Diamond League - Rome as it happened

Usain Bolt eases to victory in men's 100m while Britons Greg Rutherford (long jump) and Robbie Grabarz (high jump) also win.

31 May 2012 Last updated at 22:00

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  1. 2143: 

    I don't know about you but I quite enjoyed myself this evening. Bolt was at his jaw-dropping best, ensuring normal service was resumed in the 100m with the Jamaican recording the fastest time in the world this year. And there were victories in the field for Britons Greg Rutherford and Robbie Grabarz. Nice. The latter grabbing his share of the attention just in time for London 2012. The next Diamond League meeting will be in Eugene on 2 June so expect more pyrotechnics across the pond in a few days' time.

  2. 2135: 
    Canada win men's 4x100m relay

    Justyn Warner safely sees Canada home in 38.63, ahead of Britain (38.80) in second and Switzerland in third (39.08). A slightly disappointing first leg from Dwain Chambers with the Brit failing to give his team an advantage heading into the bend.

  3. 2133: 

    Just the one event, the men's 4x100m relay, remaining to conclude an enjoyable evening of athletics. While we await Chambers and company to get under way you can read the report of Usain Bolt's storming victory, as well as the evening's other results. You've got about 30 seconds.

  4. 2127: 
    Britain ease to 4x400m relay victory

    Jack Green charged with bringing the baton home and he does not disappoint, making sure his team-mates' hard work are rewarded with a comfortable victory. The Brits cross the line in 3:01.76, 10m or so ahead of Botswana who beat Spain into third by the slenderest of margins.


    Nicola Wood on Twitter: "#diamondleague getting me fired up for the Olympics!"

    Mark England on Twitter: "Asafa Powell and Buzz Aldrin. Both destined to always be remembered for coming second. #bbcathletics"

    Corinne Stott on Twitter: "Usain Bolt bores me. Give me a 800m race to watch over that any day #bbcathletics"

  6. 2110: 
    Victory for Leonard Kirwa Kosencha in men's 800m

    Kenya's Kosencha, at merely 17 years of age, shows his rivals a clean pair of heels to ease home in 1:44.42. Poland's Marcin Lewandowski finished second, with a late burst from Andrew Osagie earning the Briton third spot.

  7. 2106: 
    High jump joy for Britain's Robbie Grabarz

    The unexpected victory is always the sweetest. The wonderfully named Robbie Grabarz's winning jump of 2.33m is the highest any man has sprung so far this year and is the best performance by a British high jumper since Dalton Grant won the European Indoor title in 1994.

    The Brit ended the competition two centimetres ahead of Trevor Barry and Jesse Williams, who finished joint second after season best performances from them. Is Robbie Grabarz a name for London 2012?

  8. 2103: 
    Britain's Greg Rutherford wins long jump

    Rutherford, after losing the lead in the fourth round, hits back with a cracking effort of 8.32m - 3cm off his British record - to win the competition, ahead of Russia's Aleksandr Menkov (8.17m) and South African Godfrey Mokoena (8.13m). Chris Tomlinson can only manage 7.77m in fourth.

    Steve Cram on BBC Three

    "Bolt is back! Boom! as they say. There was a slight headwind and Powell was good tonight. But normal service has been resumed: 9.76 - the fastest in the world this year, and a new meeting record. Another milestone for Bolt."

  10. 2058: 
    Dawn Harper wins women's 100m hurdles

    How do you follow Bolt? Well, you can't really but the female hurdlers did their best with a nail-biting finish. America's Dawn Harper hits top gear to cross the line ahead of Kellie Wells by the length of a fingernail. Harper clocks in at 12.66, a hundredth of a second ahead of Wells. Jamaica's Brigitte Ann Foster-Hylton was third, while Britain's Tiffany Porter was sixth in 12.84.

  11. 2057: 
    That's incredible!

    Crisis? What crisis! Some sleep and healthy eating was all Bolt needed to get back on track. A wonderful performance which should have silenced the doubters.

    Bolt, whose face was glistening with sweat, said afterwards: "I knew I could do it. Since I've been in Europe I've not been sleeping regularly, after Ostrava I made sure I started going to bed earlier and started eating right and it has come back today so I am pleased.

    "People expect me to do well all the time but I expect a lot of myself also so it is not a pressure for me. I came out tonight not to prove anything to the world but to tell myself I've still got it."

  12. 2048: 
    Asafa Powell after finishing second in 100m in 9.91secs

    "I didn't hear the start, I couldn't hear the gun. I will just go home and come back ready for the next one."


    Ben Burrows on Twitter: "Usain Bolt is an animal."

    Katharine Merry on Twitter: "That's what happens when bolt rests up and gets some sleep!"

    Andrew Dearman on Twitter: "Usain Bolt is not human!! 9.76 seconds!"

  14. 2043: 
    Usain Bolt thunders to men's 100m win

    No chance of another off day for the Jamaican as Bolt completes the 100m at breakneck speed, finishing in 9.76. Kim Collins came blistering out of the blocks, but was eventually overpowered by Asafa Powell and Bolt, the triple Olympic champion comfortably finishing ahead of his compatriot Powell. Christophe LeMaitre was third in a season's best 10.04.


    Aron Moore on Twitter: "Six Jamaicans in the 100m... interesting. @kimcollins100m will finish ahead of @officialasafa."

    Jonathan Senior on Twitter: "Usain bolt on #bbcathletics from Rome kissing the Italian flag. Nice touch."

  16. 2041: 

    Time to turn our attention to the men's 100m. Usain Bolt, red vest and light grey shorts, gambolling on the start line. The Italians are already on their feet, stretching every sinew in an attempt to see the sprinters in action. On your marks...

  17. 2031: 
    That's incredible!- Vivian-Jepkemoi Cheruioyt wins women's 5000m

    What a finish! On the sound of the bell, Cheruiyot and Meseret Defar decided it was time to overtake long-time leader Gelete Burka. The duo were shoulder-to-shoulder down the finishing straight, a photo finish showing the Kenyan's nose crossed the line a fraction of a second before her Ethiopian rival.

  18. 2028: 

    Long jump update. Britain's Greg Rutherford improves to 8.11m on his fourth attempt, but is now down to third place after South African Godfrey Mokoena jumps 8.13m and Russian Aleksandr Menkov tops it with 8.17m. Chris Tomlinson is currently in fourth.

  19. 2027: 

    Great Britain's Robbie Grabarz going great guns in the men's high jump. Having started at 2.20m, he clears 2.33m for a new personal best and the lead in the competition. World champion Jesse Williams of the USA fails at the same height.

  20. 2024: 

    The athletes competing in the women's 5000m have just completed 3000m and Gelete Burka is bobbing along nicely, although perhaps bobbing along a tad too steadily. Jo Pavey running tonight but the Brit some distance behind the leading pack.

  21. 2015: 

    Britain's Greg Rutherford follows up his opening long jump of 8.04m with 7.98m and then 8.07m on his third attempt.

  22. 2010: 
    Shock 100m win for Murielle Ahoure

    A fantastic start the foundation to Ahoure's surprise win. To everyone's disbelief, the world indoor silver medallist continued to pump those powerful legs of hers until the finishing line, withstanding the charge of Jamaican sprint queens Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who came second, and Kerron Stewart in third. A personal best time of 11.00sec for the toast of the Ivory Coast.

  23. 2008: 

    The men's long jump is under way and Greg Rutherford - who set a world lead of 8.35m in California at the beginning of this month - starts with a solid leap of 8.04m.

    Ehsan Hadadi can now relax and enjoy the rest of the evening after triumphing in the men's discus with a 66.73m throw. The Iranian world bronze medallist comfortably beat Virgilijus Alenkna (66.31m) in second and Gerd Kanter (65.36) in third.

  24. 2000: 
    Abeba Aregawi cruises to 1500m victory

    Aregawi completes three-and-a-half laps quicker than any woman so far this year - in 3:56:64 - to take three seconds off her personal best. A scintillating run from the Ethiopian, who kept pre-race favourite and compatriot Genzebe Dibaba at arms' length in third.

  25. 1950: 
    Steve Cram on BBC Three:

    "That was a brilliant run from Koech. I don't know where he is finding that form from. He is a good performer but all of a sudden, at the age of 30, he is running better than ever."

  26. 1949: 
    Paul Koech triumphs in men's 3000m steeplechase

    Koech had such a lead heading into the final straight that he could have stopped, taken his mobile phone out and given his mum a quick ring for a chat. "Magnificent," says Brendan Foster in the commentary box as the Kenyan finishes in the third fastest time in history.

    Koech's time of 7:54.33 was merely 0.7 seconds slower than Saif Saaeed Shaheen's world record of 7:53.63.

    It was a Kenyan top four finish with Abel Kiprop Mutai second, in a personal best of 8:01.67, while Jairus Kipchoge Birech and Ezekiel Kemboi were third and fourth respectively.

  27. 1936: 
    Steve Cram on BBC Three:

    "Magiso gave warning in Doha recently and Jelimo only just held her off on that occasion. If she wasn't sure about her before, she certainly knows now. That is the fastest any Ethiopian woman has run over the distance."


    Emmet on 8111: "Having been in Ostrava last week, it is safe to say there was no spark in Bolt's 100m. Other athletes have right to believe but was he really pushed on by the competition that evening? We will see tonight."

  29. 1935: 
    Fantu Magiso wins women's 800m

    A fantastic race from the Ethiopian who kicks on the final bend, overtaking Kenya's Pamela Jelimo who had no gas left to respond. Magiso finishing in 1:57.56, a national record and she now joins Jelimo at the top of the Diamond League points table, not that it counts for much after three meetings.

    Behind Magiso and Jelimo in third was Russia's Mariya Savinova, while Britain's Emma Jackson was a distant 10th in 2:00.38. Nevermind, can't win them all.

  30. 1932: 
    Britain's Goldie Sayers finishes third in women's javelin

    "I am pretty happy with that," says Sayers, who threw 64.73m, with Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic winning in 68.65m. "It is a season's best for me. I knew I only had one or two throws in me because I was ill with food poisoning during the week. But I beat the world champion and Olympic bronze medallist so I am pretty happy with my day's work. The event is getting better and better and there are a lot of girls out there capable of throwing 70m now, so I know that come London, I am going to have to be on top form."

  31. 1929: 

    What was that? The what meters? Oh, the men's 100m! Usain and Asafa will strut onto the track for a 20:38BST start, half an hour after the women will have raced the distance. The Jamaican duo will be followed by Britain's Tiffany Porter who competes in the women's 100m hurdles (20:51BST), where she faces the tough task of dipping ahead of Americans Kellie Wells and Dawn Harper, as well as Jamaican Brigitte Ann Foster-Hylton.

  32. 1927: 

    If you want to know the start times of tonight's main events then I can tell you. Competitors will get under starters orders for the women's 800m at 19:30BST. The men's long jump will start at 19:40BST, while you can hear the gun go bang for the men's 3000m steeplechase also at around 19:40BST.

  33. 1925: 

    Felix Sanchez explains his mishap after the final hurdle: "I came off the 10th and felt a bit of tightness in the calf. I tried to run through it but I was getting tired trying to make my move and I felt a cramp coming in my calf. I tried not to push off that leg and missed a step and fell. Maybe I should have had some more water or electrolytes but I will be fine. I am just glad it is not more serious."

  34. 1924: 
    Javier Culson wins men's 400m hurdles

    Culson, dressed as if he's planning on attending an 80s sportswear party - a dazzling orange headband topping off an interesting outfit - wins it in style. The man from Puerto Rico comfortably led at the 300m mark and although Bershawn Jackson did his best to close Culson in the final 50m, the world silver medallist held on. Bad news for Felix Sanchez, however, who collapsed 15m short of the finishing line when in third place with what appeared to be a hamstring or a calf injury.

    Third in that race was South Africa's Cornel Fredericks, while Britain's Nathan Woodward, in fifth, will be pleased with a season's best run of 49.64.

  35. 1915: 

    In the absence of Greene, world silver medallist Javier Culson and world bronze medallist LJ van Zyl, who were pipped to the line by Greene in Daegu last year, will hope to make a statement of intent ahead of London 2012, while Olympic bronze medallist Bershawn Jackson will be determined to ensure he's mentioned in the same breath as the contenders when the Olympics come to town. Nathan Woodward is the sole British interest in what Brendan Foster describes as a "classy race".

  36. 1914: 

    If you've logged on hoping to read about Dai Greene's exploits in the Eternal City then I'm afraid I am the bearer of bad news as the world champion has pulled out of the 400m hurdles through illness. "So disappointed to say this but I'm no longer racing tonight. Woke up not well. Been in bed all day as feel so bad. Gutted," the 26-year-old Welshman told his Twitter followers.

  37. 1909: 

    As well as live text commentary, which should be enough to satisfy your track-and-field needs to be honest, you can watch the action on BBC THREE (19:00-21:00) and there will be extended coverage on this website and on the Red Button until the last event of the evening has finished, which is the men's 4x100m relay, where Dwain Chambers will race alongside Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Mark Lewis-Francis and James Ellington.

  38. 1906: 
    Jamaica's Kaliese Spencer wins women's 400m hurdles

    Not an electric performance from the Jamaican, who crossed the line in an unspectacular 54.39, although it was a season's best for her. Spencer finished ahead of America's Lashinda Demus (54.80), who faded badly in the finishing straight but also ran a season's best, while compatriot T'Erea Brown was some distance behind in third (54.96)

  39. 1905: 

    The women's 400m hurdles is about to get underway but there will be no British interest in the race after Perri Shakes-Drayton withdrew as a precaution because of a minor hamstring strain. The favourite for that race will be Jamaica's Melanie Walker in lane four, who already has four Diamond League points in her locker and, of the nine competing, has the quickest time of the season so far. Expect Walker's compatriot, Kaliese Spencer, in lane five to be close though.

  40. 1904: 

    Other athletes and other events are available, of course. Olympic champion Caster Semenya competes in the women's 800m and world 3000m steelplechase champ Ezekiel Kemboi will battle with Kenyan rival Paul Koech, with the former believing he can break the stadium record on his first competitive appearance of the year. There will be British interest in the men's long jump with both Greg Rutherford and Chris Tomlinson in action, while Andrew Osagie and Michael Rimmer will line-up for the men's 800m.

  41. 1901: 

    If Bolt's rivals were to club together to buy a microscope then they might, just might, discover a tiny chink in the triple Olympic champion's armoury. Kim Collins, who finished behind Bolt in 10.19 at the Mestsky stadium, believes the Jamaican's performance last Friday has given sprinters "hope to come back and race him again".

    What will former world-record holder Asafa Powell and European champion Christophe Lemaitre be thinking when they line up against the 25-year-old tonight I wonder. Buoyed, confident or still looking across the start line with a sense of foreboding? If you know the answer to my wonderings - or even if you don't and just want to share your thoughts - then you can tweet me aimee_lou_lewis using the hashtag #bbcathletics or text ATHLETICS to 81111. You won't regret it.

  42. 1854: 

    The 100m world record holder was scratching his head in bemusement rather than flashing his pearly whites at the Golden Spike meeting in the Czech Republic last Friday, however, when the Jamaican recorded the slowest 100m final time of his career, covering the distance in 10.04. What has Bolt's response been this week? The man who ran to glory in Beijing four years ago on a diet of chicken nuggets says he has been "trying to get a lot more sleep and eating better".

  43. 1849: 

    A very good evening to you. The Diamond League jamboree makes its first European stop with the world's best athletes pitching their tents and setting up camp in Rome. Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt, the man whose face has adorned billboards and banners around the Italian capital throughout the week, is undoubtedly the chief boy scout, the man whose cheeky grin over 40,000 track-and-field fans have come to see at the Eternal City's Olympic stadium.

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