27th August 2016 – Despite the 2016 summer track season starting to draw to a close PACE athletes are still performing at the top level, setting new personal bests and seasons bests along the way.
In one of the highest quality meetings of the year, particularly in the distance events where we saw a world record, a world junior record, and several area records, the IAAF Diamond League event in Paris saw four PACE athletes in action.
There was a personal best for Bethwel Birgen (KEN) in the men’s 3000m as he clocked 7:32.48 for sixth place. In her first 1500m race in Europe Winny Chebet (KEN) stepped up from her usual 800m and made an exceptional debut of 4:02.66 which although only gaining her tenth place shows she has real potential at the longer distance in future. Further up the field Shannon Rowbury (USA) showed her quality again taking fourth place in a seasons best 3:58.00.
Jenna Prandini (USA) took third place in the 200m having two days earlier competed at the IAAF event in Lausanne where she took second over 100m, clocking 22.48 seconds and 11.11 seconds respectively.
Also in Lausanne, Olympic 1500m Champion Matthew Centrowitz (USA) stepped down to the 1000m and recorded a new personal best of 2:16.67 for sixth place and Hellen Obiri (KEN) followed up her second place finish at the Olympic Games with another second place. In a tactical 3000m that culminated with a sub 60 second last lap Hellen clocked 8:33.98.