The Allianz Memorial Van Damme entry list featured 30 Tokyo Olympic Games medal winners, including 10 gold medals. Sifan Hassan was responsible for three of those medals (2x gold, 1x bronze) and in Brussels she underlined her credentials as one of the leading ladies of world athletics. The Dutchwoman dominated the race in 4:14.74, breaking the 2015 meet record by two seconds and setting a new season's best. She just fell short of her own 4:12.33 world record.
DUPLANTIS ACHINGLY CLOSE TO WORLD RECORD
Olympic champion and pole vault world record holder Mondo Duplantis set Brussels alight for the second consecutive year. Last year the 21-year-old Swede set the meet record at 6.00m, this year he went 5cm better. Duplantis then asked for the bar to be set to 6.19m, 1cm beyond his current world record. Duplantis got achingly close on two of his three attempts, but will have to try again another day. American Christopher Nilsen, silver in Tokyo, was second (5.85m).
USA DOMINATES THE SPRINT
Michael Cherry set a new meet record in the 400 metres, dethroning none other than the legendary Michael Johnson. The American, who took Olympic gold in the 4x400m, set a blazingly fast 44.03. Grenadian Kirani James was second in 44.51 ahead of Isaac Makwala from Botswana (44.83).
In the 100 metres the all-American top three stayed below 10 seconds, with Olympic silver medallist Fred Kerley (9.94) holding off Trayvon Bromell (9.97) and Michael Norman (9.98).
18-YEAR-OLD MBOMA WINS 200M
Christine Mboma, second in Tokyo, shone in Brussels by winning the 200 metres. Still only 18, Mboma won in 21.84, just 0.03 removed from her personal best. Jamaican Shericka Jackson, who took three medals in Tokyo, was second in 21.95 ahead of Dina Asher-Smith (22.04) and Sha'Carri Richardson (22.45).
MAHUCHIKH BEATS LASITSKENE
With Mariya Lasitskene, Nicola McDermott and Yaroslava Mahuchikh the entire Olympic podium took part in the women's high jump. Unlike last month Lasitskene had to settle for second in Brussels. Ukraine's Mahuchikh took the win as the only athlete clearing 2.02m. Lasitskene was second (2.00m) ahead of McDermott (2.00m). Belgium's Olympic heptathlon champion Nafi Thiam took sixth with a 1.92m jump.
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In the women's 5000m Francine Niyonsaba seemed defeated coming out of the final turn, but with a scorching sprint the Burundian romped home in a national record of 14:25.34. Ethiopian Ejgayehu Taye (14:25.63) was second ahead of Kenya's Olympic vice-champion Hellen Obiri (14:26.23).
The 100m hurdles was a tight battle between Nadine Visser and Tobi Amusan, both setting a 12.69. The photo finish showed Visser was the winner, while Jamaica's Megan Tapper, bronze in Tokyo, was third in 12.77.
Alison dos Santos was the favourite in the 400m hurdles and the bronze medallist from Tokyo didn't disappoint. The 21-year-old Brazilian ran a 48.23 and beat Kyron McMaster (48.31) and Yasmani Copello (48.45).
The men's 1500 metres delivered a 1-2 win for Australia with Stewart McSweyn (3:33.20) edging Oliver Hoare (3:33.79). Kenyan Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich, a silver medallist in Tokyo, took down a non-Diamond League 800 metres in 1:45.84.
The final track discipline of the night was the women's 800m. Olympic vice-champion Keely Hodgkinson was narrowly defeated by Jamaica's Natoya Goule (1:58.09).
The long jump competition was won by American Steffin McCarter with a 7.99m effort.