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American Alicia Monson ran a stunning 3,000-metre race at the Lausanne Diamond League meet Friday.

She ran a new personal best time of 8:26.61 and was narrowly defeated at the line by Francine Niyonsaba who clocked an 8:26.00 performance.

Niyonsaba holds nine national records for Burundi. The 29-year-old’s personal best is 8:19.08 at the distance which she ran last year in Paris.

It appeared that Monson had the win but was celebrating early and was pipped at the line with her arms in the air — ouch.

The 24-year-old Monson, who runs for On Athletics Club, has set four new personal bests in 2022 including 5000m in 14:31.11, 10,000m in 30:51.09, and 8:31.62 indoors over 3000m. Her 3000m and 5000m performances are identical according to the World Athletics points rating system at 1220 points.

The performance was meaningful for several reasons including having beaten multiple Olympic medallists like Holland’s Sifan Hassan, Laura Muir of Scotland, and Kenyan Beatrice Chebet.


Women’s 3000m

1NIYONSABA FrancineBDI8:26.80 MR
2MONSON AliciaUSA8:26.81 PB
3CHEBET BeatriceKEN8:27.14
4HASSAN SifanNED8:28.28 SB
5KIPKEMBOI Margaret ChelimoKEN8:29.05 SB
6CRANNY EliseUSA8:29.95 PB
7MUIR LauraGBR8:30.53 PB
8KIPKIRUI Caroline ChepkoechKAZ8:34.65 SB
9WORKU FantuETH8:35.55 SB
10FEYSA HawiETH8:38.48 PB
11HULL JessicaAUS8:41.52
12KLOSTERHALFEN KonstanzeGER8:45.36
13EMBAYE AxumawitETH8:45.54
14HENES EllyUSA8:46.42
15NORRIS JosetteUSA8:50.49 PB
DNFGRIFFITH Georgia1200m – 3:19 min, 1600m – 4:26 minAUS 

Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen continued his winning ways with a 3:29.05 performance in the 1500m event, which is the world lead for 2022.

As did Noah Lyles in the 200m, Armand Duplantis in the pole vault at a meet record 6.10m as did Femke Bol of the Netherlands with a meet record 100m hurdles performance of 52.95 seconds.

Full results are available here>>