Kosgei, Kipyegon plot world records at Brussels DL

World marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei and Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon will be attempting to break world records at the Brussels Diamond League on Friday, September 4.

Kipyegon, the world 1500m silver medallist will once again compete in the 1,000m race after she clocked 2:29.15 at the first meeting in Monaco on August 14, falling just 0.17 shy of the world record.

The 26-year-old will thus have another opportunity to obliterate the world record over the distance of 2:28.98 set by Svetlana Masterkova in 1996 in the same stadium.

The Olympic champion will be joined by compatriots; World under-18 2000m steeplechase silver medallist Mercy Chepkurui and Africa junior 3,000m steeplechase champion Fancy Cherono

On her part, Kosgei who will be defending her London marathon title in a months’ time will be targeting the women’s one-hour run and will be up against world 1500m and 10000m champion Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands.

National Cross County champion Sheila Chelangat and the 2013 Africa Youth 1,500m silver medallist Eva Cherono are the other Kenyans in the field.

Reigning Tokyo Marathon champion Lonah Chemtai Salpeter is also in the mix.

With world 1500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot skipping the meet, his new-found foe, European champion Jakob Ingebrigsten will face off with Kenyan trio of Collins Kipruto, Evans Kipchumba and Boaz Kiprugut.

The in-form Norwegian played second fiddle to Cheruiyot at both the Monaco and Stockholm meets last month.

Multiple Olympic and world champion MO Farah will compete in the men’s one-hour run alongside the Kenyan trio of Robert Keter, Peter Kiprotich and Kelvin Kiptum.

The Kenyan contingent left the country on Monday evening after being subjected to a Covid-19 test three days before being cleared for their departure as part of the protocols to curb the spread of the virus. They arrived at the Belgian capital on Tuesday morning.

The Brussels meet is the fourth leg of the 2020 Diamond League series which was rescheduled due to coronavirus.