Olympic medallist Kiprop tops Oregon meeting

Published on 09/06/2009

By Mutwiri Mutuota and Agencies

Olympic silver medallist Asbel Kiprop and steeplechaser, Paul Kipsiele Koech sustained their good early season form at Sunday’s Pre Fontaine Classic meeting in Oregon, US.

At the same event, shocking displays by the country’s female Olympic gold medallists continued as Pamela Jelimo finished last, while Nancy Jebet Lagat came eighth in 800m and 1,500m races.

Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot hits the tape to win the women’s 2,000m during the Pre fontaine Classic track and field meet in Oregon, US, on Sunday.

Jelimo clocked 2:05.57 for the wooden spoon in the two-lap race with Lagat timing 4:05.05 in her race. It was Jelimo’s second outing of the season after finishing fifth at the Rabat Meeting late last month.

Despite winning 800m and 1,500m titles at Armed Forces championships last month, Lagat opened her season with a seventh (1,500m) at the Qatar Super Grand Prix.

Kiprop, with victories at Qatar (800m) and Hengelo Grand Prix (1,500m), won the one-mile in 3:48.50 after bettering Africa 1,500m Haron Keitany (3:48.78) champion in the sprint for the line.

Olympic finalist, Nicholas Kemboi (3:53.43), Shedrack Korir (3:54.77) and Josphat Mutunga (4:01.09) filed in fifth, eighth and 14th positions.

Men’s race

Athens bronze medallist, Paul Kipsiele Koech won the water and barriers event after charging clear of the field to take the men’s race in 8:13.44.

Ethiopia’s Roba Gary (8:21.22) and American Joshua McAdams (8:26.55) were further back in second and third.

World 5,000m silver medallist, Vivian Cheruiyot (5:31.52) beat Bahrain’s world 1,500m champion Maryam Yusuf Jamal (5:31.88) to second in the rarely run women’s 2,000m race.

Asbel Kiprop in a past race. [PHOTOS: AP]

World junior 10,000m record holder, Linet Masai (5:33.43) was third ahead of Sally Kipyego (5:35.20) and Pauline Korikwiang (5:38.11) in fourth and fifth.

Alfred Kirwa, the world 800m champion, was beaten to second in the men’s two-lap race by American Nick Symmonds in the event where Olympic finalist, Boaz Lalang registered a Did Not Finish. Kirwa ran 1:46.21 against Symmond’s 1:45.86.

Olympic silver medallist (5,000m) Eliud Kipchoge (7:38.24) led compatriots Moses Masai (7:44.75) and Leonard Komon (7:45.53) in filling positions six, seven and eight in the 3,000m men’s race.

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