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Kenyan, Ethiopian Athletes Shine as Diamond League Resumes in Doha

Posted : 14 May 2024

Following a brief hiatus for the World Athletics Relays in the Bahamas, Diamond League action resumed in Doha, where the electrifying atmosphere at the Qatar Sports Club witnessed a thrilling night of athletics, particularly marked by Kenyan and Ethiopian dominance and fervent fan support.


In the women's 5000m event, Kenya's Beatrice Chebet stole the show with a stunning victory, showcasing her exceptional speed in the final 200m to secure the win in a world-leading time of 14:26.98, much to the delight of the Kenyan fans present at the stadium.


The rivalry between Kenya and Ethiopia continued in the men's 3000m steeplechase, with Ethiopia's Samuel Firewu emerging triumphant in a nail-biting sprint finish, clinching victory with a world-leading time of 8:07.25, closely followed by Kenya's Abraham Kibiwott.


Kenya's Mary Moraa continued the trend of East African dominance, delivering an impressive performance in the women's 800m, where she surged ahead in the final stretch to claim victory in a season's best time of 1:57.91, dedicating her win to the enthusiastic Kenyan fans in attendance.


The Kenyan contingent's success extended to the men's 1500m, where Brian Komen led a remarkable sweep of the podium, showcasing Kenya's depth in middle-distance running. Meanwhile, Zambia's Muzala Samukonga made a strong comeback in the men's 400m, securing second place in his first Diamond League appearance of the season, amidst stiff competition from athletes representing Southern Africa.


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