While she might have the world record in her sights, on Thursday night it was all about the win for Faith Kipyegon. On the hunt for her third Diamond Trophy, the two-time world and two-time Olympic champion was totally in control and confident in her kick. It all went to plan.

Running a blistering last lap, the 28-year-old crossed the finish line with 4:00.44 on the clock, winning by more than a second despite easing up on her approach to the finish. After her impressive national record-breaking win in Brussels, Ireland’s Ciara Mageean claimed second in 4:01.68, holding off Ethiopia’s world indoor 800m silver medallist Freweyni Hailu by 0.05. Ethiopia’s world 800m fourth-place finisher Diribe Welteji secured the same spot in this final, while Britain’s Olympic silver medallist Laura Muir was fifth and Ethiopia’s world 5000m champion and world indoor 1500m record-holder Gudaf Tsegay, who finished third in the Diamond League 5000m final the day before, was sixth.

“This was a really strong field, but I kept thinking it’s the last race of the season, and I took the opportunity to end it in a nice way,” said Kipyegon. “It has been a long season, and my legs are tired, but I think I still managed to run a good time, all things considered.”

Fellow Kenyan Mary Moraa ran a similarly well-controlled race in the women’s 800m to hold off a quality field to cap a memorable season, winning in 1:57.63.

The world bronze medallist and Commonwealth champion found herself in the lead once the pacemaker had done her duties. She kept her cool and did enough to finish comfortably ahead of Jamaica’s Natoya Goule (1:57.85) and USA’s Sage Hurta (1:58.47).

 

World Athletics 

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