Morgan Uceny just won the Diamond League 1,500m title for 2011 by running a world-best 4:00.06. In taking the title at the Van Damme Memorial in Brussels, she beat all three medalists at the World Championships — Jenny Barringer Simpson, Hannah England and Natalia Rodriguez — as well as two-time Worlds champ Maryam Yusuf Jamal.
From Cornell coach Artie Smith:
After a fast first lap, the field of 20 was still together after a slow second lap but Morgan waited patiently in the top group and avoided any mishaps as the field crossed 1,100 meters in approximately 2:58. Moving up well with 300 meters to, Morgan pounced with 200 to go and took the lead with 150 to go, extending her lead to win convincingly. With 400 to go, she was in ninth and looked fantastic passing some of the best middle distance runners in the world in the last lap.
Morgan is a champion — after the bad luck fall at the World Championships 1500 final, Morgan bounced back on the biggest stage in the track and field world to claim the season-long Diamond League Series title.
From the folks at LetsRun.com
Uceny won’t be forgotten anymore as she destroyed a loaded field over the final lap of the Diamond League final in Brussels on Friday night and got the win in a world leading time of 4:00.06. Today’s field included the world champion Simpson as well as Jamal and 10 of the top 11 women on the 2011 year list but none were close to being the same class as Uceny. In the process of getting the victory, Uceny also secured the overall Diamond League title and won at least $50,000 in the process ($40,000 for the DL title, $10,000 for the win and we imagine there is more for a world leader). It was Uceny’s third Diamond League victory on the year and one that will certainly result in her being world ranked #1 at the end of the year.