Mo Katir smashes Ingebrigtsen’s record… by three seconds

Mohamed Katir only thought about records before he began to savor the medals in major championships. The 25-year-old from Murcia took the Spanish records of 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000. Times were his obsession but in 2022 he took bronze at the Oregon World Championships (1,500) and silver at the Munich European Championship (5,000) made him see that successes remain forever… brands are exceeded.

However, the lavish middle-distance runner has returned to his beginnings in the Diamond League event in Monaco, destroying the European record, and therefore of Spain, in the 5,000 meters. 12:45.01 to lower the continental mark that the Norwegian ogre had (12:48.45) as the top of the Old Continent since Florence 2021 by more than three seconds. Katir’s spectacular performance that makes it clear that he will arrive in top form at the Budapest World Championships, although it is not yet known in which event he will compete or even if he plans to double.

If Katir is a wonder… Faith Kipyegon is an alien. In 2023, the 29-year-old Kenyan (1.57 and 42 kg) carries three world records in three Diamond League rallies. His impressive 3:49.11 in the 1500 in Florence, his equally fantastic time of 14:05.20 in the 5000 in Paris… have been surpassed with a prodigious display in Monaco. Kipyegon put on an incredible display to smash Sifan Hassan’s mile record of 4:12.33. The African stopped the clock at 4:07.65… almost five seconds less. If for the first two planetary records the president of Kenya, William Ruto, presented him with a check for 5,000,000 Kenyan shillings (33,000 euros) and a three-bedroom furnished house in Nairobi, valued at 40,000 euros, it will be necessary to see what gift he receives for this feat.

Faith Kipyegon.
Faith Kipyegon.CLEMENT MAHOUDEAUAFP

Other A prominent name was that of the Norwegian Karsten Warholm who won the 400 hurdles with 46.51, the fourth best mark in the history of the event, although far from his prodigious 45.94. Also notable were the 1:43.22 of the Kenyan Wyclife Kinyamal in the 800 meters, the 12.30 of the American Nia Ali in the 100 hurdles, the 17.70 of the Burundian Hugues Fabrice Zango in the triple jump, and the 9.92 of the Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala in the 100 meters.

Karsten Warholm.
Karsten Warholm.CLEMENT MAHOUDEAUAFP

In the Principality appointment there were also more Spaniards. Fatima Diame jumped up to 6.74 in length and continues on her way to get a ticket to Hungary that is practically tied; Esther Guerrero was tenth in the mile with 4:22.28; Álvaro de Arriba finished 4th in the B series of the 800 with a time of 1:45.98; Thierry Ndikuwenayo was 8th in the 5,000 with a personal best, 12:55.47; and Víctor Ruiz finished 7th with 8:14.41 over 3,000 obstacles.

DISAPPOINTMENTS.

Monaco had to be the final starting signal for Yulimar Rojas to further advance his legendary status. The prodigious Venezuelan jumper wanted to achieve the World Cup minimum (6.85) in the long jump and thus look for the double in the pit in Budapest: long and triple jump. However, the six-time world champion fell far behind with a best attempt of 6.61 and eliminated before improvement. Another expected moment was to see the North American Sydney McLaughlin (400 hurdles record holder) in the 400 meters but knee problems meant that the luxurious sprinter did not participate. And the biggest surprise was the defeat of Duplantis in the pole vault with obvious technical problems and not being able to cross the bar more than 5.72. First defeat of the Icarus of the pole since September 2, 2022.

Armand Duplantis.
Armand Duplantis.Adam WarzawaEFE

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