(Xinhua) -- Olympic 400m hurdles silver
medallist Boniface Tumuti Mucheru of Kenya will pitch
his training camp in Finland, aiming to polish his
skills ahead of the World Championships in London in
The 24-year-old has redefined the
boundaries of Kenyan athletes on global championships
when he held out strongly to claim silver at the Rio
But he now wants to improve that to
gold in London and dismiss his critics who said his good
show in Rio was a fluke.
“There will always be critics. I have
done my part and showed the world my talent. I feel
there is more from me and I want the best training
with my coach in Finland then we will see how far I
can go after that. The Diamond League is also
another championship I’m keen to pursue,” Mucheru
said Monday in Nairobi.
Mucheru intends to focus on perfecting
his stride pattern in the build-up to the World
Championships in London.
“Qualification for London is paramount
and I am doing my best to keep off from any
distraction and fully focus on my training and
competitions,” Mucheru said.
“I usually lose my steps and pattern
especially on the seventh hurdle and that has cost
me a lot before. I must work on that and see how it
will go in the Diamond League and London Worlds,” he
Mucheru will train in Finland in the
lead-up to the event and has said he will also compete
at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau if called upon.
“The World Relays will boost my speed
and I hope I will be considered,” he said.
Until 2015, Mucheru was not known. He
won in his heat at the Beijing World championships to
qualify for the finals of the 400m hurdles but faded to
seventh. He recorded a new personal best time of 48.79,
which was a second better than his past best mark.
Last year, before leaving for the
Shanghai Diamond league in China in May, Mucheru
suffered hamstring injuries on both legs that affected
his performance where he clocked 50.16 to finish last.
However, he returned stronger and put
his focus on winning gold in Rio. He almost had his way
but was edged out by American Kerron Clement, who won
silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, triumphed in 47.73.
Mucheru feels he had done enough to
have his name among the greats. It made him the first
Kenyan to win an Olympic medal in 400m hurdles and that
performance also saw him register a new personal best
time of 47.78 seconds, which also enabled him to break
the national record of 47.79 set by Nicholas Bett when
winning the world title in Beijing in 2015.