Three-time world 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop posted his third consecutive win here in a world leading and meet record time of 3:29.33 as he consolidated his IAAF Diamond League Trophy points with 20.
Asbel now longs to meet his challenger, Silas Kiplagat for the 37th time during the national trials, as he makes his bid to gun for a second Olympic gold medal.
Morocco’s Iguider Abdelaati (3:33.10), Willis Nick (3:34.29) of Newzealand and Vincent Kibet (3:34.60) were also in the mix.
James Magut (3:35.18), a previous Diamond League winner in Birmingham, trailed as Australia’s Ryan Gregson (3:35.50) and Silas Kiplagat (3:35.52) sealed top seven spots.
Asbel, a two-time Diamond Race Trophy winner and basking in the glory of three wins, will head to Oslo for the next IAAF Diamond League meeting, where he eyes a fifth win.
“I am happy to be running so fast here. This is the time when you need to do this and deliver the results, in front of the fans,” he said.
“I want to run faster this season and have a revenge for 2012 London Olympics. But I just want to do four Diamond Leagues meetings before the national trials and ensure I am 60 per cent fit. I want to emulate Morroco’s Hicham El Guerrouj, the four-time world champion and world record holder at 3:26.00.
” In 600m, it was a script straight from heaven. No one would direct such an eagerly awaited race –not even the prophets, but only God.
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