NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
There will be no love lost when Olympic and world
champion Faith Kipyegon of Kenya and World 1500m record holder
Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia clash in this year’s IAAF World
Indoor Tour, which starts in Karlsruhe, Germany on Feb. 3.
Both Kipyegon and
Dibaba have their eyes on the World Indoor Championship gold
medal in Birmingham in March.
Dibaba in the women’s 1,500 meter final to win in a shocking
4:08.92 at the 2016 Olympics, and again in London during the
World Championships. But the indoor tour is a different
challenge with a shorter track.
“I have no pressure
and nothing to prove to anyone. I believe in my strength. Last
year was a great season winning both the Diamond League and the
World Championships. But I also want to do well in 2018,”
Kipyegon said on Friday from Nakuru.
“I must thank my
fans and coach for the support,” she added. While Kipyegon is
yet to announce her indoor program, Dibaba, who finished last at
the London World Championships, will be the star athlete at the
Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe in Germany on Feb 3, the opening stop
of the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Tour.
In Karlsruhe, Dibaba
will face a solid German contingent, led by rising star
The 20-year-old made
a big breakthrough in 2017, improving her lifetime bests
outdoors to 3:58.92 and 8:29.89 over 1500m and 3000m, and racing
to silver at the European Indoor Championships last winter.
With the new
addition of the Madrid Indoor Meeting, the 2018 IAAF World
Indoor Tour will consist of six action-packed meetings staged
throughout the month of February.
overall winner of each discipline upon conclusion of the tour
will receive 20,000 U.S. dollar prize money and automatically
qualify for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018
by wild card.
champion Elijah Manangoi will be competing in Dusseldorf on Feb.
Manangoi will start
off against U23 European champion Marius Probst and Czech
European indoor champion from 2015 Jakub Holusa.