Chebet ready for big stage after yet another milestone, a Commonwealth gold
World 5,000m silver medallist Beatrice Chebet is simply elevated after adding yet another feather to her young but hugely promising career, the Commonwealth Games women’s 5,000m title.
Chebet feels the latest success can still act as a launch-pad in her quest to become the next big thing over 5000m on the track.
So the 22-year-old, fresh from winning silver at Oregon World Championships, beat Scotland’s Eilish McColgan to the coveted 1500m gold medal at Birmingham’s Club Games, a culmination of a scintillating track experience.
“The year has been very good for me. I took gold at the Africa Championships, silver at the World Championships in Oregon and gold at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, which to me is good progress,” said Chebet.
Chebet goes on to explain that athletes of her caliber will not expect a magic wand in one year or two years.
“It has to be a process. It’s sheer hard work and I’m glad Kenyans are proud of me. I thank each and everyone who prayed for my success in Birmingham,” she said.
“We have run together mostly with McColgan and I can attest to the fact that she is such a good runner; my body felt good in the final so I knew I would humble her in the long run.”
Chebet will be headed for the Lausanne Diamond League on August 29th where she hopes to pick up from where she left at the Club Games.
The last Diamond League last year we had a chat with (Hellen) Obiri and she told me that she is about to call time on track career and advised me to strive for success in my races. She told me that I had the potential to go far if I remain levelheaded and disciplined.”
“There was immense pressure on social media as fans encouraged me to go for it and that the Birmingham medal will be all mine. I didn’t take their sentiments for granted.”
Chebet’s victory was Kenya’s sixth gold medal as the Games ended on Sunday.
The victory by Chebet, the 2018 World Under-20 5,000m champion, saw Kenya retain the 5,000m title Hellen Obiri won in 2018 Gold Coast.
Other gold medallists in Birmingham were; Ferdinand Omanyala (100m), Mary Moraa (800m), Wycliffe Kinyamal (800m), Abraham Kibiwott (3,000m steeplechase) and Jackline Chepkoech (3,000m steeplechase).
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