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Marco Arop beats Olympic medallists again to win Lausanne Diamond League

This 800m win is another statement from the young Canadian

Photo by: Pat Holleran/Shannon Digital Imaging

Fresh off his first Diamond League win in Eugene last week, Canada’s Marco Arop continues to dazzle, winning the Lausanne Diamond League meet in 1:44.50. For the second straight race, Arop beat the Olympic medallists from Tokyo.

Photo: Matthew Quine, World Athletics

This race was a repeat of the Tokyo Olympic final with eight of the 10 athletes on the start line. Arop led from 200m all the way to the finish line. Olympic champion Emmanuel Korir tried to chase him down over the last 100m but left it too late. 

This win is another statement from the young Canadian, who bowed out of the Olympic games in the semi-final, showing the field that he is a force to be reckoned with at the 2022 World Championships in Eugene. 

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Arop will continue his season on the Diamond League competing in Paris this weekend and at the season finale Zurich, where he will compete for the Diamond League title (which no Canadian distance runner has ever won).

Olympic silver medallist Mohammed Ahmed finished ninth in the men’s 3,000m. He ran a seasonal best time of 7:42.5, only two seconds off his personal best time of 7:40.49. Jakob Ingebrigtsen continues his great form, winning the 3,000m in 7:33.06. Ethiopia’s Berihu Aregawi was second in a personal best time of 7:33.39. Stewart McSweyn led for a majority of the race, finished third in 7:35.06. 

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Canadian sprinter Aaron Brown was fourth in the men’s 200m  in 20.18 with +3.9 (illegal) wind. 

The next meet on the Diamond League circuit will be in Paris, taking place on Saturday, Aug. 28.