Olympic 5,000m gold medalist Vivian Cheruiyot has set her goals of becoming an athletics coach by managing junior athletes once she hangs her spikes after representing Kenya for two decades.
Speaking during the World Under 18 seminar for journalist Cheruiyot said she has the passion to nurture talents among the upcoming young athletes who will take over after her retirement time comes.
Speaking in Eldoret during the World Under18 seminar for journalists, the vivid Cheruiyot said her passion is nurturing another generation of athletes who will take up after her retirement time comes.
“My intention is to become an athletics coach since I have only known athletics in my career and for that reason I have to bring up other runners who will propel Kenyan flag high at international events,” said the 2016 Rio Olympic 10,000m silver medalist.
The triple world champion in 5,000m and 10,000m said she wants to hang her spikes after reaching forty years, meaning she would have run for Kenya for about 25 years since she made into the junior team in 1997.
“I don’t want to run past 40 years. Right now am 33 years and I have seven years to complete my mission as an athlete. Even if I will be strong enough to run, I will retire by force. I don’t want to be referred to shosho (old woman) while competing with junior athletes,” assured Cheruiyot.
On her debut at the marathon Cheruiyot assured that she will not be going to win the London marathon instead run very well.
“My focus now is to run and compete at the London marathon. I believe that I will run very well to replicate what I have been doing on track and cross country championships,” added the former world cross country champion.
With many athletes both retired and active ones taking political careers, Cheruiyot was on opinion that she has no intentions to venture into politics in all her life.
During the seminar Cheruiyot was named as the ambassador of the World Under 18 Championships an event that will be held at Kasarani Stadiun from 12th to 16th July in Nairobi, Kenya.
Cheruiyot, who started her international running career at the World Junior Championships in 1999 where she won a bronze in 3,000m, to mark her international event.
The local organizing committee led by Director of Media sub-committee, Chris Mutungi named her as the Ambassador for the event during the media training and sensitization in Eldoret.
Mutungi said being a champion in the race; Cheruiyot was best placed to be the ambassador of the event.
“We have agreed that Cheruiyot will be our ambassador and we are hoping everything will be in order since her career started way back as a Youth and she has grown to be where she is at the moment,” said Mutngi.
Cheruiot accepted the position and promised to work with the team to ensure success.
“We are hosting this event for the first time in our country and as an ambassador. I will do my best to ensure that the event becomes the best Kenya has ever hosted,” she concluded.