NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The world’s two fastest steeplechasers since the
Rio Olympics Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto and American record
holder Evan Jager will clash at the Prefontaine Classic meeting
in Eugene on May 26.
Kipruto has been
categorical and he will make his first attempt to break Qatar’s
Kenyan-born Saif Saaeed Shaheen world steeplechase record of
7:53.63 in USA.
“I have nothing to
hold back. There are no major competitions lined up this season
and the Diamond League offers that opportunity to try running
world records. I will make my first attempt in Eugene and see
how it goes. A second attempt will be in Monaco,” said Kipruto
Tuesday in Eldoret.
Kipruto and Jager
will duel once again and will be joined by a stacked list that
includes eight of the top 10 in world rankings.
“It is a classic
field and at this level it has always been. But there is a
chance of fast time and we will all go for it,” he added.
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.
“I have secured
world and Olympic titles. I won in Commonwealth Games and Africa
championships. Now what is missingis the world record,” he
Jager, 29, is
America’s best steeplechaser and the silver medalist at Rio
2016. He claimed a bronze in London at last year’s world
Ugandan athletes ready for IAAF
Shanghai Diamond League
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Ugandan athletes Joel Ayeko, Stephen Kissa and
Peruth Chemutai are set for the 2018 IAAF Shanghai Diamond
League slated for May 12.
Dominic Otuchet, the
president of the Uganda Athletics Federation, told Xinhua on
Tuesday that the team will travel to China on Wednesday.
However, the team
will miss Jacob Kiplimo, who was crowned at the U-20 race of the
2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championship, as he failed to
process his travel documents in time.
“It is unfortunate
that Kiplimo failed to travel in time from Kapchorwa district to
Kampala for the visa process,” Otuchet said.
Kiplimo was also
part of the Ugandan team at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth
Games in Australia last month.
“I know that the
competition in China will be tough, but I am well prepared,”
Chemutai told Xinhua.
The 2018 IAAF
Diamond League started with the Doha event last weekend before
it shifts to Shanghai. The others on card include: Eugene, Rome,
Oslo, Stockholm, Paris, Lausanne, Rabat, Monaco, London,
Birmingham, Zurich and Brussels.