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Doha DL — A dos Santos 400H Statement

Doha DL — A dos Santos 400H Statement

Following a ’23 season in which knee surgery slowed his gait, Alison dos Santos hurdled 46.86, fourth-fastest of his career. (MARISE NASSOUR FOR DIAMOND LEAGUE AG)

DOHA, QATAR, May 10 — The third stop on the Diamond League tour saw world-leading marks by Alison dos Santos, Kenny Bednarek, Beatrice Chebet and Samuel Firewu on a warm and windy evening at the Qatar Sports Club Stadium.

Brazil’s dos Santos won the 400H in impressive fashion, charging off the final barrier and clocking a sensational 46.86. Only three men have ever run faster — plus dos Santos himself, who won the ’22 world title in 46.29.

“It is still very early in the season, we know that we have much work to do, so this result gives us a good, good vibe for the rest of the season,” said the 23-year-old lap-hurdles star, who was more than a second and a half ahead of runner up CJ Allen of the U.S. (48.39). “It is going to be very tough this year, so to start in such a fashion is so positive.”

In the 200, Bednarek had a slight lead coming off the turn, then continued to build on that margin. He stopped the clock in 19.67, slicing a 100th off his PR (from the Tokyo Olympics) and solidifying his hold on the No. 9 spot on the U.S. all-time list.

Left in his wake were Courtney Lindsey (20.01) and Kyree King (20.21), who had teamed up with Bednarek (and Noah Lyles) to win the 4×1 at the World Relays the previous weekend.

“All I can say is I ran for my life because I knew my teammates were behind me,” said the Olympic silver medalist, who was sporting a headband that said Fear None. “I’m just happy because I’m back. Back and better than ever. The last two years I was hurt and I’m here to go for the Trials and for the Olympics.”

In the women’s 5000, Chebet was content to follow Ethiopia’s Ejgayehu Taye for most of the second half of the race. The Kenyan — who just won her second successive world cross country title in March — tried to take the lead on the inside down the final backstretch, but when Taye blocked that move Chebet quickly swung wide and surged ahead entering the final curve. Her decisive sprint brought her home in 14:26.98, well clear of world 10,000 bronze medalist Taye (14:29.26).

The men’s steeplechase provided a thrilling conclusion to the evening when Firewu (8:07.25) exploded off the final barrier to pass Budapest bronze medalist Abraham Kibiwott (8:07.38). The young Ethiopian — who turned 20 the previous week and whose…

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