The women’s 3000metres steeplechase was won by Tunisia’s Habiba Ghribi in 9minutes 21.35seconds. She is the defending Olympic champion. Kenya’s Purity Kurui was third in 9mins 30.95seconds.
Shelayna Oskan-Clark won the women’s 800metres with an impressive time of 1:58:86. It was particularly poignant that she won in this stadium on a day when tribute was paid to her late coach Ayo Falola who passed away last December.
Dutch World Champion Dafne Schippers destroyed the women’s 200metres field as she won in 22.13 seconds. She will be the one of the favourites for gold especially with Alyson Felix failing to qualify for the event after the American trials. That would have been some race but unfortunately the potential race has failed to materialize as Felix will only compete in the 400metres.
Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou caused one of the biggest upsets of this Anniversary Games as she won the 100metres in 10.96 seconds, in a field, which also consisted of the double Olympic Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who came third in 11.06. Claims that Fraser-Pryce looks done are premature and she is still the one to beat in Rio. She is looking to win the 100metres three times in a row.
Double Olympic Champion Mo Farah saved the best till last as he won the 5000metres with blistering pace and set the fastest time in the world with a time of 12mins 59.29secs. The crowed urged him on they almost lifted the roof of the stadium. On the last lap Farah even managed to lap too of the runners! He has showed he is in supreme form and on course to repeat the double, which he achieved here four years ago. Farah could also become the first person ever to win both the 5000m and 10,000m back to back at the Olympics.