Jakob Ingebrigtsen will make a rare appearance in the 800m at the Trond Mohn Games in Bergen on 8 June, a World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze meeting.
Ingebrigtsen last raced at the distance at the 2020 Norwegian Championships which was also held at the Fana Stadium in Bergen, winning a tactical race in 1:48.72. His lifetime best stands at 1:46.44 which also dates back to 2020.
The 21-year-old is using this race as a chance to sharpen his speed ahead of the Oslo Diamond League on 16 June, one of the most important fixtures on his itinerary which includes both the World Athletics Championships in Oregon and the European Athletics Championships in Munich.
“This is a huge recognition for the meeting and also very good for the people of Bergen. Everyone wants to see Jakob; organisers all over the world want him and Karsten Warholm. Now we have at least one of them and that goes straight into what is the main goal of Trond Mohn Games: to excite the Bergen audience,” event organiser Eddie Ebbesvik told local media.
Ingebrigtsen is expected to open his outdoor season in the Eugene Diamond League on 28 May.
Kenya’s Kamar Etyang lived to the expectations of Kenyans as he demolished the 1500m race field at the at the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting that was held Saturday (9) night at the Flora Duffy Stadium in Devonshire, Bermuda.
The twelfth fastest athlete over the distance was the sole Kenyan at the USATF Bermuda Games and he was taking part in his first race outside the country.
The 19 year-old took charge of the race when the pacer dropped and led all the way until the last 40m that he started to stagger and was almost beaten to the line by Amos Bartelsmeyer from Germany but Kenyan pulled himself together to cross the line first in a time of 3:45.28. Bartelsmeyer was forced to settle in second with a time of 3:45.35.
Home boy Dage Minors closed the first three podium finishes with a season best of 3:46.82.
United States Kasey Knevelbaard and Eric Holt came home in fourth and fifth in a time of 3:46.86 and 3:46.90 respectively.
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.
World Under 18 400m silver medalist Mary Moraa has set her focus for the 2021 World Athletics Continental Tour meeting that will be held on 18th September at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.
Dubbed KipKeino Classic, the encounter will see top world track athletes converge at the facility to mark the end of the track and field season.
Moraa, who made her debut in Diamond League at Brussels meeting, said she is gaining confidence in the two lap race.
The Olympic Games 800m semi-finalists will be hoping to win at the KipKeino classic to add on her Palio Citta della Quercia in Rovereto title won late last month.
She said that after turning to 800m from her well established 400m, she has not gained enough experience but slowly, she will be on course for better results.
“It was a good experience competing in Diamond Leagues and because I have not gained much experience in the series I have hope of doing well in future,” said Moraa.
At the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial, the World Athletics Continental Tour in Silesia, Poland, Moraa competed in 1,000m away from her usual 800m where she finished 10th position timing 2:39.47 in a race won by Great Britain’s Jemma Reekie in 2:35.47.
“In Silesia, I was looking for endurance to compete well in 800m and that is why I had to run 1,000m in Poland. Next will be competing at home and I have to try my best,” added Moraa.
World Athletics U20 3000m Champion Tadese Worku continued with his great shape in the 3000m at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial that was held on Sunday (5) in Silesia, Poland, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting.
Worku piped 3000m steeplechase gold medallist Soufiane El-Bakkali from Morocco who could not match the kicks of the young teenager.
The Ethiopian sensation took the race title when he crossed the line in a new Meet Record of 7:36.47 with El-Bakkali coming home in second in 7:37.18.
The 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games champion, Mohammed Tindouft closed the first three podium finishes in a new personal best of 7:38.92.
Ethiopia’s Haftu Teklu and Elzan Bibic from Serbia took fourth and fifth place in 7:39.62 (pb) and 7:39.95 respectively.
Kenya’s Mark Lomuket finished in a distant ninth place in 8:01.11.
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Olympic 10,000m champion Selemon Barega will battle for honors with Soufiane El Bakkali from Morocco in the 3000m race at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial that will be held on Sunday (5) in Silesia, Poland, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting.
Barega who was beaten last week in Lausanne Diamond League by the Olympic 1500m champion Jacob Ingebrigtsen will come face to face with the Tokyo 3000m steeplechase champion El Bakkali, who in his last engagement at the Diamond league meet got injured when he hit the first water barrier.
The 25 year-old ended Kenya’s rules over the water barrier race when he beat them at the just concluded Tokyo 2020.
The two will be squaring off over 3000m in a field that includes rising star Tadese Worku of Ethiopia, the world U20 champion, and Abel Kipsang from Kenya, who finished fourth in the Olympic 1500m final.
World under 18 400m silver medalist Mary Moraa won women’s 800m at the 57th edition of the Palio Citta della Quercia in Rovereto, the world Athletics Continental tour in Italy yesterday-night.
Hoping to make her debut in the Diamond League series, Moraa took the two lap race timing 2:00.40 seconds at the World Athletics Continental Silver Tour event.
The Olympic 800m semifinalists led Uruguayan Deborah Rodriguez to second in 2:00.50 and the USA’s Chanelle Price for third timing 2:00.89.
As Moraa battled in women Cornelius Tuwei finished 4th in men’s category in 1:46.25 while former Commonwealth Games 5,000m champion Mercy Cherono clocking 8:40.76 and finishing in third in women’s 3,000m.