Reigning Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon of Kenya has set her sights on the world 1000m record at the Memorial Van Damme, a Wanda Diamond League in Brussels on Friday, September 4, 2020.
Kipyegon, who came up 0.17 shy of Svetlana Masterkova’s 2:28.98 record at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco Friday, August 14, 2020, will give it another try in the same stadium and meeting where the record was set in 1996. Kipyegon’s 2:29:15 performance in Monaco elevated the 26-year-old Kenyan to No2 all-time over the distance.
Organisers also announced that Brigid Kosgei, the world record-holder in the marathon, has joined the field in the women’s one-hour run, a bid on the 18.517km world record in that event, which includes 2019 Doha double world champion Sifan Hassan of Netherlands. Kosgei, who smashed the marathon world record with a stunning 2:14:04 run in Chicago last year will be making her track debut.
Local restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic have forced the meeting behind closed doors but will be broadcast live across several platforms. Details will be announced shortly.