Reigning champion Conseslus Kipruto and his Kenyan team mates will compete in the final of men’s 3000 metres steeplechase title at the World Athletics Championships in Doha on Friday from 9.45pm local time.
The 2017 World Championships 3000m steeplechase Kipruto will compete in the final of the race on Friday from 9.45pm with Leonard Bett, Benjamin Kigen and Abraham Kibiwot. Kipruto has said hard work lies ahead for the team.
“Everybody is out to beat me but I am heading to the final with the desire to show my class,” Kupruto said, adding that he has peaked at the right time for the World Championships.
Kigen clocked 8:19.44 to also qualify alongside Abraham Kibiwott (8:18.46) who finished third in the second heat and Leonard Bett who timed 8:13.07 to finish third in the first heat.
Kigen and Kipruto slowed down in the last 200m of Tuesday’s semi-final to conserve their energy for the Friday’s final.
“Conseslus told me that we should slow down because we were leading and had already qualified for the final but Friday’s race will be at a different level. All the opponents know each other from the Diamond League series and each of us wants to win gold, so it will be tough. We have what is necessary to deliver gold. Let’s not forget each of us is chasing gold medal,” Kigen said.
Bett, who got locked up in the inside lane and finished third in his heat, said he will employ a different strategy in the final.
Ethiopia’s Getnet Wale goes to the final with the fastest time from the heats, having timed 8:12.96 to win the first heat. He is the other athlete to look out for in the final alongside his compatriot Lamecha Girma and El Bakkali.
Kenya’s Samuel Gathimba lines up in the final of men’s 20km race walk from 11:30 pm tonight at the World Championships in Doha.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, aged 32, is chasing a medal on his first global championship.
The 2016 African race walk champion will tackle the course centred around the Doha Corniche on Tuesday. Gathimba, with a season best time of 1 hour, 19 minutes and 04 second, faces 56 other athletes in the race, among them Heiki Takahashi from Japan who has a season best time of 1 hour, 18.00 second, the fastest in the field.
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