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Dibaba Breaks 22 Year-Old 1500 Metres World Record/Kiprop Just Misses World Record

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The Monaco Diamond League saw two of the greatest 1500 metres races ever as Genzebe Dibaba broke the 1993 3:50.46 World record of China’s Qu Yunxia, with 3:50.07. Her 3:54 African record in Barcelona was a sign of things to come. She said, “I’m the first athlete from Ethiopia to break the world record in the 1500 metres. That’s amazing.” In her wake, European champion Sifan Hassan broke the Dutch record with 3:56.05. In third, Shannon Rowbury broke Mary Decker-Slaney’s 32 year-old American record 3:57.12 from 1983, with 3:56.29. Jenny Simpson just missed her PB with 3:57.30 in fourth. In fifth, Laura Muir broke four minutes for the first time, becoming the second fastest British athlete ever, behind Kelly Holmes 3:57.90 from the 2004 Athens Olympics, with 3:58.66.

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2008 Olympic champion Asbel  Kiprop is now the third fastest ever in 3:26.69 as he just missed the 1998 World record 3:26.00 of Hicham El Guerrouj. In second 2012 Olympic champion Taoufik Makhloufi got a PB 3:28.75. World indoor champion Abdalaati was third in a PB 3:28.79. Chasing Kiprop on the last lap, Mo Farah was passed and finished fourth, just missing his British record with 3:28.93. No British athlete has ever run faster, except Mo himself. Behind him in fifth, Nick Willis set a New Zealand record of 3:29.66. Ten athletes broke 3:31! What a night!

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