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Winny Chebet to battle Sifa Hassan at the 1500m race in Birmingham

After bagging her first ever running career title by securing gold medal in the women’s 1500m at the Africa Athletics Championships, Winny  Chebet once again will lead the Kenyan team at the Birmingham Diamond League this afternoon(Saturday).

The Rongai Athletic Club (RAC) based athlete however will have to face off with the 2018 European 5000m gold medalist, Sifan Hassan from Netherlands who also won the 1500m bronze medal at the same event.

Chebet comes to the Muller games with a season best of 4:00.60 while Hassan carries 3:57.41 on her shoulders.

The 27 year-old has not been at her best level at the Diamond Leagues series this season but hopes that the Dutch National will push her for a podium place at the Alexander Stadium.

Ethiopian Tsegay Gudaf, the winner of this race in Stockholm is another athlete to watch this afternoon as she also comes with a season best of 3:57.64 which is also  her personal best in this event.

Another Kenyan Nelly Jepkosgei will aslo be on the lineup as they will partner with Chebet seeking to destroy the presumptive party of the two Ethiopian born athletes.

Nyairera out to make amends as she battles Semenya and Niyosaba in Lausanne

Olympic 800m bronze medallist Margaret Nyairera is seeking to bounce back at the Lausanne Diamond League meeting tomorrow after failing to finish in Paris a week ago.

Nyairera has had a mixed season so far at the circuit, finishing sixth at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon, where she posted 1:58.67 in her first outing.
Nyairera hopes to find her form ahead of the Africa Championships slated for Nigeria next month. “The Diamond league races will enable me find the right form ahead of the Africa Championship,” she added.
Nyairera, who bagged silver the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast last April, said the early start to the season has contributed to her struggles on track. “The season started early with the Commonwealth Games but I hope come the Africa even,  I will be in peak condition,” she added. World and Commonwealth Games champion Caster Semenya won the two-lap race in Paris in 1:54.25. Former world champion Eunice Sum will also be in contention in the Swiss city after finishing ninth in 1:59.25 in Paris.
The two Kenyans will face off with Olympic silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, who was second in Paris behind Semenya in 1:55.86. Others to look out for include Ajee Wilson of the United States, home favourite Selina Buchel, Lynsey Sharp of the United States and Alemu Habitam of Ethiopia.
Davis Kiplangat leads a formidable strong Kenyan contingent in the 5000 metres alongside Collins Cheboi, Vincent Letting, David Bett, Sylvester Kiprotich and Richard Kimunyan in the 12-lap race.
They face stern test from Ethiopia’s World champion Muktar Edris alongside Yomif Kekelecha and world Under-18 champion Selemon Barega in a competitive field that is expected to produce fireworks.
Winny Chebet will lead Kenya’s hunt in the 1,500 metres alongside Nelly Jepkosgei and Emiliy Cherotich. The trio will be up against Hassan Sifan (Netherlands), Meraf Bahta (Sweden), Laura Muir (Great Britain), Dawit Seyaum, Gudaf Tsegay (Ethiopia), Liden Hall (Australia) and Arafi Rababe (Morocco).