Cheruiyot basks in bountiful 2017 harvest as he eyes Commonwealth glory


Winner Kenya's Elijah Motonei Manangoi (R) celebrates with second-placed Kenya's Timothy Cheruiyot (L) after the ...
Winner Kenya's Elijah Motonei Manangoi (R) celebrates with second-placed Kenya's Timothy Cheruiyot (L) after the men's 1500m event at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting in Monaco on July 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHE

World 1,500m silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot is now focusing on the Commonwealth Games after a successful 2017 season, in which he bagged several accolades.

Cheruiyot won silver in the World Championships held in London, Great Britain, in August, bettering his performance in Beijing, China, two years ago, where he finished seventh.

To spice up the season, Cheruiyot also won the Diamond League trophy after edging out World Champion and his training partner, Elijah Manangoi, in the 1,500m finals held in Zurich, Switzerland, just a few days after the World Championships.

Reflecting on the stellar year, Cheruiyot says he had the best season so far in his athletics career. Besides the bountiful accolades in 2017, Cheruiyot also bagged silver in the African Championships held in Durban, South Africa, in 2016.

“The season was good for me, I did my best and at last, I managed to emerge the winner in the finals of the Diamond League,” Cheruiyot told Citizen Digital.

Manangoi and Cheruiyot lit the 1,500m scene in the past season beginning from the World Championships to the Diamond League, with the former emerging top at the global competition, before Cheruiyot dominated the proceedings in the Diamond League, a prospect that brought to an end the reign of three-times World Champion Asbel Kiprop.

Although they are rivals in the track, Cheruiyot and Manangoi get along very well as they train together, as well as spending their social lives together. And according to Cheruiyot, it is in during such social events that they motivate and also open up to each other.

“My association with Manangoi began in 2014, and since then, we have been training together and moreover we have been pushing each other not just in athletics but in our personal lives too,” added Cheruiyot.

Kenya's Elijah Motonei Manangoi celebrates winning the final of the men's 1500m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS
(FILE)Kenya’s Elijah Motonei Manangoi celebrates winning the final of the men’s 1500m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS

With the trials for the Commonwealth Games pushed to February 2018, the 22-year old has already embarked on his preparations by participating in the Athletics Kenya (AK) Cross Country meets as he seeks to earn a ticket in Team Kenya for the Games slated for 4-15 April in Gold Coast, Australia.

“For the 2018 season I have already begun build-ups and training which I hope to continue next year as I will be participating in the IAAF Antrim Cross Country slated for January 6 in Britain; all in preparations for the Commonwealth Games,” revealed Cheruiyot.

Gold medal winner Kenya's Elijah Motonei Manangoi celebrates with silver medallist Kenya's Timothy Cheruiyot and Kenya's Asbel Kiprop after the final of the men's 1500m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Antonin THUILLIER
(FILES)Gold medal winner Kenya’s Elijah Motonei Manangoi celebrates with silver medallist Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot and Kenya’s Asbel Kiprop after the final of the men’s 1500m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Antonin THUILLIER

According to the youngster, winning a silver medal in the World Championships was a big motivation.

“I can say that winning silver was a big motivation especially in a race of that calibre, but I promise more are yet to come,” the soft-spoken athlete who hails from Bomet County, said.

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