After breaking the Kenya record in Shanghai two weeks ago, miler Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon once again put on a dominant performance to win the women’s 1500m at the 2016 Prefontaine meet in Eugene Oregon. This time she clocked 3:56.41 which is also the best time in the world this year. She put on a superb peformance that saw her finish almost twentu metres ahead of the field. In the process, she towed Dawit Seyaum and 19-year-old Gudaf Tsegay over the last lap, to personal bests of 3:58.10 and 4:00.18.
Asbel Kiprop wins Bowerman Mile
Asbel Kiprop continued his fine form in 2016 when he won the men’s metric mile albeit in an underwhelming time of 3:51.96. Kiprop beat a strong field that included Abdilaati Iguider. The Moroccan took the lead at the back stretch but Kiprop followed closely before powering away in the last straight.
“I feel good,” said the always serious Kiprop, squarely meeting this reporter’s gaze. “However, I’m a little bit disappointed because I wanted to run my personal best here today. It didn’t happen.” said Kiprop after the race.
Iguider finished second (3:51.96) and Kenya’s Elijah Manangoi clinched third in 3:52.39.
Hellen Obiri sets new personal best
Hellen Obiri, who missed the entire 2015 season while on maternity leave, set a new personal best in winning the women’s 5000m in 14.03.02. She led a Kenyan 1-2-3-4 finish: She was followed home by Viola Kibiwott, Mercy Cherono and Vivian Cheruiyot.
Obiri who clocked 3:59 in the 1500m two weeks ago, looks like she could be medal contender in both the 1500 and 5000m at the Rio Olympics.
Kiyeng Breaks Kenya record as Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet almost breaks world record
Nineteen year old Ruth Jebet, who now represents Bahrain, came within a whisker of breaking the world record in the 3000m steeplechase. Jebet once again took off at a torrid pace and ammased a large lead by the bell by which time she was on world record pace. Then Hyvin Kiyeng started to cut into the lead. By the last barrier it looked like Kiyeng would catch her but Jebet held on to win in 8:59.97 just outside of Gulnara Gulkina’s world record of 8:58.81. Kiyeng clocked 9:00.01 and in the process smashed the existing Kenya record, previously held by Eunice Jepkorir
Wilson Sitonik Malel finished second to Mo Farah of Great Britain in the men’s 10,000m. Frah won in 26.53.71 while Sitonik set a new personal best in 26:54.66.
Ferguson Cheruiyot finished second in the men’s 800m while Geoffrey Kamworor also took second in the 5000m.
In the men’s Javelin, Julius Yego finished second to Egyptian Ihad Abdelrahman. Yego’s toss was 84.68, while the Egyptian achieved a throw of 87.37
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