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Francine Niyonsaba breaks three records in Paris

Burudi’s Francine Niyonsaba became the sixth fastest woman over the 3000m in history at the Paris Diamond League Meeting that was held on Saturday (28) at the Stade Charlety in Paris.

The 2017 World 800m silver medallist Champion produced the most eye-catching performance of the day when she  held of the challenge of the 2018 World U20 Championships silver medallist, Ejgayehu Taye from Ethiopia, crossing the line in a world lead of 8:19.09.

The 2016 and 2017 World Indoor gold medallist Champion broke three records in this race which is a world-leading time, national record and Meet Record and made history’s sixth fastest outdoor performer.

Taye who is also from the Tokyo Olympics and could not qualify to the finals as she finished fourth in heat held on to come home second in National Record and personal best of 8:19.8.

Margaret Chelimo kipkemboi from Kenya closed the podium three first finishes with a personal best of 8:21.53.

United States Elise Cranny and Ethiopia’s Fantu Worku came home with personal bests in fourth and fifth place in 8:30.30 and 8:30.76.

Another Kenyan Beatrice Chebet finished in tenth position in 8:44.27

Obiri relishes new challenge ahead of Doha Diamond League meeting

Kenya’s Hellen Obiri says her win at the Commonwealth Games in the 5,000m has finally given her relief and a great start in outdoor competition after a poor showing at the World Indoor Championships.

Obiri, 27, started off the season on a sour note in Birmingham, England with a fourth place finish in the 3,000m indoor race.

However, she found her strength and challenged for medals at the Commonwealth Games and finally won over the 5,000m distance. “It has been a blessing in Australia and I’m happy to be the new Commonwealth Games champion over 5,000m. It is a nice way to start my outdoor season,” she said.

The World 5,000m champion, who had to shed 25 kilograms after the delivery of her child to return to competition, says the poor start to 2018 was a wake-up call for her over the potential challenge she faces in her quest to dominate the long distance races.

“In Birmingham, it was not quite the World Indoor Championships I wanted but I kept working hard to make myself the best I can be,” she added.

Obiri, who returns home together with the rest of the Kenyan contingent from the Commonwealth Games says there will be no room for rest as she quickly wants to get into better form ahead of her outdoor season in the lucrative Diamond League circuit, which has 14 stops spread across Asia, Africa, Europe and USA.

“I can confirm that I will be running in Doha. It gives me great joy to return to the Qatari capital to compete in the 3,000m event at the Doha Diamond League” she said. Obiri will be aiming to improve on her previous performance.

Obiri leads a strong field of Kenyans, which includes 2013 World Youth Champion and 2014 World Junior silver medalist in the 3,000m, Lilian Kasait Rengeruk and fifth-place finisher at the 2017 World championships, Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi.

Reigning 1500m world silver medalist and Olympic bronze medalist, Jenny Simpson of the USA, will move up to the longer distance in Doha and will provide a strong challenge for the Kenyans.

Obiri enjoyed an outstanding 2017 season, claiming the overall 5,000m Diamond League trophy following victories in Shanghai and Rome, as well as winning the 3,000m in Monaco and taking a new meeting record over one mile at the Muller Anniversary Games in London.

However, 20-year-old teammate Rengeruk has shown strong form already this season, winning team gold at the 2018 World Cross Country Championships in Uganda and taking individual bronze, proving the youngster is one-to-watch and setting up an exciting head-to-head in May.

source: xinhuanet.com