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