Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot wins 1500m in Stockholm

Timothy Cheruiyot won the 1500m men’s event of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Stockholm with a dominant display. 

The world champion surged through on Sunday evening in the Swedish capital to reach the finish line in a time of 3:30.25, ahead of Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen in second with 3:30.74, and Stewart McSweyn of Australia, who came in third with a career best of 3:31.48. 

“It was a bit windy, but the pace was good and I am pleased with my win today,” said Cheruiyot. We are travelling around many countries but we are following all precautions and wearing masks so I am happy to be racing.”

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In the women’s 1500m event, Cheruiyot’s Kenyan compatriot and continental title holder Winny Chebet finished fourth with 4:02.58 in a race won by Britain’s Laura Muir with a world leading time of 3:57.86. 

Ivorian sprinter Marie-Josee Ta Lou came third in the women’s 100m with a season’s best of 11.32, behind Switzerland’s Alja del Ponte in first position (11.20) and second-placed Marije van Hunenstijn of the Netherland (11.28). 

But in the men’s long jump, it was South Africa’s Rushwal Samaai who finished tops with a 8.09m jump, beating Sweden’s Thobias Nilsson Montler who had the best jump of the day with a 8.13 second round effort, but could only reach 8.06m in the sixth round, leaving Finland’s Kristian Pulli who fouled on his final attempt in third (8.02). 

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The next Diamond League meeting will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland on September 2. 

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