Obiri Wins Historic Women’s Mile to Highlight Müller Anniversary Games
Top five women clock sub-4:20 plus best marks-for-place were set from 4th to 14th, produces the deepest women’s Mile race in history; Jenny Simpson #2 U.S. woman all-time with 4:19.98 in London
By Matthew Brown for the IAAF
Two world leads, a world best and a meeting record in the women’s Mile were the highlights of the track programme at the Müller Anniversary Games at the London Stadium this afternoon where some 35,000 fans, including IAAF President Sebastian Coe, were treated to some scintillating action just few weeks ahead of the IAAF World Championships here next month.
The ninth IAAF Diamond League meeting of the season featured 17 Olympic champions with many of the world’s best seeking much-needed points of the road to the final.
But it wasn’t just current Olympic medallists who grabbed the attention for the program was briefly interrupted to allow Great Britain’s 2008 Olympic 4x400m relay squad to receive their much-delayed bronze medals following subsequent doping disqualifications.
That was all about correcting the past. As for the present, let’s start with the women’s Mile in which Hellen Obiri upstaged Laura Muir’s attempt to break the British record by out-battling the Scot on the home straight to set a meeting record and Kenyan national record of 4:16.56, now ranking her the 5th fastest woman all-time outdoors for the iconic distance.
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