1,500m Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon continued with her winning run after she produced a powerful performance to take the 1500m race in convincing fashion during the World Athletics Continental tour gold meeting in Ostrava,Czech Republic.
Controlling the tempo from the 800m point, the Olympic champion pulled away for good with some 250 metres remaining, with British Laura Weightman briefly giving chase.
Kipyegon clocked 3 minutes :59.05 seconds , a season’s best and another meeting record.
Weightman, who was briefly passed by Scotland’s Jemma Reekie as they approached the final bend, overtook the Scot in the homestretch to finish second in 4 minutes 01.96 seconds with Reekie further back in 4 minutes 03.25seconds..
In the men’s 5000m race Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo’s posted 12 minutes 48.63 seconds to set a meet record ,one of the seven set on the night.
The 19 year old fought off Ethiopian Selemon Barega in a fierce home straight brawl to take the win in front of 3,000 spectators who were allowed entry to Mestsky Stadium to help celebrate the meeting’s 59th edition.
Just 3:30 into the race it was Barega, running behind pacer Lamecha Girma, who looked to be in control. With four laps to go he was already all alone and well ahead of the sprawled out pack.
But Kiplimo, who was running well behind during the middle stages of the race, worked his way back to the front, moving a step ahead with two laps to go and maintained the lead when the bell sounded with 11:52 on the clock.
Barega put on the pressure by Kiplimo didn’t bend. The Ethiopian made his final attempt for the win as they hit the home straight, pulling even when the pair shifting into a full on stride-for-stride side-by-side sprint.
Kiplimo fought that off too and pulled away for good with some 40 metres to go.
Barega clocked 12:49.08 while further back, Yemaneberhan Crippa reached the line in 13:02.26 to break the Italian record.
“I wanted the fast time so I kept on pushing,” said Kiplimo, the silver medalist in the senior race at last year’s World Cross Country Championships. “It was a fight in the home straight. And it was wonderful.”
World 1500m and 10,000m champion Dutch Sifan Hassan won the women’s 5,000m clocking 14 minutes 37.85 seconds ahead of Kenya’s Sheila Chelangat who was second in 14 minutes 40.51 seconds , a career best for the 22-year-old Kenyan.
Kenyan born Turkish runner Yasemin Can who had waged a strong battle in the race settled for third place.
Athletes now shift their focus to the penultimate round of the Diamond league circuit in Rome on 17th September 2020.