Silas Kiplagat surged late to reel in Djibouti’s 2014 world indoor champion Ayanleh Souleiman to win the men’s 1500m in 3:30.44 at the Rome Diamond League meeting on Thursday.

Souleiman had clocked the fastest time for a mile race on US soil when winning in Eugene but could not hang on down the straight and was overhauled by Kiplagat in the final 40 metres.

Kenya’s double world champion Asbel Kiprop could not mount a challenge and clung on for third.

There was more Kenyan success with Eunice Sum continuing to show that her surprise world 800m title was no flash in the pan by taking the two-lap victory in 1:59.49, following up her win in Doha last month.

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