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Youngster Cherotich itching to claim 3,000m U20 title in Colombia

Friday, May 13th, 2022 05:00 | By
Faith Cherotich jumps over a hurdle in 3000m women steeplechase during Kip Keino Classic at Kasarani Stadium. PHOTO/David Ndolo
Faith Cherotich jumps over a hurdle in 3000m women steeplechase during Kip Keino Classic at Kasarani Stadium. PHOTO/David Ndolo

World Under 20 3,000m steeplechase bronze medallist Faith Cherotich is keen to ensure Kenya retains her respect and a place on the throne in the ‘traditional’ steeplechase when the junior championships return to Colombia in August.

Cherotich who was placed third last year during the championships staged at the Moi Sports Complex, Kasarani wants to upgrade that medal in Cali.

The form two student at Kalyet Secondary School in Kipkelion said by participating in both cross country and several track competitions have further helped her prepare better.

“My target is the 3,000m steeplechase where I want gold. So far, I have done well at the cross country as well as at the track meetings. What is remaining now is the national trials,” said Cherotich.

She also won the women’s Under 20 6km race at the Athletics Kenya/ Lotto National Cross-Country Championships at Lobo Village, Eldoret in January.

The talented youngster also finished third during the Memorial Agnes Tirop World Cross Country Gold Tour in February.

Reigning champion

“My main focus now is Cali where I want to succeed Jackline Chepkoech who is the reigning champion. I have gained more experience since the last edition,” she added.

On Saturday Cherotich was placed second in her speciality during the Kip Keino Classic last weekend at Kasarani Stadium where she timed 9:12.04.

Kenyan-born Kazakhstan Norah Jeruto won the race at a time of 9:04.95 while Olympic Games 3,000m steeplechase champion, Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai came third stopping the clock at 9:20.07.

“It was quite an experience, running among top runners like Cheumtai and finishing ahead of them. I have learnt a lot and look forward to Cali,” she said.

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