Cheruiyot expects tough competition at Olympic trials


Cheruiyot expects tough competition at Olympic trials
Timothy Cheruiyot, 2nd L, winner of the 1500 meters gold medal at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, stretches before a training session in Nairobi, Kenya, May 8, 2021. Picture taken May 8, 2021. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

World 1500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot has revealed that he is 95 per cent fit ahead of Kenya’s Olympic trials set for June 17-19 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Cheruiyot who has been battling a niggling injury since last year said he is happy with his progress as he eyes a slot in Kenya’s team for the Summer Games.

“I am getting better each day and I hope to return to full fitness soon. Remember it is an injury I have been battling since last year when I competed at the Doha Diamond League,” said Cheruiyot.

Cheruiyot, the three-time Diamond League winner said he is ready to represent Kenya at the Tokyo Games as he targets his maiden Olympic medal.

Despite being the clear favourite both at Kenyan trials and at the Olympics, the 25 year old is not taking any chances.

“My focus is solely on the Olympic trials as I want to be part of team Kenya. I am however aware of the intensity of Kenyan trials it will not be that easy I will have to do my best,” said Cheruiyot.

The athlete chalked a world leading time of 3:30.48 to open his season over the metric mile on a high at the Doha Diamond League last month.

“I am very happy with my performance in Doha. It was my first race this season and I am hoping to build on that,” he said.

Kenya will be looking to end a 13-year drought without a gold medal in the men’s 1500m at the Olympics with 12 men set to battle it out at the finals set for June 19.

Cheruiyot will be joined by training partners at the Rongai Athletics Club, world junior champion George Manangoi and youngster Vincent Keter.

Also in the mix is the world junior record holder Rodgers Kwemoi, Abel Kipsang who recently attained a new personal best of 3:33.99 and Nyahururu based Kumari Taki.

Others are Charles Simotwo, Eliud Kipsang, Kamar Etyang, Bethwel Birgen, Athanas Kioko and Vincent Kibet.

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