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Krop identifies trick to beat Ugandan and Ethiopian rivals in Budapest World Championship

Sunday, July 9th, 2023 16:47 | By
Jacob Krop at the national trials in Nairobi. PHOTO/(@athletics_kenya)/Athletics Kenya/Twitter.
Jacob Krop at the national trials in Nairobi. PHOTO/(@athletics_kenya)/Athletics Kenya/Twitter.

World 5,000m silver medallist Jacob Krop has revealed the tactics Kenya must use to beat Ugandan and Ethiopian rivals during the World Athletics Championship in Budapest in August.

Krop booked his ticket to the championship after running to win in 13:15.72 at the national trials on Saturday, while his closest rival in the 5000m meters, Daniel Simiu, finished second in 13:16.05 and also claimed his ticket to the Budapest Championships.

Krop identifies rivals

Krop, meanwhile, identified Ugandans and Ethiopians as his main rivals and said the only way to beat them is to train harder.

"I am happy to have made the team for Budapest. I am aware that our neighbours Uganda and Ethiopia are preparing for the Budapest competitions, and the best thing would be to train harder as we build our winning tactics," Krop said after the national trials at Nyayo Stadium.

Krop had the intention of running both the 5000m and 10000m at the World Championships, but he was picked for the former.

Ahead of the competition in the Hungarian capital city, Krop will be buoyed by his performance at the 2022 Oregon World Championships, where he won a silver medal. He was also a bronze medalist in 5,000m at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games last year.

Cagey Simiu

Simiu, who is also the 5,000m national champion, remained cagey about what his ambitions were during the Budapest bonanza.

"I tried my best to push Krop because I wanted to book the ticket alongside him. We can’t promise anything now, but we will work as a team to achieve good results in Budapest," the Commonwealth Games 10,000m silver medallist told the media.

Jacob Krop at the national trials in Nairobi. PHOTO/(@athletics_kenya)/Athletics Kenya/Twitter.
Jacob Krop at the national trials in Nairobi. PHOTO/(@athletics_kenya)/Athletics Kenya/Twitter.

Simiu ran his personal best of 13:05.05 at the national trials in 2021 and earned himself a place in the Kenyan 5,000m Olympic team for the 2020 Summer Games. However, he finished second behind Nicholas Kimeli then.

Since 2021, Simiu has seen his performance assume an upward trajectory, as he also claimed a win at the elite-only 10K San Silvestre Vallecana race, held in Spain, on January 3, 2022.

Cheruiyot and Chepchirchir progress

Meanwhile, Timothy Cheruiyot booked his ticket to the World Athletics Championships after beating Abel Kipsang at the national trials.

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.

Nelly Chepchirchir won the women's 800m contest to book her place in the same competition 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.

In the 10,000m race, both Irene Kamais and Agnes Jebet booked their places for the World Athletics Championships. Kamais managed to win by running 31:52:20, while Jebet finished second after running 31:52.45.

Team Kenya for the Budapest championship was picked after gruelling trials that were held on Friday and Saturday at the Nyayo Stadium.

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