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Decker-Slaney’s 1500 Metres American Record Finally Goes

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In that dramatic record-breaking Monaco 1500 metres, Mary Decker-Slaney’s 32 year-old record set in 1983, was finally taken by Shannon Rowbury. Over the years, Suzy Favor Hamilton and Jenny Simpson had come close, but the 3:57.12 had survived, until Rowbury’s 3:56.29.

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Muir Joins Sub Four Club

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UK All-Time 1500 Metres

1. 3:57.90 Kelly Holmes Athens 2004

2. 3:58.66 Laura Muir Monaco 205

3. 3:59.50 Lisa Dobriskey Zurich 2009

4. 3:59.95 Haley Tullett Paris 2003

5. 3:59.96 Zola Budd Brussells 1985

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Hill Confirms Star Status

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Having recently smashed the Youth World record, the pressure was on Candace Hill to deliver. She did so with a Championship record 11.08 to become World Youth champion.

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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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1500 Metres World Record

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3:26.00 Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) Rome (Stadio Olimpico) 14 July 1998

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World Youth Athletics Championships

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Simpson Stars At English Schools Championships

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Last year Katy Ann McDonald broke the 32 year-old British under 15 800 metres record. The record has now gone again after Tilly Simpson front ran a 2:06.22 to become English Schools champion. She did the first lap in 60 seconds!

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