Koech and Jelimo return to winning ways in Lausanne
Paul Koech and Pamela Jelimo used the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne to put recent competitive disappointments behind them, setting the stage for a strong finish to their already successful season.
The season's 11th stop on the Samsung Diamond League circuit took place 23. August at the Athletissima meeting in Lausanne.
Paul K. Koech put down yet another world-class performance in the 3000m Steeplechase, winning the event with a time of 8:05.80, in the process rejecting the final charge from runner-up Jairus Kipchoge Birech (8:06.38). Koech's victory in Lausanne followed his only loss in Diamond League competition this year, which occurred on 20. July in Monaco where he was edged by Conseslus Kipruto, 8:03.49 to 8:03.90. Still on top of the '12 season world chart (7:54.31 career best at Rome DL) Koech has all but clinched the season's DL steeplechase points race, his 18 points leading Kipruto (4 p.) and Birech (3 p.). Bernard Nganga posted a season best 8:08.33 for 3rd place in the Lausanne SC.
Pamela Jelimo likewise turned around her disappointing 4th place finish in the London Games 800m final into success in Lausanne. After following the designated pacer who passed 400m in 57.68, Jelimo assumed the lead on the backstretch of the final lap, then held off the closing challenge from newly-crowned Olympic Champion of Mariya Savinova, posting a 1:57.59 to 1:58.10 winning margin. Jelimo's 10 points now ties her with Fantu Magiso for the lead in the DL 800m points race, with 3rd place being held by Yelena Kofanova (5 p.).
Other Golazo-managed athletes posting noteworthy performances in post-London Games meetings included Isaiah K. Koech (1st in Stockholm DL 3000m in personal best and '12 world no. 2 mark of 7:30.43); Abraham K. Rotich (3rd in Stockholm DL 800m in 1:44.23); Lidya Chepkirui (4th in Stockholm DL 3000m SC in personal best 9:14.98, moving her to no. 8 on the '12 world chart; 1st in Linz 3000m SC in 9:23.52); Timothy Kitum (first in Budapest 800m in 1:45.39); and Tia Hellebaut (4th in Eberstadt HJ, tie of season best 1.97m for the no. 8 position on the '12 world chart).