Bit late to comment, but holy sh*t what a brilliant meet last night! Sifan f*cking Hassan what a beast, 8:18.49! That's possibly the new clean world record. And how about Klosterhalfen almost breaking 8:20 too! Don't think many thought Gidey would be the one setting the pace and almost winning. Such an exciting race, it's actually a distance I wouldn't mind seeing being brought back to the World's/Olympics. I wonder is there any chance this may the IAAF's long term plan, what with their cutting the 5k from the Diamond League circuits?
I'm very surprised that Ayana was a total non-factor, I wonder when was the last time she finished dead last in a race? I know it was her first race in quite some time, and she's returning from surgery, but I didn't think she'd return to competition until she knew she was ready to compete. Obviously just needs more time, and anyway the 3,000 isn't her preferred distance by a long shot. Defending the 10,000m in Doha is, apparently, the priority.
Delighted with how well Emma Coburn ran, her second fastest steeplechase ever, and with a fall. It's a shame, because I think she could've cracked the magical sub-9 barrier otherwise, or at least PR'd. Courtney Frerich opened her season with a 9:09 finish, I trust she'll get faster as the year goes on.
Some return to form for Kipyegon, hasn't raced since 2017 and beats an in-form Muir immediately on her return. I'm a bit disappointed for Laura tbh, I kinda feel she needed that win, Kipyegon is only going to get better as the year goes on, although Laura can obviously go faster too.
Good stuff happened on the men's side too, Chelimo coming from nowhere to almost win the two miles was great fun to watch. Also nice to see the Ingebrigsten's get PR's in the mile also.