Sum extends winning streak,Kwemoi surprise winner in Lausanne

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jul 04, 2014
  • Eunice Sum lines up for 800m race.(Photo:SNA File)

Kenya's world champion Eunice Sum’s extended her winning streak with an impressive 800m victory in Lausanne, setting a season’s best of 1:58.48 in the process.

Pacemaker Agatha Jeruto lead through the first lap in 54.96 but Sum whose last defeat was more than a year ago was close at hand, soon after got to the front and maintained her lead to the finish.

Russia’s 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Yekaterina Poistogova came through strong on the final lap but had to settle for second in 1:58.79.

Ethiopian teenager Tigist Assefa was third in a personal best of 1:59.24.

After the first lap of the women’s 3000m, it was clear that no one wanted to follow the pacemakers, who were aiming to set up the race for a finishing time in the region of 8:20. The key contenders were happy instead to sit back and concentrate on winning.

Ethiopian indoor sensation Genzebe Dibaba kicked hard with 300 metres remaining and opened up a small gap, but she couldn’t quite shake off the rest of the field.

Kenya’s 2013 IAAF World Championships 5000m silver medallist Mercy Cheono moved on to her shoulder coming off the final bend and passed Dibaba with 50 metres to go, winning in 8:50.24.

Kwemoi' surprise winner of 1500m

Ronald Kwemoi may not be a household name, but the 18-year-old Kenyan has never lost a 1500m race.

He maintained that record in Lausanne when stunning a quality field that included 2011 world silver medallist Silas Kiplagat, Ethiopian record-holder Aman Wote, USA’s world silver medallist Matt Centrowitz and Morocco’s former world indoor champion Abdalaati Iguider.

Led by the pacemakers through 800m in 1:51.06 and 1200m in 2:50.06, Kwemoi kicked hard on the final lap to edge ahead of Kiplagat.

Unstoppable, the teenager continued to charge towards the line and stopped the clock at 3:31.48, the fastest time in the world by a junior for 10 years.

Kiplagat finished a few strides behind in 3:31.81 with another Kenyan, James Magut, taking third in 3:31.91.

Birech agains tops Steeple race

Kenya’s Jairus Birech is fast making a habit of winning and in Lausanne the men’s 3000m steeplechase turned into a one-man show by him.

After being led through 1000m in 2:39.80 and then passing 2000m in 5:21.62, it appeared as though Birech still had a chance to break the meeting record of 8:01.62.

However, with no one to challenge him, Birech had to be content with the win in 8:03.34.

More than eight seconds behind in 8:11.93, 2013 World Championships silver medallist Conseslus Kipruto enjoyed a competitive return to action in what was his first race of the year.