In Summary
  • Athletics Kenya (AK) will be keen to see how Kipruto performs on return from a foot fracture especially with the World Championships beckoning
  • Kipruto comes face-to-face with world number one this season, Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali, who has won two events this term
  • Saruni will take on the reigning World 800m champion Frenchman Pierre-Ambroise Bosse, who has only one Diamond League win in 800m from 2016 Rabat

Olympics and World 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto and 800m athletes Michael Saruni and Ferguson Rotich will be in focus when Paris Leg of the Diamond League goes down on Saturday evening at Stade Sébastien Charléty.

It will be Kipruto’s first Diamond League race this season and his second race of the year since winning bronze in mixed relay at the World Cross Country Championships on March 30 in Aarhus, Denmark.

Athletics Kenya (AK) will be keen to see how Kipruto performs on return from a foot fracture especially with the World Championships beckoning from September 28 to October 6 in Doha, Qatar.

Kipruto retained his Diamond League trophy in Zurich, which was his last DL event in August last year before going for the Continental Cup title in September in Ostrava.

Kipruto comes face-to-face with world number one this season, Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali, who has won two events this term, clocking 8:07.22 in Doha on May 3 and 8:04.82 in Monaco on July 12.

Also in contentions is fast-rising Benjamin Kigen, who is fresh from winning the Kenyan title on Thursday in 8:33.06 having also reigned supreme in Rome on June 6 where he won in personal best and world lead of 8:06.13.

The 2016 World Under-20 3,000m steeplechase champion Amos Kirui, who is also the national Cross Country champion, is the other Kenyan in the race.

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