One characteristic of champions is that they often find a way to win, even when they shouldn’t. Goals against the run of play, the passing shot at full stretch on match point, willing oneself across the line or over the bar.
If you build it, the fitness will come. At a time of crisis, that’s what Conseslus Kipruto had to tell himself.
Four Diamond League champions from Kenya including Hellen Obiri will compete in Doha – the first leg of the 2019 IAAF Diamond League – which will be held for the first time in the state-of-the-art Khalifa International Stadium on 3 May.
The first of this season’s IAAF Diamond League finals in Zurich produced a classic sprint finish in the women’s 5000m, where Kenya’s Hellen Obiri held off Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, an IAAF Diamond League record shot put of 22.60m from New Zealand’s world champion Tomas Walsh, and a winning javelin throw of 91.44m from Germany’s Andreas Hofmann. But it will be remembered for the shoe – or rather, the missing shoe.
On a night that was all about winning rather than times, Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya found a way to retain his IAAF Diamond League steeplechase title at Zurich’s Weltklasse meeting on Thursday (30).
Producing one of the most dominant displays at these championships so far, Caster Semenya sped to a 49.96 victory in the 400m to highlight the third day of action at the African Athletics Championships on Friday in Asaba, Nigeria.
World and Olympic steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto will drop the barriers in favour of the boards on 25 February when he competes at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow, the sixth and final stop on the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Tour.
Eight Olympic champions will converge on the Moroccan capital Rabat on Sunday (16) for the Meeting International Mohammed VI d'Athletisme, the 10th stop of the 2017 IAAF Diamond League.