At the opening meeting of the 2017 IAAF Diamond League series in Doha, Yomif Kejelcha competed in the men’s 3000m race. He ran a very quick time of 7:32.27 to placing 3rd overall. The winner of the race was Ronald Kwemoi of Kenya who clocked 7:28.73 to win the race, followed by Olympic 5000m silver medalist Paul Chelimo of USA who clocked 7:31.57 for 2nd.
Kejelcha was 5th in 2015 with a time of 7:39.99, and improved that by placing 3rd with a faster time in his first race of the season. When asked how he felt about the race, Kejelcha commented, “I made a mistake by making a move too early, but the race was easy. I can’t really say it was good or bad, since this was only after eight months of training. I made a simple mistake and I will fix it next time.”