The final stop on the 2020 Diamond League tour supplied another round of incredible performances.
The COVID-adjusted Diamond League season came to a close with several world-leading times, national records, and career bests on Friday in Doha, Qatar.
Three-time world champion Hellen Obiri ran her second world-leading time this year. The Kenyan distance star finished the women’s 3,000 meters in 8:22.54, narrowly missing her personal best of 8:20.68. The performance followed Obiri’s victory in the 5,000 meters at Diamond League Monaco, where she ran a world lead of 14:22.12.
For the start of the race, Obiri led by running on the heels of pacemaker Winny Chebet, who brought the field through 1,000 meters in 2:48.46. With 500 meters remaining, Beatrice Chepkoech took the lead from Obiri, but the 3,000-meter world indoor champion didn’t let her have it for long. With just over 300 meters to go, Obiri sprinted ahead of the field and held her lead through the finish line.
“This season has not been the best for everyone, but I am happy it is coming to an end,” Obiri told race organisers. “We are all focusing on next year, an Olympic year. I am going back to Nairobi a happy woman, and I look forward to coming back here again.”
Agnes Jebet Tirop finished second in a personal best of 8:22.92, edging out Chepkoech who followed close behind.
Six runners in the top 10 clocked personal bests, including former University of Oregon NCAA champion Jessica Hull, who broke the Australian national record and finished 10th in 8:36.03, a 32-second improvement on her previous personal best.