Ronald Kwemoi trumped favourite and fellow Kenyan Asbel Kiprop in the men’s 1500m at Monaco’s Diamond League on Friday, Briton Mo Farah coming in fifth.
In a race featuring five of the 10 fastest over the distance of all time, pace setters Andrew Rotich and Jackson Kivuva, with three-time world 1500m champion Kiprop on their tails, set off on a startling pace in perfect running conditions.
Morocco’s world bronze medallist Abdalaati Iguider hit the bell in the lead ahead of Kiprop and Olympic champion Taoufik Makhloufi, who had disrupted Farah’s pace when he clipped him earlier in the race at Monaco’s Stade Louis II.
Coming into the home straight, Kwemoi showed a burst of speed to come through the line in a season’s best of 3min 30.49sec, world silver medallist Elijah Manangoi of Kenya taking second and Makhloufi third.
Farah, reigning Olympic gold medallist in the 5000m and 10,000m and defending two-time world champion in both events, showed his own finishing skills by nipping past Kiprop at the line.