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Benjamin Kigen to battle Soufiane EL Bakkali and Lamecha Girma in Zürich

Fresh from winning the 3,000m steeplechase bronze medal at the concluded Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, Benjamin Kigen will be lining up at the Zurich Diamond League on Thursday (9).

The Africa 3,000m steeplechase champion led Kenya’s podium sweep at the Paris Diamond League almost two weeks ago lines up in search of water and barriers points.

The 28 year-old ran with a world lead at the Paris meeting with 8.07.12 will square it out with the Tokyo Olympic champion Soufiane EL Bakkali who has a season best of 8:08.54 which is the fourth fastest time on paper in this race.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and World silver medallist Lamecha Girma has also been rolled in to battle for the finals. Girma pushed Rio gold medallist to the wire at the World champion and he is a man on the mission as his pace and motion dictates as he always tackles the barriers. The Ethiopian has the second fastest time behind Kigen in this race and he is a man to watch.

Commonwealth Games 3,000m steeplechase silver medalist Abraham Kibiwot, who was second behind Kigen in Paris will be fighting for a podium slot with his 8:07.75 which is the third fastest time.

Ethiopia will be represented by Tadese Takele and Getnet Wale both coming with a season best of 8:09.37 and 8:09.47 respectively.

Another Kenyan Leonard Kipkemoi Bett who took bronze in Paris is also in the list as well as Mohamed Tindouft from Morocco who has a SB of 8:11.65.

Others who have been included are Ahmed Abdelwahed (8:12.04) from Italy, United States Hillary Bor (8:14.69) and Kenya’s Wilberforce Chemiat Kones (8:21.42).

LEADING TIME

3000m STEEPLECAHSE

  1. Benjamin Kigen          (KEN) 8:07.12
  2. Lamecha Girma          (ETH) 8:07.75
  3. Abraham Kibiwott      (KEN) 8:07.81
  4. Soufiane EL Bakkali   (MOR) 8:08.54
  5. Tadese Takele             (ETH)8:09.37
  6. Getnet Wale                (ETH) 8:09.47
  7. Leonard i Bett             (KEN) 8:10.21
  8. Mohamed Tindouft    (MOR) 8:11.65
  9. Ahmed Abdelwahed   (ITL) 8:12.04
  10. Hillary Bor                   (USA) 8:14.69
  11. Wilberforce Kones     (KEN) 8:21.42

 

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.

Top Stars Confirmed To Compete at Weltklasse Zürich

Many international athletics top stars have already signed up for Weltklasse Zürich 2018. The meeting on 30

August will be another exciting showdown of the sport’s finest athletes

Fastest Man of the Year to Race in the 200m

The world sprint giants will clash in the 200m in Zurich this year. The fastest man of the year, Noah Lyles (USA), is out to pick up a second Diamond Trophy. His opponents in Zurich will include World and European champion Ramil Guliyev (TUR) and the Swiss national record holder and European championship bronze medallist Alex Wilson. Lyles, still only 21 years old, has already clocked 19.65 this year. He has not yet qualified for the 100m final in Brussels, however. The second sprint final will be staged at the IAAF Diamond League final event in Brussels on 31 August.

Shot Putters to Flex their Muscles in Zurich

Walsh, Crouser, Hill, Romani, Haratyk, Storl, Stanek, Whiting. The entry list in the men’s shot put reveals a cast of Olympic, world, and European champions and medallists. European champion Michal Haratyk (POL) will challenge world leader Tomas Walsh (NZL) and Ryan Crouser (USA). They will treat the Zurich fans to a competition on an extraordinary level.

Swiss Stars in the International Programme of Events

Athletics has been on the rise in Switzerland and has produced a number of stars who will be part of this year’s international programme. Angelica MOSER (pole vault), Géraldine RUCKSTUHL (javelin throw), Benjamin GFÖHLER (long jump), Alex WILSON (200m), Mujinga KAMBUNDJI (100m), Lea SPRUNGER (400m h) and Selina BÜCHEL (800m) will no doubt be enjoying the legendary support of the Letzigrund Stadium fans.

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