Just last week Morgan Uceny took on the nation’s best at the USA Nationals and came away as a U.S. champion in the 1,500-meter run. Now she is taking on the world… and winning!
She again finished strong — closing with a 61.6 final 400m — to defeat the international field with a time of 4:05.52 at a Athletissima Lausanne, a Diamond League meet, in Switzerland. Uceny — who now leads the prestigious DL standings in the event — was followed by Ukrainian Anna Mischenko, who was about a half-second behind.
What did Morgan do? She just ran away from the field the last 100m. She extended her lead until about 20 meters from the finish where it wasn’t clear if she slowed down because the race was in the bag or because she was tired but there was no way she was going to lose at that point. She ended up getting the win by a comfortable 3 meters (10 feet) over Anna Mischenko.
What did Morgan do differently here to beat the international field that she didn’t do at USATFs? Nothing. At USA Morgan closed in 62.3, in Lausanne she closed in roughly 62 seconds, the pace was just a couple seconds slower at 1100. Morgan won comfortably at USAs versus a very strong field. The strength of that win was validated here, although later in the season one would expect a stronger challenge from [two-time Worlds champ Maryam] Jamal and others.
The video from NBC Universal is below: