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Mo Katir smashes Fermín Cacho’s 1,500 Spanish record

The Murcian made 3: 28.76 in the Monaco Diamond League and beat the Soriano’s record (3: 28.95), which dated from 1997.

Mohamed Katir broke one of the most traditional Spanish records, Fermín Cacho’s 1,500 . It was this Friday in the Diamond League in Monaco, where this boy from Mula broke the timer with 3: 28.76 . The top of the Soriano was 3: 28.95 (from 1997), now it is from this SUV capable of flying in 5,000 and in the ‘milqui’. In the Luis II stadium he was second behind Cheruiyot and left behind Ingebrigtsen, McSweyn, Lewandowski, Tefera.The noble class was surpassed by this ponytail athlete, who runs with a sock of every color and lover of poetry.

It was a fast-paced race, with a very fast start. Katir was in last, glued to Jakob Ingebrigtsen. They passed the 400 in 54, the 800 in 1:50, a crazy rhythm set by the eight-century Sowinski . Katir gained positions little by little and with 500 meters left he was already in the lead pack. When there were 300 meters left he attacked, for all. Even stepping on 2nd street, something that pays dearly for such fast races. But Katir is in the clouds of form and reached the last flying straight. He hit Cheruiyot (3: 28.28 did the Kenyan), which led him directly to Cacho’s record. 3: 28.76. Ingebrigtsen stayed at 3: 29.25 and Australian McSweyn, 3: 29.51 (Oceania record).

Katir, 23, was born in Morocco and has lived in Mula (Murcia) since she was five. This 2021 is the season of its great explosion . First he had a good winter, with a very outstanding mark of 3,000 (7:35), and this summer he has broken the schemes of national and world athletics with his irruption. In the Diamond League in Florence he smashed Spain’s record of 5,000 with 12: 50.79 . Now comes this national record of 1,500 that Cacho had and that, until not long ago (until 2013), was the European top. The current one is 3: 28.68 from Jakob Ingebrigtsen. Katir stayed at eight hundredths.

He will not run the 1,500 in Tokyo

There is the paradox that, despite the great record , Katir will not be on the starting line of the 1,500 of the Tokyo Games since he is enlisted by the Spanish National Team only in the 5,000 meters where, seeing his state of form, he is capable to perform any feat. In each race, he improves and surprises in equal parts with his Asics Metaspeed LD shoes, made of carbon fiber plate, which have a kind of metallic multi-studs instead of the traditional spikes.

Katir has trained for much of the season at the CAR of Sierra Nevada . A writer of poems and a very affable character, it is common to see him on Instagram training on the treadmill of the Granada justify (the Ingebrigtsen brothers also train there) in which he inserts himself at breakneck speeds . The same one that she handles in her series at more than 2,000 meters, the same one that has led her to beat the Spanish record with more tradition.

Yulimar was the one who jumped the most, stroked the record and finished second
Yulimar Rojas dyed her hair pink in Montecarlo at Claudio’s hairdresser. I was expecting a special day, because the data indicated that I had a tremendous leap in store. He did it but it was null by a few centimeters and he did not break the record of Inessa Kravets (15.50 of 1995) that resists on the wire while waiting for the big day of Yulimar.

Rojas, 25, took so much risk in Monaco that she lost the contest and was second, despite her overwhelming superiority. It was the one that jumped the most, with 15.12, but did not take the victory for the disputed new format of final to 3. There the one with the best final jump wins, regardless of the rest of the contest. Mamona made void, the Jamaican Ricketts executed a poor 14.28 and Yulimar, instead of ensuring an easy jump, played it for a record. It was nil and Ricketts won with his short jump. A paradox of a format with many criticisms from athletics.

Ana Peleteiro was left out of that ‘strange final’ with 14.57. She was fourth in a very good contest.

Warholm wins on record ‘hangover’

Karsten Warholm had not left Norway in 2021.until this Friday. The 400 hurdles Viking, who had just broken the world record in Oslo (46.70), broke his ‘anticovid bubble’ to race in the Diamond League in Monaco. He admitted that the hangover from the world record he had taken its toll, but nevertheless made a carrerón . Shot out, 13 supports between fence and 47.08. Victory ahead of Allyson dos Santos. He will not leave his house again until the Tokyo Games. There he goes to superstar and with record danger. “I think Oslo was not a perfect race.”

A female ‘milqui’ of vertigo
In a fast-paced race, launched by Chanelle Price, Faith Kipyegon came very close to the world record of 1,500 (Dibaba 3: 50.07). The Kenyan left the clock at 3: 51.07 and sent a warning to Sifan Hassan, second with 3: 53.60. The Dutch woman is aiming for the treble (1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 in Tokyo) and Kipyegon sent a message: I am capable of running in very fast races. At that dizzying pace, Esther Guerrero hunted a sixth place and a good mark (4: 02.53), almost the best of her life.

Two more Spaniards raced in Monaco, both over 3,000 hurdles. Irene Sánchez-Escribano finished in 9: 33.72 in ninth position in a race in which she was affected by a fall. And Dani Arce did 8: 20.91 and was eleventh in the men’s test.

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