Former Africa Cross Country champion Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli beat the Olympic 10,000m champion Selemon Barega at the Rome Diamond League (Golden Gala Pietro Mennea) held on Thursday (09) night in Rome, Italy.
The two time Olympic and World champion finalist beat a strong deep field that also included the World silver medallist champion, Yomif Kejelcha and the reigning Africa junior 5,000m silver medalist Jacob Krop.
The 23 year-old led a 1-2 Kenyan finish as he crossed the finish line in a new personal best of 12:46.33 with Krop coming home in second in 12:46.79.
The Double world champion, Kejelcha closed the podium three finishes in a time of 12:52.10 with the reigning Ethiopian 10,000m National champion, Barega finishing a distant fourth in 12:54.87.
The Tokyo Games silver medallist, Mohammed Ahmed from Canada finished in fifth in 12:55.84.
- Nicholas Kmeli (KEN) 12:46.33
- Jacob Krop (KEN) 12:46.79
- Yomif Kejelcha (ETH) 12:52.10
- Selemon Barega (ETH) 12:54.87
- Mohammed Ahmed (CAN) 12:55.84