Brussels, September 5
With no followers to cheer them on, four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah and Sifan Hassan each broke the not often run one-hour world file on the Memorial Van Damme assembly.
In an empty stadium due to the coronavirus disaster, Hassan first improved the earlier girls’s mark of 18.517 km set by Ethiopia’s Dire Tune on the Ostrava Golden Spike assembly in 2008 by masking 18.930 km.
In the ultimate race of the assembly, which is a part of the Diamond League sequence, Farah broke Haile Gebrselassie’s 13-year-old file of 21,285 km on his return to the monitor. Farah, who ran along with his coaching companion Bashir Abdi, established a brand new world mark of 21.330 km.
Abdi took the lead with 5 minutes left and challenged Farah till the closing levels however ended up eight meters behind.
Farah switched to street racing in 2017 however is planning to defend his 10,000 meters title on the Tokyo Olympics subsequent yr.
“I’m very happy to break the world record today. What an amazing way to do it and to show people what is possible,” mentioned the 37-year-old Farah.
Hassan and Kenya’s world marathon record-holder Brigid Kosgei fought toe to toe on the King Baudouin stadium. Hassan accelerated within the closing minute to depart the marathon world-record holder powerless in her slipstream. Kosgei was later disqualified for stepping off the monitor.
“An hour is long. It takes a lot of concentration and focus. After the first half I found my rhythm. I’m really happy with this record,” mentioned Hassan.
Reigning Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon of Kenya failed in her bid to interrupt the 1,000 meters file, crossing in 2 minutes 29.92 seconds, shy of Svetlana Masterkova’s 2:28.98 file set in the identical stadium again in 1996.
Kipyegon set the second finest time over the gap final month in Monaco with a 2:29:15 end. Following the sustained tempo of a pacemaker, she appeared on monitor to set a brand new finest mark till the final 150 meters however light within the finale.
In the pole vault, Armand Duplantis of Sweden failed to enhance Sergey Bubka’s finest outside mark of 6.14 meters. The world file holder cleared 6.00m however failed in three makes an attempt at 6.15. AP