Kenya will be represented by Abraham Kibiwott and Benjamin Kigen in the 3000m steeplechase finals, in the on going Tokyo Olympics.
The former under-20 world champion, Leonard Bett failed to qualify for the finals due for tomorrow. Kibiwott and Kandie have vowed to fight tooth and nail to mantain the winning streak in water and the barrier. In 1968, Kenya's Amos Biwot won the event at Mexico city Olympics, and since then Kenyans have not been defeated.
However, in the recent past Kenyans have faced unprecedented challenge in diamond leagues and championships. The absence of reigning Olympic champion, Consenslus Kipruto will further render the duo vulnarable but not defeatable. The fastest man in the field will be Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco with live time best of 7:58.15. Bakkali is also super fast in 1500m [3:31.95)
World athletics silver medalist, Lamecha Girma of Ethiopia will be another top contender. Girma has a personal best of 8:01.36 in the 3000m steeplechase.
Getnet Wale of Ethiopia is also red-hot for the event. Wale has performed remarkably well in 3000m flat (7:24.98) and 5000m (12:53.28). His personal best in the 3000m steeplechase is 8:05.21.
Benjamin Kigen and Abraham Kibiwott personal best is 8:05.12 and 8:09.25 respectively