Birmingham Diamond League as it happened

Mo Farah wins a thrilling 5,000m at the Birmingham Diamond League event at the Alexander Stadium.

30 June 2013 Last updated at 18:03

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  1. 1727: 

    The BBC will have coverage of that event and Saturday's meeting in Paris, where Usain Bolt will be the headline act.

    We then move on to the World Championships trials on 13 July - which Britons will go to Moscow and who will miss out.

    Thanks for your tweets today. Keep on running.

  2. 1720: 

    The Diamond League train now moves on to Switzerland - Lausanne to be precise. Lovely place, although I only saw it at night. That's another story.

    That meeting takes place this Thursday - 4 July to be more specific. Expect lots of references to USA Independence Day if the country puts on a good show. Tyson Gay is set to race in the 100m - so prepare your lines media types.

  3. 1716: 

    So what was your stand-out British performance of the day? I agree with Denise Lewis. Jessica Judd's run in 800m was so mature. Stayed out of trouble then nicked it in the home straight.

    James Dasaolu looked impressive in the 100m too. Fellow Briton Adam Gemili has a big rival.


    Phil Taylor: Nice one Mo! The others tried to push him about and bully him and he puts them in their place!

  5. 1705: 
    Mo Farah

    Mo Farah: "The young guys wanted to beat me, I'm the guy to beat. I had to dig deep. The pace was slow and the conditions weren't great - it was very windy. Ultimately you've got to get the job done and to win the race.

    "[The other runners] were working as a team. But you've got hold your form and make sure you've got something else left.

    "It's all about the World Championships. I'm just going to keep training hard."

    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport athletics pundit at the Alexander Stadium

    "The performance of the day was Jessica Judd in the 800m."

    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit at the Alexander Stadium

    "Farah was outstanding. He had a competitive race. He pushed us to the edge of our seats."

  8. 1656: 
    MEN'S 5,000m

    Farah is pushed to the limit but has that little too much for Ethiopian pair Yenew Alamirew and Hagos Gebrhiwet. He ran around 25 seconds in the last 200m.

    It was a tactically brilliant race from the double-Olympic champion.

  9. 1656: 
    MEN'S 5,000m

    It's Farah v Gebrihiwet v Alamirew in the last lap. What a thriller.

  10. 1654: 
    MEN'S 5,000m

    There are 800m to go. Farah's team-mate Chris Thompson surges to the front.

  11. 1652: 
    MEN'S 5,000m

    Farah was very impressive in last weekend's European Team Championships in Gateshead - but that was a weak field. He's moved to the front of the pack in Birmingham and is looking good with four laps to go.

  12. 1648: 

    Russia's Aleksandr Menkov takes victory with 8.27m, with Olympic champion Greg Rutherford having to settle for second. The Briton could not improve on his third-round effort of 8.11m.

  13. 1645: 
    MEN'S 5,000m

    Farah settles into third spot, with his main rivals sitting just behind him. A long way to go.

    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at the Alexander Stadium

    "Mo Farah strolls onto the track and a bunch of spectators near the start line of the men's 5,000m scream as the double Olympic champion enters their radar. One fan is waving a 'Go Mo' banner, hoping that Farah - whose last Diamond League outing ended in defeat - catches a glimpse of his artwork. Farah, wearing shades, raises his arms as he is introduced to the crowd. A thunderous noise reverberates around the stadium."

  16. 1640: 
    MEN'S 5,000m

    It's a bit weird stating that the men's 5,000m is the blue riband event of this meeting, but it is.

    Double-Olympic champion Mo Farah faces his first true test before the World Championship with Ethiopians Yenew Alamirew and Hagos Gebrhiwet, who have the fastest times over the distance this year, and world 10,000m champion Ibrahim Jeilan competing.

    Here we go.

  17. 1638: 
    MEN'S 800m

    Ethiopia's Mohammed Aman wins the race, as expected, with South Africa's Andre Olivier in second while Andrew Osagie takes third. The Briton failed to record an 'A' standard time.

  18. 1635: 
    MEN'S 800m

    Remember that 800m at the Olympics? Andrew Osagie played his part in that race and runs here today - he doesn't have the 'A' standard time for the Worlds though. Let's see how he does.

    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport athletics pundit at the Alexander Stadium

    "Ability is not a problem for Robbie Grabarz. It's about confidence. This is where confidence grows. He knows he's got it in his legs."

  20. 1630: 
    WOMEN'S 1500m

    Abeda Aregawi wins in a not particularly fast 4:03.70 - it's a victory though.

    Apparently the Swede was feeling rough this week - but if she can win this easily while feeling rough imagine what she'll do at the World Championships when undoubtedly she'll be feeling better.

    Briton Laura Weightman comes in fourth.

  21. 1622: 
    WOMEN'S 1500m

    Hannah England, Lisa Dobriskey, Laura Muir and Laura Weightman go in this race. Sweden's Abeda Aregawi has already recorded three Diamond League wins this season.

  22. 1622: 

    Britain's Robbie Grabarz finishes third in the high jump with a season's best of 2.31m. He looks good for Moscow. Ukraine Bohdan Bondarenko wins the event with 2.36m with USA's Erik Kynard third having cleared 2.34m.

    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at the Alexander Stadium

    "Bob Marley rings around Alexander Stadium and a number of spectators wave orange sticks, which have been supplied by the sponsors, to the rhythm of the chilled-out beat. It's been a great day for British athletes so far - with victories for Perri Shakes-Drayton, Jessica Judd and Christine Ohuruogu. And even Britain's Chris Tomlinson seems in good spirits, or in a better mood at least, after a leap of 7.97m in the long jump moves him into third. The 31-year-old was screaming on the sidelines after three no-jumps."

  24. 1615: 
    MEN'S 110m HURDLES

    Barbados' Ryan Brathwaite leads from start to finish to win the race in 13.13 seconds. Pre-race favourite Aries Merritt, who has recently recovered from a hamstring problem, takes second in 13.22. Poland's Artur Noga finishes third.

  25. 1614: 
    MEN'S 110m HURDLES

    The 2008 Olympic silver medallist David Payne is out after making a false start. Bad luck.

  26. 1612: 

    We have a huge selection of pictures from today's event on Instagram - click on - Steve Cram's in pink.

  27. 1609: 
    MEN'S 110m HURDLES

    USA's Aries Merritt lines up in the final of the 110m hurdles. No Brits here, but let's see if one or some of the eight lining up can dip below 13 seconds.

  28. 1607: 

    Nesta Carter: "I'd like to thank the crowd for coming out here and supporting us. I will be running the relay at the Worlds because I finished fourth in the trials."

    James Dasaolu: "I can't complain. I came here to run a PB and I managed to do that. I'm just going out there and competing. My coach always tells me don't worry about times. I wasn't happy with the final - I think I got a better start in the heat."

  29. 1604: 
    MEN'S 100m

    Jamaica's Nesta Carter wins the race in a time of 9.99 seconds. Britain's James Dasaolu finishes second with a personal best of 10.03.

  30. 1602: 
    MEN'S 100m

    No Bolt or Gay here, but this promises to be fast. On your marks...

    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit at the Alexander StadiumMEN'S 100m

    "This is a true international competition and we have two British runners in the final [James Ellington and James Dasaolu]. There is no outstanding favourite."

  32. 1558: 

    Kenya's Milcah Chemos wins the race from Ethiopia's Sofia Assefa.

  33. 1554: 

    British Olympic champion Greg Rutherford leads the long jump with a third-round leap of 8.11m. Russia's Aleksandr Menkov is second with an effort of 8.08m. He is the only other athlete to go beyond 8.00m.

  34. 1552: 

    The race is under way with Kenya's Milcah Chemos leading.

  35. 1547: 

    As promised, here's an update of how Briton Robbie Grabarz is doing in the high jump. The Olympic bronze medallist has completed three jumps at the first attempts, including 2.25m.

    Ukraine's Bohdan Bondarenko has just flown over 2.28m to take the outright lead.

    I'm going to talk about The Ashes now. "But why?" I hear you ask. Because, Australia bowler Mitchell Starc's brother Brandon is competing in this event. Or was. He failed to clear 2.25m.

  36. 1538: 
    WOMEN'S 200m

    It was billed as Fraser-Pryce v Jeter, but the winner is Blessing Okagbare in 22.55 seconds. The tall Nigerian looked so comfortable in that last 60m.

  37. 1535: 

    I'll update you with how Robbie Grabarz is going in the high jump and how Greg Rutherford is faring in the long jump, but first Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and runner-up Carmelita Jeter go in the 200m.

  38. 1526: 
    WOMEN'S 400m

    Hang on Christine, we've seen that sort of finish before. Ohuruogu wins the Diamond League race in front of home fans with a typical late, late charge to the line to take victory from Amantle Montsho who must have thought she had it in the bag. Ohuruogu was timed at 50.63 seconds, with Montsho 0.01 slower.

    "It was great to have the crowd cheering on. You don't want to be championship-ready just yet," Ohuruogu told BBC Sport.

  39. 1525: 
    WOMEN'S 400m

    Former Olympic and world champion Britain's Christine Ohuruogu goes in the women's 400m. Botswana's Amantle Montsho is addicted to winning Diamond League events.

  40. 1521: 

    Where was Sally Pearson? She hasn't yet found the edge she had over her rivals last year. USA's Dawn Harper-Nelson takes the victory in 12.64 seconds from compatriot Kellie Wells. Harper-Nelson makes it three wins from three Diamond League events.

    "I realised this was the rematch from the Olympics. The women's 100m hurdles has stepped up from the US," Harper-Nelson told BBC Sport.

  41. 1513: 

    Australia's Olympic champion Sally Pearson goes in this race. She will have a fight on her hands with USA bronze medallist Kellie Wells and Britain's Tiffany Porter up against her.

  42. 1513: 

    Cuba's Yarisley Silva wins the event with an effort of 4.73m. She has vaulted to 4.90m this season, but could not get near that mark today.

  43. 1510: 
    MEN'S 400m HURDLES

    Javier Culson of Puerto Rico leads from the start from lane six to win in 48.60 seconds. And a Welshman finishes second - no not Dai Greene, but Rhys Williams, who produced a strong finish. He clocked a superb 48.93.

    "I felt I was going to win at one stage. I need to run quicker - I don't like losing," he told BBC Sport.

  44. 1505: 

    A quick update before the big race. Sandra Perkovic's throw of 64.32m was enough for victory in the discus. Britain's Jade Lally finished eighth with a disappointing 54.58m.

  45. 1502: 
    MEN'S 400m HURDLES

    Now then, can Britain's Dai Greene make up for the disappointment of London 2012? Five of the top six from the final are here.

  46. 1501: 

    Marilyn Okoro: "It's been the most hectic three months. I've been working so hard. I lost a bit of concentration on the home straight. I didn't even know if I was going to race again this season."

    Jessica Judd who ran 1:59.85: "I'm just so happy. I've been saying I need to do it, I need to do it (run under two minutes). I worked really hard for that. Last year people didn't know who I was. It was nice to get a cheer at the start line."

  47. 1457: 
    WOMEN'S 800

    Jessica Judd is all but set for Moscow after dipping under two minutes to win the 800m. What an incredible run by the 18-year-old.

    Briton Marilyn Okoro stayed with the pacemaker to go through the bell at just under 58 seconds, but she passed by her compatriot on the home straight.

  48. 1453: 
    WOMEN'S 800m

    They're playing Diana Ross's Chain Reaction inside the stadium. I tried to think of a clever link into the women's 800m, but I couldn't.

    The promising Jessica Judd of Great Britain goes in this race.

    BBC athletics commentator Steve Cram: "She came out with a bang at the beginning of the year. I know that Jess is extremely ambitious. She will have her eyes on making that team for Moscow [World Championships]."

  49. 1448: 
    MEN'S 1500m

    Ethiopia's Aman Wote nips past Olympic bronze medallist Abdelaati Iguider with 70m to go to win the 1500m in 3:35.99. That wasn't particularly fast. None of the British guys managed to get near the 'A' standard time of 3:35.

  50. 1442: 
    MEN'S 1500m

    The men's 1500m is under way. Charlie Grice, Lee Emanuel, Chris O'Hare and James Shane go in this.

  51. 1439: 

    United States' Olympic champion Christian Taylor regained the lead from Teddy Tamgho with an effort of 17.66m.

    Tamgho then produced a "huge one" but it was a foul - he was foot deep in plasticine. Taylor wins again. I can't wait for the World Championships. Where's Phillips Idowu? Are you reading this Phillips?

  52. 1437: 

    Perri Shakes-Drayton on BBC Sport: "It's always nice to peak as you get close to a championship. We need to stay fit and healthy."

    Eilidh Child: "That was probably a bit more messy than Gateshead. It's great that we're getting faster and faster."

    By the way, Shakes-Drayton's time was the fourth fastest this year.

  53. 1435: 
    Eilidh Child and Perri Shakes-Drayton

    And the winner is... Perri Shakes-Drayton in 53.82 seconds. What a tremendous performance by the Briton. Compatriot Eilidh Child finished second in 54.20. Those two were clear of the rest.


    Alan Kilcoyne: Wow! Dasaolu. Where did that come from?

  55. 1430: 

    We've got the women's 400m hurdles coming up, It will be a British duel between Perri Shakes-Drayton and Eilidh Child. Who's your money on?

    Shakes-Drayton has run below 54 seconds, but has not done so this season. Look out for Romania's Angela Morosanu, who has run 53.85 this season.

  56. 1426: 
    MEN'S 100m HEATS

    Wow! And wow again. Apologies for not mentioning Great Britain's James Dasaolu - he's just won the heat in 10.05 seconds into -1.3m/per sec. It's a personal best for the 25-year-old. Mike Rodgers finished second in 10.13 seconds.

    "I can't ask for a better start than running a personal best. I have to keep it going. I believe there is a lot more in the tank," he told BBC Sport.

  57. 1420: 
    MEN'S 100m HEATS

    Mike Rodgers of the United States is the favourite to win the second heat of the men's 100m. Fellow American Isiah Young will push him. Sub-10 secs?

  58. 1419: 

    Christian Taylor has leapt to 17.32m - a season's best, but he is now behind new leader Teddy Tamgho of France who jumped to 17.47m. That's pretty big.

  59. 1417: 

    St Kitts and Nevis sprinter Kim Collins: "There is more to come in the final. You have to take advantage of a lovely day in Birmingham."

    Jamaicans Kimmari Roach and Nesta Carter also qualified. Carter only clocked 10.26 seconds. That was poor by his standards.

  60. 1413: 
    MEN'S 100m HEATS

    Kim Collins, aged 37, wins the first heat in 10.13.

  61. 1411: 
    MEN'S 100m HEATS

    Britain's James Ellington and Mark Lewis-Francis go in this one. Veteran Kim Collins, who got a huge cheer at the Manchester City Games recently, also lines up. Jamaica's Nesta Carter is the hot favourite. First three and two fastest losers go into the final.

  62. 1409: 

    The live video action has started on the BBC. You can watch it on BBC Two, online, Connected TV, mobile and the BBC Sport app. We'll be showing it in hologram format soon - I'm sure of it.

    Now, pay attention - men's 100m heats coming up.

    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at the Alexander StadiumMEN'S TRIPLE JUMP

    "Olympic champion Christian Taylor leads the way with a superb second jump of 17.12m. 'Oohs' from the fans in front of the sandpit as they watched the American become the first man in the competition to jump beyond 17m. He made it look effortless."

    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport athletics pundit at the Alexander Stadium

    "There are so many world champions and Olympic champions here - that's the beauty of the Diamond League - bringing these people together."

  65. 1401: 
    MEN'S 110m HURDLES

    We've had the heats of the men's 110m hurdles. Olympic gold medallist and world record holder Aries Merritt recorded a season's best of 13.23 seconds to win his heat. Barbados athlete Ryan Braithwaite clocked the same time but was given second.

  66. 1355: 

    There are five minutes to go before our live video coverage begins.

    Meanwhile, at the pit, United States' Olympic champion Christian Taylor leads the men's triple jump with 16.98m. Great Britain's Nathan Douglas has leapt to 16.27m, while Teddy Tamgho has yet to register an effort. C'mon Teddy.

    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at the Alexander Stadium
    Colin Jackson and Jonathan Edwards

    "Gabby Logan and Denise Lewis going through the script trackside ahead of the start of coverage on BBC Two (14:00 BST) and there's a thumbs up from Denise to her co-commentator Colin Jackson, who is in the stand. Jonathan Edwards is alongside him. They're on their marks and set to go."

    There are plenty more behind-the-scenes pictures at BBC Sport's Facebook page - go to

  68. 1346: 

    I can bring you some news from the women's discus. Great Britain's Jade Lally threw 58.54m with her first attempt. She wants to hit about 62m to achieve the 'A' standard for World Championships qualification.

    Croatia's Sandra Perkovic leads with a throw of over 64m. Early days though.

    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at the Alexander Stadium

    "Former Commonwealth 400m gold medallist Iwan Thomas is the man in charge of the mic this afternoon and the Welshman says Alexander Stadium is expected to be bursting with fans (there were about 100 tickets remaining this morning apparently). An announcement is made to the sizeable crowd already assembled here, telling them to slap on the suncream and drink plenty of water. Who'd have thought such warnings would be made during a British summer."

  70. 1337: 

    Birmingham is only just recovering from a great night of track and field action courtesy of the IPC Grand Prix Final.

    It was mixed fortunes for Great Britain's Paralympic champions.

    Wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft and sprinter Jonnie Peacock both cruised to victory while Aled Davies set a season's best in the discus.

    However, wait for this... six-time Paralympic champion David Weir was beaten into second in the T54 1500m. Second?! What's that about Weirwolf?

    Read the report on the BBC Sport website.

  71. 1332: 

    The men's triple jump is about to begin - and what a field we have.

    Frenchman Teddy Tamgho (PB 17.98m), who missed the Olympics because of an injury, goes up against Olympic champion Christian Taylor of the United States (17.96m).

    Tamgho's 24 while Taylor's only 23 - what's the betting one of these two will break 18m soon?

    British interest comes in the form of Nathan Douglas. He's been nowhere near 17m this season, so will have to improve a fair few centimetres if he's to get into the top three.

    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at the Alexander Stadium

    "It's a beautiful sunny day in Birmingham. The weather gods have certainly cooked up a day fit for Olympians. A total of 31 London 2012 medallists are on show at the Alexander Stadium and top billing, of course, goes to double Olympic champion Mo Farah. The Briton has described today's 5,000m as "the big one". The 30-year-old faces two of the fastest 5,000m runners in the world this year in Ethiopians Yenew Alamirew and teenager Hagos Gebrhiwet. The majority of fans in Birmingham will be hoping the maverick of Centre Court's Royal Box will be tweeting celebratory images by the end of the afternoon."

  73. 1326: 

    Great Britain's very own BBC Olympic reporting champion Aimee Lewis has hop, skipped and jumped her way to the Alexander Stadium - let's see what she has to say on the forthcoming spectacle...

  74. 1322: 

    There are three field events about to get under way - the women's discus and pole vault and the men's triple jump.

    Crawley discus thrower Jade Lally goes in the discus in a bit. She was annoyed not to make the Great Britain Olympic team last year, despite making the 'B' standard.

    Lally is aiming to throw the furthest she's ever thrown in order to make the 'A' standard and qualify for August's Worlds Championships - that's 62m. Tough task, but you never know.

  75. 1319: 

    The action kicks off soon and will be jam-packed into a little more than three hours.

    We want your thoughts on Sunday's performances and your World Championships predictions based on what you've seen so far this season and what you'll see today.

    I also lurrrrrrrrve nostalgia. Who are your favourite athletes of days gone by? One of mine if former Nigeria 400m runner Innocent Egbunike - largely because of his name. There was also US sprinter Andre Cason - because he was tiny, but very fast.

    Keep me entertained via #bbcathletics or you can text in on 81111 (UK only).

  76. 1315: 
    Mo Farah

    "It's a real, proper race," said Mo Farah when he previewed his 5,000m at the Alexander Stadium today.

    And you know, he's right. The British double-Olympic champion faces the current world champion and two of the fastest men over the distance this year in the climax to Sunday's Diamond League meeting in Birmingham. Cripes!

    No need to have this filmed on your phone Mr Farah - the BBC have got it covered.

    Before that we'll bring you coverage of fellow British Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford in the long jump, Perri-Shakes Drayton and Eilidh Child in the 400m hurdles, Christine Ohuruogu in the 400m and Robbie Grabarz in the high jump.

    But that's not all. Welshman Dai Greene faces Olympic champion Felix Sanchez and a tough field in the men's 400m hurdles, while Jamaica's Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce renews her rivalry with Carmelita Jeter over 200m.

    And breathe.

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