Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon will lead Kenya’s onslaught at the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting that will be held on Tuesday (8) in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
The organizers of the race have spiced it up by adding the world 1500m record-holder Genzebe Dibaba.
The 29 year-old decorated Ethiopian holds both 1500m indoor and outdoor, the indoor 3000 m, the indoor 5000 m, and the indoor mile.
The current 800m world leader, Jemma Reekie, has also been added to the line-up to face Kipyegon and Dibaba. Reeekie produced one of the finest performances by a British athlete in recent memory by winning the invitational women’s 800m race at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.
Kipyegon who holds a personal best of 3:54.22 which is also a National record will battle for the honors with Dibaba and Reekie who comes in this race with a season best of 4:09.01 that she got in Bydgoszcz in last month.
Samuel Tefera Vs Yomif Kejelcha
World indoor 1500m champion Samuel Tefera will take on world indoor mile record-holder Yomif Kejelcha at the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting that will be held on Tuesday (8) in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Samuel Tefera broke Hicham El Guerrouj’s 22-year-old 1500m indoor world record when he set a new world indoor world record of 3:31.04 in Birmingham, England in 2019.
Samuel will meet his fierce country-mate whom he beat when setting the record, Kejecha as they plan on how to attack the meet record of 3:31.17 that was set in 2003 by Cornelius Chirchir from Kenya.
Kejecha is the 2016 and 2018 World Indoor Champion in 3000m and he also holds the world mile record of 3:47.01 that he set in 2019.
Selomon Barega’s Season’s Debut
The men’s 5000m should attract some attention as well with World Championships silver medallist Selemon Barega making his first appearance of the outdoor season. Keep an eye on 19-year-old Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo, the silver medallist in the senior race at last year’s World Cross Country Championships, who will be making his first track appearance since July 2018. Italy’s Yemaneberhan Crippa, who improved his 1500m best to 3:35.26, could be a factor.
Sifan Hassen for Another Record in Just Four Days?
Hassan, the reigning 1500m and 10,000m world champion, will race near the middle of that range when she headlines the 5000m just four days after breaking the world record in the one-hour run at the Wanda Diamond League fixture in Brussels.
She did indicate that her ambitions in Ostrava include an assault on the 14:30.18 meeting record set by Meseret Defar in 2007.
Hassan, the European record holder over the distance at 14:22.12, is the class of the field but could be tested by 21-year-old Ethiopian Tsehay Gemechu, who sped to a 14:29.60 lifetime best last October to finish fourth at the World Championships, and Turkey’s Yasemin Can, who has a 14:36.82 best to her credit.
Sources: Athletics News & World Athletics