Obiri breaks National, Meet One Mile record in London

Olympic 5,000m silver medallist Hellen Obiri tore host Laura Muir to shrews on the home straight to win the women’s One Mile in a National and Meet Record time at the London Diamond League meet on Sunday.

Obiri, who was competing in her first mile race, stayed behind pacesetter Jennifer Meadows and Muir for the better part of the race before Meadows dropped out with 600m to go.

Muir, who took charge, pumped on the pistons but a sprightly Obiri overtook her at the last bend before the home straight to win in 4 minutes and 16.56 seconds, erasing the previous 32-year-old Meet Record of 4:19.59 set by American Mary Slaney.

Obiri also claimed her second national record in just a month, crushing Faith Chepng’etich’s time of 4:16.71 set during the Memorial van Damme meeting on September 11, 2015 in Brussels.

Muir and Kenya’s Winny Chebet also dipped into the Meet record in second and third in 4:18.03 and 4:19.55 respectively.

Obiri was fresh from breaking the 5,000m national record with the fifth fastest time ever over the distance at Rome Golden Gala on June 8.

A phenomenal Kenya Defence Forces Corporal shattered the six-year- old standing 5,000m National Record by over two seconds with her thrilling solo effort of personal best and World lead time of 14:18.37 seconds.

The victory by Obiri, who had won in Shanghai in personal best 14:22.47 on May 13, was enough to erase Olympic 5,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot’s National Record of 14:20.87 set in Stockholm on July 29, 2011.

Obiri had also competed in 1,500m race at the Prefontaine Classic where she finished second behind Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Chepng’etich.

“The race went as I hoped. I was strong. I was confident going into the race,” said Obiri, who was making a return to London for the first time since the 2012 Olympics where she competed in 1,500m.

“Laura was strong but I went with her and tried to stay as close as I could. I knew I had a good finish.”

Kenya’s World 1,500m champion Abel Kiprop finished second in men’s 800m, where 2012 London Olympics 800m silver medallist Nijel Amos from Botswana triumphed in a world lead 1:43.18, a week after winning in Paris in 1:44.24.

Kiprop clocked 1:44.43, coming just after American Donavan Brazier in season’s best 1:43.95.


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