Sifan Hassan has broken the world record in the women’s mile tonight at the Herculis EBS IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco, clocking 4:12.33.
The 26-year-old Dutch runner knocked 0.23 from the previous best of 4:12.56, which was set back in 1996 by Russian Svetlana Masterkova.
After an opening 800 metres tonight of 2:08.50 – Masterkova clocked 2:06.90 during her world record run – it appeared as though the world record was out of reach for Hassan.
Running alone, she accelerated on the third lap, reaching 1,200m in 3:10.20, exactly two seconds up on Masterkova, and propelled on by a powerful 62-second final lap, the Dutch athlete took the first outdoor world record on the track in 2019.
Briton Laura Weightman was second in 4:17.60 with Gabriella Debues-Stafford of Canada taking third in a national record run of 4:17.87.