NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
World 1,500m champion Elijah Manangoi of
Kenya is focused on winning selection for the
Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
being the top ranked athlete in the field, Manangoi will
not take his foot off the acceleration as he seeks to
retain his fort against any external aggression.
who was 50th over 10k in the first leg of the
Athletics Kenya Cross Country Series last weekend, said
he will be happy to compete in his maiden Commonwealth
Games in Australia in April.
are only open to countries that were formerly colonized
by Britain with Rwanda and Mozambique, the only
“I intend to
take part in the usual Diamond League where I want to
win the Series this time round,” he said on Tuesday.
“But the focus will be in the Commonwealth Games. It is
the biggest in the season.”
But there is
the small task of picking up the gauntlet and attack
Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj world record set in 1998 of
3:26.00 in Rome on July 14.
“It is an
amazing dream. But for me, I have to know my steps
before running for the world record. It is important to
focus on winning and the record may just fall in place,”
said if selected, he will be happy to start his season
in 2017 with the cross country, but says the level of
competition for Kenya team is high and all selected
athletes must prove they are the best on the day.