Hassan WR Mile
As she ran Sifan reminded me of Herb Elliott (this is my supreme compliment) taking over after 2 1/2 laps and smoking the field. Her last two laps were 61 and 62 seconds. Just an incredible run, a negative split of 2:09/2:03.
There have been some stunning performances this past indoor and current outdoor season, but this one is to me the best. Kejelcha's indoor mile record was also wonderful, and the 1:41+ 800 by Nigel Amos also at Monaco was magnificent to watch.
My friend Geoff Williams had this comment about Hassan.
" I saw the Womens Mile from last week's Diamond League in Monaco. A great race by Hassan of The Netherlands. It put me in mind of when I saw Diane Leather break the record in 1955 with 4:45-they have come a long way since then. The womens record is now only 30 seconds behind the mens compared with 47 seconds in 1955 (lots of factors involved there) If they keep gaining at the same pace they will be pretty close in about 130 years."