Kenyan stars turn their guns to Diamond League Monaco after ‘Impossible Games’ experience on Thursday.
The revised diamond league series calendar will start in August after coronavirus pandemic had stopped sporting events globally.
Competing against Ingebrigtsen brothers, Team Cheruiyot led by world 1500m champion Timothy Cherioyot, 2017 world 1500m champion Elijah Manangoi, 2012 world 1500m silver medalist Edwin Melly, paced by Africa junior Champion Vincent Keter and Timothy Sein lost the 2000m exhibition virtual on Thursday, an event held in Nairobi in Nairobi and Oslo, Norway.
Running under wet and windy condition coupled with Nairobi’s high altitude of 1700m above the see level, Cheruiyot 5:03.05 to led his charges, with Melly (5:13.12) finishing second ahead of Manangoi (5:18.63) who is making a comeback from ankle stress fracture injury that prevented him from defending his title in Doha worlds last year.
“The conditions didn’t favor us as a team but we appreciate the opportunity given to us by Oslo Diamond League organizers during this pandemic period and the effort of the entire team. This was our first virtual race, we appreciate the experience.”
“We congratulates to Jakob and his team and wish them all the best in the track in the coming season, we hope to compete again soon”said Cheriuyot in a post race interview.
He added: “We don’t have time for recovery, we were using this virtual race as part of our preparations for upcoming Diamond League races starting, with hopes of competing at Monaco Diamond League in August, we will still do social distancing training until the lockdown is eased.”
The Ingebrigtsens, Jakob, Filip and Henrik were competing under favorable conditions, running at a low attitude of 23m above see and aided by wavelight pacing technology and two pacemakers.
Wavelight is a series of lights circling the inside of lane 1 on the rail that moves at the correct pace.
Jakob broke the European record with his 4:50.01 victory, a record previously held by Steve Cram at 4:51.39. Cram commentated the race.
Henrik was second in 4:53.72 while Filip clocked 4:56.91 in third place.
During the the race Team Cheruiyot recorded splits of 2minutes 57 seconds 15 microseconds at 1200m while Team Ingebrigtsens timesd 2:57.60 at the same distance.
Cheruiyot then went through 1600m in 4:01.04 while Jakob ran 3:55.85.
The virtual race at Nyayo stadium, Nairobi was attended by Sports CS Amina Mohammed, Sports PS Joe Okudo, Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei, Sports Kenya chairman Fred Muteti among few others.
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