Freweyni Hailu wins the mile at the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting in Ostrava (Image © Sona Maleterova)
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Freweyni Storms to Mile Win at Ostrava Indoor Meeting

Freweyni Hailu won the women’s mile with a strong world-leading mark at the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Tuesday.

Ostrava hosted its first meeting as part of the tour’s top tier following the World Indoor Tour Gold season opener in Astana on Saturday.

Ethiopia’s world indoor 800m silver medallist Freweyni made a statement in her first-ever short track mile with a dominant 4:17.36 performance.

Freweyni formed part of a four-strong breakaway group behind the pacemaker in Ostrava and waited until four laps were remaining to make a move.

She eased to the fore as the pacemaker stepped aside and only her compatriot Hirut Meshesha, the world indoor 1500m bronze medallist, could stick with her.

As they left their compatriots Saron Berhe and Netsanet Desta behind, Freweyni and Hirut reached 1500m in respective times of 4:01.03 and 4:01.68 – the top two marks in the world so far this year.

Freweyni continued to push ahead and sprinted away from Meshesha off the final bend to cross the finish line in 4:17.36, two seconds ahead of Hirut, who clocked 4:19.53.

Saron took the third-place spot in 4:24.23.