World Indoor 1500m bronze medallist, Abel Kipsang continued his dominance in the three-and-three-quarter laps race, as he second Diamond League title at the Müller Games held on Saturday (21), at the newly renovated Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.
The Olympic record holder over the distance defeated the Olympic 1500m silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot in Doha a forth night ago, which was his beating this year.
The 25 year-old crossed the finish line easily in 3:35.15.
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.
World Indoor 1500m bronze medallist, Abel Kipsang continued his dominance in the three-and-three-quarter laps race, as he defeated the Olympic 1500m silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot for the second time at the Doha Diamond League Meeting that is being held this evening (Friday 13) in Doha, Qatar.
The Olympic record holder over the distance was too good for the deep elite field that included the 2019 World 10,000m silver medallist, Yomif Kejelcha, World Cross country champion Tadese Lemi and Kamar Etiang.
Kipsang who came to this race with the fastest time on paper of 3:29.56 crossed the finish line ahead of Cheruiyot in a time of 3:35.70 with the latter coming home in in 3:36.16.
Lemi finished in third place in 3:37.06.
Ethiopia’s Kejelcha and Etiang finished in fourth and fifth place in 3:37.85 and 3:38.83 respectively.
Reigning Wanda Diamond League champion Timothy Cheruiyot and Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen will resume their rivalry in the men’s 1500m when they go head to head in the prestigious Bowerman Mile at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on May 28th.
Cheruiyot claimed his fourth career Diamond Trophy when he edged out Ingebrigtsen in the final in Zurich last year, just weeks after the Norwegian had beaten him to the gold medal in Tokyo.
Ingebrigtsen, 21, already has a rich history of success in the Bowerman Mile. At the 2017 Pre Classic Ingebrigtsen became the youngest to ever break the four minute barrier, running 3:58.07 at the age of 16. One year later he would lower his time to 3:52.28 and come back again in 2019 with a 3:51.30. In last year’s race, Ingebrigtsen captured his first Bowerman Mile victory, running the fastest time ever on U.S. soil, 3:47.24. After breaking the Olympic record in Tokyo last summer and taking down the indoor 1500 meter world record earlier this year, it’s clear the Norwegian is ready to cement himself further in the record books.
The budding rivalry between Ingebrigtsen and Cheruiyot will add another chapter at the Pre Classic in 2022. After winning the Bowerman Mile and claiming gold at the World Championships in 2019, Cheruiyot took silver at the Olympic Games last year. He would ultimately bounce back to beat the Norwegian in Zurich.
The third Wanda Diamond League meeting of the season will also feature a strong field in the men’s 5000m, with Canada’s Olympic silver medallist Mo Ahmed taking on home hero Paul Chelimo and 2018 Diamond League champion Selemon Barega of Ethiopia.
Thursday will be the day when Kenyan athletics lovers will experience one of the epic battles in the 1,500m when top runners battle for the title at the Athletics Kenya National Championships cum Senior Africa Athletics championships that will be staged in Mauritius.
The Kasarani champions that comes to an end tomorrow has attracted top notch athletes led Manangoi siblings with former world 1,500m champion Elijah competing alongside his young brother, the former world under 20 1,500m champion George Managoi will be facing the reigning Olympic Games 1,500m silver medalist Timothy Cheruiyot, Olympic Games finalist Abel Kipsang and Olympic Games 1,500m semifinalists Charles Simotwo.
The epic battle of titles began today when all the four contenders qualified to compete in tomorrow’s finals.
World indoor 1,500m bronze medalist Kipsang, who set the Olympic 1,500m record last year, won today’s semifinal round.
Representing National Police Service, Kipsang won heat one in 3:37.14 beating Kenya Defence Forces’ Daniel Mungut to second in 3:37.30 and Emedy Kiplimo settling for third timing 3:37.57.
Kumara Taki 4th and George Manangoi in 5th position, Daniel Kimaiyo 6th, Justine Kemboi in 7th and Elijah Manangoi coming in 8th position in one of the fastest heat.
Heat was won by North Rift’s Amos Bett followed by Kenya Prisons Boaz Kipkurgut and World Champion Cheruiyot completing the podium to qualify.
The federation has lined up 12 athletes for the battle of honours.
The twelfth fastest athlete in 1500m , Kamar Etyang will be the sole Kenyan at the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting that will be held today (9) at the Flora Duffy Stadium in Devonshire, Bermuda.
The 19 year-old goes to this race with a personal best of 3:33.12 that he got at the Kenya Olympic Games Trials, where he beat a strong deep field of elite athletes that included reigning World Champion Timothy Cheruiyot, World U18 1500m Champion George Manangoi, the 2014 African bronze medallist, Ronald Kwemoi and the 2018 World Indoor bronze medallist in 3000m race, Bethwell Birgen.
Etyang will battle for honors with Olympian Brahim Kaazouzi from Morocco who comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 3:31.62 that he got in 2018 at the Monaco Herculis meeting and Hamza Driouch from Qatar who carries a personal best of 3:33.69 that he got at Doha Diamond League.
Pan American Games champion in 800m, Marco Arop from Canada, will also be on line up to fight for the honors as well as Germany’s Amos Bartelsmeyer who holds a pb of 3:38.16 that he got last year at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.
Great Britain’s Kyle Langford of 3:3:41.08 and Erik Sowinski from United States of 3:44.82 will also fight for the podium position.
Three times World 1500m champion, Asbel Kiprop has quit his favourite race, the 1,500m following his four year return from the doping ban.
Speaking at the Kipchoge Keino stadium in Eldoret during his first track training after four years, Kiprop, without naming his next move, said it has been a while competing in the 1,500m and it is time to move.
He said that Kenya will be safe in the hands of Elijah Manangoi and Timothy Cheruiyot among other junior athletes who have proved their worth on track.
“I want to say that Kenya is safe in the hands of Manangoi, and Cheruoyot in 1,500m. Kenya is in safe hands at the moment but I don’t want to say much about myself because I am thinking of the next race after doing enough in the 1,500m. Am now trying to gauge myself in 800m race which I am going to compete in,” said Kiprop.
The former Olympic 1500m champion warned that in the 1,500m, there is much development as far as the championships are concerned.
“I have seen that gradual change from junior to senior level and looking back at the Tokyo Olympics, among the seniors, there was only Cheruiyot but we have seen young stars emerge,” he said.
During his first training since 2018, he said he felt a different experience, which was a challenge compared to what he had been doing before.
“It has been a frustrating four years of ban and the allegations were not true and I had to wait for four years to elapse. I never felt comfortable training alone but I had got used to it and today being the first time to train with friends, it’s quite different because I do train alone in the bushes out there,” he said.
He said that training with colleagues was a relief for his life, appreciating his friends who have welcomed him.
Olympic 1500m silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot has been invited to talk at the British Milers’ Club event that will be held at Leeds Beckett University on Sunday November 14, 2021.
Cheruiyot who is the World 1500m champion will tag along his Rongai Athletics Club (RAC) coach Bernard Ouma and they will give the talk on European Endurance Conference.
The 25 year-old will talk about the secrets of his success at a British Milers’ Club (BMC) coaching day.
Neville Taylor, one of the BMC coaches organising the day, says: “We have put together a great programme with UK and overseas presenters. “We see it has a benefit to both coaches and athletes and it forms part of the BMC’s coach education strategy. “Apart from a full day of presentations there are two practical training sessions with international coaches and major championship medallists.”
The day, which is supported by England Athletics at the university’s Headingley Campus, begins with an introduction from Tim Brennan and a talk from Norman Poole on “aspects of the 800m”. James Thie will then give a lecture entitled “The Coach!” before an 11am practical session led by David Lowes, Andy Henderson and Mark Vile.
After lunch Cheruiyot and Ouma will speak with Geoff Wightman in front of the audience.
Thie will then interview Andy Young, the coach of Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie, before another practical session involving Becky Lyne and Marilyn Okoro as they explain their “Gracefull Running” philosophy.
World U20 1,500m champion Vincent Kibet Keter has been described as a go-getter in his career, who doesn’t like comfort zones.
The newly crowned Kip Keino Classic has been described by his Rongai Athletics Club (RAC) coach Bernard Ouma as a career progression to fit in the shoes of great athletes in the country and abroad.
“I cannot say that he is a unique athlete but he is a hard-working athlete who wants to make change at any point in his career. Keter is a go-getter and never is his comfort zone, that is how I can describe his personality,” said Ouma.
He added that the reigning Africa under 18 1,500m champion just like any other athlete who wants to succeed in life, Keter will have a great succession plan while making it to the senior cadre after a successful career in his junior level.
“As a club, we want to make sure his succession plan is good while graduating into senior levels. Many athletes fail to go past under 20 where about 50% manage to pass the mark. But here, we try to do our best to secure his good plans,” added Ouma.
He cited reigning Olympic Games 1,500m silver medalist Timothy Cheruiyot, former world under 20 1,500m champion
George Meitamei Manangoi who have had a good transition.
“We want athletes to climb the ladder slowly. In the future, you will see Cheruiyot running 5,000m in a marathon. We take care of our athletes’ future that is why we enter few races across the world. We have to ensure that the welfare of athletes is on top,” he said.
Keter won the 1,500m title by defending the national title last won by compatriot Manangoi in Tampere in 2018 when he clocked 3.34.27 as Ethiopian Wegene Addisu took second place in 3:37.86 ahead of compatriot Melkeneh Azize who closed the first three podium finishes in 3:40.22 after benefiting from the Kamra Etiang who was disqualified after stepping out of the lane.
Back to the world under 20 championships, Ouma said that as a club and athletes, they always have a running plan depending on the championships style, describing it as a good progression.
“We always have running plans. We go to the race with a tactical target. We don’t just enter the race anyhow. But Keter, just like any athlete, has challenges in life,” said Ouma.
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