FAYETTEVILLE – Christin Wurth-Thomas, a former member of the Arkansas Razorback women’s track and field team, made history in the 1,500 meters Friday night in Paris at the Samsung IAAF Diamond League Meeting Areva.
Filling out a deep field in the women’s 1,500 meters, seven women brought sub-four minute career bests to the line. Crossing the line first, Russia’s Anna Alminova clocked a world-leading time of 3:57.65. On her heels, USA Outdoors fourth-place finisher Wurth-Thomas ran a new personal best of 3:59.59 to take second. Her time currently ranks No. 4 in the world.
Wurth-Thomas is only the second American woman to break four minutes in the 1,500 meters twice in her career. She also ran a sub-four clocking of 3:59.98 in Rome on July 10, 2009. Former USA Record Holder and National Champion Mary Decker Slaney ran 1,500-meter times of 3:57.12 and 3:57.24 during her career in the 1980’s.