Olympic 1500m champion, Faith Kipyegon defeated the World outdoor champion, Halimah Nakaayi in the women 800m race at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games held on Monday (06) in Hengelo, Netherland.
Kipyego who was facing Nakaayi for the second time in her running career after the 1000m race at the 2020 Monaco Diamond League in France, was using this race for her speed work as she prepares for the upcoming world championships and Commonwealth Games.
The 28 year-old who holds the world leading time in 1500m of 3:52.59 which is also her second fast time after the 3:51.07 that she set last year in Herculis, pushed the 12 lady field that included the Oceania’s Indoor Record holder Catriona Bisset from Australia.
Kipyegon took charge of the race at the 200m mark as she held off her opponents to cross the finish line in a season best of 2:00.36 with the reigning World Indoor bronze medallist coming home in second in 2:00.87.
“I came here for the speed for my 1500m and also for a good time. Unfortunately circumstances for a fast time were not perfect. I will come back here and push for a faster time.” said Kipyegon.
Bisset who won the ORLEN Copernicus Cup with a close edge over Nakaayi in February closed the podium three finishes in a time of 2:00.90.
Great Britain’s Baker Ellie and the 2013 European Junior bronze medallis, Christina Hering came home in fourth and fifth place in 2:02.31 and 2:03.31 respectively.
- Faith Kipyego (KEN) 2:00.36 SB
- Halimah Nakaayi (UGA) 2:00.87
- Catriona Bisset (AUS) 2:00.90
- Baker Ellie (GBR) 2:02.31
- Christina Hering (GER)2:03.31