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June 21, 2018

Kenyans fail to impress at Stockholm Diamond League meeting

IAAF Athletics Diamond League - Men’s 1000m - Stockholm Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden - June 10, 2018 - Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich of Kenya reacts after winning the men’s 1000m event. /REUTERS
IAAF Athletics Diamond League - Men’s 1000m - Stockholm Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden - June 10, 2018 - Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich of Kenya reacts after winning the men’s 1000m event. /REUTERS

Kenya elite athletes failed to impress at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm on Sunday. Ferguson Rotich was the sole Kenyan winner as he cruised to victory in the 1,000 meters race.
Rotich registered 2:14.88 to win the race ahead of Bahrain’s Sadik Mikhou, who clocked 2:16.09 for second place and Englishman Jake Wightman, who placed third in 2:16.27. Poland Adam Kszcot returned fourth in 2:16.58.
World 10,000m bronze medallist Paul Tanui finished 13th in the 5,000m race with compatriot Cyrus Rutto, who placed second at the Kenya Defence Forces championship olast week finishing 14th in 14:10.08.
The race was was won by World U-18 5,000m champion, Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega, who who timed 13:04.05 with Birhanu Balew of Bahrain  posting 13:04.25 for second. Abadi Halis completed Ethiopian sweep in 13:06.76 ahead of Commonwealth Games 5,000m silver medalist Mohammed Ahmed of Canada, who finished fourth in 13:14.88
Nelly Jepkosgei finished fifth in the 1,500m in 4:01.98. Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay carried the day in the race in 3:57.64 and was followed by Briton Laura Muir, who placed second in 3:58.53. Moroccan Rababe Arafi completed the podium in 4:00.28 with Jennifer Simpson of the United States finishing fourth in 4:00.34.
The men’s pole vault also saw a world champion Sam Kendricks from USA defeated by a precocious teenager with the contest drawing the biggest cheer of the day from a sizeable Swedish crowd. The 18-year-old Armand ‘Mondo’ Duplantis soared up and over 5.86m at the first attempt.
Up until then, Kendricks led Duplantis on countback and looked firmly in command, but the world champion’s first-time failure put him on the back foot and rather than try a second time, he moved the bar up to 5.91m, at which he failed twice to bow out in second. Poland’s Piotr Lisek took third on countback ahead of compatriot Pawel Wojciechowski, both clearing a best of 5.76m.

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