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Friday, June 5, 2015

Ethiopia’s Ayalew Denies Kenya Podium Finish in Rome

Kenya’s Virginia Nyambura failed to repeat her Doha heroics in Thursday night’s Rome Diamond League as she was beaten by compatriot Hyvin Kiyeng in the women’s 3000m steeplechase.

Nyambura who went against the script to win in Doha despite being drafted as a pacesetter looked comfortable during the race but was beaten to the finish line by Kiyeng who clocked a personal best 9:15.08 on her way to victory. Nyambura’s 9:15.75 saw her make a further improvement on her personal best.

Ethiopia’s Ayalew Hiwot got in between Nyambura and fourth-placed Lidya Chepkurui to deny Kenya a podium finish.

In the men’s 5000m, Kenya’s Paul Tanui finished second in 12:28.69 behind 17-year-old Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha, whose 12:58.39 was the fastest time this year.

World 800m champion Mohammed Aman won the two-lap race in a world leading 1:43.56 ahead of Nijel Amos in second with Kenya’s Job Kinyor third.

Dutch Hassan Sifan produced a strong kick down the home stretch to win the women’s 1500m. American Jennifer Simpson was second, Dawit Seyaum of Ethiopia third while Kenya’s Viola Kibiwott finished in a disappointing 5th. 

American Justin Gatlin hit another stride on his return from serving two doping bans by setting a new meet record at the IAAF Diamond League Rome Golden Gala Thursday night. 

The 33-year-old turned on his fastest mode yet bolting to the finish line in the men’s 100m in 9.72 seconds, a new meeting record that shaved 0.04 seconds off Usain Bolt’s 9.76 set in 2012. 

Gatlin zoomed off the blocks in searing pace and raced clear of the field to post what is the 7th fastest time in history to give Jamaican World Champion Bolt another nightmare. 

Although he reiterated that he’s not thinking of a much-awaited clash with Bolt at the World Championships in Beijing in August, the manner in which he is performing gives indications of a man who wants to conquer all.

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