The much-touted saying of separating chuff from the wheat will be played out when Kenyans track stars compete against themselves during the illustrious Prefontain Classic in Eugene on Saturday.
As Bruce Barton asserted… ‘Nothing great has ever been achieved except by those who dared to believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.
That inner desire will determine who will carry the day and pocket the 50,000 dollars when Olympic 3,000metres Steeplechase champion Consenslus Kipruto front a finer line-up in the mens 5,000metres face-off.
Nevertheless, the steeplechaser will need an extra gear when he competes against a higher caliber guided by World champion Geoffrey Kamworor and Olympics 10,000 metres silver medalist Paul Tanui who are touted for the victory in the twelve and half laps event.
Celebrated 5,000metres front-runner Caleb Ndiku and home-boy Isaiah Kiplagat Koech are also in the mixed and their combine effort to tame British assassin Mo Farah will also enhanced the Kenyans chances of sweeping the podium en-mass as the Diamond League fever scale higher.
Kamworor, the World Half-marathon and Cross Country champion, returns to Pre classic with his Personal Best of 12:59.98 achieved last year and brings a wealth of experience to the race as he competes for the fourth time this year.
Last weekend, Kamworor was among the top stars who competed in the last Athletics Kenya Premier Track and Field Meeting in Eldoret, preferring to taste his speed in the shorter 1,500metres where he finished a close second in 3:43.4 against the winners 3:43.2
For Kipruto, competing in the 5,000metres will not be new. He won his first Pre Classic way back in 2013 as a junior, setting a meeting record of 8:03.59 before concentrating in his steeplechase specialty.
The Kenyan competing team takes their experience to the race with World Championship silver medalist Ndiku having won the Pre classic in 2014 while Koech boast of being the second fastest in the line-up with his 12:48.64.
Apart from Farah who has been the Kenyan main rival in 5,000metres, the team should monitor every move by upcoming Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei and 2011 10,000metres World Champion Ibrahim Jeilan and other novices who may cause upsets during Pre classic, the third stop after Doha and Shanghai in Qatar and China.
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