Triple World record holder Faith Kipyegon closed the season with the fifth fastest time ever on day one of the prestigious Prefontaine Classic held on Saturday night at the Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.
The greatest female 1500m runner of all time, who wrote her name in history books when she became the first woman to break the 3:50 barrier over the distance when she clocked 3:49.11 in Florence, dominated the entire race as won the title in record six times at this venue in a Meeting Record of 3:50.72 and was followed a distant later by World 1500m silver medallist, Diribe Welteji from Ethiopia in second place in a new personal best of 3:53.93.
“Starting with the world record and now winning the Diamond Trophy…it has been a fantastic year for me,” said Kipyegon
Olympic silver medallist and double European champion Laura Muir who finished in sixth place at the World Championships in Budapest improved on her time with a season best of 3:55.16 taking the third slot.
Xiamen Diamond League meeting winner Freweyni Hailu finished in fourth in a new personal best of 3:55.68 with Oceanian record holder Sarah Hall coming home in fifth in a new National Record time 3:56.92