Thursday, May 23, 2024

Moraa hoping for victory dance in Doha meeting

Mary Moraa celebrates after successful the 800m race on the Kip Keino Traditional assembly at Nyayo Stadium on April 20. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]

World 800m champion Mary Moraa is eyeing victory and presumably one other entertaining dance on the third leg of the Diamond League sequence in Doha on Friday.

Moraa sprinted to a candy 800m victory on the Kip Keino Traditional Continental Tour in Nairobi final month.

Immediately, she highlights the ladies’s 800m contest in Doha, Qatar with the hope of one other historic win.

She would be the solely Kenyan girl in a two-lap race which has World Indoor silver medallist Jemma Reekie of Nice Britain additionally vying for a prime spot.

Moraa takes to the Doha assembly her current brilliance and dominance within the 800m race.

Lately, she has lowered her private finest from 2:03.27 in 2020 to 1:56.03 with a world title in Budapest final 12 months.

Reekie, the British indoor mile file holder (4:17.88) has since delivered a sequence of spectacular championship performances together with ending runner-up on the 2024 World Indoors in Glasgow and reaching the finals of the final Olympic Video games in Tokyo and World Championships in Budapest final 12 months, ending fourth and fifth respectively.

Moraa has nevertheless defeated Reekie 5 instances out of seven of their most up-to-date head-to-heads.

The Briton narrowly missed the Olympic podium in Tokyo and is able to tackle Moraa.

World Indoor bronze medallist Noelie Yarigo of Benin, Olympic finalist and Jamaican file holder Natoya Goule-Toppin, and 2019 world champion Halimah Nakaayi from Uganda are additionally within the podium end rivalry in Doha.

Two-time World Cross Nation champion Beatrice Chebet will likely be eyeing glory within the girls’s 5,000m.

Chebet, the 2022 Diamond League trophy winner, defended her World Cross Nation in March, in fashion.

Olympic silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot is heading to Doha the place he received the 2019 world title.

Cheruiyot will likely be within the firm of fast-rising star Reynold Kipkorir Cheruiyot within the Doha assembly.

Reynold is the 2022 World Underneath-20 champion and the African Underneath-20 gold medallist.

He set a world age-group file within the mile (3:48.06) on the Prefontaine Traditional in September 2023 and extra lately received the Kip Keino Traditional 1500m in 3:31.96.

Abel Kipsang, a fourth-place finisher on the Budapest World Championships can be within the combine.

The trio will likely be lining up in opposition to world bronze medallist Narve Gilje Nordas of Norway within the males’s 1500m subject bursting with youth and expertise.

Cheruiyot opened his season with a 1:46.56 efficiency on the Kip Keino Traditional in Nairobi on April 20.

“Whereas I used to be proud to have represented my nation at my fifth consecutive World Championships final 12 months, it took me a while to get better from a knee harm that was affecting my performances. My race health isn’t fairly the place I’d prefer it to be right now of 12 months, however an important factor is that I’m wholesome and completely happy.

“I’m trying ahead to racing in Doha – a rustic the place I’ve such great recollections of successful world gold – and placing down an necessary marker as I construct in direction of the Kenyan Olympic trials,” Cheruiyot advised Wanda Diamond League.

Nordas’ World Championships bronze got here in a memorable race in Budapest which noticed him end carefully behind compatriot Jakob Ingebrigtsen.

Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera and Spain’s Adel Mechaal are amongst notable names within the 1500m line up.

The ladies’s 1500m will characteristic Kenya’s Nelly Chepchirchir, who completed fifth on the 2023 Budapest World Championships.

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