Runner hoping to bring the house down in Zurich as 2021 Diamond League comes to close

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 00:00 |
Wyclife Kinyamal and team-mate Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich from Kenya compete in the 800m men final at the Diamond League track and field meeting in Paris on August 28, 2021. Photo/AFP

Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal is eyeing a great show in the finals of the 2021 Diamond League season in Zurich on Thursday.

The star is hoping for a victory that will continue his fine form after wins in Poland and Paris in the last week.

On Sunday at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial -- a World Continental Tour Gold meeting held in Chorzow, Poland -- Kinyamal clocked 1:44.63  to take the honours ahead of Poland’s Kacper Lewaski who finished second in 1:44.84 as Daniel Rowden of Great Britain settled for third in 1:44.89  in the men’s 800m.

“I still have work to do as I fight to end the season strongly. Failing to qualify for Tokyo is a setback that I am taking positively.

I want it to push me ahead of the Commonwealth title defense as well as the World Championships next year,” said the 24-year-old who picked victory at the Paris Diamond League on August 28.

After storming to victory in 1:43.94 in Paris, he  secured top spot in the Diamond League standings as the season ended on Friday in Brussels.

At the finals, set for Thursday in Zurich, Kinyamal will come up against a strong field that includes compatriots Olympic champion Emmanuel Korir and Olympic silver medallist Ferguson Rotich who picked victory at the non-Diamond League race in Brussels.

Also in the mix is Canadian Marco Arop who secured back-to-back victories in Eugene and Lausanne.

Kamila Skolimowska Memorial meeting was the 10th leg of the 2021 Continental Tour Gold series with the penultimate meeting set for Zagreb on September 13-14 and the final leg slated for Nairobi on September 18.

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