• Barega and Bol produce world leads at the Meeting Metz Moselle Athlélor
Two World leads by Ethiopia's Selemon Barega and Femke Bol in the 400m highlighted the 2021 Meeting Metz Moselle Athlélor in France on Saturday, Feb. 6.
Berega, the World Championships silver medalist in the 5000m, edged Kenya's Bethwell Birgen by 0.05 seconds to win the 1500m in a World leading time of 3:34.62. The 21-year-old, Ethiopian shaved almost three seconds from his personal best time indoors.
In the 400m, the 20-year-old Femke Bol broke her own Netheralds record and World lead for the second weekend in a row with a formidable 50.81 run. Lieke Klaver who won the second 400m heat in 51.73 won the 200m dash in a new Dutch record of 23.10.
Eliot Crestan (BEL) won the men's 800m in 1:46.40 just ahead of Batiste Michler (FRA) 1:46.63. Great Britain's Guy Learmonth took third place with 1:46.92.
Ethiopia's Habitam Alemu claimed the women's 800m with a strong 2:00.85 run. She finished more than a second ahead of Swiss Lore Hoffman (2:01.99) and Joanna Joswik of Poland who took third with 2:02.19.
The United States sprinters Devin Quinn and Michael Rodgers went 1-2 in the 60m dash final. Quinn took the race in 6.54 with Rodgers taking second place in 6.59 seconds.
Javianne Oliver of the United States won the women's 60m final in 7.10m in her season debut. Switzerland sprinter Ajla Del Ponte clocked a new personal best of 7.14to take second place.
Jarret Eaton won the 60m hurdles final with the 3rd fastest time in the world this year. Frenchman Wilhem Belocian, who produced a new PB and the 2nd fastest time in the world this season of 7.45 in the heats DNF in the final after he hit the third hurdle hard and then fell down to the ground.
Elsewhere, Ireland's Sean Tobin clocked 7:48.01 to win the 3000m ahead of Belgium runner Robin Hendrix (7:48.53) and Yan Schrub of France 7.49.27.
Cuban athletes Maykel Masso and Andy Diaz took the top honors in the men's long jump and triple jump respectively. Maykel Masso and Miltiadis Tentoglou of Greece both jumped 8.02m but the victory was awarded to the Cuban because his second-best mark was better than the Greek's. Andy Diaz took the triple jump contest with a solid 17.06m performance.