Kenyans aim for titles at London Diamond League

Five Kenyan athletes led by Richard Yator will line up in the 5000 meters men’s race during the London Diamond League meeting which starts Saturday in England.

Yator will compete alongside compatriots Bethwell Birgen, Cyrus Rutto, Dominic Chemut and Vincent Letting who are the other Kenyans in that race.

Their biggest rivalry is anticipated from the three Ethiopians who will also compete in the 12 and a half lap race led by Edris Muktar.

The London leg comes just hours after Monaco meet that was held Friday in France where Kenyan Beatrice Chepkoech produced the crowning performance of the tenth meeting of the season as she took more than eight seconds off the women’s world 3000 meters steeplechase record, coming home in 8 minutes, 44.32 seconds.

That time obliterated the mark of 8 minutes, 52.78 seconds set by Ruth Jebet of Bahrain in Paris in 2016, and the time of 8 minutes, 58.78 seconds set in Eugene last year by her compatriot Celliphine Chespol, who finished 10th in 9 minutes, 12.05 seconds after falling at one of the hurdles.

After London this weekend, the events heads to Birmingham before the last two legs are held in Zurich and Brussels next month.


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