Sifan Hassan and Abebe Aregawi Win Heats, Set Up Clash For Women’s 1500 Final

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By David Monti, @d9monti
(c) 2014 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

ZÜRICH (12-Aug) — Europe’s top two middle distance runners this season, Sweden’s Abeba Aregawi and the Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan, easily won their individual heats in the first round of the women’s 1500m.  Aregawi beat back a nominal challenge from Serbia’s Amela Terzic, to win the first heat in a pedestrian 4:11.64 to Terzic’s 4:11.75.

“The race was nice, I hope to win the final and I don’t mind about the time,” Aregawi told European Athletics interviewers. “It will be a good battle with Hassan.”

Hassan won the second heat comfortably in 4:09.55, helped along by the decent pace set by Poland’s Renata Plis, who finished second (4:10.33).  Like Aregawi, Hassan formerly competed for Ethiopia.

“It’s very nice,” Hassan told Race Results Weekly in English while a Dutch federation official sought to hurry her through the mixed zone.  “I feel confident going into the final.”

Also advancing (with medal hopes) were Norway’s Ingvill Måkestad Bovim, Britain’s Hannah England and Laura Weightman, and Russia’s Svetlana Karamasheva.  Måkestad Bovim, who is making a comeback from both maternity leave and an injury, looked strong in the final sprint to take fourth in the first heat.

“It felt like I was running a 3-K in the beginning,” Måkestad Bovim said of the slow early pace.  “But I was strong in the finish.”

Not advancing was Britain’s Laura Muir.  The runner-up at the British Championships this year, who later ran a sizzling 4:00.07 in Paris, got her feet tangled with the Netherlands’ Maureen Koster at the bell, nearly falling.  She finished sixth in the first heat in 4:14.69.

“I’m disappointed, especially because I’m ranked #3,” the soft-spoken Muir told reporters.  She continued: “I almost fell a couple of times as I was trying to get past people.”

Results

1500 m
Heats12 August
Heat 1
1Abeba AregawiSWE5 Jul 904:11.64Q
2Amela TerzićSRB2 Jan 934:11.75Q
3Svetlana KaramashevaRUS24 May 884:12.94Q
4Ingvill Måkestad BovimNOR7 Aug 814:13.02Q
5Anna MishchenkoUKR25 Aug 834:14.24
6Laura MuirGBR9 May 934:14.69
7Maureen KosterNED3 Jul 924:15.11
8Sonja RomanSLO11 Mar 794:16.38
9Esma AydemirTUR1 Jan 924:16.90SB
10Margherita MagnaniITA26 Feb 874:17.19
11Agata StrausaLAT2 Dec 894:17.61
12Isabel MacíasESP11 Aug 844:17.76
Heat 2
1Sifan HassanNED1 Jan 934:09.55Q
2Renata PliśPOL5 Feb 854:10.33Q
3Federica Del BuonoITA12 Dec 944:10.47Q
4Laura WeightmanGBR1 Jul 914:10.55Q
5Hannah EnglandGBR6 Mar 874:10.73q
6Diana SujewGER2 Nov 904:11.27q
7Anna ShchaginaRUS7 Dec 914:11.27q
8Nataliya PryshchepaUKR11 Sep 944:11.42q
9Luiza GegaALB5 Nov 884:12.25
10Lucia KlocováSVK20 Nov 834:14.77
11Diana MezuliáníkováCZE10 Apr 924:15.40
12Gamze BulutTUR3 Aug 924:18.28
13Liina TšernovEST28 Dec 874:25.18

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The first distance medals of these championships will be handed out tonight when the women’s 10,000m is contested.  Medal favorites include Portugal’s Ana Dulce Félix (the defending champion) and Sara Moreira, France’s Sophie Duarte and Clémence Calvin (the 2014 European Cup Champion), Britain’s Jo Pavey (the Commonwealth Games 5000m bronze medalist at 40 years-old), Germany’s Sabrina Mockenhaupt, and Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton.  Two-time TCS New York City Marathon champion, Jelena Prokopcuka of Latvia, has the fastest personal best in the field, 30:38.78, set in 2006.


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