Dennis Kimetto, Silas Kiplagat and Mercy Cherono (Kenya) / Photo Credit: Mercy Cherono

Dennis Kimetto, Silas Kiplagat and Mercy Cherono (Kenya) / Photo Credit: Mercy Cherono

Mercy Cherono - Kenya / Photo Credit: Mercy Cherono

Mercy Cherono – Kenya / Photo Credit: Mercy Cherono

Anna Dibaba, Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia) and Mercy Cherono (Kenya) / Photo Credit: Mercy Cherono

Anna Dibaba, Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia) and Mercy Cherono (Kenya) / Photo Credit: Mercy Cherono

Genzebe Dibaba and her sister Anna ahead of the World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Thursday Nov 20, 2014 / Photo credit: IAAF / Giancarlo Colombo

Genzebe Dibaba and her sister Anna ahead of the World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Thursday Nov 20, 2014 / Photo credit: IAAF / Giancarlo Colombo

Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia) at the World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Thur Nov 20, 2014 / Photo credit: IAAF / Giancarlo Colombo

Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia) at the World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Thur Nov 20, 2014 / Photo credit: IAAF / Giancarlo Colombo

Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia) at the World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Thur Nov 20, 2014 / Photo credit: IAAF / Giancarlo Colombo

Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia) at the World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Thur Nov 20, 2014 / Photo credit: IAAF / Giancarlo Colombo

Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia) at the World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Thur Nov 20, 2014 / Photo credit: IAAF / Giancarlo Colombo

Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia) at the World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Thur Nov 20, 2014 / Photo credit: IAAF / Giancarlo Colombo

Genzebe Dibaba meets the press ahead of the World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Thur Nov 20, 2014 / Photo credit: IAAF / Giancarlo Colombo

Genzebe Dibaba meets the press ahead of the World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Thur Nov 20, 2014 / Photo credit: IAAF / Giancarlo Colombo

Nijel Amos (Botswana) / Photo credit: IAAF - Giancarlo Colombo

Nijel Amos (Botswana) / Photo credit: IAAF – Giancarlo Colombo

Nijel Amos (Botswana) / Photo credit: IAAF - Giancarlo Colombo

Nijel Amos (Botswana) / Photo credit: IAAF – Giancarlo Colombo

Nijel Amos speaks with the press in Monaco / Photo Credit: Giancarlo-Colombo / IAAF

Nijel Amos speaks with the press in Monaco / Photo Credit: Giancarlo-Colombo / IAAF

World marathon record-holder Dennis Kimetto (Kenya) / Photo credit: IAAF - Giancarlo Colombo

World marathon record-holder Dennis Kimetto (Kenya) / Photo credit: IAAF – Giancarlo Colombo

World marathon record-holder, Dennis Kimetto, from Kenya was inspired by listening to athletics commentary on radio / Photo credit: IAAF - Giancarlo Colombo

World marathon record-holder, Dennis Kimetto, from Kenya was inspired by listening to athletics commentary on radio / Photo credit: IAAF – Giancarlo Colombo

A cross-section of top African athletes at the 2014 IAAF World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Friday November 21st. Photography credit: IAAF / Giancarlo Colombo and Mercy Cherono.