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Manangoi, Cheruiyot Renew Rivalry in Monaco

Kenyan training partners World 1500m champion Elijah Manangoi and IAAF Diamond League champion Timothy Cheruiyot will take their 1500 metres battle to the Hercules Diamond League race in Monaco on Friday, July 20th.

The two teammates at Rongai Athletics Club, will renew their rivalry  at the IAAF Diamond League meeting, the tenth stop in the 14-tier series, saying say they will take no prisoners.

Cheruiyot who was recently promoted at the Kenya Prisons Service for his IAAF Diamond League success last season, his only loss this year was at the Commonwealth Games and he is looking to retain his Diamond League trophy.

In their last outing, Cheruiyot a World 1,500m silver medallist shook off a strong challenge to run away with the mile at the Prefontaine Classic in May by returning 3:49.87 as Manangoi settled for third place  in 3:52.18 behind second placed  Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera in 3:51.26.

“I like running in Eugene! Every time I come here, I improve my time,” said an elated Cheruiyot in post race interview. “My goal for the season is to run under 3:28 in Monaco.”

At  last year’s IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco, the duo set 1,500m personal best times of 3:28.80 for Managoi and Cheruiyot’s 3:29.10 in a 1-2 finish respectively.

“It is a nice rivalry we have with Manangoi. He is strong and helps me bring out my best. Anyone can win the race, but there will be more than just the two of us,” said Cheruiyot.

The Kenyan duo finished first and second respectively at last year’s world championships in London and at the recent Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast with Manangoi emerging victorious on both occasions.

The duo managed to perform a rare feat of a coach to have the gold and silver medalists in the same training group (though Alberto Salazar had it in the 10,000 in 2012) but that was the case in at the 2017 London World championships and 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in the men’s 1500 final , as both Manangoi and Cheruiyot who train under coach Bernard Ouma settled for first and second positions respectively.

“Anyone of us can win the race but its an interestiung rivalry we have with Manangoi. He is strong and helps me bring out my best. ,” said Cheruiyot.

A KING IS BORN- GEORGE MANANGOI 1500m

A king is born in the 1500m race in the name of George Meitamei Manangoi.

The World U20 was yesterday lit with the explosive performance of Manangoi the younger brother to World 1500m Champion, Elijah as he won convincingly in the 1500m finals at the championship with a time of 3:41.71.

This race was a plethora of the best the world has to offer in talent but at the end his tactical brilliance in the final 100m proved too much for the ‘best’.

At only 17, this is his biggest win yet and it came much like the stuff of legend. The race boasted great talent in the likes of Justus Suget, his senior and the more experienced competitor, the super-talented Jacob Ingebrigtsen and Ethiopia’s world indoor champion Samuel Tefara but in the end experience bows down at the feet of sheer talent, determination and tactical brilliance that George displayed.

Watching George Manangoi today, it was hard not to think of his older brother’s run in Beijing as the same late burst of speed was on display. Manangoi was actually boxed in on the final turn, but rather than panic, he stayed patient and unleashed his kick to devastating effect over the final 100 meters. A 52.87 final lap is terrific running, especially when you consider the change of gears Manangoi deployed over the final 100.

Now the athletics world is mentioning his names alongside greats with his personal best at 3:35.53 so close to the world record of 3:31. At 17 years he can surpass this mark easily if consistency and discipline remain steadfast in his training manual.

Additional: Robert Rutto