Reigning world 3,000m steeplechase world champion Hyvin Kiyeng produced a superlative kick to win the opening leg of IAAF Diamond League in Doha, Qatar on Friday evening.
Kiyeng kicked off with league by beating her Kenyan counterpart Beatrice Chepkoech together with world 3,000m steeplechase record holder the Kenyan turned Bahrain international Ruth Jebet.
The Olympic silver medalist crossed the finish line in 9:00.12 for victory. Her win was celebrated at Global Sports Communication (GSC) athletes training camp based in Kaptagat led by her coach Richard Metto.
‘She made us proud as a team and camp. We want to tell her to keep up the spirit,” said Metto
Although they were denied the win, Chepkoech, with a lifetime best of 9:01.57 elevating her to the No.4 position all time, and Jebet, with 9:01.99, will certainly be pleased with their starts as well.
In a quality race, Celliphine Chepteek Chespol, the world U20 champion and still just 18, finished fourth in 9:05.70, a world U20 record (pending the usual ratification procedures). Further back, Olympic bronze medallist Emma Coburn was fifth in 9:14.53.
Kiyeng’s performance was one of six world leads on a typically warm but windy evening in Doha’s Qatar Sports Club stadium. Her compatriot Ronald Kwemoi, better known as a 1500m runner, kicked away to take the evening-capping 3000m in style in 7:28.73, chopping 25 seconds from his personal best. After this breakthrough, the 21-year-old Commonwealth Games 1500m silver medallist may consider widening his options.