NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The pressure that comes with being Kenya
team captain will not wear down World Junior 5,000m
silver medalist Emmaculate Chepkirui from her ambition
to break a world record on home soil.
aware that her senior Kenya team members will be
watching from the stands and as a sign of morale, she
wants to send them to the London World Championships in
August with a clear message, that of a champion.
At stake is
the 10-year-old 3,000m record of 8:53.94, set by former
World Championships silver medalist Mercy Cherono in
Ostrava, Czech Republic.
stood out as a pillar of hope to Chepkirui. But with her
not making the Kenya team to Landon, Chepkirui is
devoted her time to write her own piece of history at
the World Under18 Championships, which starts in Nairobi
always wanted to be like her. Conquer my fears and
rivals in the youth and junior stage before graduating
to the senior ranks. Cherono broke the youth record and
no one has done it until now. I have been thinking about
it for some time and I believe I have the best form to
carry that assignment out,” she said.
warned that she will not be stupid to focus her energy
on a world record at the expense of winning Kenya a gold
matters is the gold. The record will fall in depending
on my strategy. But it is winning gold that I put
first,” she added.
will not be working on winning the country its first
gold medal alone. Every member of the Kenya team is out
to carve a niche for themselves.
In the men’s
side, David Saruni, who was motivated by 2016 Rio
Olympic silver medalist Boniface Mucheru and World
Champion Nicholas Bett to race in the 400m hurdles, is
also eying the coveted world title too.
main focus will be to put his best foot forward during
the 400m hurdles heats on day two of the competition in
Mucheru are a revolution to us. We never imagined a
Kenyan ruling the sprint races. They have done it and we
have just to take cue and do it,” he said.
“We did not
know much about the blocks and the hurdles techniques
but now we know enough to be world beaters.”
A total of
131 teams bringing in over 2,000 athletes will be
competing in Nairobi for the five-day event, which is
the last before IAAF shifts to continental
won the overall title in Poland and Italy, want to win
the third crown at home to crown off a successful
performance at the championships.
countries have pulled out including defending champions
United States, Japan, Switzerland, Britain, Canada,
Australia and New Zealand.