Hull breaks Australian 1500m record

Jessica Hull has broken the Australian 1500m record at the prestigious ISTAF athletics meet in Berlin.

Middle-distance star Jessica Hull will now turn her focus to dipping under the four-minute barrier after bettering the Australian 1500m record at the ISTAF track and field meet in Berlin.

A month after becoming the fastest-ever Australian over 5000m, the 23-year-old Hull also claimed the national 1500m mark, clocking four minutes 00.42 seconds to finish third behind British duo Laura Muir and Laura Weightman.

It improved on the Australian benchmark of 4:00.86 set two years ago by Linden Hall.

"If I look back 12 months ago I never would have thought that I would break the area record in the 5000 before the 1500, so to have the 1500 one now is pretty special" said Hull.

"That's the one I was gunning for.

""The 5000 was a bonus along the way and now I've got that elusive sub-four (minutes) to reach for next year too."

Hull has been based in the United States for several years, although COVID-19 restrictions meant she has spent much of 2020 training mostly alone at home in Wollongong before heading to Europe for the abbreviated summer circuit.

She has enjoyed spending the last two weeks in Berlin alongside regular training partners including American Shannon Rowbury.

Next on the agenda is a 3000m race at the Doha Diamond League meet on September 25.

"I want to keep competing and I want to keep finishing higher and higher," said Hull, who will be one of Australia's leading track contenders if next year's rescheduled Tokyo Olympics goes ahead.

"Now I know I can finish in the top handful of these women, it's about just backing myself and putting myself in it, not just to think about times and not just chase records, but actually be competitive at the top level."

Fellow Australian Genevieve Gregson was eighth in the 3000m steeplechase in 9:44.01.

The standout performance of the night at the Berlin Olympic Stadium came from Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the legendary Edwin Moses' 40-year-old meet record in the men's 400m hurdles.

Warholm clocked 47.08 seconds - the ninth-fastest time ever.