Yego’s tough test

World javelin champion Julius Yego leads a host of Kenyan track stars to the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Friday.
Yego is using the event as a testing ground with the London World Championships only two weeks away and faces a competitive field in the event.
Yego, who has a season best throw of 87.97m will be up against Olympic champion Thomas Rohler of Germany, who has season best throw of 93.90m and compatriot Johanes Vetter who holds a world lead of 94.44m. Others in the field include Keshon Walcott (86.62m) and Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch (88.02m).
Three-time world 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop will be seeking a turnaround in fortunes after an inconsistent season when he lines up in the principality. Kiprop came fourth last month at the event in Stockholm, where he posted 3:33.17 and a disappointing 13th at the Prefontaine Classic in May in 3:58.24.
He faces stiff competition from World 1,500 meter silver medallist Elijah Manangoi, Timothy Cheruiyot, Ronald Kwemoi, Charles Simotwo and fast-rising sensation Justus Soget. Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz of USA and Norway’s Filip Ingebristen are also in the mix
Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto will be looking to bounce back after failing to start in Rabat.
Kipruto won 3,000m SC in Rome Diamond League last month in 8:04.63 and finished 12th in the 3,000m in Doha, where he clocked 7:49.00. The former world junior champion has looked below so far on the circuit and faces rival Jairus Birech in the water jump event. Birech came home second in the Rabat event last Sunday and will be looking to win and enhance his credentials for a gold in London next month.
Kipruto and Birech will have good company from the likes of Stanley Kipkoech, world champion Ezekiel Kemboi, former Olympic champion Brimin Kipruto, Abraham Kibiwott, Benjamin Kigen, Justus Kipkorir and Amos Kirui. USA’s Evan Jager will be another serious contender.
In the women’s category, Olympic bronze medallist, Margaret Nyairera renew her rivalry with Olympic 800 meter champion Caster Semenya and silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba in the two-lap race. Nyairera will have former world champion Eunice Sum for company as well as Ajee Wilson of United States.
On form Helen Obiri faces Olympic 10,000m champion and world record holder Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia in the women’s 3000m race. The duo have not met this season since Obiri and Vivian Cheruiyot eclipsed the Ethiopian in Rio.
Lilian Kasait, Nelly Jepkosgei and Agnes Jebet will aid Obiri’s push with Ethiopia’s Gelete Burka, Meraf Bahta of Sweden, Molly Huddle of the United States, Laura Muir of Great Britain also in contention.

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