Morgan Uceny Wins Diamond League 1500m

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 13, 2011
  • Updated Jul. 13, 2011 at 10:17 AM UTC
Morgan Uceny is arguably the best 1500m runner in the world right now. Photo: Jane Monti

Morgan Uceny is arguably the best 1,500m runner in the world right now. Photo: Jane Monti

She defeated the top-ranked 1500m runner in the world on Sunday.

The United States has a new champion in the women’s middle-distance events: Morgan Uceny. On Sunday, proved that she may be the best in the world at this distance in the Diamond League meet in Birmingham, England. Her winning time was 4:05.64.

Uceny is on a roll as of late. Her victory Sunday was the second time that she beat the top-ranked 1500m runner in the world, Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain, in ten days.

Uceny used the same strategy that she employed in Lausanne in the last Diamond League meet: She tucked in behind the leaders for the first three laps and with 200 meters left in the race, she powered around them for the win.

“It felt great,” said Uceny, following Sunday’s victory. “In Lausanne, I felt a little dead. I was just happy to come away with a victory, the way I felt. And then here, I felt antsy the whole time, I just really wanted to go after it. But I’m learning some patience.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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