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Cheruiyot, Krop grab Budapest World Athletics Championships tickets in stunning fashions 

Saturday, July 8th, 2023 16:42 | By
Timothy Cheruiyot in national trials in Nairobi. PHOTO/(@athletics_kenya)/Athletics Kenya/ Twitter.
Timothy Cheruiyot in national trials in Nairobi. PHOTO/(@athletics_kenya)/Athletics Kenya/ Twitter.

Timothy Cheruiyot booked his ticket to the World Athletics Championships after beating Abel Kipsang at the national trials at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday, July 8, 2023.

The 1500 metres champion in 2019 managed to weather the storm and beat the 1500-meter bronze medalist in the world indoor championship.

Cheruiyot vs Kipsang

Cheruiyot posted 3:34.01 seconds to win and grab the ticket to the championships that will be held in Budapest in August. Kipsang was second after running 3:34:30, while Reynold Kipkorir came third after clocking 3:34:34.

After confirming his place in the Budapest championship, Cheruiyot revealed what his dream is during the August extravaganza.

"I look forward to reclaiming my title in Budapest. Today, it was just about winning and not the time, so I took it slow. It feels good to be in shape for Budapest, where the main aim remains to return to the top of the world again," Cheruiyot is quoted as saying by a local media outlet after the trials in Nairobi.

Timothy Cheruiyot and Abel Kipsang in national trials in Nairobi. PHOTO/(@athletics_kenya)/Athletics Kenya/ Twitter.
Timothy Cheruiyot and Abel Kipsang in national trials in Nairobi. PHOTO/(@athletics_kenya)/Athletics Kenya/ Twitter.
 

Meanwhile, Jacob Krop is the winner of 5000m men's race after 13:15.72. The 22-year-old, who is also the World 5,000 meters silver medalist, outclassed Daniel Simiu, who finished second in 13:16.05.

Chepchirchir victorious

Additionally, Nelly Chepchirchir won the women's 800m contest to book her place in the World Championships after clocking 3:59.77, and Brenda Chebet came in second in 4:03.00, while Edinah Jebitok was third after running 4:04.57.

"I am happy to get qualified here today. This is a dream come true. We now wait for Budapest. We will plan our strategy for Budapest with the team," Chepchirchir, 20, told the media after her victory.

In the 10,000m race, both Irene Kamais and Agnes Jebet booked their places for the World Athletics Championships after stiff competition between the two. The former managed to win by running 31:52:20 to beat the latter, who finished after running 31:52.45 and came second.

"I simply can't explain the feeling that I will finally get to represent Kenya. It wasn't easy because the race was highly tactical, as we couldn't leave each other until the last lap.

"While I really need to focus on speed, we shall need to work as a team and assist each other before and during the World Championships," Kamais said, as quoted by a local media publication.

Nelly Chepchirchir in national trials in Nairobi. PHOTO/(@athletics_kenya)/Athletics Kenya/ Twitter.

On her part, Jebet admitted she had not had enough preparation for the trials at Nyayo Stadium.

"It's such a good afternoon for me since this is a big surprise. I had actually not prepared well for this race. I just came here to try my luck," Jebet, a Cross Country Championships bronze medalist, said.

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