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Hassans agenda raises eyebrows

Sifan Hassan is poised to tackle a rare Olympic treble in the 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 metres in Tokyo, with her name entered in all three events as of Tuesday to set up a gruelling schedule in her bid for a first Games medal.

While the 28-year-old Dutchwoman could still pull out of one of them, the mere prospect of seeing her attempt all three turned heads this week, after her historic double gold in the 1,500 metres and 10,000 metres at the 2019 world championships.

“It’s a lot, but seems doable for her,” four-times Olympic sprint gold medallist Michael Johnson Tweeted. “Not sure about gold in all three though.”

Hassan’s agent did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Hassan has become almost accustomed to beating the odds, setting a world record 4:12.33 in the mile in 2019, little more than a decade after she left Ethiopia as a 15-year-old refugee and moved to the Netherlands.

She began running at a high level after taking a class in the Netherlands in 2011, finishing her first 1,500 metres race in 4:20 and running a half marathon a couple days later in roughly an hour and 17 minutes.

She’s set lofty goals ever since.

“From day one I believed I am going to run (the) 1,500-metre (race) under 3:50 – I don’t know why I believed that, I don’t know why I say that,” Hassan told reporters in the lead-up to the Games. “I just believed that it is possible.”

But Hassan won’t just be chasing times in Tokyo – she’ll have plenty of competition to watch out for too.

In the 1,500 metres, there’s Kenyan Faith Kipyegon, the reigning Olympic champion who beat her at the Monaco Diamond League meeting in a world-leading time of 3:51.07.

And in the 10,000 metres, Hassan has a chance to take revenge on Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey, who wiped out her world record last month after it had stood for only two days.

Deng breaks Australian 800m record

Former refugee Joseph Deng has smashed the 50-year-old Australian 800m record at the Diamond League athletics meet in Monaco.

The 20-year-old Deng finished seventh in one minute 44.21 seconds on Friday night (early Saturday AEST) in a red-hot race won by flying Botswanan Nijel Amos.

The previous Australian mark of 1:44.40 was set by gold medallist Ralph Doubell at altitude at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and equalled by Alex Rowe in Monaco 46 years later.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Deng.

“My target coming into the race wasn’t the record, it was just to run fast.

“I knew it was going to be a fast race. (Coach Justin Rinaldi) said to stick in the top five, top six position and see what happens.

“This is my last race of the season, so I’m done now.

“I’m back in Australia next week.”

Deng was born in a Kenyan refugee camp in 1998 after his mother fled the brutal civil war in Sudan.

The family arrived in Queensland in 2004, with Deng soon showing huge promise as an athlete.

He was controversially selected to run the two-lap race at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April despite not qualifying for the final at the trials, but justified the selectors’ faith by finishing seventh as countryman Luke Mathews claimed the bronze medal.

Since the Gold Coast Games, Deng and training partner Peter Bol – another Australian middle-distance runner of Sudanese descent – have been chasing the 800m national record in Europe, with Bol finishing ninth in 1:46.64 in Monaco overnight.

Deng’s new mark means that silver medallist Peter Norman’s 200m record of 20.06 seconds – also set at the Mexico City Games – is now the oldest one in the Australian book.

The most durable women’s mark is Charlene Rendina’s 800m time of 1:59.0 which dates back to 1976.

Deng also broke the Oceania 800m record of 1:44.3 set by New Zealander Peter Snell way back in 1962.

The race in Monaco was the fourth time in the past 47 days that Deng had dipped under the 1:45 mark – more than any other Australian.

Chepkoech thrashes women’s steeplechase world record

Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech smashed the world record in the women’s 3,000 metres steeplechase at the Monaco Diamond League meeting that was held in Monaco, Italy.

The 27 year-old, broke the previous record of 8:52.78 that was set in 2016 by Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet after breaking clear 2,000 metres lead to go ahead in an astonishing speed to cut the tape in new world record of 8:44.32.

“I am so grateful,” Chepkoech told reporters. “I said from the beginning, from the first lap, and I was watching the time, and I knew I was going to break the world record.”

Jebet was named today by the Athletics Integrity Unit among more than 100 athletes and coaches facing disciplinary proceedings for doping offences.

It also bettered the 8:58.78 set in Eugene last year by Chepkoech’s 19-year-old compatriot Celliphine Chespol, who was on her shoulder halfway through this race but, after a heavy fall, slipped back to a tenth place finish in 9:12.05.

United State’s Courtney Frerichs, surprise world silver medallist last year behind compatriot Emma Coburn, made the most of the fabulous pace by pushing to the line for second place in an area record of 9:00.85, with 2015 world champion Hyvin Kiyeng from Kenya crossing the line third in 9:04.41.

Saruni Eyes Diamond League Trophy Champ Nijel Amos Scalp in Monaco

Upcoming  United States of America based Kenyan Michael Saruni will have a litmus test as he tests himself against the seasoned and experienced Botswana’s 800m runner, 2014 Commonwealth Games champion, Nijel Amos at the IAAF Diamond League leg in Monaco on Friday, July 20th.

Amos, the IAAF Diamond League champion and holder of the Prefontaine Classic 800m meeting record had been laid off by a calf injury he sustained at the recent Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. 

Saruni a University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) second year student, made his mark in track and field history when he clocked the NCAA record time of 1:43.25 in 800m at the Desert Heat Classic in Tucson, Arizona, during National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on April 28th.

Coached by the 1988 Seoul Olympics 800m gold medalist Paul Ereng,  time breaks the NCAA record previously held by North American U20 indoor record holder Donavan Brazier (Texas A&M) who ran 1:43.55 at the 2016 NCAA Championships. 

Saruni’s time ranks as the fastest in the world this year and breaks the school record held by former teammate Emmanuel Korir (1:43.73). depleted the NCAA record previously held by held by former teammate and compatriot Emmanuel Korir (1:43.73) for his season best.
Amos  finished second in his comeback race the Prefontaine Classic, which is a non-Diamond event, to gauge his body and strength ahead of the new athletics season after being beaten by Kenya’s US based Korir race after a disappointing Gold Coast’s Commonwealth Games showing.

The 2012 Olympic silver medallist from Botswana with a season best of 1:44.18, last year won his third IAAF Diamond League trophy – the most by anyone in this event. 

Amos a resident in the United States with Eugene-based Oregon Track Club Elite said during his absence on the track,  he did a lot of work during the winter programme.

Amos,  under tutelage of American coach Mark Rowland , pointed out that he would not want to push himself too hard.

Kipruto sets sight on Shaheen’s record

Kenyan Conseslus Kipruto says he has set his sights on breaking the 14-year-old 3,000-metre steeplechase world record at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on July 20.

The record of 7 minutes 53.63 seconds was set in Brussels in September 2004 by Kenyan-born Qatari Saif Saeed Shaheen

Kipruto, the Olympic and world champion, who also won the Commonwealth Games title at the Gold Coast, Australia in April, said he was in the best-ever form and ready to attempt the world record.

“This year has been so good for me. It’s every athlete’s dream to stay injury-free and God has been good to me,” Kipruto said in Nairobi on Saturday.

“I have four more weeks to prepare for the World record attempt in Monaco. It will be great to bring the 3,000m steeplechaser record back to Kenya.”

Kipruto returned to the track for the first time since his victory in the Commonwealth Games when he won the national title at the Kenya athletics championships at Kasarani stadium on Saturday, and was included in the squad for the African championships in Asaba, Nigeria, in August.

It will be Kipruto’s first appearance in the continental championships, and the 23-year-old is relishing the opportunity of adding the African title to his rich collection.

“The African title is the only one missing in my cabinet,” he said adding that the championships in Nigeria were also important because the winners there will make the African team for the IAAF Intercontinental championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, in September.


Chepkoech to attempt steeplechase world record at Monaco Diamond League

Olympian Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya says she is strong enough to make an attempt on the 3,000m steeplechase world record at the Monaco Diamond League in July.

The Shanghai champion is the fourth woman in the world to have run below the nine minute mark time in the 3,000m steeplechase.

At the meeting in Shanghai, she won the event in a time of 9:07.27, synonymous with the best performance in the world this year.

The Kenyan holds a personal best time of 8:59.84 from Zurich in 2017 and knows she is close to chasing the world record.

The Commonwealth Games steeplechase silver medalist clocked a world-leading time in Shanghai Diamond League edging out compatriot Norah Jeruto to the title.

“I have had mixed results this season because we started too early. I missed the medal at the World Indoor in Birmingham in March but bounced back to win silver at the Commonwealth Games, which to many fans was a disappointment because Jamaican won the race,” said Chepkoech on Friday in Nairobi.

The 27-year-old has also come close to winning medals at the London World Championships and the Olympics in Rio, finishing fourth on both occasions.

She feels energized to chase the world record this year with the Africa Championships in Asaba, Nigeria on August 1-5 being the only top competition remaining.

“The Diamond League will have no pressure as I expect to run fast with worries about the world championships. Monaco will be ideal ground to run world record and I believe have the potential to do just that,” she added.

Organizers are anticipating both a world record and course record. Moroccan Habiba Ghribi holds the event record at 9:11.28 from 2015 while Bahraini Ruth Jebet is the world record holder at 8:52.78 set in Paris 2016.

World champion Mutaz Barshim is one of five winners from the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Doha whose participation in Monaco has been confirmed.

Winner of the Diamond League in 2017 and silver medalist at the last World Championships Timothy Cheruiyot will also run in Monaco.

Cheruiyot will compete in Eugene, Oregon in the United States this Saturday against world champion Elijah Manangoi.


Kipruto targets to break steeplechase world record

World and Olympic Games 3000m steeplechase king Conseslus Kipruto, will be targeting a win at this year’s Monaco Diamond League in May following his triumph at the concluded Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

After winning all world events, starting with gold medals from World Youth championships, world championships, Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games, Kipruto will be eyeing a world record in Monaco Diamond League.

With the IAAF meeting kicking off on 4th May in Doha, Qatar, Kipruto will on course for a world record on a course with Monaco having historical fastest course.

As he recovers from Commonwealth Games, Kipruto will skip Doha and train for water and barriers record when he kicks off the journey at Shanghai in 5,000m before tackling Eugene course.

“This year, I have to do something special in Monaco. As I make a debut on the course, I will be eyeing for world record. I have to concentrate in quality training ahead of the races” said Kipruto.

The world record has stayed for fourteen years since Kenyan neutralized Qatari international Saif Shaheen formerly Stephen Cherono broke Moses Kiptanui’s record to 7:53.63 since 2004.

Commenting on Gold Coast, where he won the only missing gold in his medal cabinet, Kipruto said “I confirm in Gold Coast that I was in top form. It was an easy race winning in 8.10.08. If I could have pushed more I think I would have run sub 7 but I want to improve on that in the next events.”