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Women's 1500m

Bahraini Maryam Yusuf Jamal continued her fine late season form with a comprehensive victory in the 1500, the first ever in the event for Asia.

Forging to the lead at the bell, Jamal allowed Russia’s double World Champion Tatyana Tomashova to give chase before pulling away midway through the backstraight en route to a 4:00.84 World Cup record.

“I was feeling good and could position myself as I wanted, said Jamal, who yesterday celebrated her 22nd birthday. “In those conditions, I don’t fear anybody.”

In a repeat of last weekend’s World Athletics Final, Tomashova, the European champion, again finished runner-up in 4:02.45, equalling her position from Madrid four years ago. Australian Sarah Jamieson, eighth in Madrid, improved significantly this time around, finish third for Oceania in 4:02.82. With a strong close of her own, Bulgarian Daniela Yordanova was fourth for Europe, reaching the finish in 4:02.97 to complete the fastest en masse finish ever in the World Cup. Only once, in 1994, did a race produce more than one sub 4:03 runner.

Bob Ramsak

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