Birech Leads Podium Sweep for Kenya in Oslo

 

Kenya’s Jairus Birech led a 1-2-3 finish for Kenya at the 2015 Exxon Mobile Oslo Bislett Diamond League Games as the East African nation continued to dominate the men’s 3,000m steeplechase.

Birech, the new master of the distance, came up against Ezekiel Kemboi, the outgoing master, with a huge battle expected.

However, that never came to pass as Birech eased to the finish line in 8:05.63, 9 places ahead of the double Olympic and triple world champion Kemboi who trudged home 10th in 8:30.07.

Conseslus Kipruto was second in 8:11.92 with Paul Kipsiele Koech completing a podium sweep for Kenya by finishing third in 8:11.92. Another Kenyan Hillary Kipsang Yego was fourth ahead of American Donald Cabral.

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Briton Laura Muir, 22, led from the front to win the women’s 1500m in 4:00.39. Commonwealth Champion Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon produced a master kick in the last 200m but had to settle for second in 4:00.94 with Ethiopian Dawit Seyaum further behind in 3rd.

Genzebe Dibaba went to Oslo targeting to break her sister Tirunesh Dibaba’s 7-year-old 5000m record. However, the 24-year-old was let down by pace-setters and even after deciding to take matters into her own hands, she fell way short of the senior Dibaba’s 14:11.15 mark she set in the same track in 2008.

Genzebe stopped the clock in 14:21.29 with her compatriot Senbere Teferi second ahead of Kenyan Viola Kibiwot.

Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure beat Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown to the women’s 100m title while Jasmin Stowers won the hurdle event beating American Brianna Rollins.

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