Marco Arop held off world 1,500-metre champion Jake Wightman of Nice Britain till the ultimate straightaway however the 800 specialist did not have the legs to go the additional distance and pull out the victory in Wednesday’s 1,000 race at Diamond League Monaco.
Wightman handed his Canadian opponent with about 35 metres to the end line en path to victory in a season world-leading time of two minutes 13.88 seconds at Stade Louis II.
Arop, who hadn’t raced since incomes bronze within the 800 ultimately month’s World Athletics Championships, was second in 2:14.35, topping Nate Brannen’s 2:16.52 nationwide document from Aug. 20, 2012 in Linz, Austria. Clayton Murphy of the USA positioned third (2:15.73).
The 28-year-old Wightman, coming off a bronze-medal efficiency on the Commonwealth Video games final Saturday, ran beneath the meet document time of two:17.42 by Kenya’s Solomon Lekuta on July 20, 2018.
It is the ninth-fastest time ever to win the lads’s 1,000 in Monaco, the quickest by anybody since Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti clocked 2:13.49 on Aug. 25, 2016 and allowed Wightman to clinch third on the U.Ok. all-time listing within the distance.
For Arop, it was his third top-three end in as many races on the skilled observe and subject circuit this season, following his third-place end on the Diamond League season opener in Doha on Might 13. He gained eight days later, additionally within the 800 occasion, at Birmingham, England.
WATCH | Arop performs strongly in uncommon out of doors 1,000-metre race:
Final yr in Monaco, the 23-year-old ran a 1:43.26 private greatest, solely 6-100ths of a second behind Brandon McBride’s Canadian mark within the 800.
Earlier than Arop grew to become solely the second Canadian man in historical past to win a world medal within the 800, he gained his second Canadian title on the senior degree and adopted with a victory on the pre world championships invitational in his native Edmonton.
WATCH l Breaking down what units Arop aside from the pack:
On Wednesday, with the temperature hovering round 30 C, the six-foot-four Arop parked himself behind American pacesetter Erik Sowinski from the outset and had a wholesome benefit over Wightman when Sowinski dropped out halfway by way of the race.
American sweep in males’s 200m
Nonetheless, Wightman started to kick exhausting on the bell lap and closed in on Arop on the ultimate bend with about 200 metres to the end.
Elsewhere, Toronto native Aaron Brown clocked 20.23 seconds for fifth within the males’s 200, gained by Noah Lyles in a meet document 19.46 over fellow Individuals Erriyon Knighton (19.84) and Michael Norman (19.95), the 400 champion at this yr’s worlds in Eugene, Ore.
The 25-year-old Lyles, recent off his victory and 19.31 season world-leading time on the planet closing, lowered his meet mark from 19.65 in 2018. He had a terrific begin off the road and transitioned nicely off the bend, preserving the momentum and progressively pulled away from Knighton and Norman.
WATCH | Lyles blazes to 19.46-second end in males’s 200m:
Brown, 30, was additionally fifth in his different Diamond League 200 this season in Doha in Might. The four-time defending Canadian champion was seventh on the planet closing earlier than serving to Canada’s males’s relay workforce ship a shocking upset.
The gold medal gained by Andre De Grasse, Jerome Blake, Brendon Rodney and Brown in 37.48 seconds – the quickest on the planet this season and a brand new Canadian document – was the nation’s first main championship within the 4×100 race since Donovan Bailey, Bruny Surin, Glenroy Gilbert and Robert Esmie sandwiched their Olympic gold on the 1996 Atlanta Video games between back-to-back world titles in 1995 and ’97.
WATCH l Canadian males golden in 4x100m relay at athletics worlds:
Django Lovett of Surrey, B.C., completed fifth in males’s excessive bounce after clearing 2.20 metres earlier than lacking all three makes an attempt at 2:25.
The 30-year-old was sixth at worlds on the heels of his second consecutive Canadian title.
Liz Gleadle of Vancouver threw 57.08 metres in her lone try in ladies’s javelin, ending final within the subject of 9.
Wednesday’s competitors represented the primary Diamond League occasion of 2022 for the 33-year-old, who was fifth final July 9 in Monaco with a throw of 58.40. Three days in the past, she positioned fourth within the ladies’s closing on the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham.
Motion shifts to Switzerland for the eleventh Diamond League assembly and forty seventh version of Athletissima on Aug. 26 in Lausanne, the place no fewer than eight reigning Olympic champions will compete.