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Edward Zakayo is back as Kenya lines up its best at the Kip Keino Classic

Kenya will be lining up the best field ever at the second edition of Kip Keino Classic, the World Athletics Continental Tour set for Saturday (18) at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.

Two time Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon leads Kenyan list that has world Under-20 1,500m champion Purity Chepkirui, Continental Cup 1,500m champion Winnie Chebet, former World 5,000m silver medallist Mercy Cherono and The 2017 World Athletics Under-18 Championships 1,500m bronze medallist, Edinah Jebitok.

The Kenyans will be battling for the title against former world indoor 1,500m silver medallist Axumawit Embaye, African Games 800m champion Hirut Meshesha, Gela Hambese, Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo.

In the men’s field, reigning world under-20 champion Vincent Keter, Abel Kipsang alongside Olympic silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot.

Former world under 20 5,000m champion Edward Zakayo, who is back after a long time and he will be battling with former Africa junior champion Nicholas Kimeli and Jacob Krop for the honors in 5,000m.

After setting 10km world record, two time World 10,000m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop will have a date with former World Cross Country bronze medallist Lilian Kasait, and world 5,000m silver medallist Margaret Chelimo will be in women’s 5,000m as well as world under-20 3,000m champion Teresiah Muthoni gateri and Eva Cherono

Fresh from winning an Olympic Games 3,000m steeplechase title in Tokyo, Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali El Bakkali will be taking on Tokyo Olympics Games 3,000m bronze medallist Benjamin Kigen, world under-20 champion Amos Serem, Commonwealth Games silver medallist Abraham Kibiwott and 2016 world under-20 champion Amos Kirui as well as Ethiopia Chala Beyo, Samuel Firewu and Abraham Sime.

In women steeplechase race, Olympic champion and Ugandan Peruth Chemutai will lead the contingent that has two-time world under-20 3,000m steeplechase champion Celliphine Chespol, and 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Purity Kirui, world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech and Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Hyvin Kiyeng.

National 100m record holder Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa will be up against two time world 100m champion Justin Gatlin in the 100m title chase.

World under 18 400m silver medalist Mary Moraa will take on world 800m champion Halimah Nakaayi from Uganda in the women’s 800m.

Olympic 800m silver medalist Ferguson Rotich will run alongside Cornelius Tuwei and Collins Kipruto.

Norah Jeruto to battle Peruth Chemutai in Zurich

Former Africa 3,000m steeplechase champion Norah Jeruto will be leading a star-studded field at the Zurich Diamond League at the Letzigrund stadium on Thursday.

Following her good show at the Eugene Diamond League, the former World Youth 2,000m steeplechase champion will be taking on her Ugandan neighbor and Peruth Chemutai, the Tokyo Olympic Games 3,000m steeplechase champion.

The Kenyan born turned Kazakhstan international, Jeruto who failed to shine at the Olympic Games will be up against Chemutai who won gold in 9:01.45 which is a national record.

The former Commonwealth Youth 2,000m steeplechase champion will also be up against Tokyo silver medalist Courtney Frerichs from the United States who comes to this race with a season best of 8:57.65 that moved her to No. 4 on the all-time list and lowering her own North American and U.S. record of 9:00.85 from Monaco in 2018.

But the battle will with her compatriot and former World 3,000m steeplechase champion Hyvin Kiyeng, who enters this race after winning bronze at the Tokyo in the water and barriers race after narrowly missing dipping under that barrier in Eugene, where she finished third with a season best of 9:00.05 will also be on the line to fight for glory.

Kiyeng the 2015 world champion and a silver medalist in Rio five years ago, will be hoping for gold this time as she faces the best of the best over this distance in Zurich.

Kenyan born-Bahrain runner Winfred Mutile Yavi will be also the star to watch as she carries a season best of 9:02.52. The Asian Champion in both both 5000m and 3000m steeplechase will be out to claim a podium finish as she yearns to end the season on high note.

The World U20 Champion Celliphine Chepteek Chespol has also been included in the field though she has been having a nagging knee injury that has kept her out of the race for almost the whole season.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2010 World Junior Champion Purity Kirui and Fancy Cherono are other Kenayans that have been lined up for the race. Kirui and Cherono both comes to this race with season best of 9:16.91 and 9:27.30 respectively.

Ethiopia will be represented by the 2019 African Games gold medallist Mekides Abebe who carries on her shoulder a season best of 9:02.52.

The 2019 World bronze 3000m steeplechase Champion Gesa Felicitas Krause from German will also be fighting for the podium as she comes with a season best of 9:07.61.

LEADING TIME

3000M STEEPLECHASE

  1. Norah Jeruto                     (KEN) 8:53.65
  2. Courtney Frerichs            (USA) 8:57.65
  3. Hyvin Kiyeng                    (KEN) 9:00.05
  4. Peruth Chemutai             (KEN) 9:01.45
  5. Mekides ABebe                (ETH) 9:02.52
  6. Winfred Yavi                     (BAH) 9:02.64
  7. Celliphine Chespol          (KEN) 9:07.07
  8. Gesa Krause                      (GER) 9:07.61
  9. Purity Kirui                       (KEN)  9:16.91
  10. Rosefline Chepngetich   (KEN) 9:22.30
  11. Fancy Cherono                 (KEN) 9:27.30

Tokyo Olympics preview: 3000m steeplechase

Women’s 3000m steeplechase

The standout steeplechaser over the past few years hasn’t quite been so dominant in 2021, throwing this event wide open going into Tokyo.

Beatrice Chepkoech broke the world record in 2018, clocking 8:44.32, and then went on to win the world title in 2019 with a championship record of 8:57.84, finishing almost five seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

She finished fourth at the 2016 Olympics and at the 2017 World Championships, despite losing precious time when missing one of the barriers. She rebounded well, and throughout 2018 and 2019 she won 17 of her 19 races. She now also owns half of history’s 14 sub-nine-minute performances in the steeplechase.

But despite a promising start to her year, which included a world record of 14:43 over 5km and an indoor 3000m PB of 8:31.72 just three days later, the Kenyan hasn’t won any of her steeplechase races in 2021. Her season’s best of 9:04.94 was set when finishing a distant second at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Monaco.

Her compatriot Hyvin Kiyeng was the winner on that occasion in what turned out to be an eventful race. Kiyeng misjudged her remaining laps due to a human error with the lap counter, so she started her final kick one lap early. Upon realising her mistake after hearing the bell for the actual final lap, she somehow managed to muster enough energy to hold on to her lead, winning in a season’s best of 9:03.82.

Kiyeng won the world title in 2015 and went on to take Olympic silver in 2016 and world bronze in 2017. She finished fourth on her season debut in Doha earlier this year but has gone on to win the rest of her races, beating Chepkoech on all three occasions.

And if she can beat a world record-holder and world champion after having messed up her finishing kick, as she did in Monaco, Kiyeng will be a big threat in Tokyo. She could even finally improve on the PB of 9:00.01 she set back in 2016.

The fastest of the entrants, somewhat surprisingly, is African Games champion Mekides Abebe, who set an Ethiopian record of 9:02.52 at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Doha. Her only other races this year have been against domestic opposition, but she won both the Ethiopian Championships in Addis Ababa and the Ethiopian Olympic Trials in Hengelo.

Despite being just 19 years of age, Abebe is actually the oldest of Ethiopia’s steeplechase representatives. She’ll be joined in Tokyo by Lomi Muleta, who set a PB of 9:14.03 this year, and Zerfe Wondemagegn, who set a national U20 record of 9:16.95 in Hengelo. All three women represented Ethiopia at the 2019 World Championships, so, despite their young age, they will have already gained some valuable experience ahead of making their Olympic debut.

US champion Emma Coburn will once again be a medal contender. Olympic bronze medallist in 2016, world champion in 2017 and world silver medallist in 2019, Coburn is always in the mix at major events.

She fell at the last water jump in her final pre-Olympic race at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Monaco, eventually finishing fourth in 9:09.02. She had watched Kiyeng’s blunder from afar and had started to reel in the Kenyan, though there’s also no guarantee Coburn would have won on that occasion had she stayed on her feet. Regardless, assuming she makes no such mistake in Tokyo, Coburn will be in the medal hunt.

Gesa-Felicitas Krause is another strong championship performer. The German won European golds in 2016 and 2018, sandwiched between world bronze medals in 2015 and 2019. She heads to Tokyo with a season’s best of 9:09.13, though it’s highly likely she’ll improve on that; in all but one of her 10 seasons between 2010 and 2019, Krause’s fastest times of each year were set in championship finals.

Bahrain’s Winfred Yavi just missed out on the medals at the World Championships in Doha, but gained some form of redemption when she returned to the Qatari capital for the Wanda Diamond League meeting earlier this year as she came away with a PB of 9:02.64, beating Kiyeng, Coburn and Krause.

Others who could feature in the final include North American record-holder and 2017 world silver medallist Courtney Frerichs, Slovenian record-holder Marusa Mismas-Zrimsek, 2014 Commonwealth champion Purity Kirui, Oceanian record-holder Genevieve Gregson of Australia, Chinese record-holder Zhang Xinyan and Ugandan record-holder Peruth Chemutai.

Cheruiyot leads formidable lineup for Paris Diamond League

World and Commonwealth 1500m silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot leads a formidable lineup to the Paris Diamond League meeting on Saturday.

Cheruiyot, who is part of Team Kenya to the Africa Senior Championships, will be hoping to continue his rich vein of form on the circuit.

He won the 800m at Kenya Prisons Championships a fortnight ago posting 1:44.7 and clinched last month’s Diamond League meeting in Shanghai after posting 3:31.48 in his specialty.

Cheruiyot, who has played second fiddle to World and Commonwealth Games champion Elijah Manangoi in the recent past, is confident of his from.

“My form is good and I am confident this year I can strike gold at the Africa championship in Nigeria and I will be using the Diamond League meeting to gauge my form as part of my preparations,” said Cheruiyot.

Cheruiyot, the Diamond League trophy holder, will enjoy the company of compatriots Bethwell Birgen and Charles Simotwo. The Kenyan trio will be up against a competitive field that includes home favourite Mahidiene Benabad, Djibouti’s Ayanleh Souleiman, Morocco ‘s Abdelaati Iguider, New Zealand’s Nick Willis, and Ethiopian trio of Wote Aman, Samuel Tefera and Taresa Tolosa as well as Filip Ingebrigsten of Norway.

Africa cross country champion Celliphine Chespol is the favourite in the 3000m steeplechase. Chespol, who has a season’s best of 9:05.14 and is world under 20 champion, leads a formidable lineup which includes former world champion Hyving Kiyeng, Beatrice Chepkoech, Roseline Chepngetich, Ann Gathoni, Norah Jeruto, Purity Kirui, Caroline Tuigong and Daisy Jepkemei .

They face Commonwealth Games champion in the distance Aisha Praught of Jamaica who will be keen to show her win in Gold Coast was not a fluke. Others to look out for are Canada’s Lalonde Genevieve and Fabiennne Schlumpf of Switzerland.

Former World 800m champion Eunice Sum is entered in the two-lap race and faces a Herculean task against fellow compatriots Olympic bronze medallist Margaret Nyairera, and Emily Cherotich .The Kenyan trio have their work cut out against World and Commonwealth Games champion Caster Semenya of South Africa, Olympic silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and Ajee Wilson of the United States of America.

World 800m bronze medallist Kipyegon Bett enters the fray in the two lap race alongside Ferguson Rotich and Jonathan Kitilit. They will compete against World champion Pierre Ambroise of France and Eric Sowinski of the United States.

Kiyeng to face Coburn at Oslo Bislett Games

Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng, will for the second time square it out with United States Emma Coburn at the Oslo Bislett games that will be held on Thursday (7) in Oslo, Norway.

The first time we got to see the last two world champs, Kiyeng and Coburn, match up did not disappoint. On the final water jump, Kiyeng, Coburn, and world U20 champion Celliphine Chespol were all level, but a fall by Coburn left it as a two-woman race, won by Kiyeng in a world leader of 9:04.96 after a dramatic home-straight run.

Emma is full of life as she has left behind what happened in Rome and is ready to tackle the handle this time being more cautious.

Through her twitter account Coburn said, “Leaving for Oslo in the morning, I’m so excited for @BislettGames!! Should be fire (hopefully no falls this time).

Three more Kenyans Daisy Jepkemei(9:15.56, Purity Kirui (9:21.34, Ann Gathoni (9:47.71 and Caroline Tuigong (10:10.20 will be on the start lineup.

The race will start at 9:20PM Kenyan time.

Kenya punished again in 3000m by Aisha Praught from Jamaica

Its not business as usual as the Kenyans are once again denied gold in 1500m steeplechase at the Commonwealth Games  as Jamaica’s Aisha Praught stunned Celliphine Chespol and Purity Kirui to snatch gold in the women’s 3000m steeplechase.

Prsught sprinted past Chespol to cross the line in 9:21.00 and was followed by the Kenyan 61 seconds later.

The defending champion Purity Kirui closed the podium three in 9:24.74.