NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
World champion Elijah Manangoi and IAAF Diamond
League champion Timothy Cheruiyot, both from Kenya, say they
will take no prisoners as they clash for the second time this
season at the Prefontaine Classic’s Bowerman Mile in Eugene,
Oregon USA on May 26.
The duo will renew
their rivalry at the IAAF Diamond League meeting, the third stop
in the 14-tier series after having avoided each other in the
first two outings in Doha and Shanghai.
Whereas Manangoi was
in the opening session in Doha and competed in the 800m race,
Cheruiyot will lead a strong Kenyan delegation in Saturday’s
Shanghai Diamond League in China, where he seeks a world lead
time in the four-lap race.
“My focus is on the
Diamond League season now and Shanghai will be my first stop
where I hope to get a strong challenge to gauge my preparedness
in the 1,500m. The target is to run fast time and then we will
see how the season develops,” Cheruiyot said Thursday here.
The Kenyan duo
finished first and second respectively at last year’s world
championships and at the recent Commonwealth Games.
They also occupied
the same two positions at last year’s IAAF Diamond League
meeting in Monaco where they set 1,500m personal best times of
3:28.80 and 3:29.10 respectively.
“It is a nice
rivalry we have with Manangoi. He is strong and helps me bring
out my best. Anyone can win the race, but there will be more
than just the two of us,” said Cheruiyot.
The Kenyan pair
aren’t the only great racers in the event that serves annually
as the Prefontaine Classic’s finale.
Mile winner Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti will also be returning
He set the meeting
record, and the USA all-comers’ record, of 3:47.32 in 2014, just
two months after winning the world indoor 1500m title.
Former World silver
medalist Silas Kiplagat set his mile bets time of 3:47.88 when
finishing second to Souleiman in Eugene in 2014.
The 2011 world
silver medalist will be making his eighth appearance at Hayward
Field and will be aiming for his fourth sub-3:50 performance.
The USA’s Matthew
Centrowitz is ready to return to Hayward Field for the first
time since winning the Olympic title in Rio. His PB of 3:50.53
from the 2014 Bowerman Mile is the fastest ever run by a US
athlete at Hayward Field.
record-holder Aman Wote has raced in the Bowerman Mile five
times, finishing third three times. The 2014 world indoor silver
medalist set his bets time of 3:48.60 in Eugene four years ago.
Tefera and Jakob Ingebrigsten will be making their Bowerman Mile
Others in the field
include world indoor 3000m bronze medalist Bethwell Birgen,
fellow Kenyan and world indoor finalist Vincent Kibet, Olympic
finalist Ben Blankenship, Bahrain’s Sadik Mikhou, Brazil’s world
800m finalist Thiago Do Rosario Andre and USA’s Craig Engels.