Thursday, June 20, 2024

Kenya: Kipyegon, Omanyala Star Attractions As Diamond League Train Moves to Monaco

Nairobi — The Diamond League train stops at the ‘rich man’s playground’, Monaco, on Friday night, with double world record holder Faith Kipyegon and African record holder Ferdinand Omanyala among the star names to watch out.

The duo are expected to light up the French principality city in their last Diamond League meet before the World Championships in Budapest.

Kipyegon, oozing class and form from her two world record runs last month, will compete in the mile (approx. 1600m), not much of a difference from her traditional 1500m.

Kipyegon has not lost a single race this season and will look to knock on the World Championships door with a monster performance in Monaco.

Considered as a fast track, Kipyegon will also set her eyes on running a record time in the mile, and with her form, a lot is expected of her.

“I feel I am in very good shape. My body has picked up really well and the focus now is going to Monaco, running a good race and finishing with a good time to build confidence for Budapest,” Kipyegon said after the National Trials.

Eyes will also be on the men’s 100m where African record holder and the second fastest man this season, Ferdinand Omanyala, will look to put up a show.

Omanyala is the current Diamond League leader over the distance with an accumulation of 20 points and a victory in Monaco would cement his lead further.