Cool and windy conditions at Göteborg doesn’t deter mid-d and 5,000m athletes

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Cool and windy conditions didn’t slow middle-distance runners at the Göteborg Friidrott GP World Athletics Continental Tour meet on Saturday.

Racing for just the second time since the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships, Britain Daniel Rowden won the 800-metre event in a new personal best time of 1:44.74. Second was Andreas Kramer who nearly ran a new Swedish record with his time of 1:45.34. The record is 1:45.03.

Rowden is the third runner from the UK to break the 1:45-barrier in 2020 after Max Burgin (1:44.74) and Kyle Langford (1:44.83).

Brit, Melissa Courtney-Bryant, won in the 1500m in the time of 4:05.07 ahead of Australia’s Jessica Hull in 4:05.47. This was Courtney-Bryant’s second win this month after winning at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku in the time of 4:03.69. She is just coming off from a 4:01.81 lifetime best in the Stockholm Diamond League the week prior.

There was a one-two for Australians Stewart McSweyn and Matthew Ramsden in a high quality 5000m – 13:09.83 and 13:16.63 – along with a string of significant results for the European contingent further down the results page.

U23 5000m outstanding

Competing for Sweden Suldan Hassan finished third in a national U23 record of 13:18.01 although he was disappointed to narrowly miss the national record of 13:17.59 which has stood to Anders Garderud, the 1976 Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion.

“It’s mixed feelings. I set a personal best by 13 seconds and I usually say that I do not want to hear lap times, but today I wanted to know what I needed to do in the last 300 meters to reach the record. It was sad to miss it with so little but Anders Garderud is a legend and one of Sweden’s best runners of all time. But I’ll break the record one day,” said Hassan. He will be racing the 5,000m in Ostrava in September.

Emil Millán de la Oliva broke the Swedish U20 record. Just one month after celebrating his 19th birthday, de la Oliva improved from 13:56.79 to 13:29.59 to finish seventh and move to third on the European U20 all-time list behind Jakob Ingebrigtsen (13:02.03) and Steve Binns (13:27.04).

Switzerland’s Jonas Raess and France’s Hugo Hay also set PBs of 13:20.08 and 13:27.47 respectively while European half marathon record-holder Julien Wanders was tenth in 13:34.88.

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