The women’s 3000m produced the greatest set of marks at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Stanford, USA on Sunday.
The field included world 1500m record-holder Genzebe Dibaba, world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri, Olympic 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana and European 5000m champion Sifan Hassan, among others.
After a swift 31-second opening 200m, the pace soon settled and the pacemaker took the field through 1000m in 2:45.75.
Ayana was ultimately never a factor but the other big contenders were all still in the lead pack as they approached the final kilometre.
Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey made an early break and led from Dibaba with 800m to go with Hassan and Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen also close behind.
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With 600m left, Dibaba started to fall behind, while Hassan and Klosterhalfen were gaining. Gidey took the bell at 7:13.97, with Hassan a little more than second back.
Hassan passed Gidey with 250 metres left as Dibaba was now contending with Klosterhalfen.
Hassan pulled away down the homestretch and went on to win in 8:18.49 – the fastest time in the world since 1993 and a three-second improvement on the European record according to the IAAF website.
Klosterhalfen passed Dibaba and then Gidey to take second place in 8:20.07, also finishing inside the previous European record. Gidey finished third in an Ethiopian record of 8:20.27 while Dibaba was fourth (8:21.29) and Obiri sixth (8:27.26).
Leeds United raring to go, says Adam Forshaw
Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw has spoken about what the first few days of pre-season have been like.
The majority of the Leeds squad returned for training on Monday at Thorp Arch, ahead of the 2019/20 EFL Championship season.
Forshaw now feels that the squad find themselves in better shape than this time 12 months ago.
“It’s good to be back in training and doing what we love in playing football,” Forshaw told the club website.
“It’s been tough as usual, but it’s what we expect.
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“If we want to get back to the levels we were at last season then we need to put the work in now and we definitely are.
“I feel like we have gone into this pre-season quicker this year than last year," he added.
“I think we had more of a base fitness from last season and the sessions we took away with us in the summer gave us a base, which has allowed us to really ramp things up.
“There are a lot of hard runs that we have to do and a lot of gym sessions, but we are all enjoying it and raring to go again.”