NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
World 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop says
that despite her dominance in road races, she remains a track
athlete and is focused on winning gold at the Africa
Championships, which will be held in Asaba, Nigeria in August.
Tirop, who won gold
at the Nanjing World Cross Country in China back in 2015, has
had problems with injuries, which curtailed her rise in the
However, she has
emerged stronger in late 2017 and this season and hopes to
continue growing stronger on her redemption path.
“I had a good race
on the track in Doha (over 3,000m at the IAAF Diamond League
meeting there earlier this month) – and I still think of myself
as a track runner even though I won the world cross country
title in 2015 and in Bengaluru, India,” said Tirop on Sunday.
The Kenyan will
resume the premier Diamond League series in Rome on May 30 and
hopes she will be strong enough to contest for medals in the
“I know my finishing
speed is fine, so I hope to still be at the front when Kenya
trials for the Africa Championships are help in June. I know I
can rely on my speed to have an edge over my rivals,” she added.
The 23-year-old won
the world 10km race in Bengaluru, India on Sunday together with
compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor, who is also the World Half
Kamworor has not
lost a race since 2017. He has featured in four top competitions
and has always emerged stronger.
His unbeaten streak,
which started with his win at the New York Marathon in November,
has continued through his four outings in 2018.
“I went to India
thinking about the course record and tried the best I could, but
I could feel the temperature rising as I was warming up. I was
jogging for just three minutes before starting to sweat,” said
The New York
marathon champion has not ruled out competing for Kenya at the
decision will have to be taken in discussion with his management
and coaches. But he is certain that he will be ready to defend
his New York marathon crown.
“I have not made up
my mind about running in the Africa Championships. That will be
decided later. What I know is I want to defend my crown in New
York. I skipped a lot of track competition last year and early
this year to focus on the World Half marathon and now I have to
decide which, events to focus on,” he added.