ALMIR Dos Santos and Portugal’s 2008 Olympic champion Nelson Evora went head to head in the Madrid stop of the Iaaf World Indoor Tour.
Evora took an early lead with his opening leap of 17.02m while Dos Santos landed at 16.96m. The 33-year-old, who is now based in Spain, extended his lead in round two with a big season’s best of 17.30m, just three centimetres shy of the indoor PB he set 10 years ago.
But Dos Santos, a former high jump specialist, responded with an outright lifetime best of 17.35m in round three to not only take top spot in the competition but also pole position on this year’s world list.
The 24-year-old went on to produce a fine 17.19m fourth-round leap – his second furthest ever – while Evora didn’t manage another valid jump with his remaining attempts.
On the day of her 27th birthday, Genzebe Dibaba was once again victorious in her specialist event, the 1500m.
The Ethiopian star was perfectly paced by Colombia’s Muriel Coneo, who went through the opening 400m in 1:03.21 and followed with a 2:07.50 800m split. Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen, in a bid to improve on her recent PB of 4:04.00, was just 10 metres behind Dibaba at that point.
As was the case in Karlsruhe five days ago, Dibaba’s speed slowed down slightly when the pacesetter left. With 3:29 showing on the clock as the bell sounded for Dibaba’s final lap, it became clear that another sub-four-minute effort would be just outside her reach.
The three-time world indoor champion won in a meeting record of 4:02.43, while Klosterhalfen never gave up and finished second in 4:04.72, just 0.7 outside her PB. Britain’s Eilish McColgan was third in an indoor PB of 4:08.07.