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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Edwin Soi Defeats Mo Farah Eugene Diamond League 2013 5,000m

Great Britain's Mo Farah failed to claim victory in his first Diamond League outing of the year as the double Olympic champion took second place in today's 5,000m in Eugene, Oregon. Farah, who has suffered with a stomach virus in recent weeks, posted a season-best time of 13 minutes 5.88 seconds but that was not enough to see off Kenya's Edwin Soi, who won in a world-leading 13mins 4.75secs. Ethiopia's Yenew Alamirew was third, while Farah's compatriot Chris Thompson finished a distant 20th. Farah won the 5,000m in Eugene last year in 12 minutes 56.98 seconds, the fastest time ever run in the United States.

That result came just weeks before he claimed his emotional 5,000m-10,000m double gold at London 2012, but a repeat showing was never on the cards tonight with his performance no doubt affected by his recent illness. Farah had been due to contest yesterday's 10,000m alongside world record holder Kenenisa Bekele, but elected to give himself an extra day's rest and contest only the shorter distance. The blue-riband men's 100m was won by Justin Gatland in a time of 9.88secs - just two hundredths of a second outside the 2013 world leader set by Tyson Gay in early May. Gatlin led a podium clean-sweep by the United States athletes on home turf, with Michael Rodgers taking second in 9.94 and Ryan Bailey in 10 seconds flat. Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took gold in the women's 100m in a time of 10.71, with Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare second in 10.75 and another Jamaican, Veronica Campbell-Brown, in third. There was also double track success for Jamaica in the men's 200m and 110m hurdles. Hansle Parchment set a new Jamaican national record and a world leader as he took gold in the hurdles in 13.05, while Nickel Ashmeade (20.14) took the honours in the 200, leading home America's Walter Dix and fellow Jamaican Jason Young. Elsewhere, Britain's Christine Ohuruogu finished in fourth place in a women's 400m race won by world champion Amantle Montsho of Botswana. Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz had to settle for sixth in the men's high jump, while Steve Lewis also took sixth in the pole vault and Andrew Osagie was fifth in the 800m. Hannah England was eighth and Laura Weightman 11th in the women's 1500m, Perri Shakes-Drayton placed seventh in the 400m hurdles, Yamile Aldama finished eighth in women's triple jump, and Marilyn Okoro posted a season-best time as she came sixth in the 800m.