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

Last updated 1 year ago | By Waweru Titus

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.

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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.

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“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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