NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
With just a week before the World Cross Country
Championships in Kampala, Team Kenya is confident it has
polished skills of its athletes and they are ready to
take on the world’s best.
women athletes Agnes Tirop, the defending champion and
Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Chepng’ etich Kipyegon
have a reason to fight for the gold in the Ugandan
Tirop is on a rebound after two years out with a leg
injury, Kipyegon is ruing skipping the event in Guiyang,
China in 2015 and wants to atone for the missed
“It is an
honor to represent Kenya in any event. I have trained
well for this event, but I have a strong challenge and I
the fact that I have been away from the frontline in the
last four years means there is more pressure on me to
perform after graduating to the senior ranks,” said
On the other
side, injury took the wind out of Tirop sails when she
was promising to stamp her authority in long distance
running. But after mental battle to get over the career
threatening injury, the 22-year old is now ready to
prove to the world her prowess.
“I have a
second chance and it is always how you react to it that
matters. It is a competitive field and what is required
is to focus on my strength and build on it. The
Ethiopians and Ugandans will give us no room, but it is
what you should expect at this stage of competition,”
said Tirop, Monday in Embu.
athletes and a horde of others in the training camp are
using the World Cross Country to boost their endurance
and enhance their chances of making it to the World
Championships in London, in August.
be a lot of pressure in London since I will be going
there as an Olympics champion. Cross country is perfect
for me because it helps me improve on my endurance. I
won silver in Beijing when nobody had their bet on me.
Now I have grown in strength and experience and seeking
to hold both world and Olympic gold is my dream,” said
World Cross-country Championships is scheduled for March
26 in Kampala.