Jenny Simpson’s Winning Streak Ends with 3rd Place Finish in Lausanne
"Simpson is still in a good position for the World Championships. But Dibaba, Hassan, Kipyegon all represent very real threats to Simpson’s supremacy, and she will have to be at her very best if she is to hold them off at Worlds."
It’s rare to see someone pull away from Jenny Simpson in the final 100 meters of a 1500, but that’s exactly what happened tonight as the Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan dusted Simpson and the rest of the field on the final straightaway, winning her second straight DL race in 4:02.36 thanks to a 29.1-second final 200. After running 4:01 and losing in her first two 1500s of the year, Hassan is really coming on now as she went 3:59 for second in Rome on June 4 before picking up wins in Birmingham (June 7) and Lausanne (today). This was by no means a disaster for Simpson (third in 4:03.54), who lost to two very strong runners in Hassan and 3:56 woman Faith Kipyegon; as good as she is, it was unlikely that Simpson was going to make it through the season undefeated.
The rabbits went out insanely fast in this one, coming through 400 in 61.6 seconds — 3:51 pace that even Genzebe Dibaba would be hesitant to follow. The field wisely held off, coming through in 64, led by Ethiopian Senbere Teferi. A 66-second second 800 meant that Dibaba’s world-leading 3:54.11 from Wednesday was off the table; this one would come down to a kick
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