NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya will
make his first World record attempt at the Prefontaine Classic
IAAF Diamond League in Eugene, Oregon in USA on May 26.
This will be
Kipruto’s second stop in the 14-tier Diamond League. His first
race post his victory at the Commonwealth Games will be on May 4
in Doha, Qatar.
Kipruto told Xinhua
on Tuesday from Eldoret, “The training is going on well after
the Commonwealth Games. My target this season is to try and set
a world record in the steeplechase because there are no major
competitions coming up.
“But the season is
just starting and Doha will be my first stop. It will not be the
best place to run a world record, but I will push for fast time.
In the Prefontaine Classic, that is a possibility.”
In 2011 Kenya’s
Brimin Kipruto narrowly missed, by one second, to clock the
7:53.63 mark, which Saif Saaeed Shaheen, a fellow Kenyan who
switched allegiance to Qatar in 2003, achieved at the 2004
Golden League meet in Brussels.
Games champ, who is also the World champion in the water and
hurdles race, will be pushed to the limit when he comes up
against American and last year’s world No. 1 Evan Jager.
Others are Kenyans
Jairus Birech, Paul Kipsiele Koech and Stanley Kebenei. Abraham
Kibiwott and Amos Kirui, who stood alongside winner Kipruto on
the Commonwealth Games podium in Gold Coast, Australia, will
compete in USA for the first time.
Kipruto, 23, owns
gold medals from Rio and last year’s World Championships and has
medaled in every international championships he’s started dating
back to the 2011 World Youth Championships.
He kicked off the
year earlier this month with a world-leading 8:10.08 from his
first Commonwealth Games—the fastest ever achieved before the
month of May.
Diamond Trophy winner—was only 18 when he won his first Pre
Classic race in 2013 in a dramatic finish with two-time Olympic
gold medalist Ezekiel Kemboi. Kemboi crossed the finish line
first but was disqualified for shoving, giving Kipruto the win.
Birech, who won the first of his two Diamond League trophies as
a 21-year-old in 2014, has twice broken the 8-minute barrier and
is the field’s second fastest at 7:58.41.