Sum silences critics as Birech stuns seniors in Rome

PHOTO | FILIPPO MONTEFORTE Kenya's Jairus Kipchoge Birech celebrates after winning the 3000m men's steeplechase event on June 5, 2014 at the Rome’s Olympics stadium during the Golden Gala, as a part of the IAAF Diamond League.

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  • Sum, who was among the athletes that Athletics Kenya had banned from taking part in any further events owing to alleged poor from, clocked in 1:59.49 as Diago, who ran a lifetime best of 1:57.74 this year, finished second in 2:00.01.
  • World champion Asbel Kiprop, who had been barred alongside Sum, and World Indoor champion Ayanleh Souleiman from Djibouti, fell to the 2009 World silver medallist Silas Kiplagat in men’s 1,500m race.
  • Kenya’s Jairus Birech produced one of the greatest upsets of the evening winning men’s 3,000m steeplechase race in a seasonal best of 8:06.20. Birech clipped 2004 Olympic bronze medallist Paul Kipsiele Koech by a massive 4:33 seconds.

World 800m champion Eunice Sum silenced her critics once again when she pulled away in the final straight holding off 18-year-old Cuban rising star Sahily Diago to win women’s 800m race at Rome’s Diamond League on Thursday night.

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