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Lagat takes on Kenya, Ethiopia in Doha show

Unread postby ኦሽንoc » 11 Mar 2010 13:51

Lagat takes on Kenya, Ethiopia in Doha show


A mouthwatering battle between Kenya, USA and Ethiopia is in the offing on Friday night as the IAAF world indoor championships get underway in Doha.

The men’s 3,000 metres promises to be intriguing with Kenyan-born American Bernard Lagat matched against Ethiopian defender Tariku Bekele and the Kenyan pair of Sammy Mutai and Augustine Choge.

Lagat will be chasing his second gold medal in the event six years after winning for Kenya in 2004.

The women’s race seasonal leader, Meseret Defar of Ethiopia, is bidding for a fourth consecutive global indoor title along with Russian pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva.

Defar will be up against Kenya’s outdoor 5,000m world champion from Berlin Vivian Cheruiyot and silver medallist Sylvia Kibet.

Isinbayeva hopes to treat athletics to its first individual world record of the year when she competes this weekend. That would help make up for her failure to win the world outdoor championship last year in Berlin when she no-heighted.

“That is my goal,” the 27-time world record holder told a news conference ahead of the three-day meeting.

“I am in Doha for the first time in my life and I would like to make my competition unforgettable,” said the Russian, who set the current world indoor record of 5.00 metres in 2009. Her best this season is 4.85 metres.

“I still use it like a huge motivation,” said the world indoor and outdoor record holder. “I will never forget my defeat in Berlin.”

Top flight competition is also expected in the the men’s 60 metres hurdles as well as the women’s high jump, pentathlon and 60 metres.

The hurdles race will bring together Cuban outdoor world record holder Dayron Robles, American two-time former winner Terrence Trammell and recovering Chinese former Olympic champion and record holder Liu Xiang.

“People want to see the three of us compete with no one injured. I don’t think we’ve really had that to actually occur,” said Trammell, who has the year’s leading time of 7.41 seconds.

Liu, the defending champion, will be making his first global championship appearance since an Achilles injury forced him out of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Although the Chinese team’s technical leader said it would be almost impossible for Liu to win, Trammell said he expected Liu to be a contender

Source:Daily nation

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