NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Olympian Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya is planning
an assault on the world 3,000m steeplechase record this year and
hopes she can shutter the current mark in the Diamond League
The 26-year-old is
keen to break the world record of 8:52.87 at either the Monaco
or Zurich Diamond League meetings.
“I know I’m in
shape, the times on training show. With a race in good
circumstances, I will go for the world record again,” said
Chepkoech on Sunday.
Games steeplechase silver medalist on Saturday showed her class
when she won the Shanghai Diamond League meeting in China
beating compatriot Norah Jeruto.
slipped on the wet track in a final sprint for the line,
Chepkoech showed her power that she can assault the world record
as she went for the win.
With nobody standing
in her way, Chepkoech didn’t have to push for the win, yet still
recorded a world-leading 9:07.27. Jeruto picked herself up for
“Let us see how the
season goes but I feel the form I carry today can help set a
world record. I will let my management work on that as I plan to
race at the Africa Championships in August,” she added.
Bahraini Ruth Jebet
holds the women’s world record of 8:52.78 from Paris in 2016.
Kenyan Wycliffe Kinyamal eyes
Africa Championships, Diamond League success
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliffe
Kinyamal of Kenya said Friday that winning the Africa
Championships in August will be the best reward for him this
Kinyamal, 20, is
keen to fit on the shoes of his mentor and Olympic Champion
David Rudisha, setting the target of running fast time and
winning the continental title to crown off the season that saw
him start off with a bang winning the Club Games 800m gold in
Gold Coast, Australia.
The Africa Athletics
Championships will be held in Asaba, Nigeria in August, from
which the best two athletes in each discipline will be selected
to run at the IAAF World Cup in Ostrava, the Czech Republic in
However, he is aware
of the pressure that is mounting for him to deliver gold
starting with the Diamond League, which he will debut in
Shanghai on Saturday.
“In this business,
it is hard to be what everyone wants you to be. But slowly, you
do one thing at a time and it piles up. After my win in the
Commonwealth Games, people are talking about the Diamond League.
Then it will be the Africa Championships,” he said.
“The truth of the
matter is, I would like to win the Africa Championships and
maybe compete at my best potential for the Diamond League. But
most important is to run fast time in Shanghai and see what next
is on offer,” he added.
Kinyamal holds a
fast time of 1:43.94 and started off the season with a fast run
of 1:45.11 in Gold Coast in April.
“I want to improve
my personal best time in Shanghai. Running fast is the target
then maybe getting to the podium. The challenge is always tough,
but I don’t want to put much expectation to myself,” he added.
The Kenyan will
launch his Diamond League hunt as the favorite in a race missing
some notable names. The Shanghai meet record stands at 1:44.63
and Kinyamal is set his focus on beating it.
opposition will be Kinyamal’s compatriot Jonathan Kitilit, the
second fastest man in the world this year, and experienced Pole
Marcin Lewandowski, the World Indoor 1,500m silver medallist in
Birmingham in March.
World Indoor 800m
silver medalist Drew Windle and his U.S. teammate Clayton
Murphy, the 2016 Olympic bronze medallist, will also look to be
in the mix.
Kenyan Caroline Tuigong seeks
career redemption at Shanghai Diamond League
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s former world junior steeplechase champion
Caroline Tuigong of Kenya hopes to redeem her career as she
launches her season hunt at the Shanghai Diamond League meet on
The former world
youth champion has had problems with her fitness and endured
several poor seasons and false starts to her career.
But she believes to
have made a turn on her injuries and seeks a successful
performance in Shanghai over the water and hurdle race.
expects stiff challenge from compatriots Beatrice Chepkoech
(8:59.84) and Norah Jeruto (9:03.70), who holds the fastest time
in the field that has attracted eight Kenyans out of the 17
elites at the starting lineup.
“Injuries are part
of the athletes’ life. However, they have shaped my performances
in the last few seasons and I have had to deal with it. But I
have had a good training session over three months and am ready
to mark my turf starting with Shanghai,” she said on Friday.
In the 1,500m race,
world silver medalist Timothy Cheruiyot is the favorite in a
race that will be without world champion Elijah Manangoi.
He needs to watch
out for world indoor champion Samuel Tefera and Moroccan veteran
Abdelaati Iguider. The trio are targeting a world lead having
skipped the first round of the 14-tier Diamond League series in
Doha a week ago.
Justus Soget of
Kenya, who placed third in the 1,500m in Doha will once again be
gunning for a top three spot in the metric mile.
Cheruiyot, the world and Commonwealth silver medallist, boasts
outstanding credentials as does Ethiopia’s rising teenage talent
Samuel Tefera, who stormed to 1,500m gold at the World Indoor
Championships in Birmingham.
“It is an open race
and anyone may take the win. But what’s important is to run fast
time because many are yet to peak after starting training late,”
The world indoor
bronze medalist Abdelaati Iguider of Morocco and the 34-year-old
Ethiopian Aman Wote, who finished one place behind in
Birmingham, will also compete.
champion Muktar Edris opens his track season against a field
including teammates Dejen Gebremeskel and Hagos Gebrhiwet and
Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo.
World and Olympic
steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto makes his international
debut at the distance.