The 21-year-old Amersforts won the race due to force majeure, in 53.44 seconds. She ran her highest time last year at 53.79.
Paul also won the 400th hurdles at the FBK Games last Sunday, but was almost a second slower (54.33). Just like in Hengelo, Anna Ryzhikova from Ukraine took second place behind her in Florence. She crossed the finish line a good distance from Paul, at 54.19.
With her new record time of 53.44, Paul ranked third in this year’s world rankings. The best talent of the Dutch, who this winter became the European champion indoors in the 400 meters and in the outdoors, already fought the Dutch record for this distance to 50.56, in a flawless race. She wants to take fifteen paces between all ten hurdles in order to maintain speed, especially on the last heavy metres, and in Florence she almost succeeded. She just had to make an extra pass for the last hurdle.
Paul reacted enthusiastically. „I made a lot of mistakes in Hengelo and now there are others, but the second part of the race was much better. I managed to keep the pace pretty well, but I haven’t found my rhythm yet on the hurdles. “I’m working hard on it,” she said shortly after the race. “But of course I am very happy to set a Dutch record.”
Hassan dazzles at the best time of the year at an altitude of 1500 meters in Florence
Sivan Hassan also excelled in the 1500m race. She won the race in 3.53.63, the best time in the world this year. The great Dutch sprinter defeated Kenya’s Faith Kipigon in a powerful final race, who set a national record with a time of 3.53.91. Britain’s Laura Muir took third place with a score of 3.55.59.
Hassan won the 10,000m race on Sunday at the FBK Games in Hengelo on 29.06.82. This was a world record. Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey improved it again two days later to 29.01.03, Benny noticed on the same track at Hengelo.
Four days into her Hengelo race, Hassan no longer seemed to be tired of that 25-lap race. She was on top from the start and took the lead in the race after the 700m. Kipyegon kept pushing until the end of the race, but Hassan turned out to have a stronger final shot. It just failed to beat its best of 3.51.91. At that time, she became the world champion in the 1500 meters in 2019.
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