World U20 1500m women champion Purity Chepkirui, will be taking on her mentor Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon at the KipKeino Classic set for this Saturday (18) at the Moi International Sports Centre.
Through her facebook social media account, Chepkirui declared that she will not just be meeting Kipyegon for a handshake but for a competition on the course and track that she delivered to Kenya gold that had been missing since 2012 when Kipyegon won the title during the Barcelona championships in Spain.
“Happy at last am meeting my icon mentor Faith Kipyegon…not only for face to face but in the race I loved most…1,500m. KipKeino Classic Continental Tour Gold,” wrote Chepkirui.
The young athlete who aims to compete for Kenya at the 2024 Olympic Games won the Kenyan title in a time of 4:16.07 ahead of Ethiopian Diribe Welteji who took silver with Winnie Jemutai settling for bronze in 4:16.39 and 4:18.99 respectively.
Chepkirui trains in Tiloa, Keringet area of Nakuru County under Coach Michael Siele.
The junior runner will be chasing the title alongside Kipyegon, who is the two times Olympic Games 1,500m champion.