By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
It will take something special to wrest the
Diamond Trophy away from World and Commonwealth Games 5,000m
silver medalist Timothy Cheruiyot.
The Shanghai Diamond
League champion in 1,500m proved he is on a different level as
he strung together three wins in as many competitions in China,
Eugene, USA and Rome. However, Cheruiyot says his best hopes
lies in him winning the Africa Championships in Asaba, Nigeria
“The Diamond League
is a special but the target is to remain at the top and contest
for a medal at the Africa Championships,” said Cheruiyot on
Friday. “It feels nice to be the world number one and running a
world lead time. But the focus should be on making it at the
Africa championships. But in general am happy with another win.”
With only three
meetings done out of the maximum seven, Cheruiyot leads the
standings with 16 points ahead of Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera 13,
Charles Simwoto nine and World champion Elijah Manangoi is
fourth with seven points.
The 22-year-old will
hold on to the bragging rights as he won in 3 minutes 31.22
seconds, the fastest of the season so far. Cheruiyot finished
well clear of his training partner Elijah Manangoi, who took
gold to his silver in London last summer and finished in a
season’s best time of 3:33.79. Ethiopia’s world indoor champion
Samuel Tefara took third place in 3:34.84.
Kenya’s world and
Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto,
surprisingly beaten by compatriot Benjamin Kigen at the Eugene
Diamond League last Saturday, made sure it didn’t happen again
in what was a non-Diamond League race, although it was a close
Kipruto pulled clear
on the final lap to win in 8: 04.40, the fastest run so far this
year, but Kigen maintained his rising reputation as he took
second place in 8:10.01 despite a stumble at the last hurdle
after which he looked briefly behind him before resuming his
forward momentum. Ethiopia’s Chala Beyo was third in a personal
best of 8:11.22.
“I need to reaffirm
my position as champion and leader in steeplechase. Now we take
out war to the national trials and see who makes the Kenya team
to Africa Championships,” said Kipruto.
Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot
targets Tokyo Olympic marathon before retirement
By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
London marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot
of Kenya will only think of retirement after competing at the
Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Eldoret on Thursday, Cheruiyot believes good planning and
performance will be enough to secure her a slot in the Kenyan
team and at the Olympics.
remains confident she will continue her positive trajectory
competing and winning at the big city marathons.
“I still view myself
as novice in marathon. I have only run three races and the
target is always to run in big cities and in the Olympics. I
want to win the Olympic marathon,” said Cheruiyot.
Competitors at the
Tokyo 2020 marathon will face a tough uphill finish as
organizers said Thursday when they outlined the route, an
additional challenge to heat that has already sparked concern.
Kenya has over 40
women who have run under two hours and 30 minutes, the cut mark
for qualification to the Olympics and Cheruiyot will be among
the many athletes who will have their names in the pot for the
coaches to draw from.
in London confirmed her pedigree as one of the top female
marathon runners, ready to take over from veteran Edna Kiplagat
and Mary Keitany.
personal best of 2:18:31, now becomes the fourth fastest woman
in marathon history after Radcliffe (2:15:25), Keitany (2:17:01)
and Tirunesh Dibaba (2:17:56).
But she has to
toughen up if she is to win in Tokyo in 2020 as organizers
believe the change in course, especially the final climb would
likely be decisive factor in deciding the winner of the race.
“I like to win. Like
when winning the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year in 2012
was one of the biggest highlights of my career,” she said.