By Peter Gambaccini |
World record holder Genzebe Dibaba took the lead with 800 meters remaining in the Women’s 1500m in the World Championships in Beijing Tuesday and captured the gold medal in 4:08.09.
Faith Kipyegon of Kenya battled Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands in the stretch and took the silver in 4:08.96 to Hassan’s 4:09.34.
In an disappointing show for the Americans, Shannon Rowbury was seventh and 2011 world champion Jenny Simpson was 11th. Simpson had moved into second behind Dibaba in the third lap but began to lose a shoe, which eventually came off. “I couldn’t get up on my toes and start kicking,” she said.
Dibaba, whose world record is 3:50.07, was patient through a slow beginning but covered the third lap in 57.24 and the final lap in 59.40.
World record holder David Rudisha of Kenya led the men’s 800 from the start and regained the world title he first won in 2011. Rudisha led the field through a slow opening lap of 54.15, then refused to let anyone pass him as he picked up the pace on the second lap to finish in 1:45.84.
Adam Kszczot of Poland was second in 1:46.08, and Amel Tuka of Bosnia and Herzegovina won the bronze in 1:46.30. There were no Americans in the final.
Source: Runner’s World
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