Ingebrigtsen stars at Diamond League, Hassan and Asher-Smith impress
June 11 2021 12:09 AM
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Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen celebrates winning the men’s 5000m. (REUTERS)
Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen celebrates winning the men’s 5000m. (REUTERS)

AFP/ Florence, Italy

Norwegian prodigy Jakob Ingebrigtsen upstaged a host of more experienced runners to record a memorable victory in the men’s 5,000m at the Diamond League in Florence yesterday.
Just six weeks out from the Tokyo Olympics, a glut of top track and field athletes rewarded the crowd in the Italian city with some stunning performances.
Versatile Dutch runner Sifan Hassan came within half a second of a stunning world record in the women’s 1500m, just five days after setting a short-lived 10,000m world record, and Briton Dina Asher-Smith stormed to an impressive victory in the 200m.
All eyes in the men’s 5,000m were on Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei, the reigning world 10,000m champion who set new bests in the men’s 5,000m in Monaco, 10,000m in Valencia and 5km road, also in Monaco, last season.
However, the Ugandan fell off the pace with just over a lap to go, Canada’s Mohamed Ahmed and Ethiopian Hagos Gebrhiwet taking up the lead.
But they had not counted on the 20-year-old Ingebrigtsen, who stormed through the field for victory in an European record of 12min 48.45sec. Remarkably it was his first sub-13min time over the distance.
Ethiopian-born Hassan did not suffer the same gripes as Cheptegei.
With three world records already to her name Hassan saw Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey set a new world best in the 10,000m in Hengelo on Tuesday just two days after she herself had knocked off more than 10 seconds off the record, the world 1500m champion ran a world lead of 3:53.63sec.
Rounding the corner to the final straight, Hassan was level with Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon, but in a sprint finish just edged the Kenyan, the latter bagging second with a national and personal best, at 0.28sec, with European champion Laura Muir of Britain rounding out the podium (3:55.59).
World 200m champion Asher-Smith had complained of some rustiness after a coronavirus-affected year, but the 25-year-old Briton showed no such signs as she race to victory in 22.06sec, bettering the meet record set by Marion Jones back in 1999.



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