• Kenya’s Chemos & Kiprop among Defending Diamond Trophy winners in Doha

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May 06, 2011-

Kenya’s Milcah Chemos and Asbel Kiprop are among nine of last year’s Diamond Race winners, including the women’s 200 and 400m champion Allyson Felix, who will get their World Championship season underway in Doha on Friday in the first of this year’s 14 IAAF Samsung Diamond League events.

Felix will contest the one-lap event at the Qatar Sports Club stadium, where she won in last year’s inaugural Diamond League competition, and in the women’s 3000m Steeplechase, which was not run in Doha last year, Chemos will set out in defence of her overall title.  

Kenya’s Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop, Diamond Race winner in the metric mile last year, races over the 800m here just as he did last year.

In the absence of the injured pair of Abubaker Kaki and David Rudisha, Kiprop is favoured to earn a victory on the track where he recorded a personal best of 1:43.17 in 2009 and finished second last season in chasing home the man who would finish 2010 as World record holder, Rudisha.

“I think we can run sub-1:44 since It’s the first race of the season but I hope so.”

But he will be challenged by fellow Kenyans Sammy Tangui, Richard Kiplagat and Alfred Yego, the former World champion. Britain’s Michael Rimmer will be hoping to profit from the pace.

Chemos’s chances in the 3000m Steeplechase will depend on the form of her fellow Kenyans Mercy Njoroge, who took silver behind the Diamond Race winner in last year’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi, and Lydia Rotich, the African Championships bronze medallist.

Ethiopia offers strong contenders in the form of Sofia Assefa, the African silver medallist, and Mekdes Bekele.

Although the 3000m does not contain a Diamond Race winner, it looks likely to offer one of the high points of the meeting in terms of competitiveness given the presence of Kenya’s former world champion Eliud Kipchoge and Uganda’s Moses Kipsiro.

Kipsiro defied the Kenyans not once, but twice at the Commonwealth Games as he spoiled their hopes of a clean sweep in the distance track events by winning the 5000 and 10,000m.

Numerically, Kenya’s chances of defeating the Ugandan are 13-1. But that may not prove sufficient.





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