Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon will be the star to watch at the finals of the Wanda Diamond League series that will be held on Thursday (9) as world’s best athletes descend on Zurich.
Kipyegon who set the Olympic record over the distant will not have an easy ride as she will face a perennial rival whom she beat hands down at the Tokyo Games, Sifan Hassan from the Netherlands.
Hassan who is the double Olympic gold medallist, threatened the world record in the One Mile race that was held last Friday Night at the Allianz Memorial Van Damme, has admitted that her body could no longer handle a 5,000m 0r 10,000m race at the moment, so she preferred this race which she can easily handle.
Hassan will be remembered at the Tokyo race after beginning the final lap of the 3 3/4-lap race, where she collided with Kenya’s Edinah Jebitok as she ran into foot traffic, stumbling and knocking herself and Hassan — who was cruising in the back — to the ground but she got up and finished the race with a time of 4.05:28, just 11 seconds ahead of Australia’s Jessica Hull.
But Kipyegon on her part has been firing kicks at ever race she has run this season grabbing every number one medal and she has beaten the Dutch in every race they have competed in this season. Kipyegon is coming to this final race with a season best of 3:51.07 against Hassan’s 3:53.60.
This two will also be facing a rich field that has been assembled by the race organizers that includes the 2014 Commonwealth Games 800m bronze medallist Winnie Nanyondo from Uganda, Ethiopia’s Axumawit Embaye who is also the 2014 World Indoor 1500m silver medallist Champion.
Others on the start list include Australia’s Linden Hall of season best 3:59.01 and United States Josette