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MEN’S 3000M – IAAF CONTINENTAL CUP OSTRAVA 2018

Bahrain’s Birhanu Balew, representing Asia-Pacific, and US runner Paul Chelimo, representing the Americas, look the two likely leaders here.

Both men chased home Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha in the hottest 3000m race of the season so far at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rabat, with Balew finishing second in 7:34.26 – the second fastest time run this year – and Chelimo fourth, both in the race and the list, with 7:34.83.

Chelimo may not be the fastest on paper, but he is the tried and tested man for the big occasion, having won 5000m silver behind Mo Farah at the 2016 Olympics and bronze at last year’s IAAF World Championships in London.

Chelimo finished sixth in the superfast 5000m at last Friday’s IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels in 12:57.55, two places ahead of Ethiopia’s Getaneh Molla, representing Africa here, who clocked 12:59.58.

Chances are there also for Balew’s teammate, Stewart McSweyn of Australia. It’s been a long season for him, but he was also in the Rabat race and finished between Balew and Chelimo in 7:34.79.

Chelimo’s teammate Mohammed Ahmed of Canada ran a 7:52.06 3000m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene, Oregon and finished ninth in Brussels in 13:03.08.

At 16, Kenya’s Edward Zakayo has already amassed a formidable record on the track, having won 5000m bronze at this year’s Commonwealth Games and gold at the African Championships in Asaba and the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere.

For Europe, Norway’s Henrik Ingebrigtsen was European 1500m champion in 2012 and took European 5000m silver in Berlin last month behind his 17-year-old brother Jakob.

Tanui faces Edris Muktar at Prefontaine Classic

Olympic 10,000 silver medalist Paul Tanui faces a stern test in the two mile race at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on May 26.
Tanui, who is also the world 10,000m bronze medallist faces a quality field in the event including compatriot Ronald Kwemoi, world 5000m champion Muktar Edris of Ethiopia. Kwemoi won the Bowerman Mile last year while Edris ended Mo Farah’s reign last summer at the World Championships.
The Ethiopian beat Farah, always a fast finisher, at his own game with a ferocious 52.4 last lap. For Edris, the gold was his first track major medal of any color – his only other medal being the bronze he earned at the 2015 World Cross Country Championships in China.
Meanwhile, his Ethiopian teammate, Yomif Kejelcha, raced to a second successive world indoor 3000m title in Birmingham last month. Kejelcha, 20, has twice raced to unprecedented feats at Hayward Field. In 2014, he became the youngest ever 5000m winner at the World Junior Championships, in Eugene. In 2015 he made his biggest splash, winning the Pre-Classic and becoming the youngest 5000m winner by four years. A fantastic season saw him winning the Diamond League as well with a 12:53.98 PB. He’s also the fastest in the field at 3000m with 7:28.19, the current world U20 record.
The youth fountain from Ethiopia continues with 18-year-old Selemon Barega, who became the youngest indoor 3000m medallist with his silver medal finish behind Kejelcha in Birmingham. He won the world U20 5000m title in 2016.
The field also includes Paul Chelimo, the only racer in the field with medals from Rio and last summer’s World Championships. Both –Rio silver and London bronze ­— came with thrilling finishes and are among the best ever by a US athlete.
Newly-crowned double Commonwealth Games champion Joshua Cheptegei is also in the mix. He was second over 10,000m at last year’s World Championships and the world junior champion over the distance in 2014. Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed is also in the field, the double silver Commonwealth medallist after finishing runner-up behind Cheptegei in both track races in Gold Coast.
Others in the field include Bahrain’s Albert Rop, who has a 12:51.96 5000m lifetime best, Ryan Hill, the 2016 world indoor 3000m silver medallist, who has a 7:30.93 personal best over that distance, Eric Jenkins, 26, who won indoor NCAA titles for Oregon over 3000m and 5000m, Hassan Mead, the US 10,000m champion, Shadrack Kipchirchir, the US road 5km champion; and Australian Patrick Tiernan, the 2016 NCAA cross country champion.
The 2-mile distance comes in a year with no major international championship 5000m races outside of the annual IAAF Diamond League, which incorporates the two mile and 3000m into its point standings for the 5000m. The-Pre Classic two mile record of 8:03.50, set in 2007 by Australian Craig Mottram, remains the fastest run on US soil.

Kenyan trio eager to silence marauding Ugandans in 10,000m race

Kenyan 10,000m trio Jonathan Ndiku, Josephat Bett and Rodgers Kwemoi are plotting revenge against neighbours Uganda, who ran away with the crown at the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Uganda won gold through Moses Kipsiro in Glasgow with Bett settling for silver.

“I know what happened during the previous event and I have worked on my weaknesses,” said Bett.

He said this time round, rivals will need to have prepared well to shake him off, especially in the last 400m.

“It was very painful last time losing by the skin of the teeth to Kipsiro and I am looking forward to make amends,” said Bett.

Like Bett, Ndiku is equally beaming with confidence. Ndiku, who won the 3,000m steeplechase in Glasgow four years ago, said he is no pushover despite upgrading 7000m higher. “I have settled in the 10,000m and I know what I want. Since exiting the 3,000m steeplechase, I have featured in a number of 10,000m races and I believe I have what it takes not only to win a medal but gold,” he said.

He said he is in the process of transitioning to marathon and believes his current decision to shift to 10,000m will held him.

“I didn’t get it difficult transitioning from steeplechase to 10,000m because I am basically a long distance runner and I have never quite trained to run steeplechase,” he added. “Even when I was running 3,000m steeplechase I used to train in 5,000 and 10,000m. I am easy and we are hopeful of winning this race.”

Ndiku said his target is to run in the marathon at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. “In 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which is my current base, I will still run the 10,000m race but from 2021, I will focus on marathon and also engage in big city races,” he added.

He urged Kenyans to be patient because they have only tackled a quarter of their races here. “Medals will come and there is no cause for alarm,” he noted.

The three Kenyans will be up against Ugandan trio of Joshua Cheptegei, who won the 5,000m gold earlier this week, Jacob Kiplimo and Timothy Toroitich.

The silver medallist in the 5,000m, Canadian Mohammed Ahmed, will also be seeking more accolades in the race.