NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenyan world 1,500m champion Elijah Manangoi
hopes to strike two birds with one stone as he leads a group of
Kenyan stars in Friday’s Diamond League meeting in Monaco.
Games champion has his eyes on a world record in the four lap
race and he hopes to put an end to compatriot Timothy
Cheruiyot’s flawless cruise in the Diamond League. The two are
part of over 20 elite runners from Kenya who departed for Monaco
Manangoi says he is
focused on taking a shot at the 20-year record (03:26), which
Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj set in 1998. Manangoi boasts the
ninth fastest time in 1,500m history with a 3:28.80 set in
Monaco in 2016.
“Eyes on world
record,” said Manangoi on Tuesday in Nairobi. “All training has
gone well and hopefully a fast time will fall in place for me.”
Manangoi and Cheruiyot traveled together, but there will be no
love lost when they meet on the track in Monaco.
“I am traveling
today and can’t wait to be back in Monaco for the Diamond
League. (A) fast time is on my mind to (put the) gloss on
another strong performance,” said Cheruiyot. Cheruiyot’s latest
run was in Paris last week where he clocked a world leading time
Other athletes from
Kenya include Charles Simotwo, Jackson Kivuva and Ferguson
Rotich. In the 3,000m steeplechase, the world’s best athletes
will stand shoulder to shoulder for a really fast race. World
champion Emma Coburn of the USA will come under scrutiny as she
faces Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya, in-form world junior record
holder Celliphine Chespol and Oslo’s Diamond League winner Hyvin
The Kenyans are keen
to break the nine minute barrier. “I want to run close to the
world record and if I can finish under nine minutes then it will
be good for me,” said Kiyeng. There will also be strong Kenyan
presence in the 800m with South Africa’s Caster Semenya out to
improve her personal best and Diamond League record of 1:54.25
set in Paris, which is just one second shy of the world record.
The Monaco meeting
will be the penultimate stop for Kenyan athletes ahead of the
continental championships on Aug 1-5 in Asaba, Nigeria.