July 19, 2014 (Lets Run) — With 2 laps to go it was Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, the bronze medalist at Worlds last year, in the lead, with Dibaba right on her heels and Viola Kibiwot of Kenya there as well. There was a slight gap to Kipyego, Saina, and Diamond League leader Mercy Cherono and then a bigger gap to the two Americans, Huddle and Rowbury, in 7th and 8th.
A 67.49 penultimate lap by Ayana did nothing to break up the top 3; it only put distance between them and the chasers. At the bell, Ayana continued to lead onto the backstretch and Kibiwott was out of it as it was a two-person race between Ayana and Dibaba. Ayana led around the final turn but Dibaba was right with her. Coming off the final turn there was not a tremendous burst from Dibaba, but she had enough to come by Ayana to get the win with a 64.14 leader-to-leader final lap.
Behind her Kibiwott would hold on for a season’s best, Saina had the huge, huge pr and then Huddle was racing the clock on the final lap. She dipped under the previous record with 2 seconds to spare and put her hands on her knees in exhaustion.
Dibaba Returns to Winning Ways
Genzebe Dibaba has only lost twice outdoors this year (6th in Doha and 2nd in Lausanne), but she was so good indoors, we know she’s not running her best. Even though this was a world-leading Diamond League win this was not her “A” game. Dibaba’s other Diamond League win this year was versus Ayana in the 5000m in Rome where she had a more impressive final lap 61.5 (but a slower overall time 14:34.99).