Olympic 1500m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen 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 opened his 2021 season with victory in Lievin, breaking the European 1500m record with 3:31.80 after a dominant run which saw him win by five seconds and improve Hicham el Guerrouj’s meeting record by 0.21.
That performance put him fifth on the world all-time list, just 0.76 off Samuel Tefera’s world indoor record set in 2019.
Ingebrigtsen went on to achieve a gold medal double at the European Indoor Championships in Torun, taking titles in the 1500m and 3000m, before an outdoor season which included his Olympic 1500m victory in Tokyo.
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.
Other athletes announced for the meeting include Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs. The Italian sprinter achieved his first victory of 2021 in the French town, winning the 60m in 6.54.
World indoor 1500m record holder, Gudaf Tsegay will be targeting to lower the world Indoor Mile record at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais that will be held on February 17, 2022 in Lievin, France.
The race organisers have set their eyes on the Indoor Mile World record of 4:13.31 that was set Genzebe Dibaba from Ethiopia in 2016. Dibaba broke the 26 years old world record that had been set in 1990 by Doina Melinte
The Tokyo 5000m bronze medallist got her record last year when she stunned the athletics world by smashing the world indoor 1500m record with 3:53.09.
Tsegay clocked world-leading indoor personal best of 1:57.52 for 800m and 8:22.65 for 3000m. She went on to set outdoor personal best of 3:54.01 for 1500m, a world-leading 14:13.32 for 5000m, and 29:39.42 for 10,000m.
The 2019 World bronze medallist Champion hasn’t contested an indoor mile since 2016 when she set her current personal best of 4:24.98. Her outdoor personal best stands at 4:16.14 that she set in 2018
The Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais is among the seven Gold-level World Indoor Tour meetings this year.
Newly crowned Olympic Games 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon has set her focus on setting a new world record in her favourite race.
Following her 2021 successful season, where she defended her Olympic games title, the two time Olympic champion has purposed to lower the world record of 3:53.09 that was set by Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay.
Tsegay set the indoor world record while competing at the Lievin meeting in France, smashed the former world record of 3:55.17 that was seven years ago by compatriot Genzebe Dibaba.
The 27 years-old will not only focus on Tsegay’s record but will also attack the outdoor record of 3:50.07 that was set by Dibaba in Monaco in 2015.
Speaking on Citizen TV on Wednesday evening, her eyes are on the next season as she plans to attack the world 1500m record.
She told the show host Jeff Koinange that, “I want to go for the world record next year and God willing lower it.”
Kipyegon holds the National Record (NR) time of 3:51.07 that she set early this year in Monaco, Italy
The mother of one also won the overall Diamond League title following victory in various meetings across the world.
Born in Bomet county, the world 1,500m silver medalist grew up in Chebara, Keringet in Nakuru county and started running while in primary school, closed her season when she denied Sifan Hassan from the Netherlands the chance to add another trophy on her cabinet as she took the honors by winning her first diamond Trophy since 2017.
The Olympic Games may be done and dusted, but the 2021 athletics season is far from over as some of the stars of Tokyo 2020 continue their Wanda Diamond League campaigns at the Nike Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on August 21st.
The eighth meeting of the season will provide an immediate chance to settle some Olympic scores with a whole host of rematches on the track. Men’s 200m gold and silver medallists Andre De Grasse and Kenny Bednarek will go head to head again at Hayward Field, while Athyn Mu, Keely Hodgkinson and Raevyn Rogers make up an Olympic podium full house in the women’s 800m.
The same applies for the women’s 5000m, with reigning Diamond League champion and Olympic gold medallist Sifan Hassan taking on silver and bronze medallists Hellen Obiri and Gudaf Tsegay in the women’s race. All three 5000m medallists (Joshua Cheptegei, Moh Ahmed and Paul Chelimo) will also be in action in a star-studded men’s two-mile race in Eugene.
In the men’s shot put, the USA’s Ryan Crouser will be hoping to add a first career Diamond Trophy to his shiny new Olympic gold medal in the remaining months of the season. He will take on fellow medallists Joe Kovacs and Tom Walsh, who is looking to defend his Diamond League title this year.
Gold and bronze medallists Pedro Pablo Pichardo and Hugues Zango will reprise their men’s triple jump battle on the Diamond League stage, while there could also be a rematch between Olympic and Diamond League champion Mariya Lasitskene and bronze medallist Yaroslava Mahuchikh in the women’s triple jump.
Dutch National Siffan Hassan lived to her expectations as she outclassed world 5000m chanpion Hellen Obiri from Kenya at the ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games.
Hassan took her first Olympic title in 14:36.79 with Obiri coming in silver to take the silver medal, with Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay closing the the first three podium finishes.
Hassan is trying to secure 1500m, 5000m and 10,000m gold, which has never been achieved at the Games before.
To reach the top of the podium three times, the 28-year-old will need to come through six races in nine days and cover 24,500m, well over a half marathon.
World 3,000m steeplechase world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech will headline the Final Zurich Brussels Diamond League Meeting that will be held on Friday (31) in Brussels, Belgium.
The 27 year-old who became the first woman to break 8:50 and 8:45 will face off with with Africa silver medallist Celliphine Chespol and bronze medallist Fancy Cherono.
Other Kenyans on the start list are former world champion Hyving Kiyeng, Caroline Tuigong, Daisy Jepkemei and Norah Jeruto for company in the water jump event.
The Kenyans water champions will battle for the honors with World champion Emma Coburn of the United States and Commonwealth Games champion Aisha Praught of Jamaica.
Africa 1,500 meters champion Winny Chebet is lined up for the event, where she faces stern test from several world beaters including England’s Laura Muir and Laura Weightman, Netherlands’ Hassan Sifan and Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia.
Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal faces off with Africa silver medallist Emmanuel Korir, Ferguson Rotich, Cornelius Tuwei, with Marcin Lewadonski of Poland also in the mix.
Sifan Hassan is having quite a season and after her 5000m title at the European Championships in Berlin, she dropped down in distance and achieved the same outcome in the Birmingham Diamond League this afternoon over 1500m.
She knows how to bide her time so well over longer distances, as she proved in Berlin, and here at the Alexander Stadium she timed her progress perfectly throughout the 1500m, looking the winner from a long way out.
Third with 700 metres to go as Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay led, Hassan then quickened up at the bell to sit just behind the leader. With 200m left, Hassan took over and had too much speed for the rest in the home straight to triumph in 4:00.60 from Tsegay in 4:01.03 and Poland’s European silver medallist Sofia Ennaoui in a season’s best of 4:02.06.
“I am a little tired and I was sick a couple of days ago so I’m happy with how it’s gone,” said Hassan. “I’m happy with the time because it was a little windy but I’m really happy with it.”
Africa 1500m champion, Winny Chebet finished a distant sixth in 4:03.64 with Nelly Jepkosgei finishing in twelfth place in 4:07.69
Triple world and double Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya has been confirmed as the next headline star due to compete at next month’s Müller Grand Prix Birmingham IAAF Diamond League fixture on Saturday 18 August.
Serving as her first ever race in Birmingham, the South African star will compete over 1500m at the Alexander Stadium, eager to build upon her UK successes following her triumphs at the London 2012 Olympics and last summer’s IAAF World Championships.
“It has been such an amazing 12 months for me and I cannot wait to continue it by competing back in the UK again and in Birmingham for the first time ever,” Semenya said. She may be targeting her own South African record time of 3:59.92 she set at the Diamond League opener in Doha in early May.
The 27-year-old is expected to emerge as one of the biggest stars at the African Championships which begin today in Asaba, Nigeria, where she’ll compete in at least three events and possibly four if the amended schedule will allow.
Among those joining Semenya in the Birmingham race is five-time world championship medallist Sifan Hassan of The Netherlands. Hassan impressively won the inaugural Millicent Fawcett mile in London less than two weeks ago in a time of 4:14.71, the fourth quickest women’s mile time in history, and is sure to relish returning to Birmingham having set Dutch records on her previous two outings in the city.
Also set to be present is Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay, an athlete who carries extraordinary range with sub-2:00, sub-4:00 and sub-15:00 minute personal best times for 800m, 1500m and 5000m respectively, while world championship finalists Winny Chebet of Kenya, and Laura Weightman and Sarah McDonald of Breat Britain will also be in the hunt.
Olympic 800m bronze medallist Margaret Nyairera is seeking to bounce back at the Lausanne Diamond League meeting tomorrow after failing to finish in Paris a week ago.
Nyairera has had a mixed season so far at the circuit, finishing sixth at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon, where she posted 1:58.67 in her first outing.
Nyairera hopes to find her form ahead of the Africa Championships slated for Nigeria next month. “The Diamond league races will enable me find the right form ahead of the Africa Championship,” she added.
Nyairera, who bagged silver the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast last April, said the early start to the season has contributed to her struggles on track. “The season started early with the Commonwealth Games but I hope come the Africa even, I will be in peak condition,” she added. World and Commonwealth Games champion Caster Semenya won the two-lap race in Paris in 1:54.25. Former world champion Eunice Sum will also be in contention in the Swiss city after finishing ninth in 1:59.25 in Paris.
The two Kenyans will face off with Olympic silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, who was second in Paris behind Semenya in 1:55.86. Others to look out for include Ajee Wilson of the United States, home favourite Selina Buchel, Lynsey Sharp of the United States and Alemu Habitam of Ethiopia.
Davis Kiplangat leads a formidable strong Kenyan contingent in the 5000 metres alongside Collins Cheboi, Vincent Letting, David Bett, Sylvester Kiprotich and Richard Kimunyan in the 12-lap race.
They face stern test from Ethiopia’s World champion Muktar Edris alongside Yomif Kekelecha and world Under-18 champion Selemon Barega in a competitive field that is expected to produce fireworks.
Winny Chebet will lead Kenya’s hunt in the 1,500 metres alongside Nelly Jepkosgei and Emiliy Cherotich. The trio will be up against Hassan Sifan (Netherlands), Meraf Bahta (Sweden), Laura Muir (Great Britain), Dawit Seyaum, Gudaf Tsegay (Ethiopia), Liden Hall (Australia) and Arafi Rababe (Morocco).