Reigning champion Faith Chepngetich is on course to defending her title on Thursday at the World Championships here in Doha. Chepngetich timed 4 minutes, 14.98 seconds to finish fourth in the first semi-final heat to reach the final of the race with team mate Winnie Chebet (4:01.14) who also finished fourth in heat two. The final will be held on Saturday from 8.55pm.
Chebet had observed that Thursday’s semi-final races had proved difficult.
Dutch athlete Sifan Hassan won the first heat in a time of 4:14.69, followed by American Shelby Houlinan (4:14.91) and Morocco’s Rababe Arafi (4:14.94). American Jenny Simpson timed 4:00.99 to win heat two where Canada’s Gabriela Dubues –Stafford
Chebet said she will rectify her approach to the race with her coach before the final race. The athlete was happy with the fact that she will run alongside Chebet in the final, something she said gives them a chance to plan how to tackle Dutch Sifan Hassan, who has already won gold in women’s 10,000m races.
Cheruiyot reaches 1500m
World and Commonwealth 1,500 metres silver medalist Timothy Cheruiyot on Thursday led his fellow Kenyan Ronald Kwemoi in qualifying for the semi-final of the metric-mile race at the World Championships in Doha.
However, George Manangoi and 2016 World Under-20 1,500m champion Kumari Taki failed to qualify for the semi-finals planned for Friday from 8.05pm.
Cheruiyot timed 3 minutes, 36.82 seconds to win the first heat ahead of Great Britain’s Josh Kerr (3:36.99) and American Ben Blankenship (3:37.13).
“The heat was not quick as usual, and that means there is room for improvement going into the semis. My target is to reach the final, then we can work as a team to deliver medals for Kenya,” the athlete told Nation Sport in Doha. Cheruiyot said he missed reigning world champion Elijah Manang’oi, who is also his training partner.
Kwemoi timed 3:36.66 to finish seventh in his heat and qualify as one of the six fastest losers from the heats. Ayanle Souliman from Djobouti won the heat in a time of 3:36.16, followed in second place by Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi (3:36.16).
Kwemoi blamed his poor finish in the race on pushing and shoving among the athletes in the last 200m in the race.
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