Five Kenyan Olympic champs to grace Monaco DL

Three-time World champion Asbel Kiprop praised the joint initiative by Athletics Kenya and ADAK to ...
(FILE)Three-time World champion Asbel Kiprop praised the joint initiative by Athletics Kenya and ADAK to take elite athletes through anti-doping education. (PHOTO/File)

A total of 12 Team Kenya athletes for the IAAF World Athletics championships will grace the Monaco Diamond league meeting before heading to the global showpiece to be held in London and due in a fortnight.

Beijing Olympics and three time 1,500m World Champion Asbel Kiprop will be among the five Rio Olympics medalists competing at the 11th meet as they do final preparations for the biennial international show piece at the English capital.

Kiprop will be checking on his endurance on Friday evening at the Stade Louis II after working on his speed in the 800m during the London meeting where he clocked 1:44.43.

He will sweat it out against World silver medalist Elijah Managoi who has a season best of 3:31.90 from Doha meeting and Timothy Cheruiyot who has a world leading time of 3:30.77.

Rio 2016 steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto who has been nursing a nagging ankle injury after the Kenyan trials for the senior championships, did not finish his race in Rabat because he had not fully recovered.

However, Kirputo the World silver medalist expects a fierce competition from Glasgow Commonwealth Games silver medalist Jairus Birech who has a season best of 8:07.84 from Rome meeting.

The two will keep an eye on Rio silver medalist Evan Jager of America who has  been a constant threat to Kenyan dominance over the distance.

Jager has a SB of 8:16.88 though his Kenyan born compatriots led by Hilary Bor (8:11.82) Stanley Kipkoech Kebenei (SB 8:18.54) and Haron Lagat  (8:25.73) will give him a run for his money.

Rio silver and World javelin Champion Julius yego will be looking for another motivating performance at the European country after throw of 87.97m during the Kenyan trials for the London Championships.

Yego is confident that he will be able to defend his world title in London and also gather enough points to enable him compete at the Zurich meeting on September 1st.

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