Kara Winger and Grant Fisher shine as American records* fall at the Brussels Diamond League
BRUSSELS — Kara Winger and Grant Fisher broke American records* on Friday at the Memorial van Damme meet in Belgium, the penultimate stop of the Wanda Diamond League series.
Winger broke the women’s javelin national record with a final throw of 68.11m/223-5, adding 71cm to the mark set by Maggie Malone in July 2021. The World Championships in Athletics silver medalist at Eugene, Ore., in July, Winger won her first Diamond League meet since 2010 and reclaimed the American record she set that year with a lifetime best 66.67m / 218-8. It is also the best pitch in the world in 2022.
Fisher was leading the pack or nearly all through the men’s 5,000m, passing 1km in 2:34.6 in fifth, then moving up one place to fourth at 2km in 5:07.8. After covering 3 km in 7:42.5, Fisher was back in fifth place as the leading group remained united. Hitting 4k in 10:16.5, Fisher needed a 2:37 or better to challenge Bernard Lagat’s 12:53.60 AR from 2011, and he finished very quickly to clock 12:46.96 and break Lagat’s record in ranking second.
*Both registrations are subject to verification by the USATF Registration Committee.
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