Genzebe Dibaba/File

Genzebe Dibaba/File

by Michael Bascombe

MONACO, July 17, 2015 – It was an incredible and fascinating night of athletics at the IAAF Diamond League in Monaco on Friday, with world leads, meet records and a world record.

The darling of long-distance running, Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia sent a clear warning ahead of the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.

Dibaba clocked a new world record in the 1500m, finishing in 3:50.07 to beat the 22 year-old mark of 3:50.46 held by Yunxia Qu of China.

“Pacemaker did a great job. I’m the first from Ethiopia getting 1500m world record, that is amazing,” she told reporters.

Dibaba said that she will attempt the double at the World Championships next month.

“I knew from the beginning that I could break the record and am still able to improve, maybe under 3:50. But one thing is clear I will double at World Championships. And lets try for 5000m world record after Beijing.”

It was non-stop excitement as competitors sharpened their distances and times ahead of the Beijing championships.

American Justin Gatlin didn’t disappoint and maintained his unbeaten run this season, winning the 100m in a meet record of 9.78 and head of teammate Tyson Gay (9.97) and Jimmy Vicaut of France (10.03).

Asbel Kiprop of Kenya also set a new meet record and world lead in the men’s 1500m in 3:26.69.

American Joe Kovacs threw the shot put at a distance of 22.56 metres to set a meet record, diamond league record and world lead.

Compatriot Christian Taylor also set a meet record of 17.75m in the Triple Jump, beating the old mark of 17.63m held by Christian Olsson of Sweden.

Other leading performers of the night included Habiba Ghribi of Tunisia, winning the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase in a world lead and meet record of 9:11.28; Mwangangi Ndiku of Kenya won the Men’s 3000m in a world leading 7:35.13; Amel Tuka of Bosnia Herzegovina surprised the field including Nijel Amos of Botswana (1:42.66) to take the Men’s 800m in a world lead and national record of 1:42.51 and American Francena McCorory lowered her world lead mark in the Women’s 400m to 49.83.

The next stop in the Diamond League will be the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London next weekend.

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