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Oslo Diamond League athletics as it happened


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By Mike Henson

2139: It will be me back in the chair for all the big names in the Big Apple in two days time. We should be underway at around 1930BST with some live video on the web for UK users and television coverage on that magic Red Button. Thanks for your help and company this time around. Catch you at the weekend.

2133: Heptathlete Jessica Ennis will be sharpening her hurdles skills against world champion Lolo Jones. Ennis beat the American over 60m back in January 2010. It will be interesting to see how she goes over 100m this time.

2129: Talking of Tyson Gay, the American is one of those who will be in action in the next Diamond League meeting in New York on Saturday. Jamaicans Nesta Carter and Steve Mullings will be gunning for him in Bolt's absence.

Tyson Gay on Twitter: "Great time in those conditions."
Magnanimous stuff from the the American on his great rival. I doubt it would have been the way back amongst the world's top sprinters in the early nineties.

2119: One more result that got lost amidst the excitement was Andy Baddeley's finish in the Dream Mile. He came home eighth in 3.54.29, around five seconds slower than when he won in 2008, but remember those rank conditions.

Andy Turner on Twitter: "Thanks for all the support, back at the hotel now with an ice pack on. Back to training saturday morning, got a lot to work on."
Turner finished fourth in the 110m hurdles in 13.32 earlier this evening.

It's good news for a Briton
2110: Former world junior champion Christian Malcolm clocked an encouraging 20.57, his fastest time of the year, behind Bolt. "He can still be beaten," he insists afterwards. " Everyone has their off day."

2106: "I have nothing to worry about. I'm still the champion, you can't expect to come out here and run 19.5 in my first race. It is all about technique now to get the icing on the cake and I'm heading home to work on that," Bolt tells a sodden Jonathan Edwards and Colin Jackson. He expanded a bit more on his Premier League football aspirations as well. "I don't know if I can do it, but I want to give it a try," he added. If he is joking that is bone-dry wit in the heavy rain.

It's bad news for a Briton
2102: A disappointing evening from the Brits in the sand-pit. Just like Usain, they were suffering from a wet runway underfoot. Greg Rutherford, who won last Diamond Meeting in Eugene, was a distant sixth with 7.89m, Chris Tomlinson another place back with a best of 7.87m.


From Infostrada 2012 on Twitter: "@UsainBolt records fastest 200m time in 10 months (19.86) since Wallace Spearmon (19.85) in Aug 2010"

2054: You can see how that places Bolt compared to the rest of the world here. Bolt's countryman Nickel Ashmeade was the previous fastest with a 19.95 in May. Walter Dix, the American who finished third behind Bolt in both 100m and 200m in Beijing Olympics, is third with 20.06

2051: A world-leading time from the big man and he did not have much competition to push him from about 75m out. A moist track was not doing him many favours either.


2046: He has smoothed down his eyebrows and Bolt is ready to fire...

2045: So who are the men who are lining up against Bolt? Britain's Christian Malcolm, veteran former 100m world champion Kim Collins and Norway's Saidy Ndure Jaysuma, ninth fastest in the world this year, are the rank outsiders.


2043: Usain Bolt is on the track. You can tell because the cameramen are scuttling around firing off the flash lenses.

2041: Olympic 1500m champion Kiprop gets his tactics spot on to take revenge on his countrymen after his third place in the United States.


2038: Badderley will hope to exploit some tired legs amongst the Kenyans Haron Keitany, Silas Kiplagat and Asbel Kiprop who finished one, two and three in Eugene. But Baddeley is back in seventh as the bell tolls for the final lap.

2036: Time for some more Brits and this one has pedigree. Andy Baddeley is a former winner of the "Dream Mile", one of the fabled one-off races in athletics history. Can he repeat his 2008 success?

2032: A right Ethiopian dust-up over the final lap as former world champion Defar pins her ears back and pedals furiously for home. Ejigu and Genzebe Dibaba can't quite match her and they will have to go some to get their revenge on the dancefloor judging by a neat little shoulder bounce celebration from their compatriot. 14:37:32 is Defar's winning time, stat fans.


2025: It is absolutely piddling it down now. The women's 5000m runners squint as they make their way through the downpour. Sentayehu Ejigu led with three laps to go, now Spaniard Checa hits the front with two to go.

From Simon of Sherwood on Twitter: "Meadows made the mistake of racing Semenya there and not the others"
Perhaps. But I'm sure Meadows would have been aware that there were some heavy hitters in that race. Second-placed Mariya Savinola is the European champion.

2019: The dark skies are opening up a bit now, not ideal for Usain Bolt whose 200m is a little under half an hour away.

It's good news for a Briton
2016: Despite failing to add to her Diamond league points, Meadows is content enough with her performance considering some extenuating circumstances that she reveals post-race. "I'm really happy with my time, I had a really bad cold which has thrown me in the past week," she said. "I'm only 90% right at the moment but it's such an improvement from my previous race. Give me another week and I should be back to full health."

2014: Semenya, who was edged out in Eugene by Jamaica's Kenia Sinclair five days ago, also looked a little leggy through the home straight. Perhaps understandably after her time out of the sport, but still work to do.

2010: That was the fastest time in the world this year from the Moroccan. Meadows chalks up her own fastest time of the year so far with 1.59.2 in fifth. She looked very much in it with 200m to go, hanging on the shoulder of Semenya, before Hachlaf and Russian Mariya Savinova surged through to pass them both.


2006: The womens 800m opens up with Semenya leading off strongly with Meadows about 5m adrift at the bell.

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Anon via text on 81111: "Was that really a PB for Perri Shakes-Drayton? I thought she went quite a lot quicker last year in Barcelona."
It was indeed a slip of the keyboard, SEASON'S best for Perri.

1959: A time of 13.32 for Turner in third. It's a shame that wasn't a 60m race because that would have been my best 60m performance," he adds.

It's bad news for a Briton
1959: Turner was quick off the start but seemed to tense up as Dwight Thomas appeared on his shoulder. He battered a few of the barriers and was going backwards from then on. Joel Brown ensured an American one-two-three.


1957: The hurdlers take a last look at those ten flights and settle for the gun.

Perri Shakes-Drayton on Twitter: "Glad I can be of some sort of entertainment. I'm just being me"
Perri soaks up the love for her unorthodox post-race interview style. "Go faster" is her aim for this year. Sensible stuff.

1952: Our man Andy Turner might fare better in the men's event next. The European champion will be attempting to hold back a trans-Atlantic tide with six Americans and one Jamaican alongside him. Dwight Thomas, Aries Merritt and Joel Brown have all gone faster than him.

1950: The home crowd enjoyed that. Vukicevic was technically immaculate in seeing off the American pair of Nichole Denby and Kristi Castlin. Great Britain's Bennett was sixth and was pretty downbeat after.


1945: It is the women's 100m hurdles on the track. It isn't a race that counts towards the Diamond League though. GB's Gemma Bennett is in lane eight, with favourite Christina Vukicevic in four.

It's bad news for a Briton
1944: South Africa's Olympic and world silver medallist Godfrey Mokoena leaps out to 8.07m, edging ahead of Great Britain's European bronze medallist Chris Tomlinson and team-mate Greg Rutherford in the first round of the men's long jump.

1941: The Bulgarian comes storming through from 60m to deny the faster-starting Olesya Povh and Ezinne Okparaebo. Wind speed is just a tadge over the legal limit though.


1938: A false start in the women's 100m as the starter has a doze after saying the Norwegian for 'set'. The field are back in their blocks once more...

1936: Great shots of Bolt touring the track and pulling that trademark pose through the sunroof of a family saloon made by one of event's sponsors. Not quite the right packaging.

1935: Instead European champion Verena Sailer, who has had a slow start to the year, may struggle to contain Bulgaria's Ivet Lalova - a 4th-place finisher in 100m in the Athens Olympics.

1934: : After the heights of the 3000m, it is a bit of a struggle to find the gems amongst the women's 100m field. Carmelita Jeter and Veronica Campbell-Brown are both absent while Olympic and world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser, is still making her way back. The Jamaican finished fourth and out of the points in Eugene.

1930: A smoking two minutes 36 seconds for the last kilometre gives Koech the fastest time in the world this year. A gutsy, front-up run from the 29-year-old. Kipruto and Ethiopia's Roba Gary are the first two to emerge from his dust.


1927: The steeplechase line-up is bubbling with quality. Seven of the fastest nine in the world this year, including Olympic champion Brimim Kiprop Kipruto. European champion and Olympic silver medallist Mahiedine Mekhissi Benabbad isn't even in that seven. The Frenchman is making his first appearance of the year and has stepped right into the thick of it. Kenya's Paul Koech leads by 20m coming into the last lap.

1920: There is a burst of brilliant Gogol Bordello-style music in the stadium as the men's 3000m steeplechase gets underway. Romany-punk, it is a universal language.

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Dom in Coventry via text on 81111: "Jenny Meadows vs Caster Semenya in the 800m! Can Jenny hang on to her lead in the Diamond League? Britain hopes so!"
You are right on the money Dom. A heinous omission from my Brit-Watch below. Meadows is defending a lead after taking the first Diamond League race in Shanghai in May. She is on track at 2005 BST our time against the South African world champion.

From Andy Walsh on Twitter: " I think that @Shakesdrayton gives the best tv interviews ever. Makes me laugh every time, like a ray of sunshine!"

1917: If I had a Botswana flag graphic it would be pointing skywards after Montsho turns the screw to leave her rivals trailing. It will have been interesting viewing for Great Britain's Olympic champion over the distance Christine Ohuruogu.


1910: It is a flat lap of the track up next as the second and fifth fastest women in the world this year, Botswana's Commonwealth champion Amantle Montsho and Jamaica's Novlene Williams-Mills, go head-to-head.

It's good news for a Briton
1903: Perri Shakes-Drayton came home second in 54.77 seconds, a personal best. "I'm fit enough and I thought 'just go for it'," she tells Jonathan Edwards. An impressive performance.


1903: First up is European bronze medallist Perri Shakes-Drayton, she is lane six for the 400m hurdles. Clean start.

1858: Farah obliterating the European 10,000m record, followed his decision to head stateside and train under marathon legend Alberto Salazar, Salazar, who beat my dad by some distance in the 1981 New York race, seems to have been cracking the whip with some effect. Steve Cram spent the weekend with Mo to find out how he is settling in. Enjoy.

1856: Hit the refresh key now everyone and, so long as you are in the UK, you should get a sparkling carousel of choice video cuts to keep you entertained while we await the off.

1852: Mo Farah's enthralling dominance in the 10,000m in Eugene has set people a' pondering his medal chance in Daegu and London and there is tasty British undercard tonight as well.

Perri Shakes-Drayton - 400m hurdles 1905 BST, Greg Rutherford and Chris Tomlinson - Long Jump 1906 BST, Andy Badderley - Dream Mile 2030 BST, Andy Turner - 110m hurdles 1955BST.

Usain Bolt on Twitter: " Well today is the day in oslo weather not looking so good but I have being though everything 200m and I am ready to go. LET'S GO"
It is plenty blowy down by the track at the moment but the rain seems to have held off, you will be pleased to know.

From Sydney Olympics 400m bronze medallist Katharine Merry on Twitter: " Bolt: If it rains 19.93, if not 19.85! Will be interesting to see how relaxed he is. Needs a comfy 19 point victory."

1844: It can get lonely at this end of the live text, so if you could also whip up a social media storm via #bbcathletics on Twitter and get the text machine pinging with your missives on 81111 (with ATHLETICS at the top) that would be grand. I've asked too much now haven't I?

1841: For users in the UK, my meagre words will soon be joined by all the action live at the top of this page. I'll tip you the nod when to refresh. BBC Three will be the place to tune in the old tellybox to for those who only need one eye for each screen.

Jan Marcus Solheim rides in Donald Duck's car with Usain Bolt
1837: So far in Norway the Jamaican has made a late bid to pip Blackburn defender Phil Jones as Manchester United's first signing of the summer . And taken a ride in Donald Duck's car (see attached picture). As you do.

1833: Usain Bolt, the fastest feet in the West (and just about any other point on the compass), runs the 200m for the first time in 13 months at 2047 BST tonight. Synchronise watches now because whatever the 24-year-old does is sporting box office.

1830: Five days after their last meet in Eugene, the Diamond League circus crosses the Atlantic and screeches to a halt in Oslo tonight. You will be pleased to know that athletics' answer to P.T Barnum will be strutting his stuff in the centre of it all.

see also
Bolt makes triumphant 200m return
10 Jun 11 |  Athletics
Diamond League ones to watch
09 Jun 11 |  Athletics
I need to shape up - Bolt
08 Jun 11 |  Athletics
Farah sets European 10,000m mark
06 Jun 11 |  Athletics
Sluggish Bolt wins on Rome return
27 May 11 |  Athletics

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