Korir, Kipkirui score wins in Doha

 

The first Diamond League meet of the 2018 season was held in Doha Qatar on May 4. Kenyans put aside the dark cloud of suspicion that is engulfing the country following news that Asbel Kiprop, one of the greatest milers in history, was busted for doping.

Emmanuel Korir in glorious Diamond League Debut

Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir, who has had a stellar career running in the United States for the University of Texas El Paso, under coach Paul Ereng, won the 800m in his Diamon League debut. He clocked 1:45.21 as Kenyans occupied the top 3 positions. Olympic 1500m meter champion Elijah Manangoi finished second. Polish veteran Adam Kszcot finished 4th.

 

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points
1 Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir  KEN 1:45.21 8
2 Elijah Motonei Manangoi  KEN 1:45.60 7
3 Nicholas Kiplangat Kipkoech KEN 1:46.51 6
4 Adam Kszczot  POL 1:46.70 5
5 Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich  KEN 1:46.76 4
6 Clayton Murphy  USA 1:47.22 3
7 Antoine Gakeme  BDI 1:47.25 2
8 Jamal Hairane  QAT 1:47.62 1
9 Ebrahim Alzofairi  KUW 1:47.79
10 Kipyegon Bett  KEN 1:48.32
Bram Som  NED DNF

 

Kipkirui leads Kenya clean sweep in the 3000m

The women’s 3000m was also a 1-2-3 sweep for Kenya as the pushed American star jenny Simpson to fourth position.

 

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points
1 Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui  KEN 8:29.05 8
2 Agnes Jebet Tirop  KEN 8:29.09 7
3 Hyvin Kiyeng  KEN 8:30.51 6
4 Jennifer Simpson  USA 8:30.83 5
5 Letesenbet Gidey  ETH 8:30.96 4
6 Lilian Kasait Rengeruk  KEN 8:33.13 3
7 Meskerem Mamo  ETH 8:33.63 2
8 Beyenu Degefa  ETH 8:35.76 1
9 Yasemin Can  TUR 8:36.24
10 Norah Jeruto  KEN 8:37.09

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George Manangoi, a younger brother to Elijah Manangoi, finished second in the 1500m. The younger Manangoi was also making his Diamond League debut. Nelly Jepkosgei finished second in the women’s 1500m behind Caster Semenya of South Africa. Julius Yego continued his decline, finishing 8th in the javelin with a toss of 80.75 metres.


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