Kenya's new national champions; Timothy Cheruiyot, Emily Cherotich, Beatrice Chepkoech and Jonathan Kitilit in Paris Diamond League

The top two finishers in the middle-distance events from the Kenyan national trials will get a chance to compete against each other again at the IAAF Paris Diamond League on Saturday.

If the IAAF Paris Diamond League event organizers did not use the results from the Kenyan national trials to invite runners for their middle-distance events, then anyone who thinks so should be forgiven. It seems too coincidental that the top two finishers from the trials that were done this past weekend in Kasarani Stadium to select the Kenyan team to the African Senior Athletics championships for August in Nigeria are all in the start lists of the women 800m, men 800m, men 1500m and women 3000m steeplechase events.

Emily Cherotich who won the women’s 800m at the Kenyan trials will be joined by Eunice Sum and Margaret Nyairera who had taken 2nd and 3rd positions in trying to break Caster Semenya’s winning streak in the event. Francine Niyonsaba, Ajee Wilson and Sifan Hassan will be the other big stars to watch here as well.

In the men’s 1500m, Timothy Cheruiyot, the other new national champion from the Kenyan trials, will be leading Elijah Manangoi and Charles Simotwo (second at the Kenyan trials) in one exciting race of the evening that will include the world indoor champion from Ethiopia, Tafere Samuel and Abdelaati Iguider, among others.

Hyvin Kiyeng did not feature at the Kenyan trials in the women 3000m steeplechase, but will be leading Beatrice Chepkoech and Cellliphine Chespol who finished 1st and 2nd in the trials. With the absence of Emma Coburn in this race, it promises to be a battle among the Kenyans, including Norah Jeruto. Not unless Aisha Praught of Jamaica chooses to surprise again like she did in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Jonathan Kitilit and Ferguson Rotich, 1st and 2nd at the Kenyan trials will meet here again in the men’s non-diamond league 800m race. Could Rotich capitalize on his great finishing speed to upset Kitilit? Other big stars to watch out for here include Bosse Pierre-Ambrose and Kipyegon Bett.

Below are the start lists for the middle distance events in Paris:

1500m Men: AKBACHE Mounir FRA
BIRGEN Bethwell KEN 3:30.77
CHERUIYOT Timothy KEN 3:29.10
DEBJANI Ismael BEL 3:33.70
DENISSEL Simon FRA 3:34.54
HOLUŠA, Jakub CZE 3:33.36
IGUIDER, Abdelaati MAR 3:28.79
MEKHISSI BENABBAD, Mahiedine FRA 3:33.12
MIKHOU, Sadik BRN 3:31.34
MISCHLER, Baptiste FRA 3:37.99
SIMOTWO, Charles Cheboi KEN 3:32.59
SOULEIMAN, Ayanleh DJI 3:29.58
TEFERA, Samuel ETH 3:31.63
TOLOSA, Taresa ETH 3:34.47
WILLIS, Nick NZL 3:29.66
WOTE, Aman ETH 3:29.91
Women 3000m steeplechase: BURKARD, Elena GER
CHEPKOECH, Beatrice KEN 8:59.84
CHEPNGETICH, Roseline KEN 9:21.05
CHESPOL, Celliphine Chepteek KEN 8:58.78
GATHONI, Ann KEN 9:41.40
GRØVDAL, Karoline Bjerkeli NOR 9:13.35
JEPKEMEI, Daisy KEN 9:15.56
JERUTO, Norah KEN 9:03.70
KIRUI, Purity KEN 9:17.74
KIYENG, Hyvin KEN 9:00.01
LALONDE, Geneviève CAN 9:29.99
PRAUGHT, Aisha JAM 9:19.29
SCHLUMPF, Fabienne SUI 9:21.65
TUIGONG, Caroline KEN 9:28.81
YAVI, Winfred Mutile BRN 9:16.38

Non-diamond league men’s 800m: BETT, Kipyegon KEN 1:43.76
BOL, Peter AUS 1:44.56
BOSSE, Pierre-Ambroise FRA 1:42.53
DENG, Joseph AUS 1:44.61
DO ROSARIO ANDRE, Thiago BRA 1:44.81
HARRIS, Isaiah USA 1:44.53
KITILIT, Jonathan KEN 1:43.05
KIVUVA, Jackson Mumbwa KEN 1:43.72
ROTICH, Ferguson Cheruiyot KEN 1:42.84
SOWINSKI, Erik USA 1:44.58

Women 800m: ALEMU, Habitam ETH 1:57.05
GOULE, Natoya JAM 1:58.82
HASSAN, Sifan NED 1:56.81
LAMOTE, Renelle FRA 1:58.01
LIPSEY, Charlene USA 1:57.38
NIYONSABA, Francine BDI 1:55.47
SAUNDERS, Claudia FRA 2:00.63
SEMENYA, Caster RSA 1:55.16
SUM, Eunice Jepkoech KEN 1:56.99
TUEI, Emily Cherotich KEN 1:58.25
WAMBU Margaret Nyairera KEN 1:56.87
WILSON, Ajee USA 1:55.61

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