It’s time to go for World Record, Kipruto declares after Doha heroics


It's time to go for World Record, Kipruto declares after Doha heroics

In Summary

  • After dominating the local, Africa and world scene, Olympic and World 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto has vowed to break the World Record (WR) over the distance.
  • At 24, Kipruto has nailed his name as one of the finest athletes of his generation having clinched African title, Commonwealth title, two World titles and an Olympic crown not to mention his accolades at the junior level.

After dominating the local, Africa and world scene, Olympic and World 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto has vowed to break the World Record (WR) over the distance.

At 24, Kipruto has nailed his name as one of the finest athletes of his generation having clinched African title, Commonwealth title, two World titles and an Olympic crown not to mention his accolades at the junior level.

Despite being on the sidelines for the better part of the season owing to recurring injuries, Kipruto once again showed his masterclass as he survived by the skin of his teeth to return to winning ways at the just concluded World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Speaking upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Monday, Kipruto disclosed that he could not relinquish the title a time the country needed him the most.

“Everybody knows that steeplechase belongs to Kenya and I there was no way I could let down more than 50 million Kenyans; that’s why I fought to the end. If I could not lose when I was not fully fit then you should expect a lot from me in Tokyo (Olympics),”he said, throwing down the gauntlet ahead of the Summer games set for Tokyo.

With the Kenyan-born Stephen Cherono, now renamed Saif Saaeed Shaheen after shifting allegiance to Qatar in 2003, holding the WR of 7:55.28 since 2004, Kiruto believes it is time to bring the record back home.

“I know this race is loved by many Kenyans. However, for close to 15 years, the record is outside the country but because of the love  Kenyans have shown for me I have, and will try my best to lower the record, ” he said, adding: ” I am going to work for that and hopefully I can achieve that next year,” added Kipruto

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