Francine Niyonsaba sets new 2000m World record in Zagreb

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Francine Nyonsaba from Burundi improved Genzebe Dibaba’s world 2000m record by more than two seconds at the Boris Hanzekovic in Zagreb, the penultimate leg of the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold. 

Nyonsaba, who won the Diamond League title in Zurich last week, went through the 800m mark in 2:09.22 and 1000m in 2:41.37 before clocking 4:20.23 at the bell. The distance runner from Burundi crossed the finish-line in 5:21.56. Freweyny Hailu, who finished fourth at the Olympic Games in the 1500m in Tokyo, finished second in 5:25.86 setting the Ethiopian record of 5:25.86. 

Francine Nyonsaba: “I am feeling seriously wonderful. I didn’t realise I could run a world record, but it was my first time here. I came here to do what I have to do. I did it. It was wonderful. The pacing was really perfect. I want to thank all the people who came to cheer us”. 

See the complete Zagreb meeting results here.

110 metres hurdles: 

This year’s Diamond League champion Devon Allen broke the 13 seconds barrier for the first time in his career with 12.99 beating Ronald Levy (13.11) and Hansle Parchment (13.12). Allen claimed his fourth post-Olympic win following Lausanne, Zurich and Berlin.

Devon Allen: “I am really excited. It’s been there. You know that when you are running consistent. Conditions were great tonight. It was warm with no wind. Spectators were great”. 

Men’s 100 metres: 

Marvin Bracy missed Usain Bolt’s 10-year-old meeting record by 0.01 clocking 9.86 beating Ronnie Baker (9.97) and Trayvon Bromell (10.03). 

Men’s pole vault: 

Five pole vaulters improved the meeting record of 5.76m. KC Lightfoot cleared an outdoor PB of 5.87m on his third attempt to take the win. Sam Kendricks finished second with 5.82m to beat Kurtis Marshall and Valentin Lavillenie on countback. 

Women’s 200 metres: 

Olympic silver medallist and Diamond League winner Christine Mboma from Namibia broke Allyson Felix’s meeting record in the women’s 200m clocking 22.04. Mboma beat olympic 100m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson, who also dipped under Felix’s meeting record with 22.30. 

Men’s 400 metres: 

Olympic bronze medallist Kirani James improved Gill Roberts’ meeting record in the men’s 400m by half a second clocking 44.46 ahead of Isaac Makwala from Botswana (45.15) and European Under 23 bronze medallist Edoardo Scotti (45.30). 

Women’s triple jump: 

World silver medallist Shanieka Ricketts from Jamaica bounded out to a meeting record of 14.77m in the fifth round in the women’s triple jump. Neja Filipic from Slovenia finished second setting a PB of 14.37m. 

Women’s discus throw: 

This year’s Olympic champion Valarie Allman crowned a successful season winning the women’s discus throw with 69.63m in the final round. Allman also produced two more throws over the 67 metres barrier with 67.81m and 68.87m. Local star Sandra Perkovic, who was pursuing her 10th win in Zagreb, finished runner-up with 66.48m. 

Men’s discus throw: 

Olympic champion Daniel Stahl won the men’s discus throw with 67.79m in the first round to beat Lukas Weisshaidinger (66.21m) and Krjstian Ceh (65.17m). 

Women’s 100 metres hurdles: 

rThis year’s Diamond League winner Tobi Amusan from Nigeria followed her African record of 12.42 in Zurich with a win in 12.61, missing the meeting record by 0.01. 

Men’s 800 metres: 

Catalin Tecuceanu, a Romanian middle-distance runner based in Italy, won the men’s 800m improving his national record to 1:44.93. Tecuceanu beat British middle distance runners Daniel Rowden (1:44.98) and Elliot Giles (1:45.01). 

Men’s 3000m steepechase: 

Olympic fourth placer Getnet Wale from Ethiopia claimed the win in the men’s 3000m steeplechase with 8:12.01. 

Women’s 3000m steeplechase: 

Latvia’s Madara Palameika won the women’s javelin throw setting a seasonal best of 63.35m. 

Women’s 400m hurdles: 

Olympic finalist Gianna Woodruff took the win in the women’s 400m hurdles with 54.67 ahead of Anna Ryzhykova (54.87) and Olympic fourth placer Janieve Russell from Jamaica (55.45). 

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