Gatlin surprises Lyles in 100m win as women's mile world record falls at Monaco Diamond League

Sifan Hassan smashes world record in the women's mile as the 100m world champion stuns Noah Lyles  

By Ken Browne

Justin Gatlin overpowered young gun Noah Lyles to win the 100m at the Monaco Diamond League 2019 in 9.91secs.

1/10th of a second behind Gatlin came his 21-year-old teammate Lyles who never really got up to top speed.

Gatlin proved that at 37 he's far from finished.

"It feels great to beat these guys," the American said.

"This season is surreal, I can't believe I'm still winning here after more than 20 years. Noah is a great runner, so every time i race him, I'm excited!" - Justin Gatlin

Lyles didn't seem too disappointed on a night that could have been decisive:

"That was a good 2nd place, so I'm not sad. It was a good run. My start was considerably better than other races and that makes me excited going to Trials," was Lyles' take, seeming to have made up his mind that he will race the 100 in the U.S. trials.

"It could have been technically better but the way i started brings me a lot of confidence."

Hassan breaks world record!

Sifan Hassan broke the world record in the Women's Brave Like Gabe Mile - renamed after U.S. runner Gabe Grunewald's inspiring story of defiance in the face of cancer.

It didn't look on at all but somehow the 2016 1500m indoor World champion completed the mile in 4:12.33 bettering the 4:12.56 set by Russia's Svetlana Masterkova in Zurich in 1996.

An incredible run from the Ethiopian-born Dutch distance champion who moved to the Netherlands as a refugee in 2008 when she was just 15.

"I knew I could run fast, but the first 800 was a bit slow, so after that I wasn't thinking it would be a world record. When I crossed the line i was so surprised," an overjoyed Hassan said afterwards.

"After you run the last 400 like that, and set a world record, it gives me so much confidence over 5000m. I want to double over 1500 and 5000 in Doha and the way i finished the last 400 there, it's amazing - to run a world record the way i did makes me so happy!"

The Netherland's Sifan Hassan celebrates after winning and setting a new World Record in the Women's 1 Mile at the Monaco Diamond League meet 2019. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Miller-Uibo time

Rio 2016 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo won the 200m in 22.09 for a season best and is keen to double up at Tokyo 2020.

Hot on her heels was Jamaica's Rio 100 and 200m champ Elaine Thompson who has run the fastest 200 of 2019 - 22.00 - but Thompson could only manage 22.44 in Monaco.

Rio 200m silver medallist Dafne Schippers finished third in 22.45 - a season's best for her.

This is what the winner Shaunae had to say:

"I feel pretty good, like i did a good job out there, I'm happy with how the race went. The quicker I get at 200 the quicker I'll be at 400 and i'm really happy with where I'm at right now. My coach said he was very happy with how I ran the turn. If they can change the timetable for the Olympics, I'd be more than happy to double."

Cheruiyot on cruise control

Timothy Cheruiyot took the men's 1500m in 3:29.97 from Norway's Jakob Ingebrigsten.

The Kenyan wanted a faster race and kept threatening to overtake the pace-setters:

"It wasn't a fast race, but I'm happy today because I won the race. I was expecting to run fast but the pace was slow. I expected more than 3:29. I'm going back to Kenya now to train for the World Championships."

Watch out world.

Gatlin does it again

Gatlin and Lyles were the headliners of the meet, and they did not disappoint.

Just as he did in his win in Lausanne last week, the experienced world champ proved it would be foolish to count him out.

Lyles is on a personal mission to prove that there is life beyond Usain Bolt, his charismatic entrance as he danced into the Stade Louis II had the crowd bopping along.

But the 21-year-old, who wowed the crowd in Lausanne when he clocked 19.50s to run the 4th fastest 200m ever, wasn't expecting a win pre-race.

“The 200 is working very well. The 100 is something I’m still developing – I’m fairly new to it. I’m still no Justin Gatlin."

A mature outlook from a young man with big things on the horizon.

Keni Harrison pulls it out of the fire

Kendra Harrison clinched the women's 100m hurdles in 12.43s.

In a thrilling race that had three different leaders at different points, the 26-year-old U.S. flyer dug deep and pulled out a season's best to take the Monaco title - a hair's breadth from the 12.42 meet record.

Jamaica's Danielle Taylor harried Keni to the line, finishing in 12.52, and Christina Clemons grabbed the final rung on the podium with 12.62.

"I feel pretty confident at the moment - I've been working really hard, and my mindset is better too," Harrison said afterwards.

"It felt fine - I didn't get out at the start and my coach is pretty mad. I probably just gave up a 12.2 race but I've just got to work on that between now and US Trials."

Pole apart

The men's pole vault was another fascinating event, like world champs preview.

In Lausanne Poland's Piotr Lisek joing the 6m high club jumping 6.01 and in Monaco he went one better, or .01 better to be exact.

6.02 won the night for Lisek, and as crowd favourites the Lavillenie brothers bowed out and Sam Kendriks had a night to forget, 19-year-old 'Mondo' Duplantis and resurgent Rio 2016 champ Thiago Braz stepped up to take second and third.

But with a world leading jump this year, there's no doubt who's in pole position for the upcoming world championships.

A delighted Lisek could hardly contain himself, and it looks like he's struck up a real winning partnership with his coach:

"For sure I didn't expect 6.02 - it's almost a dream - I can't believe it. there are no words, I thought 5.90m this seaon, maybe 6 in Doha. I've been injury free this year and 100% healthy. My coach is a former physio and he knows my body so well that we avoided any injury. He's been my coach for the last 2 years and it's amazing we achieved this after such a short relationship!"

Rojas soars to victory

Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas took flight in Monaco and landed sweetly atop the women's triple jump podium after a rare lapse by rival and Rio champion Caterine Ibarguen.

Monaco was billed as a battle between Rojas and Ibarguen, but the Colombian stumbled and finished in 6th on 14.33m.

Ibarguen has, however, already done enough to be in the provisional line-up for the Diamond League final in Zurich, a list where she's been joined by Rojas after her impressive display in Monaco.

Rojas' 14.98m jump was enough to see her top the podium.

Gardiner's opening gambit

Chaos and confusion reigned in the 400m as USA's Kahmari Montgomery false started, three runners didn't hear the call-back and continued, Jonatan Jones even finished the race thinking he'd won.

Then he saw his rivals standing waiting at the starting blocks.

When the race eventually restarted Steven Gardiner's first 300m were unmatched and he strode steadily home in 44.51.

Qatar's Abderrahman Samba was second in 45s.

Monaco was the 9th of 14 meetings in this season's Diamond League, next up is London next week, July 21st.