What you need to know:
- Fresh from winning in Rabat, Kerley blasted off the blacks well to win in 9.94 seconds as Omanyala settled second in 10.05
- Alemayehu took over from Commonwealth Games champion Jackline Chepkoech of Kenya with two laps to go to build her lead before winning in a world lead and meet record time of 9:00.71
- Cheptegei, the world 5,000m champion, came fourth in 12:53.81 as Kenya’s world 5,000m silver medallist Jacob Krop timed season best 12:55.57 for eighth
World 100 metres champion Fred Kerley of the United States of America once again beat Kenya’s Commonwealth Games champion Ferdinand Omanyala to win the Florence Diamond League on Friday night.
Fresh from winning in Rabat, Kerley blasted off the blocks well to win in 9.94 seconds as Omanyala settled second in 10.05.
It was an improvement by Omanyala, who finished third in Rabat.
World 100m bronze medallist Trayvon Bromell timed 10.09 for third.
Omanyala said he had a good race and had nothing to complain about after finishing second.
“I just need to go and check what I need to correct. I also cannot complain about anything today and we build up from there,” said Omanyala.
Omanyala said that Kerley still remains the man to beat and his fight dislodge him is still on.
“Diamond League is a big platform so I am happy about my performance and placement today,” explained Omanyala, adding that he will take his quest to Paris Diamond League on June 9.
“Training in Italy felt like my second home today,” said Omanyala, who thanked the crowd at the stadium for their warm reception.
“This is why we are doing athletics. Competing in such an atmosphere is great,” said Omanyala.
European 5,000m silver medallist Mohamed Katir shocked a fine field that included the 10,000m and 5,000m record holder Joshua Cheptegei to win men’s 5,000m in a world lead.
Katir, the world 1,500m bronze medallist, claimed the lead from Olympic 10,000m champion Selemon Barega from Ethiopia, who led at the bell.
As Barega, the 2019 world 5,000m silver medallist wilted, his compatriot and 2019 world 10,000m silver medallist Yomif Kejelcha, gave Katir the chase.
It proved futile as Katir hung on to the lead to win in 12:52.01 as Kejelcha settled second in season best 12:52.12.
Cheptegei, the world 5,000m champion, came fourth in 12:53.81 as Kenya’s world 5,000m silver medallist Jacob Krop timed a season best's 12:55.57 for eighth.
Barega finished a distant ninth in 12:56.18.
But the highlight of the event perhaps came from Luis Grijalva from Guatemala, who finished third in a national record and personal best 12:52.12.
World under-20 3,000m steeplechase silver medallist Sembo Alemayehu from Ethiopia stunned a rich field to win women’s 3,000m steeplechase.
Alemayehu took over from Commonwealth Games champion Jackline Chepkoech of Kenya with two laps to go to build her lead before winning in a world lead and meet record time of 9:00.71.
Alemayehu’s performance saw her erase the previous meet record of 9:04.96 set by the 2015 world champion Hyvin Kiyeng in 2018.
Alemayehu edged out Jackline Chepkoech, who is also the 2021 world under-20 champion, to second place in season best 9:04.07 as another Ethiopian Zerfe Wondemagegn clocked personal best 9:04.61 for third place.
World record holder Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya came fourth in 9:10.01 while the 2017 world champion Emma Coburn from the United States of America, sank to 12th in 9:18.17.