Gachaga targets Durban gold after Cape Town success

Morris Munene winning the 2016 Boulogne­-Billancourt Half Marathon (PHOTO/IAAF/Organisers)
Morris Munene winning the 2016 Boulogne­-Billancourt Half Marathon (PHOTO/IAAF/Organisers)

Kenya’s Morris Munene Gachaga hopes to win his second gold medal this year in South Africa at the inaugural FNB Durban 10KM City surf Run, on Sunday 8 October.

The Bristol Half Marathon record holder earlier this year won the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN with the world fastest time ever of 33:27 surpassing the previous record held by Kenyan Sammy Kitwara by four seconds.

The 22-year-old will go back to South African soil looking forward to bring more glory to his career this year setting his sight to break the fastest time ever ran in the 10 km race which was lowered this year by Bernard Kimeli in Prague to 27:10 on September 9.

Speaking to Citizen Digital from Durban, the Madrid Half Marathon winner confirmed he arrived safely and is ready for Sunday’s race.

“I have been working very hard with my personal coach and am looking forward to do well again in South Africa and bring back gold with me as I did the last time I was here,” he said.

Gachaga never participated in this year’s UAP Ndakaini half marathon due to his tight schedule at his training ground at Kigali teachers training college, Embu under his trainer Bruce Lati.

“The preparation was stiff under my coach Bruce and now the bit which is left is mine to conquer the other athletes and emerge victorious on Sunday,” he underscored.

He will have to battle it out with Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei who won silver in the world championship 10,000m.

Gachaga finished second last year in the Casablanca 10 km clocking 27:27 while Cheptegei ran 26:49 to win silver in the World Championship in London.

His target is to break another record in South Africa and reward his loyal fans from Embu County and Kenya as a whole with another gold medal.

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