published: 2019-05-19 01:07:04
Men’s 5000M – IAAF Shanghai Diamond league 2019 (HD): https://youtu.be/pBLI9ZiJrM0
Men’s 400M – IAAF Shanghai Diamond league 2019: https://youtu.be/BVb0zjtK_KA
Men’s 100M – IAAF Shanghai Diamond league 2019: https://youtu.be/_umn6jCcSWE
Women’s 1500m – IAAF Shanghai Diamond League 2019: https://youtu.be/meIvF9wHtUk
SAMBA SIZZLES 47.27 IN SHANGHAI – IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE
Once again, Abderrahman Samba stole the spotlight with another superb performance to highlight the IAAF Diamond League Shanghai on Saturday (18).
Already in the spotlight as the key protagonist in the meeting’s most eagerly anticipated face-off, Samba lived up to expectations with a decisive victory over Rai Benjamin in the pair’s first head-to-head battle.
Running to the Qatari’s outside in lane five, Benjamin, the third-fastest 400m hurdler of all time, took the early lead, leading Samba, history’s second fastest ever, by about half a stride until the pair reached the fifth hurdle. Samba briefly pulled ahead, but Benjamin kept up the pressure through the turn as they approached hurdle nine. There, Benjamin lost his rhythm, giving Samba an opening he took full advantage of. Three strides later, Samba was in the lead for good, padding his advantage as he cleared hurdle 10 before crossing the line in 47.27, the second fastest time of his career in just his second race of the season. And he did it on less than a handful of restless hours or sleep after losing a battle with jetlag.