new personal best. Williams, third in
the Jamaican Championships. She will be running the 100 in Rio. This
entire line-up will be running in Rio. Desiree Henry did very well to
come through a stacked heat as well to qualify. Dina Asher-Smith, as
mentioned. She is in the 200 in Rio but testing herself over the shorter
distance. The final introductions made.
Fraser-Pryce still has it in the head, did she have it in her body?
Eto injury has hampered her season. She won her heat. So much of the 100
metres is psychological. Doesn't quite have the physical
presence of Usain Bolt, but time for the final of the women's 100 metres.
Cleanly away, good start by Fraser-Pryce. Ta Lou coming through.
And it Ta Lou for the victory just ahead of Michelle-Lee Ahye. Below
11.5 seconds again into the slightest of wind. A smile and
embrace from Fraser-Pryce, but Fraser-Pryce was well beaten. She
had the race, but just a lack of running in her legs told in the
second half and Marie-Josee Ta Lou takes the victory. It's great to see
somebody who breaks through well, does a good heat, into a headwind,
remember. And to repeat with a stronger performance in the final.
Personal-best yet again, 10.9 six. The most important thing, she worked
well, held form and took the victory over another world-class field
assembled in London. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce gets off well, not the
rocket bullets start. But Ta Lou, just eased her way through, a good,
strong performance and I like to see that. Always a good sign when you
repeat a performance round after round. Asher-Smith slowly away close
to the camera. She comes through for fourth place, finishing quickly. But
so too was Marie-Josee Ta Lou. She takes the victory. You can see
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, a bit race rusty. We know that because of
injury, she has not arrived here in her best shape, not long until the
Olympics. Contrast that with Ta Lou, coming with personal bests time
after time. She will arrive at the Olympic Games very confident. I can
assure you the athletes waiting for her there will be at least two
metres quicker. We are used to another runner being the standard
bearer for the Ivory Coast, but Ta Lou U11s seconds, equalling a
personal-best she set in the heats. Congratulations. Two personal-best
today. To come back and do 10.96 again, you must be delighted with
this heading to the Olympics. Yeah. I just want to thank God and all my
family. They pray for me. I have come from an injury. Now I'm
preparing and will go even better there. Seems you have the makings of
a great quartet and some great battles to come. Both Ivory Coast
runners performing well. Yeah! We will move onto Dina Asher-Smith.
What's your assessment, it was OK? It was OK. I'm very happy to come
through in fourth in that race when she was in amazing shape. Michelle
just behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. I wanted a personal-best today.
Silly headwinds today made it not possible but I was ultimately
pleased to hold my own in a talented field. A few weeks to get ready for
the big one. Thank you to both of you. STUDIO: The final race on the
track is the next race, it's Mo Farah time. The 5000 metres coming
up. The first competitive 5000 metres for Mo Farah this year. A big
test in front of an adoring crowd, what a way to take confidence to
Rio. Seems to be in as good a shape as ever. A good time and victory
today would do nicely. Yes, it will be a good test for him. It would be
an indicator of what he needs to work on between now and Rio. I'm
sure that his coach, Salazar, back in the US, will be aware of the
training, which has gone well this year, no injuries, hiccups or
issues. He will have his eye on the Ethiopians and Kenyans, who will be
watching him. I think as far as Mo Farah is concerned, he's one of
those athletes who will be looking through to Rio. This is an
opportunity for him to get a Farrar thousand in. But he will want to
win, no doubt about it. -- get a 5000 in.
We can head to the commentary team including Steve Cram and Paula
Radcliffe. Mo never tries to replicate the tactics he will need
in Rio, because he doesn't know what they will have in store for him. He
has to run his own race and set his own limits today. You are right,
it's difficult. You can't replicate a major championship race in
distance running. I think he knows in his head that the 10,000 metres
will probably be a hard run race at some point. They will not hang
around so much. 5000 is a different story. The one thing Mo will want to
make sure is that he does what he does best, the final 600 metres. We
mentioned his 1500 in Monaco last week. He's he wants to be. The 5000,
as ever, it's going to be a bit more difficult tactical way. It might be
that come the final of the 5000, if he has had a hard 10,000 race, he
has to come back from the physicality of that, but so will
some of his main rivals. Lots to chat about during this. Paula and
Brendan are with me. To be honest, this is not the strongest field Mo
Farah has to face, but it has people like Edwin Soi who has beaten him in
the past, it has great athletes like Bernard Lagat, who has it in his
legs to run this. And one or two others will be looking to provide a
test here. But that reception he receives is testimony to where he is
held and the position he has within British athletics and indeed British
sport. A huge hero. A welcome reception as ever for the
41-year-old Bernard Lagat. Isaiah coach and Paul Koech. There's Edwin
Soi, the man who has beaten Mo Farah over this distance, 5000 metres, the
last man to do that in 2013. Andrew Butchart, the brilliant new Scottish
record-holder. Tom Farrell will be representing in the 5000 metres in
Rio. Rob Mullett as well, a chance for the British athletes after the
10,000 on the steeplechase to have a last blow out before Rio.
We have two pacemakers in this. Visit drone no and Maiyo. They have
been asked a go at a decent lick. -- Vincent Rono. If they go at the pace
set then it will be interesting to see who goes with him. He might end
up on his own if he goes as hard as has been suggested. Paula, you have
seen Mo recently. Your assessment, I know last week people were saying he
was fifth in the 1500, running OK in a different type of race to that
where he achieved the British record a couple of years ago. He's happy at
the minute and training well. He's very and settled. The way I'd seen
him in the training camp recently, he's back to the old Mo Farah. Very
relaxed. He knows he's running well. He raced in Monaco, he enjoyed the
race, he knew he was off the time, but the winning time was slower, and
he knew it was a different race. He's itching to get out here and
have a run. He knows the guys will bring it in Rio and he knows he's
ready. Brendan, I'm tentative say Mo can't win, we know he can win, but
we want to see him run fast and win. Mo Farah wants to win to make gold
medals in Rio. That's his plan, that's what he's here for, to give
himself a good work-out. Speaking to the pacemaker on the start line,
telling him what he really wanted, never mind what the managers and
agents want, it's what the athletes want from the pacemaker, and Mo was
leaning on him, having a few words, and now he has a reasonable race.
You know the preparation for this event, one 3,000-metre race, one
10,000 metre, this will be his only 5,000-metre race, won 1500 metre
race, and then the Olympic Games. That is classic preparation. The
only has one thing on his mind, the Olympics. And why wouldn't you? He
won two medals last time he was here. He's in his glory, his
element, this is his home track. Great to see him here. A bit of pole
vault in action. The Greece athlete. 4.80, looking good. The European
Championships from Amsterdam recently, she goes clear. Very
consistent this summer. And another great field event at the other end
of the stadium, the men's shot put with Tom Walsh in front with 21.5
four. Joe Kovacs is in pursuit and that is massive from Kovacs will
stop the world leader, a good challenge, the world champion from
last year. The big men on fire. Arguably the best field of athletes
here in the Olympic Stadium, Olympic and world champions and world
leaders. He nailed that, well be under 21 metres. Might even threaten
the 22-metre mark. Back in the 5000, a strong pace being set. Going
through the first kilometre. About 2.3 seven. -- two .37. Andrew
Butchart has had a fantastic year breaking the 5,000-metre Scottish
record, which went back to 1980. I think I was there that day. And then
he broke the 3,000-metre record. Butchart running hard, superb year.
In this race, hoping to drop his time a bit more. Ross Millington,
Thomas Farrell as well. They are having a go. We talked about Mo
being upfront with his training partner, Bashir Abdi, racing for
Belgium. We had Andrew Butchart, Thomas Farrell and Ross Millington
who grabbed his qualifying time in the nick of time over 10,000 metres
and has been preparing well. Farrell and Butchart will make up the
complete team, and it's a few years since we've had strong teams going
in the distance events for Great Britain. A valid point. Full in the
men and women, 5000 and 10,000 metre. That's exactly what we need
to have. We have three men running the 5000 metres, two of them running
the 10,000 metres. That man in the blue vest, striding down the back
straight. The man being watched anxiously. Is he at his best, near
his best? They are on time for around 30 minutes or possibly less.
That makes for a good performance. The other athletes getting a chance
here, and easy ride, getting towed around. A steady pace. That steady
pace gives you a chance to run a personal best. They are getting
chances. Great to see the stadium as full as it is. Great to see Mo Farah
in full flow down the home straight. Seven laps to go in the men's 5000
metres. Mo Farah's warm up test. This is still a pacemaker in front,
Vincent Rollo. He has been asked to go to seven and a half laps. Working
hard. Some of these men working right on
the limit. I have noticed Bernard Lagat right back there, he hasn't
run close to 30 minutes for a while so he will be fighting hard. That's
the tactic for Mo, let's have a hard seven or eight laps, possibly easing
off a bit in the fourth kilometre and then coming on hard again at the
end. Mo Farah knows he's in great shape so can afford to run at this
place and feel comfortable so he's asking questions of the others.
That's why we are seeing gaps open up behind the lead watch row. Andrew
Butchart is doing well at the moment, hanging onto the back,
working hard and trying to hang on to Ryan Hill in front of him. A
shame to see Thomas Farrell drop further back and Ross Millington
working his way behind him. He is not the best canyons. They are
keeping an eye on Mo Farah. -- Kenyans. That shot, Mo Farah in the
blue. Isaiah Kiplangat Koech is tracking him. They are breaking away
from the field. The reason they are breaking away from the field is they
are going to run close to 30 minutes or under. Mo Farah in the position
he wants to be, in the lead, alongside the pacemaker. They got
through their in 7.50 two. Mo Farah now in his familiar plays in the
Olympic Stadium. Stealing a few yards in this point. This is the one
for Mo Farah. He is stretching and working, looking brilliant,
absolutely fantastic. His 1500 metre race, the way that was around, tells
me he is as good as he has ever been. He wants to be leaving this
stadium today knowing he is almost as good as he has ever been. Watch
carefully now to see if he is as good as he has ever been. Mo Farah
easing himself forward. Keeping the pressure on. Sometimes he uses back
at this point in the race. He is very familiar with Stephen Mokoka
and he is pushing on. He has that freedom. They have given up at the
front and have decided to have their own race. Mo Farah is free. He can
run as hard and fast as he wants. It is down to him. He looks brilliant.
Helix so relaxed. He is not under any pressure. -- he looks. He knows
he has broken away. If Bernard Lagat was still with him, he might be able
to challenge him but no one will challenge him today. He has great
memories of this stadium but he knows he is in great shape for that
this is a good sendoff for Rio for him. The crowd is loving this. I do
not know how many of them were here in 2012 but probably a good view.
They are familiar with the side of Mo Farah running on this track. He
said, I love racing here. Why wouldn't you after what happened to
him in 2012? The important thing, we are all making the point this sends
a message out to everyone else as well. He is looking so comfortable,
running sub 13 pace. Mo Farah running at ease and running
comfortably. A beautiful shot down the back straight. That is a
beautiful shot. At the end of the day, he has 1000 metres remaining.
10.29 as he goes through there. This is a test of strength for Mo Farah.
He's putting himself into a position now. It is not about his speed or
how much training he has done, it is about the leg speed we know he has
got. He is running comfortably, running at ease. With two laps to
go, he has no auto that if all stop he has two dig deep and work hard.
This is where it is hurting. He is prepared to work and graft. Whatever
he has gained in this sport has been because of his effort got his
sacrifices, the way he has applied to sell. He is in full flow. He is
tiring a bit. The last couple of laps were the fastest of the race.
He is pulling away from them. Mo Farah is showing them, not only am I
fast on the last lap, I am strong in the middle. Helix really strong. I
think he would like to go under 13 minutes but what is important is to
dominate the race and to feel good. The crowd in front of us are rising
to their feet. One macro lap to go. He has broken 13 minutes on three
occasions in his career. He has not done it on this track before. Mo
Farah had an opportunity to dip under that magical mark and stretch
away. Mo Farah, just like it was in 2012 with the crowd cheering him on.
He is working hard on going extremely fast. This is an insurance
race for Mo Farah. He needs to find something extra. -- insurance. He
has the race one. He is stretching away. He is fighting hard and
watching the clock. Mo Farah coming to the line. He will win big 5000
metres and in under 30 minutes. -- the 5000 metres. We had to buy up on
the track from Mo Farah. -- fire on the track. Mo Farah he knew he had a
chance and he had to run a hard last lap. Bouncing off the track and
looking good and strong, looking quick. A world leading time over the
5000 metres. His first serious guy his only proper 5000 of the year, of
course, before he heads to Rio. -- his first serious, his only proper
5000 of the year. He has run a very good 3000 metres and a fast 1500
metres. He has the perfect set. Now we need to see him trying to do what
he did here four years ago with two gold medals. This crowd are cheering
him on foot of it is a great moment for Mo Farah. He is loving this. --
cheering him on. He is loving these people supporting him. He is going
off to Rio in a few weeks' time. There he goes, looking over his
shoulder. This was an endurance test. He was showing he has stamina
as well as speed. You all know about my speed, I will do mistreat my
stamina. He has run himself into the favourite position for the Olympic
Games. -- I will show you my stamina. His favourite place in the
world, in the home straight, on his own, under 13 minutes for 5000
metres. These are great times for Mo Farah or as he goes off to Rio to
try to do what any British athlete has done before with three Olympic
gold medals. They have tried before. Sebastien code tried and did not
make the team. Daley Thompson finished fourth in the Olympic
Games. Mo Farah is trying to make history by becoming the first
British athlete to win three Olympic gold medals. I would not bet against
him and he looked brilliant today. I have always been nervous about his
endurance but that was that in abundance today. Well done! -- about
his endurance. To front run and go under 13 minutes was breathtaking. I
got amazing support from the crowd. I wanted to go for it. It was my
last chance before Rio. I love this track. It has something for me. You
know, not many athletes, during the Olympics, to do it in your hometown,
it is amazing. With 600 to go, they stood in unison. A standing ovation
or the way round the home straight and you have been captivated again
just as four years ago. I want to thank God, thank everyone who
supported me. Rio is just around the corner. Great to come and win it. A
happy birthday to my daughter. I was here. I want to say to everyone who
supported me along the way, hopefully I can do it at Rio. Say
hello to my boy. You have raced sparingly this year but done it
really well. You broke Dave's UK record over 3000 and you have done
this over 5000. Do you feel this is the best prepared and the best form
you have been in going in for the big double? Definitely. I am in good
shape. I need to keep my feet on the ground and keep doing what I am
doing. Two and a half weeks anything can happen. I need to stay patient
and cool. You seem quite relaxed. Why wouldn't you be after a great
performance like that? What will you deliver the next couple of weeks
question not surely you will begin to take power. You have done some
milage. -- what will you do over the next couple of weeks? I will be
training with Charlie and Adam. The guys have been helping me out in
training. I need to stay focused. We are back as a team and get ready for
Rio. Another epic run in this fabulous stadium. Good luck in Rio.
Thank you to everyone who supported me. Let's go! Well done. The
official time 12.59.20 nine. I couldn't remember when two British
athletes were first and second in a Diamond League 5000 metres which had
Kenyan athletes and other athletes in. British athletes first and
second in the 5000 metres. Wonderful! A fantastic way to finish
two scintillating days of athletics at the Olympic Stadium. Mo Farah has
won the 5000 metres. The countdown is on for Rio.
Jessica Ennis-Hill is back on top of the world. He has just made history.
Gold for Kenya. His 18th Olympic gold medal. World champions again.
She has iced the cake in style. That is a huge jump. She crosses the line
as world champion. Streaking away. I don't know about you. I am not sure
how I will keep my excitement levels down in the next two weeks. Cannot
wait. Coverage starts with the Countdown to Rio on the 5th of
August. The opening ceremony little bit later that evening at 11:40pm
for the plenty to keep you occupied that evening. I was be a fantastic
opening ceremony. They know how to party in Rio, trust me. The man of
the moment, who could have plenty to party about in the next few weeks,
it is Mo Farah. With that kind of form, that thing you have to remind
yourself, and a lot of people should, we should not take this for
granted. That was not an exhibition run. It was not like the field was
made up of people who are not going to the Olympics. There were plenty
of people who are Rio bound that he has made things so effortless. That
is right. You should never take things for granted. He demonstrated
how flawless he is and how great his preparation is. That is the only
thing he can do right now, get himself in great shape and ready to
go. Sit in an ice bath. You may have heard the fireworks in the house.
I'm not sure how effective fireworks are in the daytime but it is lovely
to hear them anyway. To be in this era, we have someone with such
greatness in his event like Mo Farah and Usain Bolt with a similar
greatness and legend in the sport. It does not come along every day. We
are in a very special period. We are. It is getting more challenging
for both guys. It will be more challenging. Over the years he has
dominated. The Kenyans trying to figure out what to do on a daily
basis. Every day they are thinking about Mo Farah. They are
strategising and coming up with plans. The same thing for Usain
Bolt. Those guys are gunning for him and trying to catch one a little bit
weak. It is becoming more challenging for him as he gets older
and tries to stay healthy. We are at the end of that year and it is fun.
A bit more competitive. We want to see Mo Farah win and Usain Bolt
when. No one will give it to him and they will not be as dominant as they
have been in the past. I am looking forward to Rio and looking forward
to all of these guys trying to defend their championships, which
won't be easy. He'll have tough competition in the
10,000 metres. It has just occurred to me, Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford and
Jessica Ennis-Hill have all had babies since 2012. The super
Saturday heroes. Usain Bolt hasn't! Mo Farah, always mentioning his
kids, he hates to be apart from them. It's a sacrifice to be apart
from those he loves so much. He's very much in it, always brings his
family in and he enjoys the support he gets from his family, which works
for Mo Farah. For others it might not be so easy. It's something we
should have asked Usain Bolt about the other day! You caught me off
guard with that one, Usain Bolt not having kids. He's possibly concerned
about the Zika virus! There's always time, I know you have his number.
The British athletics performance of the day, Colin? It's a tough call.
For me, I have to go with KJT. A busy weekend. To return today and
winning the long jump with a season's best, 6.80 and more. This
was last night. A lot of attention on Jess, but Johnson-Thompson
focused on what she needed to do. Getting it right. That was
yesterday's performance, brilliant to see. Having a look at what
happens today, a nice build in the performance, steady in her jumping
all the way through, lining up for the final jump. She goes down the
runway, nice and controlled. She's a great long jumper. To return after a
personal best and to jump this again and to win it was absolutely
fantastic. That's why I took this one as my performance of the day.
Have you been impressed with her, Michael? I was, she had to make
solid days of competition. Number one British high jumper yesterday,
number one British long jumper today, Shara Proctor, but
Johnson-Thompson has beaten them both. She will take that to Rio and
have a solid performance. I think she can and she's very well after
this two great days to go to Rio is one of the favourites. Andrew Pozzi,
a lot has been hoped from this young man as a young athlete with a
promising start. He's realising it now. We saw a great performance from
him but sadly didn't transfer it to the final. I'm very excited about
him. I've seen him training and he has the physicality to be a good
high hurdler. We need him to have a bit of luck. He was disappointed in
the 2012 Olympics because he didn't arrive to the track in great shape.
It's reversed this year. Excellent performance here. Balanced hurdling.
Has to get used to running fast again because he had so many years
of missed opportunities. Gets out of the blocks well, a fast sprinter,
which people might not know, but as he ounces his way through the event,
accelerating through. Some technical problems, but he's managing them
better. I'm pleased he was rewarded with a personal best today. Cramp in
his hamstring meant he missed the final, which was a shame. Are you
worried about him getting through the rounds? It was the same problem
that the Europeans. That can be a concern. You have to know that, so
now he's experienced it twice he can deal with it. It's awful when it
creeps up on you. He knows he suffers when the heat is on, so he
will work on it. Dafne Schippers, the world champion winning
200-metre. The women's event. She has no signs of slipping. She has
picked up where she left off last year. Came here with the fastest
time in the world. Not as impressive as we have seen her in the past on
the bend, but this is where she shows her strength and power, able
to pull away from a world-class field and do it very relaxed. She
knows the heat will be on and the fire will be turned up in Rio, but
this is a very impressive performance, probably the last race
for her as well as she goes into Rio. She will be pleased with this
performance and it bodes well for her 100 metres as well, because she
has shown incredible speed and endurance. At the end she looked
very relaxed, no sign of slowing down or fatigue. The performance of
the weekend, difficult not to give it to a woman who produced a world
record last night. After the disappointment of missing out on the
US team for the Olympics. What mental strength from Keni Harrison?
The right attitude, the correct preparation in the heat, and she let
loose in the final, exploding out of the blocks and demonstrating to
everybody, she is world number one and now she's the world record
holder. We can bring in Brendan Foster and Paula Radcliffe who were
in the commentary box. Two weeks to go until the start of the action at
the Rio Olympics. The athletics the week after that. The IOC have big
decisions to make and tomorrow they will make an announcement on whether
or not they will ban all Russian sportspeople from the Olympic Games,
not just athletes. Or they might leave it to federations. I think Seb
Coe has demonstrated what a great job he's done so far by having the
IAAF put the ban in for the Russian team because of what they found to
be systemic cheating in an organised manner in that country. I'm pretty
sure the same rule applies to the other sports in Russia. Now
federations around the world need to take the lead from athletics and
take the same decision. The IOC's credibility is on the line and I
think they need to make the overall decision, pass it onto the overall
governing bodies, which they should, but those bodies need to follow set
rules. I agree. I think the IOC should take the lead and take it
strongly but I fully expect them to pass it on to the individual
Federation. We need to see ants is coming out of this, what was
happening, whose names are on the lists, who was being covered up for
in Russia across all sports, and that has to come out and then
individual Federation 's need to take action at like athletics has
done, they will not tolerate this in sport and take the action against
any country in which they find systemic doping. Another issue that
has been discussed massively, but will come out over the next couple
of weeks. Stories from Sochi where Russian athletes were allowed to
tamper with their samples at their own Winter Olympics, it's shocking
this was left to the country and to not something the IOC should take
more control over. Do we need more investment in drug testing at the
Olympics, both winter and summer? It's not just the IOC, Wada have
also let down clean athletes they are supposed to protect.
Tamper-proof bottles are meant to be just that. The thing is, the IOC
handover that responsibility to Wada, but it's damaging the brand of
the Olympic Games, so is there a need for more investment from the
IOC into Wada? There is more investment needed across the board
into anti-doping. These bodies need to be independent, there can't be
any level of government control, as we saw in Russia, and probably
happens in other countries. Wada has to up its act as well so investment
can go in, but you have to do the right things with that investment to
move this forward. Thank you to Paula and Brendan. It's not great
that we have to talk about these things with the excitement of the
Olympics just two weeks away. I know you feel strongly that this is way
too important to have the levels of investment it has at the moment and
is something the IOC needs to work closely with Wada on this. It's
true, it's not just about investment though, that's just one part, it's
about responsibility. When the IOC passes responsibility on to Wada, or
passes it on to the organising committee in Sochi, for example, the
Russian organising committee to build and staff the laboratories and
government testing, that's a mistake from the beginning. It's a ripe
opportunity for corruption and politics so you want to take that
away. The IOC are ultimately responsible. It's their event so you
want to protect your brand and also protect the clean athletes, most
importantly, and it's them who it's all about. Protect those athletes.
Do you feel with the action the IAAF has taken, and potentially with the
IOC tomorrow, people can go to the Olympic Games feeling confident that
clean athletes are being protected? Certainly be governing bodies are
trying their best. That is clear now. They are pushing towards a fair
opportunity for athletes. With that in mind, yes, the athletes can feel
a little more comfortable things are being done. Of course people are
slipping through the net, but at least there is a driving factor to
put purity on the line. The IAAF have quite rightly received
criticism in a lot of areas in the last couple of years, but a lot of
sports need to get their house in order and the IAAF and Seb Coe have
taken a lead on this. They have done the right thing, but could possibly
have done it a long time ago. Before we start patting the IAAF on the
back, they let a lot of athletes pay them to get their tests wiped off
the books and continuing to come Pete. Under previous regimes. Moving
forwards from now, this needs more correct decisions to move in the
right direction. The IOC should follow suit and individual
federations also. They have to make difficult decisions. Somebody will
probably be a victim of these decisions that are made, but what
has to happen is those decisions have to be made in the interests of
clean sport and messages have to be sent, and hopefully we will continue
to see more of this. Our final minute, back to the sport. Keni
Harrison out here with a world record. Will we see impressive
performances on the track? The Olympic Games is magic and will
create magic. And it helps to push athletes towards world records. It
makes athletes perform at their best. It will be fantastic in Rio,
this type of weather, a Fast Track, it's the Olympics everybody wants to
see and I think we will have some amazing performances. Thank you for
your company this weekend, the next time we will see you we will have
the honour of bringing you the 31st Olympic Games from Rio. We look
forward to some fantastic British performances as well as from
athletes around the world. From all the fuss, goodbye. -- from all of
us. MUSIC: Not Gonna Break Me
by Jamie N Commons
Gabby Logan introduces live coverage of world-class athletics from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. This is the only Diamond League meeting to be held over two days, and a wealth of Olympic and world champions are expected to be among the stars fine-tuning their preparations for next month's Olympic Games in Rio.
British Olympic champions Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford are all scheduled to compete on this second day and rekindle the magic of 'super Saturday' at London 2012, when they won gold within 45 minutes of one another in this stadium. British 200m record holder Dina Asher-Smith is among the many emerging talents looking to showcase her Olympic potential.
Commentary comes from Steve Cram, Andrew Cotter and Steve Backley, with expert analysis by Denise Lewis, Colin Jackson and Paula Radcliffe.