Diamond League Brussels 2022 review - Krop, Camacho-Quinn, Winger and Dos Santos deliver on night of records  

The penultimate Diamond League meeting of 2022 delivered action and intrigue in spades setting the stage for next week’s finale in Zurich. The Brussels meet produced a host of meeting records and its fair share of upsets. 

By Ockert De Villiers
Picture by 2022 Getty Images

The penultimate event of the 2022 Diamond League athletics season attracted some of the top names in track and field on Friday (2 September).

Some 85 medallists from the recent Olympic Games, World Championships and continental championships were in action at the King Baudouin Stadium.

Four meet records, 11 national marks and one area record were equalled or eclipsed, while three world leads were set on the night. 

Two-time world champion Joe Kovacs of the United States set the pace on the eve of the main competition landing a meeting record in the shot-put competition, held in the city centre. Kovacs added 17 centimetres to the meeting record with a winning heave of 22.61 metres. Only a centimetre separated Kovacs and the second-placed Tom Walsh of New Zealand, with another Kiwi, Jacko Gill, finishing third with 21.32m.

In the men’s 5,000m world silver medallist Jacob Krop of Kenya grappled with U.S. champion Grant Fisher coming out on top, clocking a stunning world lead and new personal best of 12:45.71. Fisher set an area record of 12:46.96 to claim the silver medal. 

Kara Winger of the United States won the women’s javelin throw gold with a heave of 68.11m setting a national and meet record.

Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn fired at all cylinders in the women’s 100m hurdles, setting a fourth Diamond League meeting record this year with a season’s best of 12.27s. 

World 400m hurdles champion Alison dos Santos of Brazil kicked off the action on the track extending his unbeaten run of the 2022 season by winning his sixth Diamond League race.

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22:00: Yaroslava Mahuchikh dominates high jump competition

World indoor champion Yaroslava Mahuchikh was in a class of her own, setting a meeting and national record in the women’s high jump to clinch the gold medal. 

The Ukrainian sensation cleared a world lead of 2.05m before she made a world-record attempt with the crossbar set at the height of 2.10m. Mahuchikh ultimately missed the mark but still walked away with a set of new records behind her name. 

World champion Eleanor Patterson of Australia won silver with a best jump of 1.94m, with compatriot and Olympic silver medallist Nicola Olyslagers (1.91m) finishing third on the podium.

21:55: Jake Wightman produces gold-medal kick

World 1500m champion Jake Wightman brought the curtain down on the track in emphatic fashion, overcoming a world-class men’s 800m field for the Brussels crown.

Wightman produced a devastating kick coming out of the bend leaving world and Olympic champion Emmanuel Korir of Kenya in his wake, crossing the line in a personal best of 1:43.65. Algeria’s Djamel Sedjati (1:44.12) finished second, with Korir settling for third, clocking 1:44.12.

21:45: Ciara Mageean wins in blanket finish

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean claimed victory in a final sprint for the line in the women’s 1,500m dipping in a national record of 3:56.63. 

Mageean narrowly beat Olympic silver medallist Laura Muir (3:56.86) into second place, with Freweyni Hailu of Ethiopia taking bronze in 3:56.94.

21:35: Jacob Krop delivers in thrilling 5,000m contest

On a night filled with fireworks, the men’s 5,000m produced one of the most thrilling contests. The 12.5-lap race delivered tactical intrigue with world silver medallist Jacob Krop of Kenya and U.S. champion Grant Fisher sparring over the final two laps.

Krop only managed to pull away from Fisher coming into the final stretch crossing the line in a world lead and new personal best of 12:45.71. The time launched Krop into sixth place on the world all-time list over the distance. Fisher, in turn, raced home in second place in 12:46.96, setting an area record in the process. Nicholas Kipkorir of Kenya finished third in 12:50.97.

21:15: Jasmine Camacho-Quinn sets another meet record

Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn continued her superb run of form in the women’s 100m hurdles setting a fourth Diamond League meeting this year. The Puerto Rican posted a season’s best time of 12.27s. Tia Jones of the United States followed on her heels clocking 12.38s for silver, with Kendra Harrison (12.40s) clinching bronze.

21:05: Mondo Duplantis suffers rare defeat

Mondo Duplantis suffered a rare defeat with Ernest John Obiena of the Philippines claiming the Swedish scalp and the pole vault crown after clearing 5.91m. World record holder Duplantis was not his usual dominant self, failing to scale 5.61m on his first attempt. He made it on his second jump but ultimately failed on all three attempts at 5.91m to hand Obiena the victory. Christopher Nilsen of the United States finished third with 5.71m.

21:00: Records galore as Fiordaliza Cofil claims 400m gold

The Dominican Republic’s Fiordaliza Cofil powered to a new lifetime best in the women’s 400m claiming a comfortable victory in 49.80s. A battle royale played out behind her with world bronze medallist Sada Williams (50.15s) of Barbados edging home favourite Cynthia Bolingo (50.19s) for the silver medal. Bolingo set a new national record along with the fourth-placed Mary Moraa of Kenya.

20:50: Shericka Jackson beats Fraser-Pryce by a hair’s breadth

World 200m champion Shericka Jackson brought Jamaican compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s unbeaten streak to a halt beating the pocket rocket by one-hundredth of a second in the 100m event. 

Jackson out dipped the five-time world champion at the distance, crossing the finish in 10.73 seconds. Fraser-Pryce had to be content with the silver medal, with African record holder Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Ivory Coast taking bronze in 10.78s.

20:45: Kara Winger in record-smashing mood

Kara Winger of the United States fired off a stunning final throw setting a host of records to clinch the gold medal with a monstrous 68.11m heave. She set a new national and meet record in the process while landing a world lead distance in the process.

Haruka Kitaguchi of Japan produced the second-best throw of the night with a heave of 63.45m, with Serbian teenager Adriana Vilagos finishing third with 63.00m.

20:40: Erriyon Knighton sprints to 200m victory

U.S. sprinting sensation Erriyon Knighton came into the straight with his nose in front and pulled away from the rest of the field to win the men’s 200m race in 20.07 seconds. Alexander Ogando of the Dominican Republic dipped in second place with 20.18s, with Canadian ace Aaron Brown taking the bronze medal in 20.22s.

20:32: Lazaro Martinez retires hurt with gold in the bag

World indoor champion Lazaro Martinez upset triple jump heavyweights to claim the top step on the podium with a second-round jump of 17.49m.

The Cuban jumper needed just one legal jump before he retired hurt on his third attempt with Burkinabé athlete Hugues Fabrice Zango finishing second with 17.40m. Brazil’s Almir dos Santos was third with 16.81m.

20:30: Jackline Chepkoech women's 3,000m steeplechase

Jackline Chepkoech of Kenya produced a stunning run to win the women’s 3,000m steeplechase, crossing the line in a new personal best of 9:02.43.

The race was billed as a world-record attempt by Ethiopian Werkuha Getachew, but the mark proved out of reach, and she had to settle for third place in 9:08.03. Winfred Mutile Yavi of Bahrain walked away with the silver, clocking 9:03.44.

20:10: Alison dos Santos extends winning streak

World 400m hurdles champion Alison dos Santos of Brazil continued his unbeaten run of the 2022 season, winning his sixth Diamond League race.

The third fastest man in history over the one-lap hurdles produced another solid run stopping the clock at 47.54 seconds to extend his winning streak. Khallifah Rosser of the United States breathed down his neck over the last two hurdles to take silver in 47.88s, with Frenchman Wilfried Happio bagging bronze in 48.61s.

19:15 - Friday's Diamond League schedule in Brussels

Here is the packed schedule of the Diamond League events taking place in Belgium on Friday:

Friday, 2 September 2022

19:15 - Pole Vault Men

19:22 - Triple Jump Men

19:38 - Javelin Throw Women

19:50 - High Jump Women

20:04 - 400m Hurdles Men

20:13 - 3000m Steeplechase Women

20:33 - 200m Men

20:45 - 100m Women

20:54 - 400m Women

21:07 - 100m Hurdles Women

21:15 - 5000m Men

21:36 - 1500m Women

21:52 - 800m Men


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