Silas Kiplagat produced the shock of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco as he outsprinted a Kenyan compatriot who had been targeting a world record here, Asbel Kiprop, to win the 1500m in 3:27.64 on Friday (18).
Kiplagat’s thrilling performance made him the fourth fastest man in history.
His mark was, of course, the best run this year, and an IAAF Diamond League record, trimming 0.08 off the time Kiprop set in winning here last year.
For the two-time world champion, who finished in a season’s best of 3:28.45, it was a huge anti-climax after he had prepared for a supposed attempt on Hicham El Guerrouj’s 16-year-old world record of 3:26.00 by setting the fastest 800m time of the year, 1:43.34, at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris earlier this month.
“At 1200m I knew the race was too slow,” said Kiprop. “We went through in 2:47 and I had asked for 2:45. In the home straight, I could see the others behind me on the big screen and I knew they would get back on me. I could see Silas coming closer and closer. It was a tough race.”Read more...