For his birthday (20 years Wednesday), Athing Mu had planned no madness either on the track or off. For the extras, we want to believe her but when it comes to running fast, the Olympic champion is always to be followed. Coming without too many references after a Covid during her preparation, the American made her natural class speak this Thursday evening during the Diamond League meeting in Rome.
Well installed behind the hare (passage in 56”42), Mu took everyone including the Frenchwoman Rénelle Lamote. In search of the minimum, the double European vice-champion held on well to Mu’s immense stride before starting to let go of the ballast at the start of the last bend.
Best World Performance of the Year for Mu
Untouchable, Mu won in 1’57”01, signing the best world performance of the year. Behind, Lamote finished a little more in the hard but resisted the rest of the pack to sign a new podium in the Diamond League this season after Birmingham and Rabat on Sunday.
Especially in 1’58”48, the French signed the minima (1’59”30) for the Eugene Worlds (July 15-24). Eliminated in the semi-finals of the last Olympics, the athlete trained by Bruno Gajer on the side of Montpellier intends, this season, to hang a world final.