Cheruiyot leads men’s 1500m field for Lausanne


Athletics - IAAF Diamond League meeting - Men's 1500m race - Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm, ...
Athletics - IAAF Diamond League meeting - Men's 1500m race - Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden - May 30, 2019. Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya reacts after winning. (PHOTO/Reuters/Fredrik Sandberg)

In Summary

  • Kenya's Timothy Cheruiyot, the 2018 Diamond League champion will lead a high-powered men's 1500m race at this year’s Lausanne's Athletissima on 5 July, the series' eighth stop
  • The 23-year-old has gotten off to a solid start, opening his season with a runner-up finish in Doha and a victory in Oslo on 13 June

Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot, the 2018 Diamond League champion will lead a high-powered men’s 1500m race at this year’s Lausanne’s Athletissima on 5 July, the series’ eighth stop.

The 23-year-old has gotten off to a solid start, opening his season with a runner-up finish in Doha and a victory in Oslo on 13 June.

Cheruiyot will lead a five man Kenyan contigent which also include Bethwell Birgen (SB 3:33.12) Vincent Kibet (SB 3:33.21) Ronald Kwemoi (SB 3:33.99) Timothy Sein and Justus Soget.

World indoor 1500m record holder Samuel Tefera of Ethiopia will also race, along with Norwegian brothers Jakob and Filip Ingebrigtsen.

Jakob, who won’t turn 19 until 19 September, famously raced to a 1500/5000m triumph at last summer’s European Championships, opened his outdoor season with a third place finish in Oslo.

Another strong battle looms in the Men’s 5000m race where a Kenyan contingent of five athletes will battle for the honors lead by former national champion Paul Tanui (SB 13:23.13) Richard Yator (SB 13:13.24) Davis Kiplagat (SB 13:07.55) Nicholas Kimeli (SB 12:57.90) and Cornelius Kangogo.

Stiff competition is expected from double Commonwealth Champion Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei, former Kenyan turned American Paul Chelimo, Bahranian, Birhanu Balew and a team of sixth Ethiopians registered in the race.

From Laussane the event makes its ninth stop in Monaco France on 12 July.

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