World 1500m Champion Elijah Manangoi has shifetd his focus for the coming Diamond League meeting with an aim to claim the top prize.
The Rongai Athletics Club member, who led a 1-2 Kenyan finish in 1500m on the final day World Athletics Championships in London, currently heads the rankings in his chosen distance ahead of the final two races of the season in Zurich and Brussels.
The 24 year-old has been invited at the Weltklasse Zürich which is an annual, invitation-only, world-class track and field meeting that will be held at the Letzigrund in Zürich on August 24.
The meet in Zurich is being held in a new format where the best athletes of the season qualify to compete, regardless of their standings in the 12 preceding Diamond League meetings, and a $100,000 (Kshs 10,000,000)-dollar winning prize is awarded in each event.
Manangoi will also be eyeing $50,000 (5,000,000) in prize money if he can win the Diamond League in Brussels on September 1.
“I have already won two Diamond League races in Doha and Monaco with world-leading times, and a second-place finish in the Prefontaine classic meet in Eugene. This gives me enough motivation to win the Diamond League title for the first time,” said Manangoi, a 2015 world silver medallist.
When athletics.co.ke reached to his coach about the two events the coach Bernard Ouma said, “with the preparations we have had the whole year,Manangoi is up to the task and I believe he will deliver”.
Only five points separate him from his training mate and current world silver medallist, Timothy Cheruiyot, who is in second place with 25 points. World bronze medallist Filip Ingebrigtsen of Norway is in third, ten points further back.