Friday afternoon was the Brussels Diamond League, the sixth of 14 Diamond League events this summer. There, Canadian Lindsey Butterworth was the lone Canadian competitor. Butterworth, who was the 2018 800m national champion and 10th at the World Championships in 2019, raced the 1,000m, where she finished third in her Diamond League debut in 2:37.26. Faith Kipyegon won the event in a meet record of 2:29.92, which was just shy of her personal best which she ran in Monaco. Kipyegon’s time in Monaco is the second-fastest time ever over the distance.
Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon takes another stab at the 1,000m world record and falls just short. Runs 2:29.92 for the win in Brussels.
The world record is still 2:28.98 by Russian Svetlana Masterkova. Kipyegon ran 2:29.15 in Monaco a few weeks ago. pic.twitter.com/RfG28uOsMP
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Young Belgian, Rani Rosius, won the women’s 100m in 11.43. The event was organized around her, in hopes of her running a new personal best. Her time is impressive given the chilly, sub-par sprinting weather and just off the fastest time she has run this season.
Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway handily won the men’s 1,500m, coming through 800m 1:51 and then pulling away from the rest of the field. He won by a shocking four seconds in 3:30.69, just two seconds off of his personal best which he ran in Monaco earlier this summer. His time in Monaco was a European record, breaking the old mark set by Mo Farah in 2013. Farah will race later this afternoon in an attempt to break the men’s one-hour track record.
In the women’s 400m, Iga Baumgart-Witan was the winner, leading from 200m on. The Polish athlete ran a season’s best of 52.13.
The men’s 200m was very strong. On a track known for its fast 200m bend, the Italian runner Fostine Desalu won handily in 20.39, just outside his seasons best of 20.35.
Sifan Hassan easily broke the women’s one hour record earlier today by nearly 500m, covering 18.93 kilometres in 60 minutes. Full results can be found here. The next Diamond League event will take place in Paris.