TOUGH COMPETITION

Cheruiyot out to prove point in Lausanne next month

As the Lausanne meet fast approaches all eyes will be on Cheruiyot, Wightman and Ingebrigstsen.

In Summary

•Cheruiyot, who has a personal best of 3:28.28, emerged victorious during the same meeting in 2019 and will be all out for a repeat performance.

He will be in the company of Abel Kipsang, Kamar Etiang, and Charles Cheboi.

Kenya's Timothy Cheruiyot with Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway in a past race
Kenya's Timothy Cheruiyot with Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway in a past race
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Olympic 1,500m silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot will be seeking to win the Lausanne Diamond League scheduled on August 26.

Cheruiyot, who has a personal best of 3:28.28, emerged victorious during the same meeting in 2019 and will be all out for a repeat performance.

He will be in the company of Abel Kipsang, Kamar Etiang, and Charles Cheboi.

It will not be all smooth-sailing for the Kenyan quartet as the field has also attracted world 1,500m champion Jake Wightman and Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigstsen among other elite athletes.

The two have proven a force to reckon with in the recent past and will no doubt be a handful for Cheruiyot.

In an interview, Cheruiyot disclosed that he had a bout of injuries that slowed him down in both the World Championships in Oregon and the Commonwealth Games but he’s slowly returning to his usual form.

“I had a hamstring injury but the situation has improved and my training is going on well,” he said.

At the recently concluded World Championships, Wightman won the title in a personal best time of 3:29.23 edging out Ingebrigstsen to second place in 3:29.47. Cheruiyot placed sixth in 3:30.69.

The season has been a blessing to Wightman, who last week won his specialty in 2:13.88 at the Diamond League in Monaco.

Ingebrigstsen, who has a personal best time of 3:28.32, has equally been in good shape for the better part of the season. During last year’s Olympics in Tokyo, he obliterated a strong field to win the title 3:28.32 and he currently leads the world ranking.

During the recent Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Cheruiyot was second in 3:30.21 behind Oliver Hoare of Australia, who won in 3:30.12.

Wightman crossed the line third in 3:30.53. As the Lausanne meet fast approaches all eyes will be on  Cheruiyot, Wightman and Ingebrigstsen.

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