Zakayo shifts focus to Doha after Cross Country setback


Edward Zakayo (L) and Stanley Waithaka celebrate finishing 5000m men in 1 and 2 positions during the ...
Edward Zakayo (L) and Stanley Waithaka celebrate finishing 5000m men in 1 and 2 positions during the world U20 Athletics Kenya trials at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi on April 12,2018.Photo/Oliver Ananda/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • After failing to nail a slot to team Kenya for the World Cross Country Championship set for Aarhus, Denmark on March 30, World Under-20 5,000m champion Edward Zakayo has now shifted his attention to the Diamond League that begins in May as well as the World Championships earmarked for September in Doha, Qatar.
  • The 2019 Diamond League season begins on May 3 in Doha, Qatar with the last meet scheduled for September 6 in Brussels, Belgium.  

After failing to nail a slot to team Kenya for the World Cross Country Championship set for Aarhus, Denmark on March 30, World Under-20 5,000m champion Edward Zakayo has now shifted his attention to the Diamond League that begins in May as well as the World Championships earmarked for September in Doha, Qatar.

Zakayo failed to finish in the top-six bracket at the National Cross-Country trials held at the weekend at the Eldoret Sports Club thus missing out on the ticket to Denmark but the Commonwealth bronze medalist has vowed to bounce back bigger when the Diamond League season gets underway in May.

“I had challenges in the race where I specifically struggled in the muddy stretch. Nevertheless, I am shifting my attention to the Diamond League and the World Championships,” said Zakayo.

Zakayo was competing for the first time in the senior race and was among the pre-race favourites alongside the World Cross-Country champion Geoffrey Kamworor and the world Under- 20 10,000m champion Rhonex Kipruto who were also shocked to a fifth and sixth place finish respectively.

The African champion said that his failure to qualify for the global showpiece is a wake-up call for him if he is to replicate the outstanding form that saw him clinch two gold medals and a bronze last year.

“I think it is also a wake-up call that I may have relaxed a little bit in training. Therefore, I will analyse what went wrong as I prepare for the Diamond League and the World Championships which are my main targets now,” added Zakayo.

The 2019 Diamond League season begins on May 3 in Doha, Qatar with the last meet scheduled for September 6 in Brussels, Belgium.

On the other hand, this year’s IAAF World Championships will be held between September 27 and October 16 in Doha, Qatar.

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