Reigning World 10,000m and 1500m Champion Sifan Hassan was in amazing form in the women’s one hour run at the Brussels Diamond League where she broke the World Record (WR), covering a big 18930m.
She went toe to toe with Brigid Kosgei, the WR holder in the marathon but surged away in the last minute for the win, making a big improvement on the previous record of 18517m set Dire Tune in 2012.
Kosgei who finished initially finished 2nd was disqualified, while double European Champion Lonah Chemtai Salpeter covered 18571m for 2nd.
Kenya’s Eva Cherono claimed 3rd in an African Record (AR) of 18341m ahead of Ethiopia’s Helen Bekele who ran a National Record (NR) of 17974m.
Mo Farah was also in brilliant form where he broke the WR in the men’s event, covering an impressive 21330m for the win, 45m better than Haile Gebrselassie’s previous marker.
He finished ahead of his training partner Abdi Bashir who completed the course in a big Belgian Record of 21322m, while Emil Millan de la Olliva came 3rd with 20128m (NR).
Meanwhile, Bashir also broke the 20,000m WR as he led the field through that mark in 56:20.02, bettering the previous mark also set by Gebrselassie at 56:26.02.
European Record holder Jakob Ingebrigsten was in a league of his own as he totally dominated the men’s 1500m where he clocked a fast 3:30.69, almost four seconds out on the rest of the field. Jesús Gómez came through for 2nd place in a time of 3:34.64, while Boaz Kiprugut ran a Season’s Best (SB) of 3:37.93.
In the women’s 1000m, Faith Kipyegon ran a Diamond League Record (DLR) of 2:29.92, beating Spaniard Esther Guerrero who ran a PB of 2:35.64. Lindsey Butterworth finished in 3rd with a Season’s Best (SB) of 2:37.26.
Italy’s Eseosa Desalu earned a comfortable win in the men’s 200m where he clocked 20.39s (+0.1m/s) ahead of Ján Volko, a far 2nd in 20.81s and Jirí Polak in 20.89s for 3rd.
Armand Duplantis was again the man to beat in the men’s Pole Vault as he soared over a Meet Record (MR) of 6.00m to win the event, before taking attempts at a would-be outdoor WR of 6.15m.
He finished ahead of Belgium’s Ben Broeders who topped 5.70m, while Chris Nilsen followed with 5.60m, edging out Claudio Stecchi who registered the same mark on countback.