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Brussels Diamond League/Memorial Van Damme

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In 1976, just months after winning silver medals in the 800 and 1500 metres at the Montreal Olympics, Ivo Van Damme was killed in a car crash, aged 22, returning from a training session in the South of France. He had started running at 17 and also finished fourth in the 1973 European Junior Championships 800 metres won by Steve Ovett.

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Billed as an attempt on the World record of 4:12.56, Faith Kipyegon won in an African record of 4:16.71, the fastest women’s mile for 19 years. Sifan Hassan was always near the lead and looked to be headed for victory on the final lap, but had the consolation of a new national record of 4:18.20 in second.

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