Olympic 10,000m champion Selemon Barega will battle for honors with Soufiane El Bakkali from Morocco in the 3000m race at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial that will be held on Sunday (5) in Silesia, Poland, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting.
Barega who was beaten last week in Lausanne Diamond League by the Olympic 1500m champion Jacob Ingebrigtsen will come face to face with the Tokyo 3000m steeplechase champion El Bakkali, who in his last engagement at the Diamond league meet got injured when he hit the first water barrier.
The 25 year-old ended Kenya’s rules over the water barrier race when he beat them at the just concluded Tokyo 2020.
The two will be squaring off over 3000m in a field that includes rising star Tadese Worku of Ethiopia, the world U20 champion, and Abel Kipsang from Kenya, who finished fourth in the Olympic 1500m final.
Olympic 1500m champion Jacob Ingebrigtsen could threaten long-standing continental time at the Lausanne Diamond League that will be held on 26th August in Lausanne, Switzerland
Ingebrigtsen has a European record in his sights that was set 21 years ago by Mohammed Mourhit in the 3000m mark of 7:26.62 in Monaco and one-year before he was suspended for using EPO.
The 20 year-old ran 7:27.05 in Rome last year when he finished close behind Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo.
Andy Butchart, will also be aiming to crack at Mo Farah’s UK record of 7:32.62 in what promises to be a fast race.
During the Prefontaine Classic meet in Eugene, the Norwegian wonder kid was on fire as he trounced the reigning world champion Timothy Cheruiyot in 3:47.24, which is a world-leading time, national record and Diamond League record which made him history’s ninth fastest outdoor performer. It’s also the fastest outdoor time in the world in seven years, since Ayanleh Souleiman ran the previous Prefontaine record, 3:47.32 in 2014.
Selemon Barega has forgiven Yomif Kejelcha after the incident in which the former was tripped and denied victory in at Lausanne’s Athletissima Diamond League Meeting that was held on Thursday (5) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
“This is running and things happen; I have forgiven him. Sorry to my fans and coaches, who were expecting a great result from me, but I’ll do well next time and make you all happy. Please don’t get mad at Yomif either; it happens. He told me that it was not on purpose and that he was just trying to grab what he could to survive from the fall, so I have forgiven him.” -Selemon Barega
Yomif on the other hand went to his social media account and posted, ‘To the some social media and some people who think I pulled Selemon Barega’s shorts out of madness and blaming me for grabbing his shorts. At the time when I was full of speed 100% and then he tripped me and my running shorts came down so such that my legs went up in the air and I lost totally my balance. That moment the only chance I had was either to fall dangerously down and hurt myself with an injury or grab something to get back to balance. I have no problem with Selemon Barega winning. I am good friends to Selemon! Please think before you talk!
The backlash on Yomif has caused quite a stir in social media with accusations of sabotage and unsportsmanlike behavior being leveled at him.
Bahrain’s Birhanu Balew won the race in a personal best and world-leading time of 13:01.09 and was followed by Barega in 13:02.67 with Hadis Abadi closing the podium three finishes in 13:04.04.