Olympic 800m champion, Athing Mu ran the world leading time at the Rome Diamond League (Golden Gala Pietro Mennea) held on Thursday (09) night in Rome, Italy.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist, who now stands at 9-0 in the 800m since she turned professional last year, beat a strong field that included the reigning World Indoor silver medallist, Freweyni Hailu from Ethiopia, the 2016 European silver medallist, Rénelle Lamote and the 2014 world Indoor silver medallist Natoya Goule from Jamaica.
The rich deep field also had theWorld 800m champion Halimah Nakaayi from Uganda and the World U18 400m silver medalist Mary Moraa.
Mu became the second woman in the history of United States 800m race to win the Olympic gold medal after Madeline Manning, who won it fifty eight years in Mexico.
Mu who holds a personal best of i:55.04 that she got at the Prefontaine Classic last year where she set three records, won her first-ever Diamond League outside of United States when she destroyed the rich field, crossing the finish line in a world leading time of 1:57.01 with Lamote coming home later in second place in 1:58.48.
The 2021 European silver medallist, Elena Bellò closed the podium three finishes in a time of 1:58.97 while holding off Moraa who crossed the line in fourth in 1:59.26.
The third fastest runner in the world over the 2000m race, Hailu from Ethiopia finished in fifth place in 1:59.39.
- Athing Mu (USA) 1:57.01
- Rénelle Lamote (FRA) 1:58.48
- Elena Bellò (ITA) 1:58.97
- Mary Moraa (KEN) 1:59.26
- Freweyni Hailu (ETH) 1:59.39