Commonwealth Games 10,000m silver medalist Irene Chepet Cheptai has called it quit on track as she now shifts her focus on the running and marathons.
The 30 year-old is optimistic that after her track success, she will replicate the same on the road running and marathons as she aims to compete at the World marathon majors come next year.
The 2017 World Cross Country Champion said come September 3rd, she will be running in her third 10km race in Czech Republic following her silver medal in Birmingham.
“In 2019, I finished fourth but I want to improve on my position and timing when I compete at the Prague race,” said Cheptai.
In May this year Cheptai smashed the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) World 10K Bengaluru course record of 31:19 that was set by the late Agnes Tirop in 2018, with a new course record and personal best of 30:35. In this race she beat double World 5000m champion, Hellen Obiri and the reigning Agnes Tirop Cross Country champion, Joyce Chepkemoi Tele.
“I have had good days on track and it is high time I venture into road running and marathons in future. Commonwealth Games was my last track event where I signed off on a high note with a silver medal at a global stage,” said Cheptai.
Cheptai finished in second place in July at the New York City Half marathon where finished second behind Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi in a time of 1:07.37.
The 2008 world cross country junior silver medalist had improved in her medal following her seventh place finish at the Olympic Games in 10,000m.
“This race marks my official entry to the marathon now that my focus will be competing for podium positions in the distance. I have competed in many road races including the half marathons, 10km and 5km but I have never run a marathon. I want to start the marathon on a high note,” she concluded.