World 100m hurdles and the Commonwealth Games champion and record holder, Tobiloba Amusan is the top ranked African athlete according to the World Athletics Ranking that was released on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old who made history as the first Nigerian to win a world outdoor title and the first to set a world record following her 12.12 seconds run in Oregon in July is still ranked the fifth best in the overall women’s ranking.
The Nigerian scored 1489 points behind the Jamaican duo of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who has 1534 points and Shericka Jackson of 1526 points. Venezuela’s triple jumper, Yulimar Rojas comes in third place with 1517 points while the American 400m champion, Sydney Mclaughlin taking the fourth place with 14.90 points.
Tobi as she is popularly known is however two places and 22 ranking scores above Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay who won gold in the 5000m and a silver medal in the 1500m at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon.
The two-time World and Olympic 1500m champion, Faith Kipyegon from Kenya is placed third in Africa,
The Nigerian also retained her position as the top ranked high hurdler in the world ahead of reigning Olympic champion, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn from Puerto Rican and Jamaican, Britany Anderson.
World 5000m silver medallist and Commonwealth Games champion Beatrice Chebet saw off a world class field at the Zurich Diamond League Meeting held on Thursday (08) in Zurich, Switzerland.
The 22 year-old faced a stellar field that included the world Indoor 1500m champion, Gudaf Tsegay from Ethiopia, world indoor 3000m bronze medallist and world 5 km record holder on the road, Ejgayehu Taye, Olympic 5000m and 10000m champion, Sifan Hassan and her compatriot World 10000m bronze medallist Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi.
Chebet and Tsegay stuck together at the 4k mark and were closely followed Taye and Kipkemboi with Hassan trailing the leading pack as the five women tried to outdo each other with a kilometer remaining.
Chebet and Taye broke away from the lead group but Kipkemboi stayed along with them.
Chebet produced a lethal kick that no one could respond to at the final stage, surging ahead with zeal and power to cut the tape in14:31.03 with Kipkemboi coming home in second in 14:31.52. Tsegay who was targeting her first Diamond Trophy was left with no option but to settle in third place in 14:32.11.
“I am very happy with my p[erfomance today and winning the trophy is the best way to close the season,” said Chebet.
The Dutch track super star who is contemplating to switch to marathon finished in a disappointing fifth place in 14:37.05
The 2016 world Indoor silver medallist, Dawit Seyaum defeated the world-record holder in 5000m, 10,000m and the half marathon, Letesenbet Gidey in the women 5000m race at the Oslo Diamond League held on Thursday (16) at the Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway.
Seyaum who led a 1-2-3 Ethiopian podium finish battled for honors on a rainy track when facing a stiff competition that included her compatriots, Olympic bronze medallist in 10,00m Gidey, Olympic bronze medallist Gudaf Tsegay, Scottish record-setting in 10,000m, Eilish McColgan who led the race in the few laps but was unable to hold the pace before dropping off.
The 25 year-old waited patiently until the final 200m when she made her move along Gidey and Tsegay but she gave a kick that the two could not respond to, crossing the finish line first in a new personal best of 14:25.85 and was followed by Tsegay who crossed the line with a season best of 14:26.69 with Gidey forced to settle in third place in 14:26.92.
Hometown girl Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdahl who drove the train in the rain for several laps finished in fourth in a personal best and National record of 14:31.07 with Unites States Alison Monson coming home in fifth in 14:31.11.
The 2016 Olympics 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana who was making her Diamond League debut finished in sixth place in 14:32.17, chopping 11.45 seconds off her personal best and moving to No. 3 on the U.S. all-time list.
The 2016 Olympics 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana will make her debut in a star studded deep elite field at the Oslo Diamond League, also known as the Bislett Games, which will take place on Thursday 16 June at the Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway.
The 30 year-old will have an uphill task as she will battle the world-record holder in 5000m, 10,000m and the half marathon, Letesenbet Gidey, who will also be looking for her first win after finishing second in the 5000m in Eugene in 14:24.29 and in the 10000m in Hengelo in 30:44.27.
Ayana will also face her compatriot World 1500m Indoor champion and record holder Gudaf Tsegay, the 2016 world indoor silver medallist Dawit Seyaum and the European silver medallist Eilish McColgan, who set the national 5000m record with 14:28.55 in Oslo in 2021 and won the 10000m early this month in Hengelo in 30:19.02.
Other tile contenders include world 5000m bronze medallist Konstanze Klosterhalfen from Germany, former 5000m and 10000m European champion Yasemin Can from Turkey and European cross country champion Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal from Norway.
The 2013 World silver medallist, Mercy Cherono has been lined up against a star studded field at the sixth Wanda Diamond League meeting of the season in Oslo on Thursday.
The 31 year-old who is also the 2014 commonwealth Games champion will battle for honors with the Diamond League title holder and the inform Francine Niyonsaba, who was the first athlete to be identified as having DSD to officially break a world record when clocking 5:21.26 for 2000m to take over two seconds from the former mark. Niyosaba comes to this race carrying the season opener title from Doha.
The back to back winners in Birmingham and Eugene, Dayit Seyaum and Ejgayehu Taye from Ethiopia have also been lined up to face Cherono.
Cherono who made her statement known in Rabat after picking up her first Diamond League victory since 2015, will have an uphill task as she will also face the Tokyo bronze medallist Gudaf Tsegay, the 2018 European silver medallist and the Scottish record holder Eilish McColgan and the 2016 European 10,000m bronze medllist, Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal, who will also be running on home soil.
Olympic 1500m champion, Faith Kipyegon ran a world leading time at the Pre Classic Diamond League Meeting that will be held on Saturday (28) in Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
The 28 year-old who is a two time Olympic champion, has finished in the top two at every global championship she has competed in since 2014, led eight athletes who competed in the Olympic 1500m final in Tokyo, but with a clear mission in her head to perform one of her best racing ever,
Kipyegon who took eighteen months maternity leave to give birth to her daughter Alyn in 2018, made her come-back with a win at the 2019 Prefontaine Classic, lived again to her expectations as she set a new Meet record, World leading time this season and the ninth fastest time in the world when she cut the tape in a time of 3:52.59 which is also her second fast time after the 3:51.07 that she set last year in Herculis.
Kipyegon was followed a distant later by the World 1500m bronze medallist Gudaf Tsegay, who was making her fifth appearance of her career, when she came home in second place in a time of 3:54.29 with the 2018 North American, Central American and Caribbean bronze medallist, Gabriela Debues-Stafford from Canada closing the podium three finishes in 3:58.62.
Olympic 5000m bronze medallist Gudaf Tsegay will be looking to improve her time at the Villa de Madrid Indoor Meeting which is a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold level meeting that will be held on Tuesday (2) in Madrid, Spain.
Tsegay who set the World Indoor Record of 3:53.09 in Liévin last year has set her target at a better time than what she is holding now.
The 24-year-old won the mile in Liévin in 4:21.72 despite a fall in the first lap and set the second fastest time in history clocking 3:54.77 in Torun last week.
Tsegay will face off against four Olympic 1500m finalists, Freweyni Hailu also from Ethiopia, Oceanian Indoor record holder Jessica Hull and fellow Australian runner Linden Hall and Spanish champion Marta Perez.
Hailu finished fourth at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in a time of 3:57.60 which was the fastest 1500m final in history.
The Ethiopian moved up to third in the Ethiopian all-time list with 3:56.28 in Monaco and to fourth in the 800m with a time of 1:57.57 in Chorzow.
Hailu finished third this year in two 1500m races in Karlsruhe in a time of 4:02.66 and Torun in 4:02.50.
The other Ethiopians title contender is Hirut Meshesha who finished second in the 1500m in Karlsruhe in 4:02.14 and third in the mile in Liévin in 4:27.19 while Lemlem Hailu set her personal best in the 3000m when she clocked 8:29.28 in Madrid last year and finished second in 4:02.25 in the 1500m in Torun.
The hopes of Spain are carried by Perez, who finished ninth at the Tokyo Olympic games in 1500m race setting the Spanish second fastest time of 4:02.12 in history.
Olympic 5000m bronze medallist Gudaf Tsegay set the 1500m race second-fastest time in history of indoors games at the ORLEN Copernicus Cup which is a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold series, that was held on Tuesday (22) in Torun, Poland.
Tsegay set the World indoor Record of 3:53.09 last year in Lievin and yesterday she set the second fastest time in history of 3:54.77becoming the only person in Indoor games to have two leading times in the world in recent times.
“I did not set a world record, but I am happy with my race. My feelings are really good. I am still 50-50 on whether to go to the World Indoors. The main goal is the World outdoor Championships. I had injury problems at the Olympics last year. I don’t want to make the same mistakes I made last year”, said Tsegay.
Tsegay led 1-2-3 Ethiopian podium finish in a race that was dominated by her country. She was followed by World U18 champion Lemlem Hailu who crossed the a distant later in a time of 4:02.25 with Freweyni Hailu who finished fourth in the 1500m at the Tokyo Olympics game closing the first three podium finishes in a time of 4:02.50.
Habitam Alemu and Hirut Meshesha came home in fourth and fifth place in a time of 4:02.52 and 4:03.22 respectively.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Winnie Nanyiondo from Uganda and Sara Kuivisto from Finland improved their personal best as they clocked 4:03.54 and 4:06.14 respectively.
The World indoor champion and world indoor record-holder, Samuel Tefera will battle the Olympic 1500m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais that will be held on Thursday (17) in Lievin, France.
Tefera took the 2019 tittle of this race and he went on to break the world indoor record just six days later with a time of 3:31.04. The 22 years-old ran away with the 2020 edition title.
Tefera will not have an easy ride as he will face one of the finest runners in recent times, Ingebrigtsen who is expected to start his season on high just as he did last year.
Ingebrigtsen broke the European indoor record with a time of 3:31.80 and then surged ahead to enjoy the greatest season of his career which culminated with the Olympic 1500m gold in a European record of 3:28.32.
Ingebrigtsen is now being coached by his elder brother Henrik Ingebrigtsen as he father has taken a break to rest.
Pacers have been asked to cover the first kilometre in 2:21, which should set the field up for a finishing time close to 3:31.
He will be joined in the Lievin 1500m field by his brother Filip, the 2017 world bronze medallist.
The Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais is one of the seven Gold-level World Indoor Tour meetings taking place in 2022. In 2021, the meeting was highlighted by Gudaf Tsegay’s world indoor 1500m record and the 24-year-old Ethiopian will also be back in Lievin next month to race the mile.
Tokyo Olympic Games 10000m champion, Selemon Barega is to return to race at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais, a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting, in Lievin on 17 February.
The 21 year-old moved to third place on the world indoor all-time list with his performance in Lievin last year, where he clocked 7:26.10 finishing second behind his fellow country-mate Getnet Wale who threatened Daniel Komen’s 24 years, long standing world record of 7:24.90. The World U20 bronze medalist Champion missed to break the record with nine seconds.
The world indoor silver medallist, will focus to attack the world indoor 3000m record in Lievein. Six men had bettered 7:30 for 3000m indoors. Now the figure stands at 10, with the fourth-place finisher in last year’s edition, Berihu Aregawi, also dipping under the mark with 7:29.24.
World indoor 1500m record holder, Gudaf Tsegay will also be returning to Lievin but this time he will be racing the mile.
The meeting will also include world indoor 60m hurdles record-holder Grant Holloway, Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs and Olympic 1500m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen.