Saturday, July 21, 2012

Kenyans impress at 2012 Monaco Diamond League

On Friday, the final leg of the Samsung Diamond league at the Herculis meeting in Monaco, France was marked in style with Kenyans maintaining their impressive track performance at the meetings.

In the men’s 800m, Abraham Kipchirchir Rotich emerged victorious in a time of 1:43.13 ahead of compatriot Leonard Kirwa Kosencha who came in 1:43.40. Third place went to USA’s Duane Solomon who finished in 1:43.44.

In the men’s 1500m, Asbel Kiprop won in a world leading time of 3:28.88 followed closely by fellow countryman Nixon Kiplomo Chepseba who finished in 3:29.77. New Zealand’s Nicholas Willis finished third in 3:30.35.

In the men’s 3000m steeplechase, Conseslus Kipruto was victorious in a time of 8:03.49 ahead of compatriot Paul Kipsiele Koech who came second in 8:03.90. USA’s Evan Jager ruined Kenya’s clean sweep after beating Bernard Mbugua Nganga to finish third in 8:06.81.

In the women’s 3000m, Mercy Cherono led compatriot Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet to a 1-2 win with times of 8:38.51 and 8:39.14 respectively. Ethiopia’s Buze Diriba came close third in 8:39.83.

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