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Timothy Cheruiyot cements his legacy in Zurich

Olympic silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot cemented his legacy as the world 1500m veteran when he beat his perennial rival Jakob Ingebrigtsen at the finals of the Wanda Diamond League series that were held on Thursday (9) in Zurich.

Cheruiyot held off his rival to win his fourth Diamond League trophy in 3:31.37.

Cheruiyot of late has been grappling with an injury and has also been nursing a sick child, factors that have also contributed to his sub-par performance.

His coach Bernard Ouma said people sometimes forget that athletes are human beings too.

“On a podium, people see athletes, others see machines that are running and have to be position one. At the back of my mind as a coach, I see a human being with social challenges as well, the family perspective and personal as well,” he said.

Norwagian wonder boy, Ingebrigtsen was left with no option but to settle in second place in 3:31.45

Australia’s Stewart Mcsweyn took the third spot in a time of 3:32.14.

Kenya’s Ronald Kwemoi and Charles Simotwo finished in sixth and seventh place in 3:33.34 season best and 3:34.24 respectively. Bethwell Birgen also from Kenya finished last in 3:46.01

Galen Rupp to battle Bashir Abdi at Great North Run

The 2012 Olympic Games gold medallist in 10,000m Galen Rupp will be the star to watch at the 40th edition of the Great North Run that will be held on Sunday (12) from Newcastle to South Shields in England.

The 2016 Rio marathon bronze medallist is coming off of an eighth place finish in the Olympic Marathon in Sapporo last month.  A veteran of seven half-marathons, the former Oregon Duck carries on his shoulder a personal best of 59:47 that he got at the 2018 Roma-Ostia half-marathon in Italy.

The 35 year-old American will battle for the top honors as he faces off with the recently crowned bronze medallist in the marathon at the 2020 Summer Olympics,  Somali-born Belgian Bashir Abdi who knows this streets well having participated in this race in 2018 where he finished in third place in 1:01.42. The 32 year-old has a personal best of 1:01.50 that he got in 2017 at the Lille Half Marathon in France.

Other established athletes slated to run are Britain’s Marc Scott who has a personal best of 1:00.35 and Jake Smith of 1:00.31 and Belgium’s Soufiane Bouchikhi of 1:02.59 are also competing on the men’s side, as is Britain’s Charlotte Purdue (1:08:23).

This year’s race has the inclusion of several track athletes making their half-marathon debuts. Those include Stewart McSweyn, the Australian record holder for both the mile (3:48.37) and 10,000m (27:23.80); Eilish McColgan, the British record holder for 5000m (14:28.55); Edward Cheserek, the Kenyan record holder for the indoor mile (3:49.44); and Dominique Scott, the South African record holder for 3000m indoors (8:41.18).

The assembled elite athletes will be fighting to try and lower the race course record of 58:56 that was set in 2011Kenya’s Martin Mathathi.

Timothy Cheruiyot to battle Jacob Ingebrigtsen in Zurich

World 1,500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot will renew his rivalry with Olympic 1,500m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen at the Zurich Diamond League.

The duo, who have been battling in various championships across the world will be meeting for the 15th time with Norwegian Ingebrigtsen with Kenyan losing twice to the young star.

Ingebrigtsen has become the centre of attraction international more after beating Cheruiyot to win the Olympic title at the concluded Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The European 1500m champion was on fire during the Prefontaine Classic meet in Eugene, as he trounced Cheruiyot in 3:47.24 in a world leading, National Record and Diamond League Record which placed him as the ninth fastest outdoor performer in history.

Cheruiyot of late has been grappling with an injury and has also been nursing a sick child, factors that have also contributed to his sub-par performance.

His coach Bernard Ouma said people sometimes forget that athletes are human beings too.

“On a podium, people see athletes, others see machines that are running and have to be position one. At the back of my mind as a coach, I see a human being with social challenges as well, the family perspective and personal as well,” he said.

This race has some of the fastest runners ever assembled as the top five athletes are sub 3:30 with the rest being sub3:34 like Spaniard Mohamed Katir, Australia’s Stewart Mcsweyn and Abel Kipsang from Kenya have the fastest time on paper as they carry seasons best of 3:28.76, 3:29.51 and 3:29.56 respectively.

Others yearning for the title are Kenyan Charles Simotwo (93:30.30), Australia’s Oliver Hoare (3:33.19)   Spain’s Ignacio Fontes (3:33.27) Ronald Kwemoi fromKenya (3:33.53) and Matthew Ramsden (3:34.08) from Australia.

Kenya and Australia has the highest number of athletes in this race as they both are represented by three athletes

LEADING TIME

1500M MEN

  1. Timothy Cheruiyot    (KEN) 3:28.28
  2. Jacob Ingebrigtsen     (NOR) 3:28.32
  3. Mohamed Katir          (SPN)  3:28.76
  4. Stewart Mcsweyn       (AUS) 3:29.51
  5. Abel Kipsang              (KEN) 3:29.56
  6. Charles Simotwo        (KEN) 3:30.30
  7. Oliver Hoare               (AUS)  3:33.19
  8. Ignacio Fontes            (SPN)  3:33.27
  9. Ronald Kwemoi           (KEN) 3:33.53
  10. Matthew Ramsden     (AUS) 3:34.08

Jacob Ingebrigtsen to compete in 5000m and 1500m in Zurich Meet

Olympic 1500m Champion, Jacob Ingebrigtsen will be the star to watch as he plans to double start for the prestigious trophy of the Wanda Diamond League at the Weltklasse Zürich, which will be held on 8th September in Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich, Switzerland.

Norwegian wonder kid will attempt to complete on two different races starting with 5000m that will be held on Wednesday (8) at the  Sechseläutenplatz and the following day which is on Thursday (9) compete in his specialty race of 1500m at the Letzigrund.

The 20 year-old will have a huge challenge with the two races but considering his great shape currently we should not rule him out. Ingebrigtsen could not achieve his dream goal a forth night ago but managed to beat a strong field that included Olympic 10000m gold medallist Selemon Barega and Two-time 5000m World Champion Muktar Idris both from Ethiopia.

The European 1500m champion was on fire during the Prefontaine Classic meet in Eugene, as he trounced the reigning world champion Timothy Cheruiyot in 3:47.24, which is a world-leading time, National Record and Diamond League Record which made him history’s ninth fastest outdoor performer.

Ingebrigtsen also thrashed two Kenyans Abel Kipsang and Jacob Krop when he crossed the line in a season best of 7:33.06. He was followed by Ethiopia’s Aregawi Berihu who took silver in a personal best of 7:33.39 with Stewart McSweyn the top three places in 7:35.06.

Barega and Idris crossed the line in fourth and fifth place in 7:36.62 and 7:40.30 respectively.

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.

Hyving Kiyeng: Fast times will come in July

A chaotic women’s 3000m steeplechase provided some level of answer to the question about what would have happened last week in Rome when world champion Emma Coburn came to grief at the final water jump.

This time around, it boiled down to a head-to-head clash with Hyvin Kiyeng of Kenya – her conqueror that day – and Kiyeng proved that Rome win was no fluke.

After a swift opening kilometre of 3:01.80, the pace slowed considerably and 2000m was reached in 6:09.42. Soon after the Kenyan seized command, opening an eight-metre lead on Coburn on the final lap, which the American began to close around the last turn. Kiyeng was all out down the home straight to hold off Coburn, but that she did, 9:09.63 to 9:09.70, with Daisy Chepkemei third in 9:16.87.

“It was all about the win, I was not thinking about times at all,” said Kiyeng. “I had some injuries in Rome and wanted to continue winning. Fast times will come in July.”

World silver medallist Courtney Frerichs finished fourth with Commonwealth champion Aisha Praught fifth, both athletes hampered badly by an early barrier which was set to the wrong height, a mistake that was rectified minutes later by officials after Coburn – and her husband Joe Bosshard – did their best to bring it to their attention.

“After the stress, the pace slowed down a lot but today was a step in the right direction for me,” said Coburn. “I hope to come back here again and next it will take a perfect night and all of the stars to align for me to run sub-nine minutes but I’m hopeful – maybe in Monaco.”

In the men’s 1500m, a non-Diamond League event, Britain’s Chris O’Hare spoiled the Norwegian party that had begun to break out with 300m to run, the point at which 17-year-old Wunderkind Jakob Ingebrigtsen seized control at the front after the pacemakers dropped out following a 2:54.39 first 1200m.

Ingebrigtsen led into the final bend but O’Hare changed gears with alacrity with 120 metres to run, taking the lead and battling bravely up the home straight to fend off the challenge of Ingebrigtsen and Robby Andrews. O’Hare was all out to the line to hold on in 3:35.96, inches ahead of Andrews (3:36.05), with Ingebrigtsen having to settle for third on this occasion, rewarded with a PB of 3:36.06.

“I’ve had a rough six months as I’ve been injured,” said O’Hare. “I wasn’t invited into the Dream Mile so I wanted to prove myself and I did.”

The men’s 10,000m saw Kenya’s Dominic Kiptarus take victory in 28:05.34 from Australia’s Stewart McSweyn (28:35.37) and Switzerland’s Julien Wanders (28:07.15). Norway’s marathon specialist Sondre Moen finished fifth in 28:37.92.

At an event renowned for its rich history, it was heartening to see a sell-out crowd fill the stadium for the first time in several years, the sure sign of an athletics meeting in rude health.