NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
World and Commonwealth Games silver medalist
Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya is going for fast time in his Diamond
League debut in Shanghai, China on Friday.
The 23-year old has
had a short rest after the Commonwealth Games and is keen to
return to the track as he eyes fast times this season.
Cheruiyot holds a
season best time of 3:34.84in the 1,500m , which he set in
Nairobi in April prior to his trip down under.
“I need to work on
my time. Training has been good with focused guidance. Now it is
time to deliver and I believe Shanghai will be a good ground to
do just that,” he said, Monday in Nairobi.
The African silver
medalist will have to be at his best to deny World Indoor
Championships bronze medallist Bethwel Birgen a sprint to the
Birgen has not
competed since his performance at the Birmingham, Indoor
championships in March.
Others to look out
for include Vincent Kibet, who holds a season best time of
3:38.11, Cornelius Kiplangat, Charles Simotwo, Justus Soget, and
There is also
Moroccan Abdelaati Iguider and Chinese star Luo Yuxi who want to
launch their career this year on a high.
of the Shanghai meeting have confirmed that two top entries from
Christian Coleman and Elaine Thompson will not be available at
the starting line. The duo have withdrawn from Shanghai Diamond
athletes are dealing with physical issues that prevent them from
participating in the IAAF Shanghai Diamond League this coming
Saturday,” said the organizers in a statement.
No fewer than 14
world and Olympic champions are among the galaxy of
international track and field stars announced for the Shanghai
The competition will
be the second stop in the 14-leg circuit of the International
Association of Athletics Federations’ global circuit of premier
one-day meetings. Doha meeting on Friday was the inaugural event
of this season.
With 14 world and
Olympic champions on parade, Chinese fans will have reasons to
celebrate as the stellar line-up includes eight gold medalist
from the London 2017 IAAF World Championships and six athletes
who struck gold at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, plus nine event
winners from last year’s Diamond Race and two newly crowned
world indoor champions from Birmingham.
One of those is 800m
Olympic champion David Rudisha of Kenya, Dutchwoman Dafne
Schippers, the two-time world champion over the half-lap sprint,
who takes on Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo.
In the men’s sprints
China’s Su Bingtian will face two world champions, Justin Gatlin
and Ramil Guliyev over the 100m while Botswana’s Diamond League
champion Isaak Makwala has a date with world silver medallist
Steven Gardiner in the 400m.