Former Commonwealth games 1,500m champion Silas Kiplagat faces Djibouti’s world indoor champion over the same distance, Ayanleh Souleiman in the Rieti Grand Prix tomorrow. Kiplagat, the fourth fastest 1,500m man of all-time with his 3:27.64 set in Monaco six weeks ago. He will be looking for his third win in a row over the distance after clocking 3:31.86 (2012) and 3:30.13 (2013). Other top athletes in the field will include Poland’s European champion Adam Kszczot and Algeria’s Olympics 1500m champion Taoufik Makloufi, who clocked 1:43.53 over two laps of the track in Berlin on Sunday.
The women’s 3,000m steeplechase will see Tunisia’s Olympic silver medallist, Habiba Ghribi try to continue her late-season run of form after winning at the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich a week ago in a season’s best of 9:15.23. US sprint star, and former World Athlete of the Year, Allyson Felix will make her debut on the Rieti track in the women’s 100m.
Justin Gatlin, the fastest man in the world this year in the 100m and the 200m with 9.80 and 19.68, will provide the highlight of the men’s race in the shorter sprint. Nesta Carter, winner in Stockholm last month in 9.96, will return to the track where he clocked his personal best of 9.78 in 2010.
Another Jamaican, Asafa Powell, who broke the then world record with 9.74 in 2007, will also make his return to Rieti while the field also features this year’s European 100m and 200m silver medallist Christophe Lemaitre, who won in Rieti in 2012.
Courtesy of the-star.co.ke