“It’s my first time winning in the Diamond League and here in Doha,” Chebet said. “I didn’t expect to win. I did well today and now I am preparing for the Olympics.”
Chebet said she hoped to run the 5,000m in Tokyo.
In the men’s 400m, Michael Norman ran a world leading 44.27 to continue his winning 2021, while in the women’s pole vault American Katie Nageotte won on the countback by clearing 4.84m.
She defeated compatriot and Olympic silver medallist Sandi Morris, who finished second and Greek Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi (4.74) who was fourth.
Another standout performance came from Venezuela’s Olympic triple jump silver medallist Yulimar Rojas who won with 15.15m.
“I am happy to leave a footprint here in Doha,” she said. “I enjoy this path, when it will be Tokyo’s turn I’ll be prepared and I’ll try to win the gold medal.”
American Kenneth Bednarek edged Canadian André De Grasse in a scintillating 200 metres race at the Doha Diamond League meeting.
Bednarek won in 19.88, one hundredth of a second ahead of De Grasse whose compatriot Aaron Brown was third (20.25) on a hot and humid night in the Qatari capital.
Bednarek was delighted with the win even though he said he was “a bit nervous. But I am excited that I got in the first place. I’ll try to be even better again the next time.”
Justin Gatlin, the 39-year old 2004 100m Olympic gold medallist, finished fifth in a season’s best 20.49.
Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the double Olympic champion, won the 100m, putting behind her a disappointing fourth-place finish in Gateshead last Sunday. read more
Fraser-Pryce, 34, ran 10.84 seconds ahead of Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare (10.90) with America’s Javianne Oliver finishing third (11.03).
Fraser-Pryce is hoping to become the first female athlete to win three Olympic 100m titles after taking gold in 2008 and 2012 in Beijing and London respectively after a silver at Rio 2016.
“I am happy that I won, because its far away from the fourth place that I did the last time,” she said.
“It’s going to be be the final Olympic appearance (for me) so I hope it will be good. The last three Olympics I went to I was able to stand on the podium and I’m hoping to be able to make it there again God willing.”