Cheruiyot, Kipyegon reign supreme in 1500m


Athletics - Diamond League - Shanghai - Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai, China - May 12, 2018 Kenya's Timothy ...
Athletics - Diamond League - Shanghai - Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai, China - May 12, 2018 Kenya's Timothy Cheruiyot celebrates winning the men's 1500m REUTERS/Aly Song

In Summary

  • World 1500m champion Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon and Diamond League series champion Timothy Cheruiyot emerged top in the women's and men's 1500m resoectively at the trials to select team Kenya for the upcoming World Championships
  • Cheruiyot who has been in a sensational form this season ran into an easy win crossing the finish line in 3:34.91 with Ronald Kwemoi coming home second in 3:36.61 as World Under-20 champion George Manangoi closed the podium in 3:37.00 to also seal a berth to Doha
Gilbert Kiprotich at Nyayo Stadium

World 1500m champion Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon and Diamond League series champion Timothy Cheruiyot emerged top in the women’s and men’s 1500m resoectively at the trials to select team Kenya for the upcoming World Championships.

Cheruiyot who has been in a sensational form this season ran into an easy win crossing the finish line in 3:34.91 with Ronald Kwemoi coming home second in 3:36.61 as World Under-20 champion George Manangoi closed the podium in 3:37.00 to also seal a berth to Doha.

The trio will join World champion Elijah Manangoi who opted out of the trials although he already has a wild card by virtue of defending his title.

Cheruiyot said he is ready to team up with his colleagues to sweep the Podium.

“In 2017 I won silver and I think going to Doha I can improve on that. The team is really strong and it will be competitive there as well,” said Cheruiyot.

On her part, Kipyegon said she was elated to be back on track after being out on maternity leave.

“It feels good to defend my title in Doha. We are going to work as team and if we bring all the three medals it will be even better. I know it won’t be easy especially as we will be facing the likes of Dibaba,” said Chepngetich

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