NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- Olympic
winner and 10,000m world record holder Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia will finally get
her chance to face in-shape Kenyan Olympic 5,000m silver medalist Hellen Obiri.
The two were
meant to face off in Rome in June, but the Ethiopian Ayana dropped out with
Obiri has been red hot winning each of the three events she entered and will be
the athlete to watch out for in Monaco when the two clash at the Diamond League
meeting on Friday.
It will be
Ayana’s first competition this year after injury. Ayana will run against Obiri
in the shorter 3000 metres, Laura Muir and Shannon Rowbury. However, the race
will miss the sparks of Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba.
“I love my
performances. I have no intention of going for world record but to continue
winning and put pressure to my competitors. In this race there is always a
strong challenger and though I have trained well, I do not expect to win easily.
“I have the
advantage of being a strong finisher owing to my experience in the shorter
1,500m race, and so is Ayana. It will be an interesting race with her after
seeing what she did in Rio Olympics,” said Obiri
over the 5,000m distance Ayana clocked 14:12.59 narrowly missing Tirunesh
Dibaba’s 14:11:15 world record in Rome and she expected to pick up the cue in
Monaco as she steadies her form ahead of the World Championships in London next
Kenya’s javelin star Julius Yego is also part of the stellar cast in Monaco
where he will check in after making a stop in Lausanne.
He will be up
against former Olympic champion Kershorn Walcott from Bahamas, Andreas Hofmann
of Germany who holds a personal best of 88.79, Qatari Magour Ahmed Bader,
Johannes Vetter, Rohler Thomas (Germany) and Czech’s Vadlejch Jakub.