NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenyan steeplechase world and Olympic champion
Consenlus Kipruto is hopeful his ankle injury will not deny him
the chance to end the season on a high note with the Diamond
League trophy and the International Association of Athletics
Federations (IAAF) Continental Cup under his belt.
Speaking in Nairobi,
Kipruto said he is focused on dominating his specialty after he
blew hot and cold throughout the season.
The African champion
will lead Kenya’s delegation to the Zurich Diamond League on
Kipruto won in the
Birmingham Diamond League to remain on course for the Diamond
League trophy, but injury concerns have cast a dark shadow on
his prospects ahead of the two remaining competitions.
“It was nice to have
a win again in Birmingham. However, I must apologize for the
slow time recorded. My ankle played up again and I had doubts
about competing. I almost failed to start but I didn’t want to
let anyone down,” said Kipruto on Monday in Nairobi.
Now Kipruto that has
rested to help address the injury concerns, he hopes to be
crowned champion in Zurich and at the IAAF Continental Cup in
Ostrava, the Czech Republic on Sept 8-9.
“I love being low
key. You’ll see me when you’ll see me,” he added. Kipruto will
face off against Morocco Soufiane El Bakkali.
The two met in at
the Africa Championships in Asaba, Nigeria with Kipruto winning
in 8:26.37 ahead of Bakkali with 8:28.01.
Others to look out
for are Leonard Bett, Nicholas Kiptanui, Abraham Kibiwott, Ben
Kigen, Lawrence Kemboi, Amos Kirui and Kennedy Njiru.
World 3,000 meters
steeplechase bronze medalist Evan Jager, will also be in
contention alongside Ethiopia risking star Beyo Chala and
Matthew Hughes of Canada.
Another Kenyan star
eyeing the trophy is Shanghai Diamond League champion Timothy
Cheruiyot. Despite holding a big margin in the quest for the
Diamond Trophy, Cheruiyot knows winning in Zurich will decide if
he retains the trophy or not.
He is yet to lose a
Diamond League meeting this season, but has twice lost out when
it mattered most to compatriot and world champion Elijah
Manangoi in Commonwealth Games and the Africa Championships.
“Final business lies
ahead for me in Zurich. As I go back to Europe my mind is on the
Diamond trophy,” said Cheruiyot.
World 5,000 meters
champion Helen Obiri will be seeking revenge when she lines up
against Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba.
Dibaba, who is the
world record holder in the 1,500m, beat Obiri at the Prefontaine
Classic in the United States in May.
interests will be held by Agnes Tirop, Lilian Kasait, Eva
Cherono, Caroline Chepkoech and Gloria Kite.