Obiri dominates Diamond League circuit opening round in Doha

World 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri posted a world leading time of 8:25.60 as she won the women’s 3,000m race at the opening round of the 2019 Diamond League circuit in Doha.

Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba was second in a personal best of 8:26.20 while Lilian Kasait from Kenya was third.

El Bakali Sofioune won the men’s 3,000m steeplechase upstaging Hillary Bor of USA and Kenya’s Leonard Bett who finished in second and third respectively.

Elijah Manangoi meanwhile led a clean sweep in the men’s 1,500m race as winning in 3 minutes 32.21 seconds ahead of compatriots Timothy Cheruiyot and Bethwell Birgen.

Other Kenyan runners Vincent Kibet, Charles Simotwo , Ronald Kwemoi and George Manangoi finished in 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th respectively.

Meanwhile embattled South African athlete Caster Semenya won the 800m race in Doha, in what could be her last 800m race after she lost her landmark gender case with IAAF.

The two time Olympic champion must take testosterone-suppressing drugs regularly if she wants to compete at international level after it was revealed she had elevated testosterone levels.  

The 28-year-old produced a dominant display to win her 30th consecutive 800m race ahead of Francine Niyonsaaba and Wilson Ajee who were placed second and third respectively.

The 14 leg circuit moves to Shanghai on May 18th.


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