Kipyegon storms to victory in Ostrava


Kipyegon storms to victory in Ostrava
Athletics - Diamond League - Monaco - Stade Louis II, Monaco - August 14, 2020. Kenya's Faith Kipyegon reacts after winning the women's 1000m Pool via REUTERS/Valery Hache

In Summary

  • Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon kept her spectacular form going at the Ostrava Golden Spike, storming to her third consecutive win in under a month on Tuesday night
  • Kipyegon was returning to her specialty after competing over 1,000m in Monaco and Brussels, with the world silver medallist clocking 3:59.05 for her victory - a meeting record

Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon underlined her rich form at the Ostrava Golden Spike, storming to her third consecutive win in under a month on Tuesday night.

Kipyegon was returning to her specialty after competing over 1,000m in Monaco and Brussels, with the world silver medallist clocking 3:59.05 for her victory – a meeting record.

It erased the previous meeting record of 4:00.96 set by Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay in 2017.

After missing the 1,000m world record by a whisker on Friday, Kipyegon produced another scintillating performance at the Mestky Stadion with the European bronze medallist Laura Weightman who finished second trailing by close to a minute.

In the women’s 5000m the in-form Sifan Hassan fresh from setting one-hour world record in Brussels reigned supreme in 14:37.85 with Kenya’s Sheila Chelangat coming home second in 14:40.51.

In the corresponding men’s race, Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo took the top honours after clocking 12:48.63 ahead of world silver medalist Selemon Barega who clocked 12:49.08.

Double European champion Jakob Ingebrigsten continued his fine form as he triumphed in 1500m after clocking 3:33.92 ahead of Kenya’s Kumari Taki who set a new personal best of 3:34.14.

Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal who was making his competitive appearance this year finished a distant 7th in the two-lap race clocking 1:45.51.

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Story By Gilbert Kiprotich
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