Melissa Courtney-Bryant celebrates. Pic: Pic: Getty Images.

Melissa Courtney-Bryant Smashes Second Welsh Athletics Record In A Week In Historic Race

By Hannah Blackwell

Melissa Courtney-Bryant has smashed a second Welsh athletics record inside a week.

Five days after breaking the Welsh women’s 1500m mark with a new sub-four minute run of 3:58.01, the Wales Commonwealth Games star broke the mile record at the Monaco Diamond League on Friday night.

In, arguably, the greatest female mile race in history – a race in which the world record was shattered by almost five seconds – Courtney-Bryant finished seventh in a Welsh record time of 4:16.38.

That broke the old Welsh record of 4:19.41 set by Kirsty McDermott in Oslo back in 1985.

Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon shattered the world when she completed the race in four minutes, 7.64 seconds to smash Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan’s 2019 mark of 4:12.33.

It continued an amazing season for Kipyegon, the multiple Olympic and world 1500m champion, who set a new 1500m world record in Florence in June, and a new 5000m record in Paris nine days later.

Laura Muir smashed Zola Budd’s 38-year-old British women’s mile record.

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Muir finished fourth in a race of extraordinary quality, her personal-best time of 4:15.24 eclipsing Budd’s mark, set at the Zurich Weltklasse meeting, by over two seconds.

The Republic of Ireland’s Ciara Mageean broke Sonia O’Sullivan’s long-standing national record with 4:14.58 in second ahead of Ethiopia’s Freweyni Hailu in an event where, of the runners who finished the race, only third-placed Hailu failed to record a personal best time.

Jessica Hull set an Australian record in fifth and Nikki Hiltz of the United States set a North American best in sixth ahead of a the new personal best set by Courtney-Bryant.

“I have done good training so far and I just came for it,” Kipyegon said.

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“The time – yes, it was really good because the race was well planned. It just went smoothly and to accomplish the world record – that is amazing.”

Elsewhere, British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith set a season’s best of 22.23 as she finished third in an encouraging women’s 200m behind Jamaica’s world champion Shericka Jackson, who claimed her fourth win from four this year in a time of 21.86.

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