Abrham Sime and Amos Serem delivers a photo finish in Steeplechase race in Paris (Image Courtesy DL Meeting de Paris)
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Ethiopia’s Abrham Sime Wins 3000m Steeplechase in Paris

Ethiopia’s Abrham Sime beat ran his personal best to win the 3000m steeplechase as Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon smashed her own 1500m world record at the Meeting de Paris on Sunday night.

The meeting at Stade Charlety was the first Wanda Diamond League meeting since the Olympic qualifying window closed. Abrham competed in steeplechase days after he was named on the standby list of the Ethiopian athletics team’s final roster for the Paris Olympics.

The race also featured world bronze medallist Abraham Kibiwot, African Games silver medallist Amos Serem, New Zealand’s world indoor 1500m champion Geordie Beamish, and in-form Tunisian Mohamed Amine Jihnaoui.

However, it was Abrham and Serem that fought to the last microseconds the competition that delivered a photo finish.

Abrham won the race by two thousandths of a second as both men recorded PBs of 8:02.36. Kinwot was third in 8:06.70.

“I am happy with today’s race, coming out with a personal best by nearly eight seconds feels great,” said Abrham.

He, however, remains unsure about his return to Paris for the Olympics. “I don’t know yet what is next. I am still on the reserve list for the steeplechase, so maybe I will run the Olympics in Paris,” he said.

Three athletes including world record-holder Lemecha Girma will represent Ethiopia in the men’s steeplechase at the Paris Olympics, per the Ethiopian Athletics federation. It has also placed Abrham on the standby.

Kipyegon Breaks World Record, again

Faith Kipyegon made another history in the final race of the meeting de Paris a year after her record-breaking performance over 5000m in the same venue.

The Kenyan long distance runner set a new world record in the 1500m race, crossing the finishing line at 3:49.04.

Kipyegon took 0.07 off the world record she set last year in Florence. Australia’s Jess Hull was second in 3:50.83 and British athlete Laura Muir clocked 3:53.79 to finish third as, for the first time ever, 12 women finished inside four minutes.

“It feels amazing to break the world record,” said Kipyegon, who clocked 3:53.98 at Kenya’s Olympic Trials.

The 30-year-old athlete, who was sidelined from major competitions due to injury and recovery, wanted to see what shape she was in ahead of the Paris Olympics.

She said, “I’m in the right direction towards the Olympics” and “will absolutely do the double in Paris, in the 1500m and 5000m.”