Go for 3 World Records with Farah, Kosgei and Kipyegon
The Van Damme Memorial, next stop for the Diamond League of athletics, looks excellent. On the tartan in Brussels we will have athletes of the size and scale of Mo Farah, Brigid Kosgei, Bashir Abdi, Duplantis, Sifan Hassan or the Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon. Both in Monaco and in Stockholm it has become clear that despite the confinements the athletes are very fit, so anything can be expected from this third stop of the competition, which has been greatly reduced due to the coronavirus crisis. It will be on September 4.
Three World Records will be attacked
The most remarkable thing (and it is not little) of this Meeting in Brussels is that not one, but two world records will be sought. On the one hand, Mo Farah, Bashir Abdi and Sondre Moen will seek the World Record for the hour on the track. It is the case that the Norwegian took the European Record recently, but was knocked down by the shoes a couple of days later. One of the favorites of the three is obviously the four-time Olympic champion.
The athlete of Somali origin knows that to break this record he must exceed the 21,285m that Haile Gebreselassie achieved in 2007 in Ostrava. “How far am I aiming? I don't want to say what I think I'm capable of. That's not important. I just have to do it on September 4th. I can only say that I look forward to it and I think I can do it. I want to set a new world record ”, he commented.
First competition for Farah
"The AG Memorial Van Damme it will be my first competition since the Chicago Marathon in October 2019. When they offered me to break the world hour record, I did not hesitate. My tactics? It is important to keep a steady pace. The first 10k to 15km Bashir and I will definitely be together. After that we will see. Bashir has his own goals. Along the track we are close friends, but on the track we follow our own path ”, he adds.
Kosgei-Hassan, Duel of the Titans
Kosgei and Sifan Hassan will come out, for their part, in search of the World Record of the feminine hour. This record is held by the Ethiopian Dire Tune, who covered 18,517 meters during the 60 minutes in Ostrava in 2008.
Faith Kipyegon, for her side, will try to attack the world record of 1,000 meters after falling just 16 hundredths away at the Monaco meeting from a couple of weeks ago. The Kenyan must exceed the 2.28.98 established by the Russian Svetlana Masterkova precisely in Brussels in 1996.