NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Olympic
1,500m champion Faith Chepng’etich Kipyegon of Kenya wants to atone her poor
show at the World Cross Country Championships by clinching gold at the London
World Championships in August.
excelled in cross country as a junior athlete, was sixth at the Kampala World
Cross Country event, in which Kenya swept the top six positions, as she lost out
to long distance rivals.
But as she
returns to her specialty on the track she believes she has the strength to
secure her second gold in as many years in London.
However, in a
bid to prepare herself for the challenge, Kipyegon is focusing on proving her
worth in the Diamond League as she launches her track season in Shanghai, China
on May 13.
I was not very sharp and it is the right result for me, it was a team work
issue. But going forward, it is what you bring to the race that matters and I
believe, I will have my chance starting in Shanghai to let my legs do the
talking,” she said.
Kipyegon clocked 4 minutes 8.92sec after her burst over the last 250 metres to
beat world record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia, who took silver in 4:10.27
while American Jennifer Simpson claimed bronze in 4:10.53.
however, the caliber of the opposition will be different as she comes up against
Ethiopia’s Olympic 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana.
smashed the Shanghai meeting’s 5000m record two years ago when she clocked the
third fastest time ever.
also be steeplechaser Ruth Jebet, who lowered the Asian and Bahraini record to
place second in Shanghai in 2016.
Ayana went on
to take the world 5000m title in Beijing and last summer added Olympic 10,000m
gold when she smashed the world record in Rio, while Jebet bettered her Shanghai
performance three times over four months last summer as she claimed Olympic gold
in Brazil and took the world record in Paris.
the IAAF Diamond League, which gets underway in Doha on May 5, has a new money
structure for the winners.
biggest restructure since the series began in 2010, this year’s IAAF Diamond
League will adopt a championship-style model whereby athletes earn points at the
first 12 meetings to qualify for the two finals.
seasons, athletes accumulated points throughout the IAAF Diamond League season
with the overall winner of each of the 32 events being the athlete with the most
points, irrespective of whether they won the final.
the winners of each discipline in the finals will be crowned as IAAF Diamond
League champions, earning a 50,000 U.S. dollars bonus and the Diamond Trophy.
system has also changed for 2017. Whereas previously only the top six finishers
in each event earned points, the top eight will now be rewarded.
will go to the winner, seven points to second place and so on, with one point
going to the athlete in eighth place.
discipline will be staged six or four times before the finals. At the end of the
12 qualification meetings, the top seven, eight or 12 athletes (depending on the
discipline) will be invited to compete in the final.