Herculis athletics meet
1 M. Kipsiro (UGA) 7:30.95
2 S. Kipruto (KEN) 7:32:52
3 S. Mutahi (KEN) 7:33.02
4 B. Tahri (FRA) 7:33.18
Former national record
M. Kipsiro 7:32.03, 2007
MOSES Kipsiro showed he is in the right form for next monthâ€™s World Championships by winning the Herculis Monaco 3000m event in national record time.
In front of 15,000 spectators in Monacoâ€™s Stade Louis II stadium, Kipsiro went into the IAAF Super Grand Prix race confident of a better time after his 2007 feat when he set a national record of 7:32.03. He then finished second behind Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele in the same race.
The Ugandan was in the leading pack with the Kenyans until the last lap when he broke off and with 200m left, he let his devastating sprint do the talking.
He came home with a new personal best of 7:30.95, about1:57secs ahead of Kenyans Silas Kipruto (7:32.52) and Sammy Mutahi, (7:33.04), and French Bob Tahri (7:33.18).
Kipsiro was a world 5000m bronze medallist at the last biennial contest and last year finished agonisingly close in fourth place in the 5000m race at the Beijing Olympic Games.
He early this year won a silver medal at the World Cross Country championships in Amman, Jordan.
Meanwhile, Justine Bayigga has taken her qualification bid for the world championships to France, where she will be competing in the 200m event today.
She had been expected to compete in her favourite 400m on Tuesday but her travel was delayed due to lack of proper documents.
â€œI hope she qualifies. She has been lacking competition which is now available,â€ said her coach Noah Ssengendo yesterday.
Kipsiro sets new 3000m national record