Jakob Ingebrigtsen clocks third-fastest mile in history as Rai Benjamin stuns Karsten Warholm

Jakob Ingebrigtsen clocks third-fastest mile in history as Rai Benjamin stuns Karsten Warholm
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17 September 2023
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Jakob Ingebrigtsen was just metres away from a second world record in just over a week at the Diamond League Final 2023 in Eugene on Saturday (16 September).

Eight days after breaking Hicham El Guerrouj's 2000m mark in Brussels, the Norwegian star was involved in a thrilling battle with Yared Nuguse in the closing Bowerman Mile.

Ingebrigtsen looked over his shoulder in the home straight to see the American right there, but held on to win in 3:43.73, just six-tenths of a second outside El Guerrouj's 24-year-old world record.

Three days before his 23rd birthday, Ingebrigtsen's run put him third on the all-time list and saw him break Steve Cram's 38-year-old European record set in the Oslo Dream Mile.

Rai Benjamin got the Prefontaine Classic off to a dramatic start on the track as he edged out Karsten Warholm in the men's 400m hurdles.

The American managed to stay in touch with Warholm's fast pace before overhauling the world and Olympic champion inside the last 10 metres.

Benjamin won in 46.39 - a Diamond League record and 2023 world lead as well as the fourth-fastest time in history - with Warholm clocking 46.53 and Kyron McMaster third in 47.31.

Shericka Jackson scorched to victory in the women's 100m with world champion Sha'Carri Richardson only fourth.

The pair were chasing Marie-Josee Ta Lou after the Ivorian made a typically fast start but Jackson, who won 200m gold and 100m silver in Budapest last month, fairly flew home in the last 30m to take the win in 10.70.

Ta Lou equalled her season's best of 10.75 in second with Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah running her quickest time of 2023, 10.79, to take third.

Richardson was fourth in 10.80 but looked far from disappointed as she continues to bask in the glow of being a world champion.

Christian Coleman turned the tables on Noah Lyles in the men's 100m.

The 2019 world champion made his trademark fast start with Lyles slowly away and Ferdinand Omanyala close to the pace.

The triple gold medallist from Budapest closed quickly at the end to pip Omanyala for second, but Coleman won in 9.83 to equal the 2023 world lead he shared with Lyles and Zharnel Hughes.

Lyles and Omanyala both clocked 9.85 with Jamaican prospect Kishane Thompson fourth in 9.87.

Faith Kipyegon was roared home by the Eugene crowd as she ran away with the 1500m.

Kenya's world and Olympic champion ran almost half of the race by herself as she crossed the line in 3:50.72, just over a second and a half outside the world record she set earlier this year.

Diribe Welteji of Ethiopia chased Kipyegon home, as she did in last month's Budapest World Championships, in a personal best 3:53.93 with Laura Muir not far from her own British record in third in 3:55.16.

Just as he did in Xiamen, Grenada's Olympic champion Kirani James got the better of world bronze medallist Quincy Hall in the men's 400m.

The London 2012 gold medallist held his form against his more ragged rival to claim his fourth Diamond League trophy in a season's best 44.30 with Hall second (44.44) ahead of fellow American Vernon Norwood (44.61).

World silver medallist Matt Hudson-Smith pulled up before halfway after Alexander Ogando of the Dominican Republic was disqualified for a false start.


With world and Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Soufiane El Bakkali unable to travel to Eugene due to visa issues, Simon Koech took full advantage.

The 20-year-old Kenyan attacked a long from home and came home in glorious isolation in 8:06.26.

Samuel Firewu was second with American-based New Zealander George Beamish third.

Bahrain's world champion Winfred Yavi ran the second-fastest time in history to take the women's 3000m steeplechase.

Yavi took it up just over two laps from home and pushed the pace with only world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech able to stay with her.

The Kenyan briefly took the lead at the final water jump, but Yavi found another gear to win in 8:50.66 with Chepkoech second in 8:51.67.

Faith Cherotich broke nine minutes for the first time in third, clocking 8:59.65.


Chase Ealey breaks American shot put record

The highlight of the afternoon in the field came in the women's shot put as Chase Ealey set a new American record.

The two-time reigning world champion set a new meeting record of 20.61m in round two, and danced with delight after throwing 20.76m in round three to eclipse Michelle Carter's mark from Rio 2016 by 13cm.

Canada's Sarah Mitton (19.94m) was second with Auriol Dongmo of Portugal throwing a lifetime best of 19.92m in third.

Yulimar Rojas looked distinctly human again before taking the women's triple jump.

After overcoming rhythm issues to win her fourth consecutive world title last month, the Venezuelan only managed one legal jump in the first four rounds - an effort of 14.53m having taken off more than 30cm behind the board.

But Rojas got it right in round five, jumping a world lead 15.35m to secure victory from Shanieka Ricketts who set her second new personal best in a week with 15.03m.

Ricketts' fellow Jamaican Kimberly Williams was third with 14.61m.

Katie Moon cleared a Diamond League Final record 4.86m to win the women's pole vault.

The world and Olympic champion went over at the third and final attempt to beat Slovenia's Tina Sutej who had a best height of 4.81m.

Sandi Morris (4.71m) was third with Nina Kennedy, who shared the world title with Moon in Budapest last month, fifth after only clearing 4.56m.

There was an upset in the men's javelin as Jakub Vadlejch got the better of India's world and Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra for the second time this year.

The Czech thrower threw 84.01m in round one, a distance no one else was able to match, before improving to 84.24m in the final round.

Chopra was second with 83.80m just ahead of Finland's Oliver Helander (83.74m).

Republic of Korea's Woo Sang-hyeok equalled his own national record of 2.35m to take the high jump.

Norbert Kobielski of Poland was second thanks to a new personal best of 2.33m ahead of USA's JuVaughn Harrison on countback.

Japan's world champion Kitaguchi Haruka kept her winning run going in the women's javelin thanks to a second-round throw of 63.78m.

New Zealand's Tori Peeters (61.30m) was second ahead of Australia's Mackenzie Little (61.24m).

Andy Diaz Hernandez won the triple jump with his opening leap of 17.43m.

The Cuban-born athlete, who will be free to represent Italy at Paris 2024, took victory from world champion Hugues Fabrice Zango of Burkina Faso (17.25m) with USA's Donald Scott (16.84m) third.

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