Paris Diamond League
Laura Muir (coach: Andy Young) produced the performance of her career to date, winning the Paris Diamond League and lowering the British record she set at the Muller Anniversary Games last month. The Olympic 1500m finalist was the only athlete to really commit to going with the pacemakers, which meant she had to run the last lap in splendid isolation, but it didn’t affect her. Beating the Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon into second place, Muir stopped the clock at 3.55.22 much to her delight and disbelief.
That time knocks a whopping two seconds off the mark she set in London, is the fastest time in the world this year and also a meeting record. Muir will be back in action at the first of the Diamond League finals in Zurich on Thursday, before heading across the pond for the 5th Avenue Mile in New York.
Muir spoke afterwards: “The race was amazing, I couldn’t believe the time, especially since I didn’t do one track session since Rio. I just went with the pacemaker and I knew I had to dig in and hold on during the 3rd lap. I’ll be in Zurich next week to finish my season.”
Desiree Henry (Rana Reider) was also in fine form as the British women shone in Paris; the youngster, who celebrated her 21st birthday the previous day, set a new personal best to finish second. Running blind from lane eight, Henry was only beaten by world champion Dafne Schippers as she ran 22.46 (+0.1m/s), half a second faster than she’s ever gone before. That performance also moved her up to third in the Diamond Race standings.
Sticking with the sprints, bobsledder Joel Fearon (Michael Khmel) continued his recent run of good form to finish third in a high quality field in 10.05 (-0.1). Chijindu Ujah (Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo) was seventh in 10.15.
In the field, Jade Lally (Andrew Neal) also produced her best Diamond League performance to date with a fourth place finish in the women’s discus, thanks to a 61.45m throw. Lorraine Ugen (Shawn Jackson) showed no Olympic hangover as she finished second in the women’s long jump with a 6.80m effort, a season’s best. Shara Proctor (Reider) was a couple of places further back with a 6.55m jump.
Anyika Onuora (Rana Reider) finished seventh in the 400m, clocking a time of 51.70, whilst Cindy Ofili (James Henry) was third in a competitive 100m hurdles races, posting a time of 12.66 in a race won by world record holder, Kendra Harrison.