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“Paris is always a good idea.”
— Audrey Hepburn, Sabrina.
Lutèce, the City of Light, mon amour.
Did the Paris Diamond League put on the greatest non-Olympic, non-World Championship athletics meet in history? It is possible.
On Friday, June 9, three world records were broken: the 2-mile (world “best”), 5000m, and the 3000m steeplechase. There were other noteworthy races as well. It has been 13 years since the last time a Diamond League meet had three world records.
The talk on the street and in the media leading up to Paris, was all about Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen declaring that he would go after Kenyan Daniel Komen’s 2-mile world best which has rested at 7:58.61 since 1997. Ingebrigtsen pulled through in spades and ran a stunning 7:54.10 performance in front of a packed stadium, where the fans ushered him on boisterously.
Jakob Ingebrigtsen 🇳🇴 shatters the world best in the two miles in Paris! 🥵— European Athletics (@EuroAthletics) June 9, 2023
The previous mark stood to Daniel Komen at 7:58.61 from 1997, three years before Jakob was born!#DiamondLeague pic.twitter.com/lkQMRySHma
“I feel tired. Being able to break this record feels amazing. The pace felt very smooth for me, coming out of the 1500m. I would say it was a good race,” shared Ingebrigtsen. “The crowd was amazing. Without their help, it would have been more difficult. I was a bit surprised about the time in the end. My priority is the 1500m. The 5K is the consequence is that I am a good runner. I am an endurance strength runner.”
Ingebrigtsen took off from the gun at an unrelenting pace. The 22-year-old ran the first mile in the time of 3:57. The pacer retired at 2000m. At no time did the Norwegian wunderkind let up. The crowd roared their approval as Ingebrigtsen entered the bell lap well under record pace. The spectators stood for the young World Championship and Olympic gold medallist, while he dropped the pace harder along the final back straight, then again on the front straightaway, giving no quarter.
Faith Kipyegon shines in the City of Light
Kenyan Faith Kipyegon took down what was, until recently, considered a difficult world record to go after in the 5000m. She is fresh off another world record set one week prior in the 1500m, where she became the first in history clock sub-3:50 in the 1500m in Florence, Italy.
It was extraordinary. The 29-year-old bettered the previous 5,000m world record of 14:06.62, held by Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey, who finished second to Kipyegon in this race, in 14:07.94.
Kipyegon drafted Gidey for six laps. However, it was during the final six-and-a-half laps that the Kenyan began to turn the screws. When she took the lead, she appeared ready for something quite special. Kipyegon’s 14:05.20 — a 26.75-second personal best. Her previous best happened back in 2015 at the old Hayward Field in Eugene, OR, set at 14:31.95.
“This was really crazy. I can say that I am really happy. I am emotional right now. I don’t know what to say. This was amazing, running a world record again,” shared Kipyegon. “I was tired and nervous because of the travel distance and being tired from the Florence meet last week.”
Lamecha Girma sets the third record on the night
Ethiopia’s Lamecha Girma demonstrated terrific fitness when he improved upon the legendary (former Kenyan) Qatari Saif Saaeed Shaheen’s 3000m steeplechase world record of 7:53.63. Girma recorded a 7:52.12 performance. It was the third world record of the evening. However, this was by no means a race. It was simply a demonstration of massive fitness, as he ran alone.
Girma got a bit ahead of himself midway. Well, he got ahead of the Wavelight Technology, guiding him to a world record. One could suppose, if he could not see the light, he would be on his way to a win, however, he let it slip past him late.
At the sound of the bell and with the response from the crowd he seemed to respond immediately, he chased the Wavelight down and surpassed it again for the final lap.
He took that final lap in just 64 seconds, crossing the finish line 1.52 seconds better than the world record set 19 years ago Shaheen.
Hodgkinson, on fire
Great Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson clocked a 1:55.77 performance, and upon crossing the line mouthed an unusable phrase for which the acronym is WTF; she even surprised herself. Her performance is a new personal best and British record.
“My coach knew that I was in that kind of shape, but first race out, you don’t know what is going to happen. But, I just really wanted to commit today and it really paid off,” said Hodgkinson. “I saw the lights go, and I said, keep going and it really paid off and I am happy.”
She was hoping for a 1:56 and looks forward to improving her times through the season to the Budapest World Championships in August.
“I hope to keep the momentum and stay healthy and keep working hard in training and who knows what can happen.”
The current world record seems unreachable at this time, however, it was just two years ago, the teen did not bank on winning an Olympic silver medal at age 19, but she did. Jarmila Kratochvilova of the Czech Republic set the time of 1:53.28 in Munich, Germany in 1983.
“We’ll always have Paris.”
— Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca
Full meet results
Women’s 100m wind +1.7m/s
|1||ZAHI Carolle||FRA||11.40 SB|
|2||CARRILLO Lucia||ESP||11.51 =SB|
|4||GODE Hilary||FRA||11.53 PB|
|5||PARÉ Maroussia||FRA||11.60 SB|
|6||BERGER Eva||FRA||11.62 =SB|
|7||de la TAILLE Eloise||FRA||11.64|
Women’s 200m Final, Wind: -0.4
|3.||Marie-Josée TA LOU||CIV||22.34|
Women’s 200m Women’s 400m
|3.||Salwa Eid NASER||BRN||49.95|
|1.||Faith KIPYEGON||KEN||14:05.20 WR|
|4.||Lilian Kasait RENGERUK||KEN||14:23.05|
|6.||Margaret Chelimo KIPKEMBOI||KEN||14:23.67|
|9.||Agnes Jebet NGETICH||KEN||14:36.70|
|10.||Grace Loibach NAWOWUNA||KEN||14:42.63|
Women’s Discus Throw
Women’s Pole Vault
Women’s Shot Put
|1||DONGMO Auriol||POR||19.72 SB|
|5||GAMBETTA Sara||GER||19.08 PB|
|7||WOODARD Jessica||USA||18.73 =SB|
Women’s Hammer Throw
|2||LOGA Rose||FRA||70.04 SB|
Women’s High Jump
Men’s 100m Final, Wind: -0.9
|7.||Lamont Marcell JACOBS||ITA||10.21|
Men’s 100m A heat: W +1.1m/s
|1||HARTMANN Joshua||GER||10.14 SB|
|2||MELLUZZO Matteo||ITA||10.36 SB|
|3||FERGUSON Joe||GBR||10.40 SB|
Men’s 100m B Heat: W +0.2m/s
|1||VICAUT Jimmy||FRA||10.06 SB|
|3||VLEMINCKX Kobe||BEL||10.23 PB|
|4||ERIUS Jeff||FRA||10.29 SB|
|5||MORGAN-HARRISON Andrew||GBR||10.34 =PB|
|10.||Emmanuel Kipkurui KORIR||KEN||1:47.71|
Men’s 2 Miles
|2.||Ishmael Rokitto KIPKURUI||KEN||8:09.23|
Men’s 110m hurdles Final, Wind: -0.5
Men’s 110m hurdles Heat 1, Wind: -2.0
Men’s 110m hurdles Heat 2, Wind: -0.6
Men’s 400m hurdles
|Abderrahman Almoubarrake S ALSALECK||QAT||DNF|
Men’s 3000m steeplechase
|1.||Lamecha GIRMA||ETH||7:52.11 WR|
|5.||Mohamed Amin JHINAOUI||TUN||8:12.19|
|El Mehdi ABOUJANAH||ESP||DNF|
|Lawrence Kemboi KIPSANG||KEN||DNF|
Men’s Long Jump
Hammer Throw Mixed