The end of the season gets crazy. Stuart Weir is on vacation, as am I. During my time off, I am posting a few stories a day I missed in September. I beg you for your indulgence, but some fun pieces on the send of the season. This is the intro to the Van Damme Memorial Number 47!
There was a plethora of superstars: Mondo, Shericka, Elaine, Femke, Jakob… We expected much and were not disappointed. There was a world record for Jakob in the 2000 meters to follow his world record in Paris in the 2 miles. I hear that he will be attempting the World record at the 2023 meters next. Jakob is a wonderful athlete, but to keep claiming world records for rarely run, non-championship distances? Come on! You will not be surprised to know that the official results report a season’s best for every finisher and national and area records galore!
There was speculation that Shericka Jackson would get close to the world 200m record of 21.34. She did, but not quite close enough, having to settle for a meeting record of 21.48. Shericka is so laid back that getting any reaction from her is hard. She told me that she did not feel any pressure from people’s expectations of a world record.
Newly crowned world champion Femke Bol won the 400 as expected in a meeting record of 52.11, commenting: “It was my first Brussels Diamond League meeting, and I loved it so much. The crowd was amazing. So loud. It was like being at home”. Mondo won the pole vault with 6.10, and Yaroslava Mahuchikh took the high jump with another 2-meter jump. Ukrainian victories are always popular, the more so as Yaroslava now lives in Belgium. Cynthia Bolingo’s win in the 400 in 50.09 also gave the home crowd something else to cheer.
Zharnel Hughes ran 19.82 while suffering from flu. What would he run if he was healthy?
The women’s 1500 was arguably the race of the night, with Ciara Mageean running an Irish record but still finishing second to Laura Muir, who won in 3:55.34 to follow her 800m victory in Zurich last week.
Haruka Kitaguchi, who won the world javelin title last month by taking the lead with her sixth throw, produced a similar flourish here as her final effort went out to a world-leading Japanese record of 67.38m.
Unusually at a Diamond League, there was a 5K and a 10K, which resulted in two Kenyan winners, with Daniel Ebenyo taking the men’s 10K in a PR of 26:57.80 and Lilian Rengeruk of Kenya winning the women’s 5K in 14:26.46.