NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Ever since he was crowned the Africa Junior 800m
champion Solomon Lekuta of Kenya has always dreamt of inheriting
the fort of his mentor David Rudisha.
19-year-old knows success and ascend to the top of middle
distance will not be a walk in the pack.
"It is down to what you want to do in training.
"What plans do you have and who do you want to emulate.
"Rudisha has set the bar so high and any athlete winning what
Rudisha has done will be happy," he said on Saturday.
Lekuta hopes he will be strong enough to challenge for a slot
in the Kenya team to the World Under-20 Championships in June in
"The first step is always to make the cut in the Kenya team.
"That is the hardest because every year, somebody new comes
and can scuttle plans for so many.
"But I believe in my own strength and ability to compete at
the highest level and know I will make the Kenya team," said
The Kenyan junior athlete hopes to carry his dominance beyond
the continent having enjoyed a golden outing in Algeria last
"My target is podium finish and hopefully I can emulate
Rudisha in the long run because he is my role model.
"He was patient in achieving his goals so I’m taking things
step by step too," Lekuta said.