Kiprotich eyeing Olympic success after Kip keino triumph


Kiprotich eyeing Olympic success after Kip keino triumph
Alexander Kiprotich of Kenya competes in the Men's Javelin qualification at Hampden Park during day nine of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on August 1, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (PHOTO/Zimbio/Courtesy)

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  • Kiprotich now hopes he can keep in shape and replicate the newfound momentum to the Olympic Games set for Tokyo Japan next year.
   Chief athletics writer at Nyayo

African Games javelin silver medallist Alexander Kiprotich has set his sights on next year’s Olympic Games after clinching victory at the Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour.

In the absence of Olympic silver medallist Julius Yego who pulled out of the meet, Kiprotich dominated the event managing a throw of 76.71m followed by Hubert Chmielak of Poland (75.47m) while Timothy Herman of Belarus came home third with a throw of 75.18m.

Lukas Moutarde of France (69.42m) and Kenya’s Duncan Kinyanjui (69.28m) finished fourth and fifth respectively.

“I was not going to let down my compatriots at home and that is why I had set my target to win this event. For me, it has been a very good build up for me as has been a very good build up for the Olympic Games,” said Kiprotich.

Kiprotich now hopes he can keep in shape and replicate the newfound momentum to the Olympic Games set for Tokyo Japan next year.

The Olympics were initially set for the Summer this year but the coronavirus pandemic rendered it untenable forcing organizers to push it to next year.

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