• Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui wins the men's marathon athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships London 2017

DIAMOND HARVEST BEGINS

May 4, 2017

Kenyan track athletes begin their season of harvesting and bettering their personal record as they chase overall crowns in the money-rich International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond Leagues that kick off this Friday in Qatar.

 

Olympic and World Champions will go hammer-and-Tong as they scramble for the Us$145,000 (Sh14.5 million) being dangled in each of the 14 Diamond League series that runs from May 5th to September 1st  this year.

 

 Steeplechase sensation Conseslus Kipruto, the winner of the series last year after bagging the Olympic title in Rio in the specialty, will unwrap the season in Doha where javelin maestro Julius Yego, the World champion over the event, will take on Olympic champion Thomas Rohler in the throw.

 

A dozen other Kenyans will be taking to the track eyeing the top prize of US dollars 50,000 and as they tune themselves for the August 4th to 13th IAAF World Championships in London.

 

They include 5,000 metres trio of former Commonwealth bronze medalist Thomas Longosiwa, World Silver medalist Caleb Mwangangi and Edwin Soi.

 

 1,500metres silver taker Elijah Manangoi will lead training mate Timothy Cheruiyot in a star-laded line-up that will also feature upcoming Vincent Kibet, previous African Youth champ Robert Biwott as well as Bethwel Birgen.

 

 The Doha Meeting will pave way for Shanghai on May 13th before the Prefontaine classic in Eugene, United States of America, where 1,500 Olympic Champion Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon will command a strong sub-four minutes class for the showstopper.

 

She will be in the warm company of 5,000metres Olympic silver medalist Helen Obiri, who previously held the Kenyan record as well as the US all-comers mark. They will be facing a formidable challenge from Laura Muir, the fastest woman with 3:56.05 tugged in her belt.

 

 The IAAF Diamond League rewards the top 8 in every Meeting for the chosen event with the winner pocketing US$50,000 (Sh5.050,000). The runners up take home US$20,000 while position 3 goes with US$10,000.

 

 IAAF Diamond League Calendar (2017);

 

5th May  Doha, Qatar

 

13th May  Shanghai, China

 

27th May  Eugene, USA

 

8th June  Rome, Italy

 

15th June – Oslo, Norway

 

18th June Stockholm, Sweden

 

1st July Paris, France

 

6th July Lausanne, Switzerland

 

9th July London, Great Britain

 

16th July Rabat, Morocco

 

21st July Monaco, France

 

20th August Birmingham, Great Britain

 

24th August Zurich, Switzerland

 

1st September Brussels, Belgium

 

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