Sum eyeing comeback as Doha action begins


Eunice Sum (C) former World 800m champion lead pack during the finals of the Athletics ...
Eunice Sum (C) former World 800m champion lead pack during the finals of the Athletics Kenya 6th Track and Field meet at Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret County on April 16, 2016. Photo/Sylvanus Kipkosgei/www.Sportpicha.com.

In Summary

  • Former world 800m champion Eunice Sum will be the first Kenyan to enter the track as the World Athletics championships kick off today at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar
  • Sum is Kenya’s sole representative in the women’s 800m race with the heats scheduled for 5.10pm Kenyan time

Former world 800m champion Eunice Sum will be the first Kenyan to enter the track as the World Athletics championships kick off today at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

Sum is Kenya’s sole representative in the women’s 800m race with the heats scheduled for 5.10pm Kenyan time.

Having clinched a gold medal in 2013 and missing out the 2017 championships due to illness, Sum said she is hungry for her title which she will be looking to reclaim.

Sum observes that the two-lap race is unpredictable going by the previous championships and is thus eyeing to pull another surprise the way she did six years ago in Moscow, Russia.

“In 2013 nobody expected that I would win but I did, in 2015 I was the favourite and I ended up with a bronze so for me I think this race is very tactical and anything can happen,” said Sum.

The World Under-18 champion Jackline Wambui would have teamed up with Sum in the global event but the youngster was left out of the team leaving the 31-year old Sum to fly Kenyan flag.

“Being the only Kenyan in the race is a challenge but I am ready for the task ahead,” she said.

Kenyan quartet of Beatrice Chepkoech, Hyvin Kiyeng, Celliphine Chespol and Fancy Cherono will take on their respective heats in the women’s 3000m steeplechase set for 6.55 Kenyan time.

Chepkoech- the World record holder will be lining up in heat two as Kiyeng-the 2015 champion set to line up on heat three together with another Kenyan Fancy Cherono.

World junior champion Celliphine Chespol will be lining up in heat one alongside defending champion Emma Coburn of USA.

AT 7.45pm Nicholas Kimeli and Jacob Krop will enter the fray in the men’s 5000m heats with Krop taking on heat one as Kimeli line up in heat two.

Kenyans will however be expecting the first medals in the championship in the women’s marathon final set to kick off at 11.59pm with two-time champion Edna Kiplagat, former Paris Marathon champion Visiline Jepkesho and Dubai Marathon champion Edna Kiplagat carrying Kenya’s hopes.

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