Kenyan athletes Eunice Sum, Virginia Nyambura and Jairus Birech are primed to win their respective 2015 Diamond races just days after failing to win Gold medals in the IAAF World Championships.
The trio has been fantastic in the Diamond League this year but failed to replicate their stellar showings on the grand stage, finishing third, seventh and fourth in their respective races.
A podium finish in the Weltklasse Meeting tonight will see Sum console herself with $40,000 after a horrible show in Beijing in which against odds, she relinquished her world title to Maryna Arzamasava of Belarus, settling for bronze instead.
Sum has four wins to her name in this year’s circuit and an unassailable lead over her closest rival, American teenager Ajee Wilson, whose six points are 10 adrift of the Kenyan. Ranelle Lamote of France and Janeth Jepkosgey follow Wilson in that order. Birech on the other hand, still has his work cut out despite having three wins so far.
A horde of athletes remains agonisingly close to the 3,000m steeplechase trophy led by compatriot Conseslus Kipruto who has nine points from two wins against Birech’s 16 points.
Four-time world champion Ezekiel Kemboi is third with a paltry four points from one win but still has a chance to upset the standings if he takes his blistering form from China to Zurich and Brussels. Enterprising American Evan Jagger is behind Hicham Sigueni of Morocco and Kipsiele Koech.
Nyambura leads the 3,000m steeplechase race with 15 points but needs one win to secure her trophy as Ethiopian Hiwot Ayalew and newly crowned world champion Hyvin Kiyeng are close behind tied on nine points. Nyambura has three wins to her credit while Hiwot and Kiyeng bear single victories.
Another tight race for Diamond glory involving Kenyans is men’s 1,500m. Djiboutian Ayanleh Souleiman leads with 11 points from two wins but faces the stiffest of challenges from Silas Kiplagat who is second on 10 points with lanky three-time world champion Asbel Kiprop breathing behind them with nine points.
Kiprop can leapfrog both Souleiman and Kiplagat if he wins the Zurich meeting in a competition that experienced Mathew Centrowitz of USA is still in contention with four points.