Simpson Surges To 1500m Win At Diamond League Stockholm

Simpson celebrates her win in Stockholm on Thursday night. Photo:

The American shows a strong finishing kick to win by more than half a second.

American Jenny Simpson showed a strong finishing kick to win the 1500m at a Diamond League meet in Stockholm, Sweden on Thursday.

Simpson, who turns 28 on Saturday, and the rest of the field found themselves about 10 meters behind Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba at the start of the bell lap. At that point, the chase was on.

Sifan Hassan of The Netherlands led the pursuit of Dibaba and as the pack hit the final corner, Hassan seemed poised to make her winning move. Simpson, however, was first to react and surged past Hassan on the outside as the race hit the final straightaway.

Simpson cruised to the finish line in 4:00.38, comfortably ahead of the second-place Dibaba (4:01.00). Hassan hit the line third in 4:01.62.

“I am so pleased with my race,” Simpson told “When the wind was blowing and the weather was coming down on us I kept telling myself that the most relaxed person will win tonight. Over the last 400 I had a little bit of doubt in my mind, but I saw that they were struggling and I told myself, ‘just keep going, keep going,’ and I ran harder than I have ever run in my life.”

Finishing just over a second off the podium was American Shannon Rowbury, who took fourth in 4:02.96.

Dibaba owns the world indoor record at 1500m (3:55.17), while Hassan has run the fastest outdoor 1500m time this year (3:57.00).

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