Kiplagat shocks world champ Kiprop in sizzling 1,500m

Fri Jul 18, 2014 9:05pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Kenyan Silas Kiplagat shocked compatriot Asbel Kiprop to become the fourth-fastest 1,500 meters runner of all time at a sizzling Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday.

Kiplagat broke through to run a year-leading three minutes, 27.64 seconds and surprise two-time world champion Kiprop, who was attempting to break Hicham El Guerrouj's 16-year-old world record of 3:26.00 in the race.

"I could see Silas coming closer and closer. It was a tough race," said Kiprop, who ran 3:28.45.

Kiplagat said he too would be thinking about the world record in the future.

"I have the fast time now, but why not be faster and attack the world record?" he told reporters.

"I always run well here, so I'm thinking my win and result is no surprise. I was aware I can do it."

Botswana's Nijel Amos and U.S. sprinters Justin Gatlin and Tori Bowie also posted the best performances of the year.

Olympic silver medallist Amos delivered a second middle-distance surprise when he defeated fading Kenyan world record holder and Olympic champion David Rudisha in the 800 meters.

Amos finished in 1:42.45, the year's top time, with Pierre-Ambroise Bosse setting a French record of 1:42.53 in second place. Rudisha was fifth.   Continued...

Silas Kiplagat of Kenia celebrates as he crosses the finish line in the men's 1500m event during during the Golden Gala IAAF Diamond League at the Olympic stadium in Rome June 5, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi