In Summary

  • Kiprop seeks to equal El Guerrouj’s record of four wins in men’s 1500m.
  • Kiprop urges caution as he teams up with Manangoi, Cheruiyot in search of podium sweep in London.

IN LONDON

The Kenyan 1,500 metres trio - led by defending champion Asbel Kiprop – is targeting a possible podium sweep on Sunday night but remain cautious ahead of the final.

Kiprop, who is targeting a fourth successive title, on Saturday said a fast race will favour him, Elijah Manangoi, who hopes to upgrade his silver medal from the 2015 championships in Beijing, and Timothy Cheruiyot, although they are prepared for any pace in the final.

Kiprop seems to have regained his form as he looked comfortable in his first round and semi-final races, finishing second behind Manangoi after rallying from the back of the pack in his trademark fashion.

The lanky star cautioned that a slow pace could play to their rival’s advantage, saying he prefers a faster race.

“As I said earlier, this will be a highly technical and tactical race,” Kiprop said.

“However, we must take control of the race and accelerate at 3:30.00 if we are to have a chance of sweeping all the places but anything above that will make things tricky.”

Kiprop was affirmative that he has picked form at the right time, having put behind his lukewarm show in the Diamond League.

“I like running from behind but I will consult with my colleagues to see what will suit us in the final. I‘m here not to add up the numbers but to defend my title,” said Kiprop.

“However, I won’t feel bad if any of us wins because we are equally strong.”

Kiprop, who is seeking to equal world record-holder Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj’s record of four wins, finished 13th and last, losing his Bowerman Mile to title to Ronald Kwemoi, finished fourth in the 1,500m in the Stockholm Diamond League before coming in fourth in the 800m race in London. He failed to finish his race during the world trials.

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