BY JONATHAN KOMEN

RUN456757.jpgKenya’s Mercy Cherono (R) and Kenya’s Margaret Muriuki lead the pack during the final of the women’s 5000m athletics event at Hampden Park during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on August 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC

Kenyan athletes have their focus on the prized Diamond Trophies at the final stop of 14-leg IAAF Diamond League meeting in Brussels, Belgium, tomorrow.

 A total of 16 Diamond Race winners will be crowned after a similar number had their coronation in Zurich last week. Already eight disciplines have their champions known and only need to start in Belgium to claim the Diamond Trophy, which comes with US Dollars 40,000 to savour.

Those eight athletes are sprint hurdler Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, 400m runner Novlene Williams-Mills, steeplechaser Jairus Birech, 800m runner Eunice Sum, pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie, 400m hurdler Kaliese Spencer, triple jumper Caterine Ibarguen and shot putter Valerie Adams.

Birech, who will fly the African steeplechase flag at the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco next week, tops the board in the water and hurdles event with 20 points. Former Olympic champion Brimin Kipruto and three-time world champion Ezekiel Kemboi trails with five and four points respectively. World silver medalist Conseslus Kipruto and Paul Kipsiele Koech have three points apiece.

World 5,000m silver medalist Mercy Cherono tops the women’s twelve-lap race standings with 14 points ahead of Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba (10 points) and two-time world cross-country junior champion Viola Kibiwott (five points).

Former world 1,500m silver medalist Silas Kiplagat (12 points) leads two-time world champion Asbel Kiprop (11 points) and Djibouti’s Ayanleh Souleiman (nine points) as well as Commonwealth Games silver medalist Ronald Kwemoi (five points).

World 800m champion Eunice Sum, who leads the African two-lap race assault in Marrakech, tops the 800m charts with 20 points ahead of America’s Ajee Wilson (seven points) and Britain’s Commonwealth Games silver medalist Lynsey Sharp, who basks in four points.

But the Diamond Race for eight other disciplines in Brussels is still undecided, so a victory in the Belgian capital will take on extra significance.

Courtesy of standardmedia.co.ke

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