Kipsang, Kibet shine in Doha Diamond League

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World Indoor 1500m bronze medallist Abel Kipsang continued his red hot form as he stormed to victory in the men's 1500m as the 2022 Diamond League season kicked off Friday night in Doha, Qatar.

Kipsang who notched a world leading time last weekend at the Kip Keino Classic held off compatriot and world champion Timothy Cheruiyot to win the race in 3:35.70.

Cheruiyot who is hunting for a fifth consecutive Diamond League title settled for the second spot in 3:36.16.

World Under-20 800m champion Noah Kibet announced his entry at the big stage when he chalked victory in the two-lap race after clocking a season best of 1:49.08.

Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon who was making her first competitive appearance this season settled for second in the women's 3000m.

Kipyegon was locked in a neck-to-neck battle with Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba with the Burundian reigning supreme in a world leading time of 8:37.70 as Kipyegon stopped the timer in 8:38.05.

The men's 3000m steeplechase saw Olympic champion Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco triumph in a world lead of 8:09.66.

Lamecha Girma of Ethiopia finished second in 8:09.67 while Kenya's Abraham Kibiwott came home third in 8:16.40

The Doha meeting was the first stop of the 2022 Diamond League season with the second leg slated for Birmingham on May 21.

Source : Citizen TV