Kiprop, Obiri make big starts

Kiprop, Obiri make big starts

 Double world champion Asbel Kiprop and fellow Kenyan Hellen Obiri launched the new Diamond League season with sparkling displays in Doha on Friday.

Kiprop captured a fast-paced 1,500 metres in a meeting record three minutes 29.18 seconds. Compatriot Silas Kiplagat was second in 3:29.70 as six men dipped under 3:31.

Obiri, women’s world 1,500 bronze medallist, shattered the African record in the 3,000 as she clocked 8:20.68, the fastest time ever by a non-Chinese runner. Fellow countrywoman Mercy Cherono was second in 8:21.14 as the two Kenyans became the fifth and sixth fastest performers of all time in the event.

World indoor champion Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia, who had dominated the indoor season, ran a personal best 8:26.21 but could only finish sixth.  Men’s Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov of Russia recorded a season-leading 2.41 metres to pip Canadian Derek Drouin and American Erik Kynard who tied for second at 2.37.Olympic and world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica edged Nigerian Blessing Okagbare to win the women’s 100 in 11.13 seconds.


Results: Men: 200M: Nickel Ashmeade (Jam) 20.13, 1; Warren Weir (Jam) 20.31, 2; Femi Ogunode (Qtr) 20.38, 3. 400M: LaShawn Merritt (US) 44.44, 1; Yousef Ahmed Masrahi (Saudi Arabia) 44.77, 2; Pavel Maslak (Cze) 44.79, 3. 800M: Mohammed Aman (Eth) 1:44.49, 1; Nijel Amos (Bot) 1:44.54, 2; Ferguson Rotich (Ken) 1:44.82, 3. 1500M: Asbel Kiprop (Ken) 3:29.18, 1; Silas Kiplagat (Ken) 3:29.70, 2; Ayanleh Souleiman (Dji) 3:30.16, 3. 110M hurdles: David Oliver (US) 13.23, 1; Sergey Shubenkov (Rus) 13.38, 2; Pascal Martinot-Lagarde (Fra) 13.42, 3. 3000M steeplechase: Ezekiel Kemboi (Ken) 8:04.12, 1; Brimin Kiprop Kipruto (Ken) 8:04.64, 2; Paul Kipsiele Koech (Ken) 8:05.47, 3. High jump: Ivan Ukhov (Rus) 2.41, 1; Derek Drouin (Can) and Erik Kynard (US) 2.37, 2. Long jump: Louis Tsatoumas (Gre) 8.06, 1; Luis Rivera (Mex) 8.04, 2; Ignisious Gaisah (Ned) 8.01, 3. Discus throw: Piotr Malachowski (Pol) 66.72, 1; Vikas Gowda (Ind) 63.23, 2; Gerd Kanter (Est) 62.90, 3.Women: 100M: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jam) 11.13, 1; Blessing Okagbare (Nig) 11.18, 2; Kerron Stewart (Jam) 11.25, 3 800M: Eunice Jepkoech Sum (Ken) 1:59.33, 1; Chanelle Price (US) 1:59.75, 2; Lenka Masna (Cze) 2:00.20, 3. 3000M: Hellen Onsando Obiri (Ken) 8:20.68, 1; Mercy Cherono (Ken) 8:21.14, 2; Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon (Ken) 8:23.55, 3. 400M hurdles: Adekoya Kemi (Bah) 54.59, 1; Kaliese Spencer (Jam) 55.07, 2; Eilidh Child (Gbr) 55.43, 3. Pole vault: Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou (Gre) 4.63, 1; Yarisley Silva (Cub) 4.53, 2; Kristina Gadschiew (Ger) 4.43, 3. Triple jump: Caterine Ibargueen (Col) 14.43, 1; Olha Saladuha (Ukr) 14.32, 2; Kimberly Williams (Jam) 14.15, 3. Shot put: Valerie Adams (NZ) 20.20, 1; Yuliya Leantsiuk (Blr) 18.78, 2; Anita Marton (Hun) 18.32, 3. Javelin throw: Martina Ratej (Slv) 65.48, 1; Kimberley Mickle (Aus) 65.36, 2; Sunette Viljoen (SA) 64.23, 3.