Kenyan athletes outclassed other countries in the middle-distance races at the Doha Diamond League meeting on Friday night.
Although they competed without crowds due to Covid-19 restrictions, music from loudspeakers gave them the energy to dominate the races.
Timothy Cheruiyot, who is Men’s 1,500m world and three-time Diamond League champion was the first to be crowned after winning the race in a world-leading time of 3:30.48.
In the women’s 800m, Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon nudged through on the inside to secure an impressive win in a time of 1:58.26 for the 1,500m Olympic champion and world silver medallist.
“I did my personal best here in Doha, so it’s really, really great to be here,” Kipyegon said. “I am training so hard and hoping to do my best, so I am putting all my mind on it. The pandemic wasn’t easy but we always try to be great.”
Beatrice Chebet, 21-years-old, emerged the winner in the 3,000m with a world-leading time of 8:27.49 sprinting ahead of Hellen Obiri, the twice world 5,000m champion, who faded towards the end of the race and finished a disappointing fourth.
“It’s my first time winning in the Diamond League and here in Doha,” Chebet said. “I didn’t expect to win. I did well today and now I am preparing for the Olympics.”
Chebet is hopeful to win in the 5,000m race in Tokyo, Japan.
Wycliffe Kinyamal, reigning 800m commonwealth champion clocked 1:43.91 to win the two-lap race edging world 800m bronze medallist Ferguson Rotich who placed second in 1:44.45.
Norah Jeruto was the surprise winner in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase race after crossing the finish line in 9:00.67 to stun former world champions Hyvin Kiyeng and Emma Coburn who placed fourth and fifth respectively.
It was a great night for Kenyan athletes.