NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto will be the man to
watch at the Meeting Mohammed VI D’Athletisme in Rabat on July
16, the African leg of the IAAF Diamond League.
Kipruto, who will be
leading Kenyan team at the London World Championships in the
steeplechase, is under pressure to prove his Rio Olympic win was
no fluke after breaking the jinx understudying legend Ezekiel
“I always fight for
my place in the team. It is a chocking field of row talent
oozing class especially for a Kenyan in the steeplechase. You
must be at your best to make the cut. Every championship is a
step for me to prove I’m the next king of steeplechase and Rabat
is the net place I take the battle,” he said.
There will be at
least three Olympic champions confirmed for the Rabat meeting,
the tenth stop in the Diamond League circuit.
sprint champion Elaine Thompson will try to improve on the 11.02
seconds meeting record she set in the 100m last year.
recently won the national 100m title in a world-leading 10.71
seconds and will be looking to sharpen up in that event ahead of
the IAAF World Championships London 2017.
last weekend won the US 400m hurdles title in what was the
greatest depth race in history in that discipline. Her winning
mark of 52.64 seconds was the fastest time in the world since
2011. The Olympic champion will be racing in Rabat for the first
time in her career.
Kipruto provided one
of the highlights of last year’s Meeting Mohammed VI
D’Athletisme, winning the steeplechase in a meeting record of
8:02.77. The Olympic champion will be back in Rabat to try to
improve on that mark.
athletes set to compete in Rabat include Canada’s triple Olympic
medallist Andre De Grasse, USA’s Olympic 800m bronze medallist
Clayton Murphy and US 100m champion Justin Gatlin.
world indoor 1500m champion Abdalaati Iguider and steeplechase
specialist Soufiane El Bakkali will aim to achieve victories for
the host nation.