Former world 5,000m champion Benjamin Limo is confident that the three Kenya runners will upset Mo Farah at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.
Kenyan athletes have been failing to win the Olympic title since 1988 by John Ngugi in Seoul, Korea. Ngugi remains the only gold medalist in the 12-lap race since Kenya started competing in Olympic Games in 1956 in Melbourne, Australia.
Since Kenya made a maiden run at the Olympic Games, Olympians have collected 25 gold, 32 silver and 29 bronze medals with a total of 86 medals.
With all these medals, 24 gold is from athletics and one from boxing; 31 silver in athletics and one from boxing and 24 bronze from athletics while boxing has 5.
Citing newcomer Charles Yosei, Limo said that most world leading athletes are unfamiliar with him and might surprise the world once he steps on the track in Brazil.
“Yosei came from nowhere and did very well at the Olympic trials in Eldoret so expect him to surprise in Brazil. World leading athletes may not know his running style hence he can do well,” said Limo, the only gold medalist at the Helsinki world championships in Finland in 2005.
As a 5,000m specialist in his days, Limo said that double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah may concentrate on Isaiah Koech Kiplagat and Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku, without his knowledge, Yosei may not be easily noticed to go for a win.
“As I look at three, two of them (Kiplagat and Ndiku) have experience and have once been on the world championships where they have lost the race to Farah. That will present a good move for Yosei, is not under pressure so he should run with pleasure. As Farah fights with Kiplagat and Ndiku, Yosei should capitalize on that fight and he may be an underdog on the starting line-up but he will do well,” said Limo.
But he advised Kiplagat to work very well on his tactics rather that too much energy to beat Farah.
“Kiplagat uses too much energy while running and I want to let him know that winning a race is not by use of too much energy but be more tactical than his power while running,” advised Limo.
Above all, the three athletes, one of them will win gold since all of them are capable.
On Ndiku, Limo said he has experience but has to work out on a few errors.
“Coaches have a big chance to change running tactics for their runners once they watch Farah run 10,000m which will be run first before 5,000m,” said Limo.