Rowbury, Wheating Advance On U.S. Lists

Rowbury, the 2009 IAAF World Championships bronze medallist at 1,500 meters, finished third in the 3,000 meters behind Ethiopia’s Sentayehu Ejigu (8:28.41/world leader) and Bahrain’s Maryam Yusuf Jamal (8:29.20), clocking a personal best of 8:31.38.  Knocking about half a minute off of her previous best time outdoors, Rowbury became the second-fastest American of all time behind only Mary Slaney (8:25.83).

Wheating, the 2010 NCAA 800 and 1,500-meter champion, turned heads with his 3:30.90 time at 1,500 meters, slicing six and one-half seconds off of his previous best of 3:37.52.  Wheating is now the #4 American of all time behind Bernard Lagat, Sydney Maree and Alan Webb.

Ahead of Wheating, who finished fourth, Silas Kiplagat of Kenya (3:29.27) and Amine Laalou of Morocco (3:29.53) became the 19th and 20th runners, respectively, to break the 3:30 barrier, according to statistician Ken Nakamura.

Elsewhere in Monaco, Sudan’s Abubaker Kaki was a clear winner in the 800 meters in 1:43.10.  Kenyan Boaz Lalang was able to catch South African world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi just before the finish line to take second.  Both Lalang and Mulaudzi were clocked in 1:43.29.

American Alysia Johnson won the women’s 800 meters in a world-leading 1:57.34, her second mark this season under 1:58.00

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