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Timothy Cheruiyot to battle Jake Wightman, Jakob Ingebrigstsen in Lausanne

Olympic silver medallist, Timothy Cheruiyot will be hoping to qualify for the final in the men’s 1500m at the 11th leg of the Wanda Diamond League that will be held on 26 August 2022 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The 26 year-old who is the three-time champion, comes to this race with a personal best of 3:28.28 that he got at this event in 2019 where he took the honors.

Cheruiyot will fight for the honors alongside his two compatriots, the World Indoor bronze medallist, Abel Kipsang, the twelfth fastest athlete over the distance in the world kamar Etiang and the 2019 All-African Games Bronze medallist, Charles Cheboi.

Cheruiyot has been beaten by Kipsang severally this year including at the Doha Diamond League Meeting and the Kenyan trials to the World championships.

The Rongai Athletics Club based athlete will battle the recently crowned world 1,500m champion Jake Wightman and Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigstsen.

Wightman took the world title when he went under the 3:30 mark with a personal best of 3:29.23 beating the Norwegian to second in 3:29.47 with Cheruiyot finishing a distant sixth in 3:30.69.

Cheruiyot who is coached by Bernard Ouma of RAC was beaten to second place at the just concluded Commonwealth Games by Australian Oliver Hoare with Wightman finishing in third, will be looking to redeem himself as he chases this year’s Diamond League title which if he wins will be his fourth.

COACH BERNARD OUMA: The future is bright for Vincent Keter

World U20 1,500m champion Vincent Kibet Keter has been described as a go-getter in his career, who doesn’t like comfort zones.

The newly crowned Kip Keino Classic has been described by his Rongai Athletics Club (RAC) coach Bernard Ouma as a career progression to fit in the shoes of great athletes in the country and abroad.

“I cannot say that he is a unique athlete but he is a hard-working athlete who wants to make change at any point in his career. Keter is a go-getter and never is his comfort zone, that is how I can describe his personality,” said Ouma.

He added that the reigning Africa under 18 1,500m champion just like any other athlete who wants to succeed in life, Keter will have a great succession plan while making it to the senior cadre after a successful career in his junior level.

“As a club, we want to make sure his succession plan is good while graduating into senior levels. Many athletes fail to go past under 20 where about 50% manage to pass the mark. But here, we try to do our best to secure his good plans,” added Ouma.

Vincent Kibet Keter steals the show in 1500m at World U20 championships. PHOTO: Ministry of Sports

He cited reigning Olympic Games 1,500m silver medalist Timothy Cheruiyot, former world under 20 1,500m champion

George Meitamei Manangoi who have had a good transition.

“We want athletes to climb the ladder slowly. In the future, you will see Cheruiyot running 5,000m in a marathon. We take care of our athletes’ future that is why we enter few races across the world. We have to ensure that the welfare of athletes is on top,” he said.

Keter won the 1,500m title by defending the national title last won by compatriot Manangoi in Tampere in 2018 when he clocked 3.34.27 as Ethiopian Wegene Addisu took second place in 3:37.86 ahead of compatriot Melkeneh Azize who closed the first three podium finishes in 3:40.22 after benefiting from the Kamra Etiang who was disqualified after stepping out of the lane.

Back to the world under 20 championships, Ouma said that as a club and athletes, they always have a running plan depending on the championships style, describing it as a good progression.

“We always have running plans. We go to the race with a tactical target. We don’t just enter the race anyhow. But Keter, just like any athlete, has challenges in life,” said Ouma.

Cheruiyot sharpening form as Olympics beckon coach says

Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot, a late addition to the Olympic team after initially failing to qualify, is sharpening his preparation as he looks to win gold at his first Games at Tokyo 2020, his coach said.

The reigning 1,500 metre world champion struggled at last month’s Kenyan trials, which can sometimes be more competitive than the Olympics themselves.

He finished fourth, missing the cut to compete in Tokyo and conjuring memories of his failure to qualify for the Rio Olympics five years earlier.

Cheruiyot, 25, said later he had been grappling with an injury and a relative close to him had died the day of the Kenyan trials, factors that contributed to his sub-par performance.

His coach Bernard Ouma said people sometimes forget that athletes are human beings too.

“On a podium, people see athletes, others see machines that are running and have to be position one. At the back of my mind as a coach, I see a human being with social challenges as well, the family perspective and personal as well,” he said.

Cheruiyot’s Olympic dream was revived after Kamar Etyang, who finished second at the trials, was dropped from the team for not meeting World Athletics anti-doping testing requirements.

Cheruiyot, a three-time Diamond League champion, was next man up.

“He has just been called to the team, that excitement is there,” Ouma told Reuters.

Following the disappointment at the Kenyan trials, Cheruiyot bounced back impressively, winning the Diamond League meet in Stockholm. He followed that up with a terrific victory in Monaco, with a world-leading time of 3 minutes and 28.28 seconds.

“He is happy with the performances, what we are doing is sharpening now,” Ouma said. “Championships are tough, because you’ve got the heats, semis and finals.

“So far, we are in good shape, just maintaining to take us through…Everything we are doing now is work backward towards retaining the same shape.”

Cheruiyot is scheduled to arrive in Tokyo on July 30 as Team Kenya triesto manage preparations while factoring in Japan’s sweltering heat.

On Wednesday, the country’s weather bureau issued heat-stroke alerts for a fifth consecutive day, emphasising the challenge teams will face at the tournament.

“We are factoring in the effects of the weather conditions, some athletes will be arriving closer to their races,” Ouma said in a phone interview from the Japanese city of Kurume, where Team Kenya has set-up camp.

But the goal is clear for Cheruiyot, Ouma said.

“There are three medals, everybody is fighting for the best place. So Timothy as well is looking for the best place, which is gold,” he said.

Manangoi, Cheruiyot Renew Rivalry in Monaco

Kenyan training partners World 1500m champion Elijah Manangoi and IAAF Diamond League champion Timothy Cheruiyot will take their 1500 metres battle to the Hercules Diamond League race in Monaco on Friday, July 20th.

The two teammates at Rongai Athletics Club, will renew their rivalry  at the IAAF Diamond League meeting, the tenth stop in the 14-tier series, saying say they will take no prisoners.

Cheruiyot who was recently promoted at the Kenya Prisons Service for his IAAF Diamond League success last season, his only loss this year was at the Commonwealth Games and he is looking to retain his Diamond League trophy.

In their last outing, Cheruiyot a World 1,500m silver medallist shook off a strong challenge to run away with the mile at the Prefontaine Classic in May by returning 3:49.87 as Manangoi settled for third place  in 3:52.18 behind second placed  Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera in 3:51.26.

“I like running in Eugene! Every time I come here, I improve my time,” said an elated Cheruiyot in post race interview. “My goal for the season is to run under 3:28 in Monaco.”

At  last year’s IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco, the duo set 1,500m personal best times of 3:28.80 for Managoi and Cheruiyot’s 3:29.10 in a 1-2 finish respectively.

“It is a nice rivalry we have with Manangoi. He is strong and helps me bring out my best. Anyone can win the race, but there will be more than just the two of us,” said Cheruiyot.

The Kenyan duo finished first and second respectively at last year’s world championships in London and at the recent Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast with Manangoi emerging victorious on both occasions.

The duo managed to perform a rare feat of a coach to have the gold and silver medalists in the same training group (though Alberto Salazar had it in the 10,000 in 2012) but that was the case in at the 2017 London World championships and 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in the men’s 1500 final , as both Manangoi and Cheruiyot who train under coach Bernard Ouma settled for first and second positions respectively.

“Anyone of us can win the race but its an interestiung rivalry we have with Manangoi. He is strong and helps me bring out my best. ,” said Cheruiyot.

World U18 winners exude confidence ahead of National World U20 trials a Kasarani Stadium

Kenyan junior internationals have intensified their preparations ahead of the World U20 trials set for Moi Stadium, Kasarani on June 11 and 12.

World U18 1,500m gold medalist George Manangoi remains confident of making Team Kenya for the youth championships to be held in Tampere, Finland from July 19-24 following a 3:41.75 performance at the Rome Diamond League last Thursday.

Manang’oi’s coach Bernard Ouma revealed that the youngster suffered a slight knock in Rome but should be up and running in a week.

“He suffered a slight knock on the knee during the Diamond League in Rome but it’s being fixed. I am confident that he will make to the Kenyan team. He was supposed to run in Turk, Finland on June 7 but it’s not possible because Athletics Kenya changed the dates for the trials,” said Ouma.

In Rome, Manangoi finished 14th in a race won by his training mate, Timothy Cheruiyot, in 3:31.22 while George’s brother Elijah came second in 3:33.79.

World junior race walking bronze medalist Dominic Ndigiti said he is ready for the trials and is confident of making the team to Finland.

“My preparations have been very smooth. I have won three AK weekend meets in Mumias, Mombasa and Kisii against senior runners. The bronze medal I won in Nairobi inspired me to continue working hard,” said Ndigiti, student at Kiendege Secondary in Nyamira.

Mary Moraa, who won a silver medal in 400m during the world U18 championships in Nairobi last year is also upbeat on her chances of bagging a ticket to Finland.

The national secondary schools 200m and 400m champion said: “We have been training for the trials and I want to board a plane to Finland. It will be a nice experience for me.”

Moraa is a student at Mogonga Secondary, whose coach, Haron Onchong’a, revealed that they will send at least 15 athletes to the trials.

“My athletes have not participated in many events since we finished the national secondary school games in Embu. We decided to focus on training for the world U20 trials,” said Onchong’a.

Africa Cross Country junior champion Rhonex Kipruto and silver medalist Stanley Waithaka, alongside Commonwealth 5000m bronze medalist Edward Zakayo are expected to renew rivalry during the two day trials.