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Korir shows class at Birmingham 800m race

Emmanuel Korir continued with his brilliance performance when he won the men 800m race at the Birmingham Diamond Stadium in Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.

The 23 year-old took head on some of the best track runnesr that included World 1500m Champion Elijah Manangoi, 2014 World Relays gold Medalist Ferguson Rotich and Jonathan Kitilit.

Korir who won gold with the 4X400m team at African Senior Athletics Championships set a meter record at the event when he crossed the finish line in 1:42.72 with Kitilit coming in second in 1:43.53.

Manangoi the Rongai Athletics Club based runner closed the podium in third place with 1:44.15.

ASABA 2018: Nijel Amos Makes it Three in a Row Amidst Controversy

Continental Cup champion Botswana’s Nijel Amos pipped Kenya’s Emmanuel Korir for his third consecutive Africa 800m title in Asaba, Nigeria on Friday.

Amos, won in one minute, 45.20 seconds to make it three in a row in a race marred by controversy.

The race saw the starter blast off before the athletes were ready, prompting some of them to stand still only to take off after the rest of the field was away.

The United States of America (USA) based Korir coached by the 1988 two lap race Olympics gold medalist Paul Ereng timed at 1:45.65 for silver.

Korir’s compatriots the 2014 World relays team champion Ferguson Rotich (1:45.91) and Jonathan Kitilit (1:46.88) finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Cheruiyot leads formidable lineup for Paris Diamond League

World and Commonwealth 1500m silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot leads a formidable lineup to the Paris Diamond League meeting on Saturday.

Cheruiyot, who is part of Team Kenya to the Africa Senior Championships, will be hoping to continue his rich vein of form on the circuit.

He won the 800m at Kenya Prisons Championships a fortnight ago posting 1:44.7 and clinched last month’s Diamond League meeting in Shanghai after posting 3:31.48 in his specialty.

Cheruiyot, who has played second fiddle to World and Commonwealth Games champion Elijah Manangoi in the recent past, is confident of his from.

“My form is good and I am confident this year I can strike gold at the Africa championship in Nigeria and I will be using the Diamond League meeting to gauge my form as part of my preparations,” said Cheruiyot.

Cheruiyot, the Diamond League trophy holder, will enjoy the company of compatriots Bethwell Birgen and Charles Simotwo. The Kenyan trio will be up against a competitive field that includes home favourite Mahidiene Benabad, Djibouti’s Ayanleh Souleiman, Morocco ‘s Abdelaati Iguider, New Zealand’s Nick Willis, and Ethiopian trio of Wote Aman, Samuel Tefera and Taresa Tolosa as well as Filip Ingebrigsten of Norway.

Africa cross country champion Celliphine Chespol is the favourite in the 3000m steeplechase. Chespol, who has a season’s best of 9:05.14 and is world under 20 champion, leads a formidable lineup which includes former world champion Hyving Kiyeng, Beatrice Chepkoech, Roseline Chepngetich, Ann Gathoni, Norah Jeruto, Purity Kirui, Caroline Tuigong and Daisy Jepkemei .

They face Commonwealth Games champion in the distance Aisha Praught of Jamaica who will be keen to show her win in Gold Coast was not a fluke. Others to look out for are Canada’s Lalonde Genevieve and Fabiennne Schlumpf of Switzerland.

Former World 800m champion Eunice Sum is entered in the two-lap race and faces a Herculean task against fellow compatriots Olympic bronze medallist Margaret Nyairera, and Emily Cherotich .The Kenyan trio have their work cut out against World and Commonwealth Games champion Caster Semenya of South Africa, Olympic silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and Ajee Wilson of the United States of America.

World 800m bronze medallist Kipyegon Bett enters the fray in the two lap race alongside Ferguson Rotich and Jonathan Kitilit. They will compete against World champion Pierre Ambroise of France and Eric Sowinski of the United States.

Wycliffe Kinyamal bags first gold for Kenya

Kenay has finally won its first gold at the commonwealth games when Wycliffe Kinyamal cross the line in 1:45.11 to take gold that the country has been waiting for since the games began.

Kinyama was closesly followed by Kyle Langford from England who crossed the line in personal best four seconds later with Luke Mathews closing the first three in season best of 1:45.60

Another Kenyan Jonathan Kitilit finished a distant sixth in 1:46.12

The race favorite Nijel Amos from Botswana who came with a season best of 1:43.18 finished a disappointing last in 1:48.45