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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.

A KING IS BORN- GEORGE MANANGOI 1500m

A king is born in the 1500m race in the name of George Meitamei Manangoi.

The World U20 was yesterday lit with the explosive performance of Manangoi the younger brother to World 1500m Champion, Elijah as he won convincingly in the 1500m finals at the championship with a time of 3:41.71.

This race was a plethora of the best the world has to offer in talent but at the end his tactical brilliance in the final 100m proved too much for the ‘best’.

At only 17, this is his biggest win yet and it came much like the stuff of legend. The race boasted great talent in the likes of Justus Suget, his senior and the more experienced competitor, the super-talented Jacob Ingebrigtsen and Ethiopia’s world indoor champion Samuel Tefara but in the end experience bows down at the feet of sheer talent, determination and tactical brilliance that George displayed.

Watching George Manangoi today, it was hard not to think of his older brother’s run in Beijing as the same late burst of speed was on display. Manangoi was actually boxed in on the final turn, but rather than panic, he stayed patient and unleashed his kick to devastating effect over the final 100 meters. A 52.87 final lap is terrific running, especially when you consider the change of gears Manangoi deployed over the final 100.

Now the athletics world is mentioning his names alongside greats with his personal best at 3:35.53 so close to the world record of 3:31. At 17 years he can surpass this mark easily if consistency and discipline remain steadfast in his training manual.

Additional: Robert Rutto