Diamond League: Africa shines in Zurich

The Zurich meeting hosted the Diamond League finals on September 7 and 8.

For this final stage of the prestigious meeting, Africa played its part well by winning eight titles.

On the men's side, Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali dominated the 3,000m steeplechase in 8'07''68 followed by Ethiopia’s Getnet Wale (8'08''56) and Kenya’s Abraham Kibiwot (8'08’’61).


Kenya’s Emmanuel Korir (800m) and Nicholas Kipkorir (5,000m) were also crowned. The first won in 1'43''26 with the best world performance of the year. In 12'59’'05, the second took opportunity of the absence of the big names, like the Norwegian Jakob Ingrebrigtsen, the Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei and Oscar Chelimo to win the race.

On the women's side, Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan (100m hurdles), reigning world champion and world record holder, ended her exceptional season in style by winning the Diamond League final (12'29), a new record of the meeting. She is thus ahead of Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, undefeated before the Diamond League final. Ethiopia’s Werkuha Getachew (3,000m steeplechase) won with a time of 9'03''57, ahead of Winfred Mutile Yavi (Bahrain) and Faith Cherotich (Kenya).

Kenya, with Faith Kipyegon (1,500m), double world champion and double Olympic champion, Mary Moraa (800m) and Beatrice Chebet (5,000m), has once again confirmed the good health of its women's athletics.

Faith Kipyegon won in 4'00''44 ahead of the Irish Ciara Mageean (4'01''68) and the Ethiopian Freweyni Hailu (4'01''73).

Mary Moraa set a time of 1'57''63 ahead of Jamaica's Natoya Goule (1'57''85) and American Sage Hurta (1'58''47).

In 14'31''03, Chebet beat her compatriot Margaret Kipkemboi (14'31''52) and Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay (14'32''15).

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