With a swift kick in the final 300 meters, Timothy Cheruiyot beat a top-notch men's 1500m field to establish a world lead at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting on Sunday.
The 21-year-old Kenyan ran 3:30.77 to beat Alsadik Mikhou (3:31.49), Aman Wote (3:31.63), and 2008 Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop (3:33.17). Cheruiyot utilized the pacers who brought the field through a brisk 400m split in 55.06 and through 800m in 1:52.42. Cheruiyot led the field through the bell lap in 2:50.90 and established his kick, which remained unmatched through the finish.
Cheruiyot's previous personal best was 3:31 from the 2016 Brussel's Diamond League meeting. He didn't make the Kenyan Olympic team last year after finishing fourth at the Olympic Trials, but is rounding into impressive form this year. Just eight days ago, Cheruiyot won the Kenyan national championship over Justus Soget and Kiprop.
Andre De Grasse blazes windy 9.69 100m
The premiere men's sprint featured a windy 100m showdown led by Olympic silver medalist Andre De Grasse. The Canadian blazed a winning time of 9.69 with a gusty +4.8 wind. In total, five men broke 10 seconds in the race.
Although the mark was not wind-legal, De Grasse's performance marked his second consecutive Diamond League victory this week. He won the 100m at the Oslo Diamond League meeting on Thursday in a time of 10.01.
Francine Niyonsaba leads six women under two-minute barrier
For the first time this year, Francine Niyonsaba didn't compete against Olympic rivals Caster Semenya and Margaret Wambui. The Stockholm race gave the Oregon Track Club athlete the opportunity to earn her first Diamond League victory of the year and break two minutes for the third consecutive race this season.
With a brisk 56.81 first 400m, Niyonsaba maintained the lead through a hard-fought final 200m where the pack desperately held on to attain sub-two performances. Niyonsaba never relinquished her lead and won the race in 1:59.11 over Sweden's Lovisa Lindh and Selina Buchel. World silver medalist Melissa Bishop followed for fourth. In total, six women ran under two minutes.
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