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UK’s Dustin runs world-leading 800m in French meet

Oliver Dustin. Photo: @WorldAthletics/Twitter

Nice (France), June 13 (MNN) Britain’s Oliver Dustin took almost two seconds off his 800m Personal Best with a breakthrough performance in France, clocking a world-leading 1:43.82 at the Meeting International de Nice.

In seventh place some way back off the leader Elliot Giles along the back straight, 20-year-old Dustin had closed the gap on Saturday with 200m to go and then kicked again.

Moving from seventh to third off the final bend, the 2019 European U20 champion blasted down the home straight to pass France’s Gabriel Tual and Giles.
He won by more than half a second, with Tual claiming the runner-up spot in a PB of 1:44:44 and Dustin’s fellow Briton Giles – who ran 1:43.63 indoors in February – finishing third in 1:45.05.

Four days after finishing fourth in 1:59.39 at the Ethiopian Trials in Hengelo, Netsanet Desta won the women’s 800m in 2:00.86 ahead of Ireland’s Georgie Hartigan (2:00.88).

Germany’s Hanna Klein was another to run a personal best for an Olympic qualifying mark, improving to 4:02.58 to win the 1500m, while Australia’s Jye Edwards won the men’s race in 3:34.74.

Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw won the 5000m by two seconds ahead of Britain’s Eilish McColgan, 14:53.77 to 14:55.79, while Morgan McDonald won a close men’s race in 13:13.67. He held off a fast-finishing Mike Foppen by just 0.02 as long-time leader Stephen Kissa was caught on the final lap and faded in the closing stages to place fifth.

France’s Mehdi Belhadj (8:17.04) and Kenya’s Fancy Cherono (9:27.30) won the 3000m steeplechase events.

The USA’s Mike Rodgers ran 10.09 (1.4m/s) for 100m.

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