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Diamond League Athletics: Gatlin edges past Lyles

That’s me! Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands celebrates after setting the women's mile World record.

That’s me! Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands celebrates after setting the women's mile World record.   | Photo Credit: Eric Gaillard

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Sifan Hassan breaks World record in the women’s mile

Controversial American Justin Gatlin outsprinted up-and-coming compatriot Noah Lyles in the 100 metres at Friday’s Diamond League meet in Monaco where Sifan Hassan set a new world best in the women’s mile.

In balmy conditions at a packed Stade Louis II, the 37-year-old Gatlin kept both his nerve and form after an average start to streak through the finish line in 9.91 seconds, just one-hundredth of a second ahead of much-vaunted Lyles, 21.

There was an outstanding performance in the women’s mile, which is not an Olympic or world distance, as Ethiopian-born Dutch runner Hassan came home in 4min 12.33sec, smashing by 23 seconds the previous best set in 1996 by Russian Svetlana Masterkova.

Hassan, twice European champion over 1500m and once 5000m gold medallist, cracked the field with two laps to go and streaked through the line with teeth gritted, collapsing as the timer flashed up her feat.

“The first 800m were a bit slow so I wasn’t thinking it would be a world record,” said Hassan. “When I crossed the line I was so surprised.”

“After you run the last 400m like that and set a world record it gives you so much confidence over 5000m,” said Hassan.

Another experienced campaigner, Botswana’s Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos, produced a stunning meet record in winning the men’s 800m in 1:41.89 ahead of Kenya’s Ferguson Rotich, France’s world champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse only managing ninth in a high-quality race.

Only four runners have gone faster than Amos’ time, which was the 15th fastest ever run over the distance.

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