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Jake Wightman, the 2022 World Champion in the 1500-metre distance event took the 1000m race at the Monaco Diamond League meet on Wednesday. He passed Canadian Marco Arop with fewer than 35m remaining in the race.

Wightman of Great Britain clocked a two-minute and 13.8-second performance. Arop broke the Canadian record finishing second in the time of 2:14.35. Finishing in third position was American Clayton Murphy with his 2:15.73 performance.

Arop improved the national record by taking Nate Brannen‘s best of 2:16.52 from 2012.

Only one athlete failed to improve upon the meet record of 2:17.42. Kenyan Emmanual Korir clocked a 2:18.19 finish.

Wightman had won the Eugene World Championships surprisingly beating Norway’s favoured Jakob Ingebrigtsen. Following that race, he finished third at the Commonwealth Games last Saturday.

Arop also owns the 800m indoors record with his 2019 race where he stopped the clock at 1:45.90. The 23-year-old won bronze at the Eugene World Athletics Championships in the two-lap race. Arop is the second-fastest Canadian in the outdoor 800m behind only Brandon McBride. The two have gone 1:43.26 and 1:43.20 in Monaco four years ago.

1.Jake WIGHTMANGBR2:13.88
2.Marco AROPCAN2:14.35
3.Clayton MURPHYUSA2:15.73
4.Wyclife Kinyamal KISASYKEN2:15.78
5.Bryce HOPPELUSA2:15.99
6.Joshua THOMPSONUSA2:16.38
7.Luke MCCANNIRL2:16.40
8.Hobbs KESSLERUSA2:16.46
9.Ferguson Cheruiyot ROTICHKEN2:17.00
10.Tony VAN DIEPENNED2:17.06
11.Benjamin ROBERTFRA2:17.11
12.Emmanuel Kipkurui KORIRKEN2:18.19

Faith Kipyegon runs second fastest 1500m all time

There is something about Monaco, as four of the 13 fastest times have been run at the Herculis meet.

Kenyan Faith Kipyegon ran the second-fastest 1500m in history clocking a 3:50.37 finish time. Only Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba has run faster with her world record of 3:50.07 from Monaco seven years prior.

The race wasn’t a race, it was an attempt to break the world record and nothing more. Kipyegon won by over eight seconds. American Heather Mclean clocked a 3:58.89 while American Elise Cranny clocked a 3:59.06 for third.

The pacers took Kipyegon through 800m in 2:01.64. The 28-year-old ran on her own for the final 500m.  

Except for the elusive world record, the 28-year-old back-to-back Olympic champion has done it all. Beside being the national record holder (her previous record was 3:51.07), she is now the second-fastest woman of all time over 1,500m.

Kipyegon is a two-time Olympic gold medallist in the event, having won in Rio and Tokyo. She is also a two-time World Championships gold medallist having won in London in 2017 and Eugene. She especially enjoys the Diamond League winning 17 times over the 800m, 1000m, 1500m and 1609m mile.

Dibaba’s record was set after several suspect times stood for more than two decades by Chinese athletes who ran under Ma Junren, who was implicated in doping practices. At one point 1-4 were from four athletes that ran in two meets closed to outsiders in Beijing and Shanghai.

1.Faith KIPYEGONKEN3:50.37
2.Heather MACLEANUSA3:58.89
3.Elise CRANNYUSA3:59.06
4.Hirut MESHESHAETH4:00.51
5.Cory Ann MCGEEUSA4:00.70
6.Winnie NANYONDOUGA4:00.81
7.Georgia GRIFFITHAUS4:00.96
8.Jessica HULLAUS4:01.73
9.Sinclaire JOHNSONUSA4:02.87
10.Gaia SABBATINIITA4:04.96
11.Marta PÉREZESP4:05.60
12.Aurore FLEURYFRA4:10.01

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce continues her winning ways

Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the three-time Olympic champion clocked a near personal best of 10.62 in Monaco for the win. The 35-year-old, 10-time World Champion is coming off a gold-medal performance from the 2022 World Championships where she clocke a 10.67 time.

She is a 23-time Diamond League champion over 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relays.

Fellow Jamaican Shericka Jackson took second in 10.71, while Marie- Josée Ta Lou from the Ivory Coast took third in 10.72.

1.Shelly-Ann FRASER-PRYCEJAM10.62
2.Shericka JACKSONJAM10.71
3.Marie-Josée TA LOUCIV10.72
4.Aleia HOBBSUSA10.81
5.Twanisha TERRYUSA10.90
6.Daryll NEITAGBR10.91
7.Tamara CLARKUSA10.96

American men sweep 200m

Noah Lyles, Erriyon Knighton and Michael Norman went 1-2-3 in the 200m event clocking 19.46, 19.84 and 19.95, respectively.

Lyles is the national record holder in the 200m distance with his best of 19.31 from the Eugene World Championships meet in July this year. He also won the 2019 Doha championhips in the time of 19.83.

Knighton at age 18 may break the world 200m sprint record. He already owns the U20 world record with his 19.49 performance from April this year. He finished fourth in Tokyo and third in Eugene.

1.Noah LYLESUSA19.46
2.Erriyon KNIGHTONUSA19.84
3.Michael NORMANUSA19.95
4.Alexander OGANDODOM20.02
5.Aaron BROWNCAN20.23
6.Josephus LYLESUSA20.26
8.Méba Mickaël ZEZEFRA20.78

Full results are available here>>