be a great 3,000 m final at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Moscow. Among others Ethiopian 5,000 m
world record holder Kenenisa Bekele and former Kenyan Saif Saaeed Shaheen (Qatar), the 3,000 m steeplechase world
record holder, qualified for the final on Sunday. There were no surprises at Friday’s
3,000 m final there will also be the fastest Kenyan track distance runner, Eliud
Kipchoge, who won his prelim in 7:52.57 minutes slightly ahead of Kenenisa
Bekele’s brother, Tariku. Third was Shaheen in 7:52.85 minutes. In fourth place
finished the Irish Ian Alistair Cragg, an athlete who beat Kenenisa Bekele
during last year’s indoor season. „I think the Bekele brothers will be working
together,“ said Shaheen, while Kenenisa Bekele explained: „The best of the
world will be in the final – I think Shaheen and Kipchoge are my toughest
competitors. It won’t be about the time, it will be about medals.”
champion Maria Mutola (Mozambique) won her 800m prelim in 2:02.33 minutes.
The 33 year-old has already won six 800 m World Indoor Championship titles
during her career. Mainly the two Russians Olga Kotlyarova and Natalya
Tsyganova could be threatening Mutola.
Champion Yuri Borzakovskiy started his home match with a prelim victory in 1:48.08
minutes. The hardest competitor of the Russian is probably the Kenyan Wilfred
Bungei, who also qualified easily for the next round on Saturday. Defending
Champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (South Africa) won his prelim and will start in
the semi finals as well. In the 1,500 m final the European Indoor Champion of
2005, Ivan Heshko (Ukraine), will try to surprise Kenyan
Daniel Kipchirchir Komen on Saturday.