Kinyamal, Kiyeng, Cheruiyot triumphant in Rome

Three Kenyans were among the winners of the 2018 Rome golden gala at the Olympic stadium in Rome on Friday May 31. The meet is part of the Diamond League. Two of the Kenyans recorded world leading times.

Kiyeng returns to form

2015 world champion, Hyvin Kiyeng, is on her way back to the summit of the women’s 3000m steeplechase. She proved this by winning the race in 9:04.96, a world leading time. 19 year old compatriot Cellphine Chespol was second. It was a dramatic race in which Kiyeng, Chespol and American Emma Coburn were neck and neck at the last water jump. Coburn then slipped and almost fell.In the process she lost her steam and Norah Jeruto also passed her, thus assuring a Kenya 1-2-3 finish.

Beatrice Chepkoech who won at the Pre-Fontaine classc was 5th. Surprise Commonwealth games gold medalist, Aisha Praught of Jamaica was 8th.

Race Video

Results

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points
1 Hyvin Kiyeng KEN 9:04.96 8
2 Celliphine Chepteek Chespol KEN 9:05.14 7
3 Norah Jeruto KEN 9:07.17 6
4 Emma Coburn 9:08.13 5
5 Beatrice Chepkoech KEN 9:15.85 4
6 Winfred Mutile Yavi BRN 9:16.36 3
7 Daisy Jepkemei  KEN 9:18.44 2
8 Aisha Praught JAM 9:19.33 1
9 Luiza Gega ALB 9:22.00
10 Habiba Ghribi TUN 9:31.36
11 Purity Kirui KEN 9:31.96
12 Rosie Clarke GBR 9:32.08
13 Ophélie Claude-Boxberger FRA 9:34.43
14 Gesa Felicitas Krause GER 9:39.52
15 Tugba Güvenc TUR 9:39.68
16 María José Pérez ESP 9:43.48
17 Irene Sánchez-Escribano ESP 9:44.48
18 Fadwa Sidi Madane MAR 9:46.10
19 Birtukan Adamu ETH 9:55.77

 

Kinyamal wins with late surge

Wycliff Kinyamal, Kenya’s new 800m sensation, won his second ever Diamond League race. It took another late surge to win with Kinyamal taking over the lead from compatriot Jonathan Kitilit with 20 metres to go. Kitilit had a significant lead with 100m to go before Kinyamal started to narrow the lead.

Ferguson Rotich, another runner known for late surges, ran down Kitilit and passed him at the finish line to finish second. Kitilit finished 3rd for a Kenya 1-2-3

Race Video

Results

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points
1 Wyclife Kinyamal  KEN 1:44.65 8
2 Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich  KEN 1:44.74 7
3 Jonathan Kitilit  KEN 1:44.78 6
4 Brandon McBride  CAN 1:44.99 5
5 Amel Tuka  BIH 1:45.68 4
6 Álvaro De Arriba  ESP 1:46.16 3
7 Adam Kszczot  POL 1:46.23 2
8 Kipyegon Bett  KEN 1:46.93 1

 

Cheruiyot with another masterful display

In the 1500m, Timothy Cheruiyot appears invincible in 2018. It is largely due to his new tactic of attacking accelerating with 400m to go, to take advantage of his superior endurance. In the past, he tried to win the race in the last 100m, something which played into the hands of Elijah Manangoi who has a superior finishing kick.

In this race, Cheruiyot left the rest of the field for dead with 400m to go. Manangoi finished second ahead of Ethiopian Samuel Tefera who was 3rd. Ayanleh Souleiman who has been a major challenger in past years, appears far from his best this season. He finished a distant 4th.

Race Video

Results

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points
1 Timothy Cheruiyot  KEN 3:31.22 8
2 Elijah Motonei Manangoi  KEN 3:33.79 7
3 Samuel Tefera  ETH 3:34.84 6
4 Ayanleh Souleiman  DJI 3:34.87 5
5 Charles Cheboi Simotwo  KEN 3:35.03 4
6 Charles Da’Vall Grice  GBR 3:35.72 3
7 Taresa Tolosa  ETH 3:36.22 2
8 Aman Wote  ETH 3:36.30 1
9 Chris O’Hare  GBR 3:36.47
10 Mohad Abdikadar Sheik Ali  ITA 3:36.54
11 Yemaneberhan Crippa  ITA 3:38.22
12 Ryan Gregson  AUS 3:38.85
13 Adel Mechaal  ESP 3:39.14
14 George Meitamei Manangoi  KEN 3:41.75
15 Silas Kiplagat  KEN 3:41.78

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