The Tokyo 2020 3000m steeplechase bronze medallist Benjamin Kigen was in great shape when he pulled an expected kick to lift the Diamond League trophy for the first time at the Wanda Diamond League series that were held on Thursday (9) night in Zurich.
The Africa 3,000m steeplechase champion who led a Kenya’s podium sweep at the Paris Diamond lived to his hyped expectations as he defeated the Olympic champion Soufiane EL Bakkali who missed out on a first career Diamond Trophy.
Kigen, 28, pulled away from the Moroccon almost at the finish line to claim victory in 8:17.45. EL Bakkali had no option but to settle in second place in 8:17.70.
Commonwealth Games 3,000m steeplechase silver medalist Abraham Kibiwot came home in third in 8:18.16.
Another Kenyan, Leonard Kipkemoi Bett who finished in second place in Paris managed to cross the line in fourth in 8:20.20 with Getnet Wale from Ethiopian finishing in fifth in 8:21.11
Fresh from winning the 3,000m steeplechase bronze medal at the concluded Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, Benjamin Kigen will be lining up at the Zurich Diamond League on Thursday (9).
The Africa 3,000m steeplechase champion led Kenya’s podium sweep at the Paris Diamond League almost two weeks ago lines up in search of water and barriers points.
The 28 year-old ran with a world lead at the Paris meeting with 8.07.12 will square it out with the Tokyo Olympic champion Soufiane EL Bakkali who has a season best of 8:08.54 which is the fourth fastest time on paper in this race.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and World silver medallist Lamecha Girma has also been rolled in to battle for the finals. Girma pushed Rio gold medallist to the wire at the World champion and he is a man on the mission as his pace and motion dictates as he always tackles the barriers. The Ethiopian has the second fastest time behind Kigen in this race and he is a man to watch.
Commonwealth Games 3,000m steeplechase silver medalist Abraham Kibiwot, who was second behind Kigen in Paris will be fighting for a podium slot with his 8:07.75 which is the third fastest time.
Ethiopia will be represented by Tadese Takele and Getnet Wale both coming with a season best of 8:09.37 and 8:09.47 respectively.
Another Kenyan Leonard Kipkemoi Bett who took bronze in Paris is also in the list as well as Mohamed Tindouft from Morocco who has a SB of 8:11.65.
Others who have been included are Ahmed Abdelwahed (8:12.04) from Italy, United States Hillary Bor (8:14.69) and Kenya’s Wilberforce Chemiat Kones (8:21.42).
- Benjamin Kigen (KEN) 8:07.12
- Lamecha Girma (ETH) 8:07.75
- Abraham Kibiwott (KEN) 8:07.81
- Soufiane EL Bakkali (MOR) 8:08.54
- Tadese Takele (ETH)8:09.37
- Getnet Wale (ETH) 8:09.47
- Leonard i Bett (KEN) 8:10.21
- Mohamed Tindouft (MOR) 8:11.65
- Ahmed Abdelwahed (ITL) 8:12.04
- Hillary Bor (USA) 8:14.69
- Wilberforce Kones (KEN) 8:21.42
The battle between the former and current Olympic champions never happened as the two bowed out of the race at the Paris Diamond League Meeting that was held on Saturday (28) at the Stade Charlety in Paris.
The 2020 Tokyo champion, Soufiane El Bakkali from Morocco was the first to bow out as he collided to the first barrier forcing him to pull out while Conseslus Kipruto pulled out in the third round of the race.
The race had its uniqueness as Tokyo bronze medallist Benjamin Kigen led 1-2-3.
The 2019 African games gold medallist started pulling away from the group at the bell and continued to increase his momentum creating a gap at the last 20m to cross the line with one of his finest kick clocking a world lead time of 8.07.12.
The 28 year-old was followed by the 2015 African Junior Athletics Championships gold medallist Abraham Kibiwot who crossed the line in 8:09.35 with Leonard Kipkemoi Bett closing the podium three finishes in 8:10.21.
Ethiopia’s Getnet Wale finished in fourth place in 8:13.31 while Hillary Bor from the United States finished a distant ninth in 8:21.02.
3000m Steeplechase Men
- Benjamin Kigen (KEN) 8:07.12
- Abraham Kibiwot (KEN) 8:09.35
- Leonard Bett (KEN) 8:10.21
- Getnet Wale (ETH) 8:13.31
- Matthew Hughes (CAN) 8:13.77
World and Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto proved yet again that he is the barrier champion when he easily won the Birmingham Diamond League that was held on Saturday (18) in Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.
The African Steeplechase champion took 8:14.33 and was followed closely by Chala Beyo from Ethiopia who crossed the line 28 seconds later.
Nicholas Kiptanui Bett closed the podium three finishes in 8:16.44.
Leonard Kipkemoi Bett finished fourth in a personal best of 8:16.07 with Benjamin Kigen crossing the line in 8:17.43.