Asbel Kiprop, Faith Kipyegon win in ExxonMobil Bislett Games

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By Richard Munga

Asbel Kiprop and Faith Kipyegon padded their Diamond Race leads with convincing victories, in their respective Dream Miles at the ExxonMobil Bislett Games Thursday night, the seventh stop of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Oslo.

In a time of 3 minutes 51.48 seconds, it was the fifth victory in the prestigious race over the classic imperial distance for the 2008 Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop, but his winning margin was not as big as some of his other IAAF Diamond League series victories this year.

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Despite stiff competition from  Olympic champion Taoufik Makhloufi, Elijah Manangoi edged by the Algerian to finish second in a time of 3:52.04 to 3:52.24, with New Zealand’s Nick Willis fourth in 3:52.26.

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Faith Kipyegon showed no signs of fatigue en route to her victory in the first women’s Dream Mile contested in Oslo, winning comfortably in a time of 4:18.60, which like’s Kiprop’s performance, was a world lead.

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World champion Hyvin Kiyeng put on a master class in the 3000m steeplechase, beating a solid field by nearly 10 seconds in 9:09.57.

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However for Nicholas Bett it was a night to remember for all the wrong reasons, as he was beaten to 6th position in the 400 meters hurdles men’s race.

The race was won by Turkish COPELLO Yasmani in a time of 48.79 seconds.

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