NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s world silver medalist Timothy Cheruiyot
has promised his rivals a run for their money as he seeks his
first title at the Africa Championships, in Asaba, Nigeria from
Cheruiyot is gliding
high and is yet to lose in the Diamond League in 1,500 meters.
His latest win came on Saturday in Paris where he struck an
improved time, which is the current world lead from 3:31.22 to
3:29.71 to keep his unbeaten streak on the 14-leg circuit
intact. He also won in Shanghai, Eugene and Stockholm.
“I have one more
race in Monaco before focusing on the Africa Championships,”
said Cheruiyot on arrival back home on Monday.
“It is important
that I utilize this top form by winning a major title and the
Africa Championships are next, which will secure me a ticket to
the World Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic (Sept 18-19).”
In Paris, Cheruiyot
was too strong in the final lap opening a gap of over ten meters
as he crossed the line with Djibouti’s Ayanleh Souleiman second
with 3:31.77 while Jakub Holusa was fifth in a Czech record of
3:32.85 (also European lead in 2018).
“There is a plan to
try and run a world record in Monaco (July 20) with my friend
Elijah Manangoi (world champion in 1,500m). There is a lot that
need to fall in place, but to have run under the three minute
and 30 seconds is a big boost towards attaining that goal,”
The world record of
Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco in 1998 in Rome stands at 3:26.00
and only two other athletes have run close to it.
Bernard Lagat, won in 2001 Brussels in 3:26.34 and Asbel Kiprop
clocked 3 minutes 26.69 seconds in Monaco in 2015.
Since then, nobody
has come close to the record. But Manangoi has thrown his hat in
the ring and Cheruiyot has promised to pick it up as the two
clashes for the third time this season after the Commonwealth
Games in April and the Eugene leg of the Diamond League in the
USA in May.
steeplechase sensation Celliphine Chespol believes her good run
in Paris will spur her to retain her world junior title in
Tampere, Finland next week. Chespol is leading Kenya’s
delegation of 26 to the championships eyeing the overall title
from defending champions USA.
“Paris was important
to me because I was running against very good athletes who are
also world beaters. My focus is the World U-20 Championships,
which is about 10 days to come,” said the 19-year-old.
“My target is to be
in the podium in Finland,” he added.