FIMC Paul won the 400m hurdles by force majeure on Friday at the Diamond League matches in Lausanne, Switzerland. The three-time European champion won with a time of 52.95 seconds. Sivan Hassan finished fourth in the 3000m race.
Delilah Muhammad was seen as Paul’s main competitor before the race. However, the American, who finished third at last month’s World Cup in Eugene, was disappointed and finished seventh. In the end, Paul was almost a second ahead of second seed Janev Russell.
Thanks to her victory, Paul took second place in the standings with 32 points. It is two points behind Ukrainian Anna Ryzhikova, who finished fourth in Lausanne.
“It’s great to run in 52 seconds here again,” Paul said afterwards. “The first 200 meters were very easy, and I wasn’t too close to the obstacles either. I’m tired, but less tired than expected. The last few days I’ve been in bed 11 hours a day.” I’m glad I can do something now. Days off until my last race of the season in Zurich.”
Last week, during the European Championships in Munich, Paul wrote athletics history by becoming the first woman ever to win European titles in the 400m and 400m hurdles. In addition, the 22-year-old athlete won the gold with the relay team in the 4x400m race.
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Hassan finished off the stage
Hassan was only fourth in the 3,000m race on Friday night. The Dutch had to catch up in the middle of the race, because she almost crashed when she tripped twice. Hassan finished second on the last lap, but was eventually overtaken by two contenders.
Hassan was missing earlier this month at the European Championships in Munich. She ran 5000 and 10,000 meters at the world championships in Eugene, but she could not get any medals there. At the beginning of this month, the athlete won the 3,000m race at the Diamond League in Chorzow, Poland.
In the 100 metres, Dutchman N’Ketia Seedo finished seventh with a time of 11.41 seconds. Nadine Visser also finished seventh in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 12.81. Leakey Claver was not a match to compete in the 400m and finished sixth with a time of 51.15.
In the women’s 4×100 metres, the Netherlands took the acclaimed second place after Switzerland. Seydoux, Claver, Jamil Samuel and Naomi Sydney raced with a time of 43.02 on the last song of the evening.
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