Star-studded face-offs set to light up Eugene Diamond League

Ugandan athlete Joshua Cheptegei competes in the men's 10,000m event during the NN Valencia World Record Day at the Turia stadium in Valencia on October 7, 2020.AFP

Beatrice Chepkoech vs Peruth Chemutai (Steeplechase)

3000m steeplechase World record holder Beatrice Chepkoech will face-off with Olympic champion Peruth Chemutai from Uganda.

Both Chepkoech and Chemutai and taking to Hayward Field their enviable CVs in the water and barrier race.

Chepkoech is the world record holder and the reigning World Champion, while Chemutai has the Olympic title. Chepkoech finished seventh at the Tokyo Olympics.

Word Under-20 champion Jackline Chepkoech, former Youth Olympic Games 2,000m champion Rosefline Chepngetich and two-time world under-20 champion Celliphine Chepteek Chespol will also be in contention.

Kenya's Timothy Cheruiyot, left, gestures as he crosses the line to win the men's 1500 meter race from Norway's Jakob Ingebrigtsen during the Diamond League athletics meeting at the Louis II stadium in Monaco Friday, Aug. 14, 2020.AP

Norah Jeruto, who raced to a 3000m steeplechase victory at the Prefontaine Classic Eugene Diamond League, will seek to defend her title.

Bethwel Birgen vs Paul Chelimo (5000m)

Bethwell Birgen, a 1500m specialist, will be competing in the 5000m.

Birgen’s personal best of 3:30.77 minutes in the 1500m ranks him among the top 50 in the distance, while his indoor best of 3:34.65 is in the top 20.

He is the 2017 World Indoor winner.

Chelimo won bronze at the 2020 Olympic Games and had settled for silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

He took part in 3000m at the 2018 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico in a time of 7:57.88.

Birgen and Chelimo will also have Ethiopian Selemon Barega and Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist Jacob Kiplimo of Uganda to contend with.


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