NAIROBI (Xinhua) —
World 1,500m champion Elijah Manangoi has
confirmed he is focused on competing at the World Indoor
Championships in Birmingham in March.
Manangoi will face stiff challenge from last year’s IAAF indoor
circuit winner Bethwel Birgen and former world 1,500m silver
medallist Silas Kiplagat.
intends to send a bigger team to the world indoor championships
and will be cashing on the new qualification system, which sees
all winners of the IAAF Indoor Circuit gaining automatic entry
to the World Indoor Championships.
to do well in the indoor circuit before focusing on the outdoor
competition. The Commonwealth Games are in April while the IAAF
Diamond League does start in May.
have enough time to recover,” said Manangoi.
launch his indoor circuit, Manangoi will be competing in
Dusseldorf on Feb. 6, which is part of the IAAF World Indoor
Tour. Manangoi will start off against U23 European champion
Marius Probst and Czech European indoor champion 2015 Jakub
year, Birgen was second in Desseldorf.
who have confirmed participation are Pamela Dutkiewicz in 60m
track in Dusseldorf is very fast. Was here third this year,
hopefully I can improve in 2018,” she said.
will have it tough at 60m hurdles against Olympic medalist Nia
Ali, European indoor champion Alina Talay and German star Cindy
Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon and world 5,000m champion
Helen Obiri are also keen to compete in Birmingham in march.
who is yet to start her season, since her triumph over South
African caster Semenya in London world championships in August,
has been in training and will focus on cross country before
moving to the indoor competition.
Obiri, it is her urge to recapture the world indoor title that
is inspiring her.
the 2012 title in the 3,000 meters and together with compatriot
Bethwel Birgen, the duo were awarded direct entry to next year’s
World Indoor Championships set for Birmingham.
Kenyans were among 11 athletes to be given wild cards by IAAF
following their victories in 2017 World Indoor Tour Series.
and Birgen, who won the 3,000m and 1,500m series, also received
a bonus of Sh2 million ($20,000) each.
won this year’s New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in USA and Müller
Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham, besides finishing second in