Aussie Hall sets national record at Diamond League final to finish season on a high

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Linden Hall has taken advantage of the searing pace set by peerless Kenyan Faith Kipyegon to smash her Australian 1,500 metres record at the Diamond League final in Eugene, Oregon.

Hall ran a smart tactical race, moving through the field in the latter stages to finish fifth in three minutes and 56.92 seconds, bettering her previous national mark of 3:57.27 set earlier this year.

Multiple world and Olympic champion Kipyegon was in a class of her own, taking the win in 3:50.72.

“It’s exciting to end the season on a high,” said Hall, who was eliminated in the semifinals at the recent world championships in Budapest.

“It’s been a year that has thrown a few curve balls but I’m really proud to have run my three fastest-ever times this season and I’ll head into the new season and an Olympic year with so much confidence from this run.

“Any chance to add to an Australian record is something to be proud of, and this year I’ve really appreciated these moments because the other girls at home are making these records harder to get and even harder to hold.”

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Fellow Australian Jessica Hull was eighth in 3:57.57.

Meanwhile, Australia’s world championships bronze medallist Mackenzie Little finished third in the women’s javelin at the storied Hayward Field, which hosted last year’s world championships.

Little produced her best throw of 61.24m in the opening round.

World champion Haruka Kitaguchi from Japan took the win with 63.78m and New Zealand’s Tori Peeters (61.30m) just pipped Little for second place.

Australia’s world champion Nina Kennedy had a rare off day in the women’s pole vault, finishing fifth with just the one successful clearance at 4.56m.

American Katie Moon — who famously shared the gold medal with Kennedy in Budapest — won the Diamond League crown with 4.86m.

Stewart McSweyn (3:49.32) was 10th in the men’s mile, as Norwegian great Jakob Ingebrigtsen claimed a dominant win in 3:43.73.