Wyclife Kinyamal leads Kenyans to a 1-2-3 finish in the 800m race as Kejelcha win 5000m at the Lausanne Diamond League meeting

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Yomif Kejelcha
One of the biggest races of the night was the men’s 5000m, given the start list that had almost all the runners who had shown great form in distances ranging from the 3,000m to the 10,000m this season. There were 15 runners who had run under 13 minutes for the distance. There were also some perceived scores to be settled between Tilahun Bekele and Selemon Barega; Joshua Cheptegei and Barega; Yomif Kejelcha and Barega; Paul Chelimo and Cheptegei, among others.

However, Yomif Kejelcha who had not featured much in the most recent races was the man who won what is arguably the most anticipated race of the year.

The first 1000m was quite fast with the pace setter taking the field through it in 2:32.96. However, the pace was slowed down a little after the pacesetters stepped out after around the 3,000m mark, as though no one was willing to risk trying to break away from such a formidable field.

With 600m to go, Hagos Gebrhiwet broke away from the group in a devastating kick that left everyone confused. At the finish line, he searched for the flower girl to hand him the flowers, but instead heard the bell being rang. Kejelcha who had reacted with him but appeared to have reserved some energy ran past the stunned Gebrhiwet and continued to maintain a good gap at the front as Barega tried to close it. In the end, the top two results were similar to those from the Shanghai diamond league race on 18th May. Kejelcha won the race in 13:00.56 with Barega coming second in 13:01.99. Telahun Bekele came in third position in 13:03.09.

In a non-diamond league women’s 800m race, Nelly Jepkosgei ran another one of her consistent 1:59.54 to win it. Halima Nakaayi was second in 1:59.97 ahead of Gabriela Gajanova in 2:01.25.

The men’s 1500m race saw very fast times being recorded with Timothy Cheruiyot running a world leading time of 3:28.77 to win. But, more surprising was Jakob Ingebrigtsen’s personal best time of 3:30.16 that placed him in second position ahead of Ayanleh Souleiman who finished third in 3:30.79.
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Wyclife Kinyamal winning 800m in Shanghai
The men’s 800m became a clean podium sweep by Kenyans when Wyclife Kinyamal remained a little bit patient this time round and pushed hard in the last 150m to overtake Emmanuel Korir in the last 50m to win it in 1:43.78. Ferguson Rotich also finished strongly to edge Korir just at the finish line in 1:43.93 against Korir’s 1:44.01.

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With day one of the Kenya Prisons Athletics Championships having just concluded a few moments ago, Nairobi region made sure that the hosts retained the ultimate prize of the day when Peter Emase won the men’s 10, 000 meters race, clocking a time of 28:38:50.
Having previously run in the shadows of North Eastern representatives Kangogo and Kimetei earlier in the race, Emase had by the 21st lap already created a gap which he kept increasing before crossing the finish line comfortably.
Kimitei and Kangogo came in second and third respectively.
In the day’s other finals, the high jump was won by Edwin Too representing Prison’s Staff Training College (PSTC), while in the women’s long jump, Ivyn Chepkemoi won for the Prisons Headquarters (PHQ).
The contestants were all divided into eleven categories; the eight provinces, PSTC, PHQ and the guest participants.
The women’s 100 meters hurdles final was taken by the Nyanza representative who clocked 14:83.
Earlier in the day, all heats of the women’s 100 meters were won by the guests, with Nairobi coming in at second place in the second and third heats courtesy of Damaris and Nekesa respectively.
Nairobi continued with their dominance of the day, taking the second heat of the men’s 100 meters while Stephen Barasa took the final heat for North Eastern with a 10:94 dash.
In the women’s 400 meters heats, former national champion Maureen Chelagat easily won the first heat for central in a time of 54:92. The second heat went to the guest runner, clocking 56:26 while the final heat was taken by the Western representative who crossed the line at 56:26.
As the day progressed, Nairobi’s grip on the day’s events seemed to loosen, with the men’s 400 meters heats being shared between Nyanza, PSTC and PHQ’s Vincent Kosgei who clocked 48:69 in the final heat.
In the semis of the men’s 110 meters hurdles, a resurgent North Eastern took the first heat while PSTC took the second one in 16:39.

Tomorrow, the final day of the championship, opens with the walking races and later on the remaining finals. Kenyan Athlete will keep you informed on all of the day’s events including the much awaited 5000 meters men’s final.

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