Kenya’s Hellen Obiri electrified the 2019 IAAF Diamond League (Photos)

By Waweru Titus: Saturday, May 4th 2019 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Athletics
Kenya's Hellen Obiri celebrates after winning the women's 3000m during the IAAF Diamond League competition on May 3, 2019 in Doha. [AFP]

Kenya’s Hellen Obiri electrified the 2019 IAAF Diamond League season with a dramatic Doha triumph in the women’s 3000M race on Friday.

The World Cross Country champion clinched the victory with a time of 8:25.60 after beating her bitter rival Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia who managed a Personal Best of 8:26.20.

2017 World Cross bronze medalist Lillian Kasait who crossed the line in a Personal Best of 8:29.02 finished third.

Kenya's Hellen Obiri races to win the women's 3000m during the IAAF Diamond League competition on May 3, 2019 in Doha. [AFP]

Kenya's Elijah Manangoi won the men's 1500m, holding off a late charge from training partner Timothy Cheruiyot to win in 3min 32.21sec.

“My target for the year is to successfully defend my title in Doha and it is good to start with a win at the same venue where the World Championships will be held.

“The stadium is beautiful and I love the turnout and the support from the fans,” an elated Manangoi said after the race.

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Kenya's Elijah Motonei Manangoi in action before winning the men's 1500m ahead of Kenya's Timothy Cheruiyot. [Reuters]

Women’s 3000M results courtesy of AFP

1. Hellen Onsando Obiri (KEN) 8:25.60

2. Genzebe Dibaba (ETH) 8:26.20

3. Lilian Kasait Rengruk (KEN) 8:29.02

4. Beatrice Chepkoech Sitonik (KEN) 8:29.83

5. Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui (KEN) 8:29.89

6. Gloria Chebiwatt Kite (KEN) 8:29.91

7. Gudaf Tsegay (ETH) 8:30.65

8. Yasemin Can (TUR) 8:33.29

9. Lemlem Hailu (ETH) 8:34.03

10. Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi (KEN) 8:34.65

11. Loice Chemnung (KEN) 8:40.08

12. Ejgayehu Taye (ETH) 8:40.96

13. Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi (KEN) 8:44.59

14. Hanna Klein (GER) 8:45.00

15. Meskerem Mamo (ETH) 8:48.26

16. Beatrice Chebet (KEN) 8:49.05

17. Mary Kuria (KEN) 8:49.16

18. Eva Cherono (KEN) 8:50.22

19. Winny Chebet (KEN) DNF

Kenya's Hellen Obiri in action before winning the women's 3000m. [Reuters]

Men’s 1500M results courtesy of AFP

1. Elijah Motonei Manangoi (KEN) 3:32.21

2. Timothy Cheruiyot (KEN) 3:32.47

3. Bethwell Birgen (KEN) 3:33.12

4. Vincent Kibet (ITA) 3:33.21

5. Charles Cheboi Simotwo (KEN) 3:33.31

6. Ronald Kwemoi (KEN) 3:33.99

7. George Meitamei Manangoi (KEN) 3:34.00

8. Brahim Kaazouzi (MAR) 3:34.57

Kenya's Elijah Motonei Manangoi celebrates after winning the men's 1500m during the IAAF Diamond League competition on May 3, 2019 in Doha. [AFP]

9. Ryan Gregson (AUS) 3:35.10

10. Abdalaati Iguider (MAR) 3:36.28

11. Ayanleh Souleiman (DJI) 3:36.35

12. Muhand Khamis Saifeldin (QAT) 3:43.62

13. Idriss Mousa Youssouf (QAT) 3:50.92

14. Jackson Mumbwa Kivuna (KEN) DNF

15. Timothy Sein (KEN) DNF

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