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Hull caps sensational year with 5th place in Riga

Jess Hull has finished a marathon length season with fifth place in the Mile at the World Road Running Championships in Riga, Latvia.

Jess Hull has finished a marathon length season with fifth place in the Mile at the World Road Running Championships in Riga, Latvia.

Photo by Marta Gorczyńska for World Athletics

The 26-year-old stopped the clock in 4:32.45 behind surprise victor Diribe Welteji of Ethiopia (4:20.98) who along with compatriot Freweyni Hailu (4:23.06) scored an upset over 1500m and Mile world record holder Faith Kipyegon (4:24.13). 

“It was awesome to be out there again today. It’s the same women that I’ve been racing on the track all year but it’s such a different race on the roads. It was really fun to go in with no expectations and just run hard and make decisions as I went,” Hull said.

The performance rounds out a sensational year for the Wollongong local:

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  • Raced every month from January through to October
  • 22 races, finishing in the top 3 on 12 occasions
  • Part of Australia’s bronze medal winning relay team at the World Cross Country Championships
  • Set 4 Australian records (will be 5 when the Road Mile is ratified at 31 December) across four distances: 1500m, Mile, 3000m and Road Mile
  • 6 runs (including one en route to a mile) under 4 minutes for 1500m
  • Over AUD$50,000 in prize money won

“One of my big goals was to be ‘good all year’ so I think being part of all four of those major races shows that I was able to do that,” said Hull, on being one of only six athletes globally who contested all of the World Cross Country Championships, World Athletics Championships, Diamond League Final and World Road Running Championships.

“I’m really, really proud of my consistency this year and being able to run well in all four of those is a bonus. That made it a lot of fun all the way along.”

Jess Hull’s jet setting 2023

4 continents, 10 countries, 22 races… a big 2023 for Jess Hull

DateEventMeetPlaceTimePrize Money
15 January2km XCAustralian World Cross Country Trial, Canberra25:55$0
18 February2km XC RelayWorld Cross Country Championships, Bathurst35:47USD $1,500
23 February1500mMaurie Plant Meet – Melbourne14:07.11USD $5,000
11 March3000mSydney Track Classic18:31.81 NRAUD $600*
30 March1500mAustralian Championships, Brisbane1 (heat)4:11.15$0
1 April1500mAustralian Championships, Brisbane1 (final)4:04.19$0
2 April5000mAustralian Championships, Brisbane115:05.87$0
10 April1000mStawell Gift – Invitational Women handicap22:38.05 (off scratch)AUD $1,500*
30 April3.84kmRun the Tan111:32AUD $10,000
5 May1500mDiamond League, Doha44:00.90USD $2,000
2 June1500mGolden Gala, Firenze33:57.29 NRUSD $3,500
15 JuneMileBislett Games, Oslo34:18.24 NRUSD $3,500
2 July5000mBauhaus Galan, Stockholm514:44.24USD $1,250
21 JulyMileHerculis, Monaco54:15.34 NRUSD $1,250
19 August1500mWorld Championships, Budapest2 (heat)4:03.50$0
20 August1500mWorld Championships, Budapest6 (semi)3:57.85$0
22 August1500mWorld Championships, Budapest7 (final)3:59.54USD $6,000
23 August5000mWorld Championships, Budapest13 (heat)15:15.89$0
8 September1500mMemorial Van Damme, Brussels43:57.75USD $2,000
10 SeptemberMile road5th Ave Mile, New York64:21.6USD $750
16 September1500mPrefontaine Classic, Eugene83:57.57USD $1,000
1 OctoberMile roadWorld Road Running Championship, Riga54:32.45USD $1,250

*Prize money listings obtained from event websites, except for these estimates noted

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