Norwegian high school student Jakob Ingebrigtsen ran a 3:52.28 mile Saturday night at the Pre Classic. The 17-year-old’s newest personal best places him fourth in the world currently. The top seven fastest times in the world over the mile distance are from the Pre Classic last night, reinforcing that the Bowerman mile is arguably the best mile-race in the world.
Ingebrigtsen asserted himself as a truly world class middle distance runner earlier this month when he beat Olympic medalists Paul Chelimo and Matt Centrowitz to win the Payton Jordan 1,500m.
In the women’s 1,500m Shelby Houlihan ran a massive personal best of 3:59.06 and dipped under the four-minute mark for the first time in her career. Houlihan’s performance at Pre was her first Diamond League win and a huge breakthrough for the Oregon based runner. Houlihan beat favourites Laura Muir and Jenny Simpson to take the title.
In the women’s 800m, Caster Semenya won in a meet record time of 1:55.92, beating American Ajee Wilson who finished in 1:56.86 after a blazing 58-second last lap.
Genzebe Dibaba handily won the women’s 5,000m as expected, closing 61 seconds to run a world leading time of 14.26.89.
In men’s 200m action, American Noah Lyles dominated the race to finish in 19.69, tying the world-leading time set in March by South Africa’s Clarence Munyai. Canadian Aaron Brown was third in the race running a season’s best of 20.07.
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In other Canadian results, Sage Watson was fourth in the women’s 400m hurdles finishing in a season’s best of 54.81. Mohammed Ahmed ran an 8:22.29 to finish fourth in the men’s 2-mile, and Lindsey Butterworth made her Pre Classic debut, finishing third in the National women’s 800m in a time of 2:02.24.