The advent of the Diamond League has moved the European racing calendar up a few weeks and given American distance runners the opportunity to fly across the pond earlier than normal to take part in some major competitions. The long flight paid off for a number of U.S. athletes, notably Khadevis Robinson, Sara Hall and Christin Wurth-Thomas.
Robinson ran a phenomenal race in the men’s 800 meters, making a massive move on the backstretch from last place to position himself well for the last half-lap. He rode that momentum to pass David Mutinda Mutua of Kenya with 120 meters remaining and drove hard to hold onto a win in a time of 1:45.09. Although the time was not particularly impressive, the manner in which Robinson won and the big names he defeated (Mulaudzi, Lalang, Kiprop) puts him in a prime position to earn yet another spot on the U.S. team for the World Championships.
Watch Robinson’s victory here:
Sara Hall continued her steady improvement in the steeplechase by again lowering her personal best, this time achieving the World and Olympic ‘A’ standard with 9:39.48. In a very fast race that was won in 9:12.89 by Milcah Chemos Cheywa, Hall paced herself well and now solidifies her status as a favorite to make the World team for Daegu.
Christin Wurth-Thomas went to Rome in hopes of getting the ‘A’ standard and did just that with a time of 4:03.72. She went to the lead with 500 meters remaining to keep up the pace but paid for the move by fading to sixth. Wurth-Thomas is currently the only American woman to have run the ‘A’ standard in the 1500 meters.