By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
1500m world champion Elijah Manangoi of Kenya
will launch his World Indoor Tour campaign on Tuesday in
Manangoi, who has
only raced in cross country since his win in London in August,
is hopeful he will be strong enough to dominate in Germany. He
will be targeting the remaining four rounds of the IAAF World
Indoor tour in the hope of nailing down a spot in the Kenyan
team for the rest of the season. The World Indoor Championships
will be held in Birmingham, England from March 1-4.
“I am ready for the
action. It is a challenge to compete in the Indoor circuit,
which is short and [has] sharp corners but I have prepared well,
done my endurance [training] and now [I’m] ready to take on the
boys in Germany,” Manangoi said on Monday.
Organizers of the
meeting in Dusseldorf have also invited Sam Kendricks of the
United States, an addition that will mean 11 medalists from the
2017 IAAF World Championships will be competing.
Manangoi, who won
the world 1500m title last August, returns to Dusseldorf seeking
a third straight victory in this event.
“I won in Dusseldorf
before and hopefully, it will go well for me this time around,”
who ended a sensational 2017 season unbeaten in 17 competitions,
will headline the pole vault where he’ll face Poland’s European
indoor champion Piotr Lisek.
The men’s 800m will
feature a battle between Poland’s perennial threat Adam Kszczot
and rising Kenyan star Kipyegon Bett, who raced to silver and
bronze medals respectively in London last August.
Bett has to be at
the top of his game to convince the coaches to select him for
the Kenyan team ahead of compatriots Emmanuel Korir and Michael
Saruni, who are based in the US and have showcased great
potential this season.
Ethiopia’s World 1500m record holder Genzebe Dibaba will hope to
continue her strong showing from the first meeting in Karlsruhe
(Germany) with another stop in Madrid, Spain on Feb 8.
Dibaba, who last
year won the 1000m in Madrid with a national indoor record of
2:33.06, will contest the 1500m at this year’s meeting. She
holds both the indoor and outdoor records in this event.
The 2015 world
champion will line up against 2014 world indoor silver medalist
Axumawit Embaye of Ethiopia, European champion Angelika Cichocka
of Poland, African silver medalist Malika Akkaoui of Morocco and
Spanish duo Solange Andrea Pereira and Marta Perez.
medalist Adam Kszczot will be aiming to repeat his 800m victory
The Pole has won
five continental titles at the distance - two outdoors and three
indoors - and has earned silver medals at the past two world
world champion and two-time world indoor champion Mohamed Aman,
who is ranked one place ahead of Kszczot on the world indoor
800m all-time list, will also be in Madrid, along with Spanish
record-holder Kevin Lopez, European indoor bronze medalist
Alvaro de Arriba, Daniel Andujar and Jesus Gonzalez.