Two time 1500m world champion Asbel Kiprop faces a stern test in the dream mile at the Oslo Diamond meeting set for June 11.

Kiprop faces a competitive field as he seeks to gain momentum for his world title defence in Beijing in August.

Kiprop is a three time winner in Oslo.

Kenya’s Silas Kiplagat led the world over 1500m in 2014, with a best of 3:27.64, and boasts a great mile best of 3:47.88 and will be one of the favourites in Oslo.

Kenya will also be represented by Ronald Kwemoi, and Commonwealth Games champion James Magut. Both men can have an impact in a race of this nature.

Another athlete to be feared in this race is Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti, who has won the past two Dream Miles and would like to make it three in a row in 2015. He has a personal best of 3:47.28 for the distance.

Olympic 1500 meter champion Taoufik Makhloufi, will be keen to not only win this prestigious race but establish a personal best faster than 3:50.

Interestingly, Makhloufi is a previous winner in Bislett stadium but not in the Dream Mile. In 2012, he emphatically won the 1500m early in the programme and gave spectators a real indication of what was to follow later that summer in London.

Another athlete to be feared in this race is Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti, who has won the past two Dream Miles and would like to make it three in a row in 2015. He has a personal best of 3:47.28 for the distance.

US veteran Bernard Lagat has the fatstet time of the competitors posting 3:27.28. He may not achieve a time of that quality in 2015 but Lagat is serious about smashing the world masters’ best for the mile and is aiming to be close to 3:50 for the four laps.

Like in 2014, many eyes in the stadium will be focused upon Norway’s Henrik Ingebrigtsen, who last season rewrote the Norwegian record book at both the mile and 1500m.

A silver medallist at last year’s European Championships, Ingebrigtsen will be chasing another Norwegian record and will not be satisfied with anything slower than 3:50.

Over the years, some of the Bislett Games’ greatest highlights have occurred in the Dream Mile.

The British trio of Seb Coe, Steve Ovett and Steve Cram all shattered the world record for the mile in the Bislett stadium.

In 1979, Coe led a strong field home and the first 10 men all ran faster than four minutes while Cram’s scintillating last lap in his epic encounter with Coe in 1985 produced a long-standing world record of 3:46.32.

Courtesy of the-star.co.ke

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