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Timothy Cheruiyot to give a talk at BMC endurance day

Olympic 1500m silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot has been invited to talk at the British Milers’ Club event that will be held at Leeds Beckett University on Sunday November 14, 2021.

Cheruiyot who is the World 1500m champion will tag along his Rongai Athletics Club (RAC) coach Bernard Ouma and they will give the talk on European Endurance Conference.

The 25 year-old will talk about the secrets of his success at a British Milers’ Club (BMC) coaching day.

Neville Taylor, one of the BMC coaches organising the day, says: “We have put together a great programme with UK and overseas presenters. “We see it has a benefit to both coaches and athletes and it forms part of the BMC’s coach education strategy. “Apart from a full day of presentations there are two practical training sessions with international coaches and major championship medallists.”

The day, which is supported by England Athletics at the university’s Headingley Campus, begins with an introduction from Tim Brennan and a talk from Norman Poole on “aspects of the 800m”. James Thie will then give a lecture entitled “The Coach!” before an 11am practical session led by David Lowes, Andy Henderson and Mark Vile.

After lunch Cheruiyot and Ouma will speak with Geoff Wightman in front of the audience.

Thie will then interview Andy Young, the coach of Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie, before another practical session involving Becky Lyne and Marilyn Okoro as they explain their “Gracefull Running” philosophy.

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.

Manangoi and Cheruiyot sails to the 1500m finals

World 1500m champion Elijah Manangoi qualified for the finals of the 1500m race at the 21st edition of Africa Senior Athletics Championships at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Nigeria.

The Rongai Athletics Club based athlete won heat one of the race crossing the line in 3:48.59.

In heat two of the race World 1500m silver medalist, Timothy Cheruiyot took charge of it and pushing for a faster time of 3:43.19

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.

Manangoi thrashes the best ever assembled 1500m at the World U20 Championships

Kennya’s World U-18 1500m Champion George Manangoi, proved again of what he is made of when he thrashed the best field ever assembled at World U-20 Championships that was held at Tampere, Finland.

The Rongai Athletics Club based athlete marginally defeated another prodigiously talented middle distance runner, Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway who had beaten him to second during the heats.

The 17-year-old younger brother of the world 1,500m champion Elijah Manangoi, and Ingebrigtsen, just under a month younger, whose two elder brothers Henrik and Filip were respective 2012 and 2016 European 1,500m champions were always likely to produce a race worth watching.

The Norwegian last year became the youngest athlete to run the mile in under four minutes – being one of a group of runners going for broke around the final bend.

However, even the super-talented Ingebrigtsen could not resist the finishing burst of Manangoi, who added world under-20 gold to the under-18 version he won in Nairobi last year, clocking 3min 41.71.

Ingebrigtsen took silver in 3:41.89, with bronze going to Justus Soget also from Kenya in 3:42.14.

Ethiopia’s world indoor champion Samuel Tefara could only finish fifth to prove how the quality the start line up was.