Three-time world 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop faces the Commonwealth Games winner Botswana’s Nijel Amos in the men’s 800m at the eight stop of the IAAF Diamond League in London on Sunday.
Asbel who has raced to a personal best (PB) of 1:43.15 in 800m has not been lined up in his traditional 1500m race for the two lap race by the event organisers.
Amos will be back in London where he ran down to beat Olympic and World champion David Rudisha by a tenth of a second in the 800 meters in 2015 as he prepares to tackle the race in the city during the World Championships in August.
Kenya’s national 800m champion the United of America (USA) based Emmanuel Korir is in the race who will be using the race as a dress rehearsal for the World championships after making it into the team for London with World silver medalist Poland’s posing a threat Adam Kszczot.
Vincent Kibet ranked third in the current metric mile rankings will be racing in the men’s 1500m race with Bethwel Birgen and Andrew Kiptoo.
Olympic 5000m silver medalist Hellen Obiri and Africa 4x400m relays bronze medalist Winny Chebet will lock horns in the women’s one mile run.
The race will be complicated with the entrance of World Indoor double champion Laura Muir of Britain, Olympic 1500m bronze medalist USA’s Jenny Simpson , 2011 World Indoor (Doha) 800m silver winner Britain’s Jennifer Meadows and European champion Poland’s Angelika Cichocka.
With just weeks to the IAAF World Championships slated for London, United Kingdom, there is a mad rush by athletes to consolidate places in the top eight of Diamond League ranking before the imminent break for London jamboree.
Under the new format introduced this year, only top eight ranked athletes of every discipline or 12 in the case of longer distances qualify to run in the finals.
A new points system sees athletes earn eight points for every win and one for 8th place finish with no points for anyone finishing outside the top eight. At the end of 12 meetings the best will head to Brussels, Belgium or Zürich, Switzerland for the ultimate showdown with a Diamond Trophy and USD 50,000 as price money.