Milanov and Koech excel in Diamond League season opener

Philip Milanov and John Koech each set personal bests at the 2016 IAAF Diamond League circuit opener in Doha on 6. May, with Milanov improving his own national record in the Discus and Koech just missing the Bahrain national record in the 3000m Steeplechase.

As is tradition since the IAAF Diamond League was launched in 2010, the first stop on the ’16 circuit took place in Doha, Qatar.  In its new Diamond Race scoring format, places 1 through 6 are awarded points of 10-6-4-3-2-1, respectively.  There will be seven meetings in which points can be earned in each track or field event.

In the discus throw competition, Philip Milanov showed his ’15 IAAF World Championships silver medal in the event was no fluke, as he finished 2nd in Doha with a best effort of 67.26m, an improvement of his national record of 66.90m from 2015.  Milanov’s mark puts him in 5th place on the ’16 world discus chart, which is topped by Piotr Malachowski‘s winning throw of 68.02m from Doha.  Just days before Doha, Milanov demonstrated top form with a throw of 66.88m in Herentals, just missing his then-national record of 66.90m.

In the 3000m steeplechase, John Kibet Koech finished 4th with a new personal best of 8:09.62, to earn his first-ever DL Race points.  The mark improved his personal best in the event by over 5 seconds, while just missing the Bahrain national record of 8:09.37 (Abel Jahwer, Heusden, 2003).  Koech’s time puts him in 4th place on the ’16 steeple world chart, which is led by Conseslus Kipruto‘s 8:05.13 from Doha.  Starting his 16th season as an international elite steeplechaser,  Paul Koech finished 7th in 8:15.69.

Other Personae-managed athletes with strong early outdoor season performances in late April/early May included Timothy Kitum (3rd – Kenyan Defense Forces Champ. 800m in 1:44.51); Dawit Wolde (11th – DL Doha 1500m in 3:36.95);  Ann Zagre (1st – No. Florida Twillight meeting, Jacksonville, 100m Hurdles in 12.98 w); Alice Aprot Nawowuna (1st – Kenya Prison Champ. Nairobi 10000m in 31:41.8); and Caroline Chepkurui (1st – Golden Grand Prix Kawasaki 3000m SC in 9:31.30 personal best).  The latter mark puts Chepkurui in 4th on the ’16 world chart for the steeplechase.


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