The Dutch runner was duly challenged by marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei, who battled to the end
From the beginning of today’s one-hour track race in Brussels, there was no real doubt the women’s one-hour world record was going down. With the two main contenders, double world champion and double world record holder Sifan Hassan and marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei battling it out almost to the bitter end, Hassan prevailed, with 18,930 metres – 413 metres farther than Dire Tune’s world record of 18,517m, set in 2008. In a shocking turn, later in the evening it was announced that Kosgei was disqualified for briefly stepping off the track and onto the infield in the middle of the race.
Hassan is the reigning world champion in both the 1,500m and 10,000m and holds the world record in the mile and the 5K.
Farah raced with his training partner Bashir Abdi of Belgium, who set a national record for one hour and broke Gebrselassie’s 20K world record
At his first track race in three years, multiple Olympic and world champion and British record holder Sir Mo Farah set his first world record today at Brussels Diamond League, completing 21.330 kilometres in one hour, 45 metres farther than Haile Gebrselassie’s mark of 21.285 km set in 2007.
Farah’s training partner Bashir Abdi of Belgium, who won the 10,000m at the European championships in 2018 and who finished second at this year’s Tokyo Marathon, stayed close to Farah throughout most of the race, briefly taking the lead in the last five minutes, as if giving his mate a target and temporarily relieving him of the relentless work required to run the distance. Abdi ran 21.322 kilometres, a national record for the Belgian. He also broke Gebrselassie’s 20,000m world record of 56:25.98, with 56:20.02 (he was briefly ahead of Farah on the track).