Cheruiyot happy with compatriots after good show at Kasarani trials
World champion Timothy Cheruiyot (pictured) has praised his compatriots in the 1,500m race for showcasing professionalism on the penultimate day of the Athletics Kenya national championships that concludes today at the Moi Stadium, Kasarani.
Just as it was during the opening day on Tuesday where most of the competitions were at the heats stage, the semis did not disappoint on Wednesday.
The men’s metric mile (1,500m) race final promises to be a scintillating competition after all favourites sailed through.
Cheruiyot comes up against his predecessor Elijah Manangoi, World Indoors bronze medallist Abel Kipsang and former World Under 20 champion George Manangoi at today’s finals.
“I have no doubt we have top athletes in 1,500m. If we can continue to push ourselves in this manner, we can achieve great things” Cheruiyot said.
“Here you cannot afford to miss any competition. I am sure you will see most of these athletes in all the trials we will have this year in Kenya,” added the Olympic silver medallist.
Fresh from clinching bronze at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, Kipsang was once again the fastest from the semis just as he was during heats.
He clocked 3:37.14 and he is also waiting for the finals and other global events to come.
“I am building on what I achieved in Serbia. In a year, I want a major title which I feel will come very soon because I don’t want to slow down my momentum,” he said.
The culmination of the three-day championship will see AK pick a team for the Africa Senior Athletics Championships planned for Mauritius in June.