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Abel Kipsang to battle Samuel Tefera at Muller Games

World Indoor 1500m bronze medallist, Abel Kipsang will battle with the World  Indoor 1500m champion Samuel Tefera at the Müller Diamond League that will be held on Saturday 21 May, at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

The Olympic record holder over the distance, who has been in great shape in recent times, beat last week Olympic 1500m silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot for the second time in a row and will carry his great shape to muller as he will take on Tefera who holds the world indoor record of 3:31.04.

Kipsang who is the current world leader will also face-off with the Olympic 1500m bronze medallist and Scottish record holder Josh Kerr.

Other title contenders includes Great Britain’s Piers Copeland, who is the British indoor champion and Welsh indoor record holder and George Mills the 2016 European under-18 champion.

Olympic 1500m finalist and Australian national record holder, Stewart McSweyn from Australia and his compatriot  Ollie Hoare, Olympic 1500m finalist and the Australian national record holder have also been included on the star studded start list.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen breaks his first World Record

Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen broke his first World Record at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais that was held on Thursday (17) in Lievin, France.

Twelve months after setting a European indoor 1500m record of 3:31.80 on the same track, the ever-improving Ingebrigtsen took off 0.44 the previous world indoor record of 3:31.04 that was set by Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera in 2019 in Birmingham.

Ingebrigtsen, who was paced by Erik Sowinski and Julien Ranc, went through the 600m in 1.24.66 and 800m in 1:52.66. He reached the 1000m in 2:20.98 and picked up the pace with two laps to go. He clocked 3:03.04 at the bell and covered the final 200m in 27.57.

The defending champion beat the record holder when he cut the tape in a new indoor world record of 3:30.60.

“I am happy to return to Liévin. The track is very good. Spectators are very supportive. This is always a fast race and it’s a really nice arena. I like to finish strong. I think it’s nice for the crowd but it’s also nice for me to speed up going into the finish” said Ingebrigtsen.

Tefera put up a stern fight coming home in second in 3:33.70 with Ignacio Fontes from Spain closing the first three podium finishes in 3:37.39.

Samuel Tefera to battle Jakob Ingebrigtsen in Lievin

The World indoor champion and world indoor record-holder, Samuel Tefera will battle the Olympic 1500m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais that will be held on Thursday (17) in Lievin, France.

Tefera took the 2019 tittle of this race and he went on to break the world indoor record just six days later with a time of 3:31.04. The 22 years-old ran away with the 2020 edition title.

Tefera will not have an easy ride as he will face one of the finest runners in recent times, Ingebrigtsen who is expected to start his season on high just as he did last year.

Ingebrigtsen broke the European indoor record with a time of 3:31.80 and then surged ahead to enjoy the greatest season of his career which culminated with the Olympic 1500m gold in a European record of 3:28.32.

Ingebrigtsen is now being coached by his elder brother Henrik Ingebrigtsen as he father has taken a break to rest.

Pacers have been asked to cover the first kilometre in 2:21, which should set the field up for a finishing time close to 3:31.

He will be joined in the Lievin 1500m field by his brother Filip, the 2017 world bronze medallist.

The Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais is one of the seven Gold-level World Indoor Tour meetings taking place in 2022. In 2021, the meeting was highlighted by Gudaf Tsegay’s world indoor 1500m record and the 24-year-old Ethiopian will also be back in Lievin next month to race the mile.

Samuel Tefera beats Daniel Simiu in his 3000m debut

The world indoor champion and world indoor record holder over 1500m, Samuel Tefera, made a bright 3000m debut at the Meweting Metz Monsele Athlelor World Indoor championships that was held on Saturday in Metz, France.

Tefera held off Daniel Simiu from Kenya who ran on Wednesday (9) the fastest time ever in 3000m race at the Mondeville Indoor to cut the tape in 7:37.45 with the latter coming home in second in 7:37.86.

Yasin Haji from Ethiopia closed the first three podium finishes in 7:39.23.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen returns to race Lievin 1500m

Olympic 1500m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen is to return to race at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais, a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting, in Lievin on 17 February.

The 21-year-old opened his 2021 season with victory in Lievin, breaking the European 1500m record with 3:31.80 after a dominant run which saw him win by five seconds and improve Hicham el Guerrouj’s meeting record by 0.21.

That performance put him fifth on the world all-time list, just 0.76 off Samuel Tefera’s world indoor record set in 2019.

Ingebrigtsen went on to achieve a gold medal double at the European Indoor Championships in Torun, taking titles in the 1500m and 3000m, before an outdoor season which included his Olympic 1500m victory in Tokyo.

He will be joined in the Lievin 1500m field by his brother Filip, the 2017 world bronze medallist.

The Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais is one of the seven Gold-level World Indoor Tour meetings taking place in 2022. In 2021, the meeting was highlighted by Gudaf Tsegay’s world indoor 1500m record and the 24-year-old Ethiopian will also be back in Lievin next month to race the mile.

Other athletes announced for the meeting include Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs. The Italian sprinter achieved his first victory of 2021 in the French town, winning the 60m in 6.54.

Tefera Vs Manangoi – IAAF World U20 Men’s 1500m Championships Tampere 2018

Anytime you get an athlete competing at an U20 Championship who is good enough to win gold at senior level, victory is typically a foregone conclusion, but despite the outstanding ability of Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera that’s not strictly the case here in Tampere.

Earlier this year, Tefera set a world U20 indoor 1500m record when clocking 3:36.05 in Val-de-Reuil, but far from being a time trialler, the 18-year-old showed a vast range of gears at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham where he scorched through the final lap to take gold.

However, he’ll need to be on his A-game to get the same outcome here with the presence of Kenyan duo Justus Soget, a 3:32.97 performer, and George Manangoi, who has run 3:35.53. Soget ran his best to finish fourth at the Kenyan World Championships trials last year in Nairobi, while Manangoi, a younger brother to world 1500m champion George, won the IAAF World U18 Championships last summer.

It will come as little surprise if the African challenge comes up short, however, give the presence of Norwegian wunderkind Jakob Ingebrigtsen. He was European U20 champion last year and has had a stellar season to date, clocking a 3:52.28 mile in Eugene and a 3:36.06 1500m in Oslo.

The above four look likely to duke it out for the medals, though Ethiopia’s Birhanu Sorsa and Britain’s Jake Heyward, who have both dipped below 3:40, may also get in the mix.

Others that warrant respect include USA’s Yared Nuguse, Netherlands’ Robin van Riel, Spain’s Mario Garcia and Algeria’s Oussama Cherrad, who have all run under 3:43 this season.

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.

Ingebrigtsen smashes 39-year-old European U20 mile record in Eugene

A year after announcing himself on the senior stage by becoming the youngest athlete to break four minutes for the mile, Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen took his teenage career to another extraordinary level on the same Hayward Field track in Eugene on Saturday.

Now 17, Ingebrigtsen ran a remarkable 3:52.28. He was just one-tenth behind Kenya’s Elijah Manangoi, the world champion from London last summer, as his teammate Timothy Cheruiyot, won in 3:49.87 from Ethiopia’s world indoor champion in Samuel Tefera in 3:51.26.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen finishes fourth at the Bowerm Mile. Photo: Organiser

Tefera himself is only 18 but just over a year younger, Ingebrigtsen is ripping up the record books as he showed his amazing progression over the middle distances. With his time of 3:52.28, Ingebrigtsen – who covered the last lap in 55.42 – lopped nearly one second off Graham Williamson’s 39-year-old European U20 record of 3:53.15.

And as he celebrated this latest brilliant performance, Ingebrigtsen revealed how his training set-up with his two brothers – Henrik and Filip – plays such an important part in taking him to this position.

“I usually train with two of the best 1500m runners in the world – my two brothers. I am always a couple of metres behind them but now I am taking a new step with the best guys,” said Jakob, who is also coached by his father Gjert.

“Before the race, there were a lot of nerves but I was really looking forward to it. The crowd here is amazing. I was not quite expecting the race to be that fast. I felt I had a lot to give on the last lap and felt really good coming into the home stretch. My goal was to take Alan Webb’s record,” said Jakob, who ran faster than Webb’s US high school record of 3:53.43.

But just how far he has come was shown when Manangoi was alongside him. “When I saw him, I said ‘wow’; it is a dream come true to race some of the best guys in the world.”