NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Olympic silver medalist Julius Yego is ready for
the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham.
Yego, who recently
reclaimed the Africa title in the javelin event, will be out
against a strong challenge led by Olympic champion Thomas Rohler,
Magnus Kirt and Andreas Hofmann.
“I believe I am
getting back to the form I want. [I want] to throw over 90
meters,” said Yego, in Nairobi.
Yego’s star rose
when he won an extraordinary javelin competition with a final
effort of 91.39m that was initially ruled as illegal but
eventually confirmed as an African and IAAF Diamond League
record in Beijing in 2015.
In the 800m race,
Kenya’s new star Emmanuel Korir goes up against recent European
champion Adam Kszczot, with world, Commonwealth and African
1,500m champion Elijah Manangoi and Jake Wightman stepping down
to the two lap race.
Korir has since
hinted that he will attempt to break Olympic champion David
Rudisha’s 1:40.91 world record. Korir ran a world leading time
of 1:41.25. “I am in good shape and will be out to run a fast
time. I can do it but I have no idea if it will be in Birmingham
or Brussels. I also want to win the IAAF Continental Cup,” Korir
steeplechase field includes eight of the best nine athletes in
the world this year, including world leader Soufiane Bakkali of
Morocco, Benjamin Kigen and Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya with the
latter seeking a return to form.
champion Winnie Chebet will be out to reaffirm her status
against Moroccan Sifan Hassan and Gudaf Tsegay.
In the 3,000m race
the field is led by world 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri and Agnes
Tirop and Caroline Kipkirui. “I am heading back to Birmingham
this Saturday where I will be racing in the 3,000m. I hope to
see many fans there and run good time,” said Obiri.