NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champions
Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya and Ruth Jebet of Bahrain
will compete in the Cross de Elgoibar in Spain on Jan
skip the Kenya cross country championships on Friday to
focus on his assignment in Spain. He also does not
intend to compete at the Africa Cross Country
Championships in Chlef, Algeria in March.
On the other
hand, Jebet will face world U20 cross country champion
Letensebet Gidey from Ethiopia and Kenya’s Lilian Kasait
in the women’s race.
Bahraini, who trains in Nairobi and Eldoret, is hopeful
of destroying Kenya’s supremacy in cross country and in
track competition ahead of the Diamond League circuit in
like training in Eldoret or Ngong (Nairobi). These are
my friends and teammates. I know much about how these
Kenyans run and they know me as well. But at the big
competition, we temporarily forget our links and
relations and focus on the competition at hand,” said
expected to face world U20 cross country champion Jacob
Kiplimo from Uganda, teammate Timothy Toroitich, world
10km and 15km record-holder Leonard Komon as well as
Ethiopia’s Abadi Hadis.
pushing his fitness test ahead of the Kenya team trials
set for March to select the team to the Commonwealth
Games, which will be held in Gold Coast, Australia from
enjoying considerable success as an age-group athlete,
Kipruto struggled to maintain his focus on senior level.
“I was very
fortunate to enjoy success in athletics from a young
age. I won the 2011 world U18 and 2012 world U20
steeplechase titles and what followed came many good
things but other challenges also followed,” said Kipruto.
we live with other families and close neighbors - what
we term the ‘extended family’. When someone is
successful, the expectation is to support this family.
It is seen that it is only fair we all benefit from this
system. My mother raised me alone with the help of my
uncle, Cleophas, and my close relatives remain very
helpful and supportive to my career. It is with their
help that I became a successful athlete, so of course I
was only too happy to contribute to their improvement,”
His rise has
always faced hurdles especially with his mentor Ezekiel
Kemboi standing tall. It was not until 2016 at the
Olympic Games that he broke the aura of invincibility
that Kemboi had.
“In 2013 I
was convinced I was going to win the IAAF World
Championships in Moscow and I was very disappointed to
take silver. I lost to a legend (Ezekiel Kemboi) and two
years later I had to swallow that pill once more as I
finished second (to Kemboi) at the 2015 World
Championships in Beijing,” said Kipruto.
in Rio and he followed it up with another win at the
London World Championships last year. Now he must also
go on and retain his Commonwealth Games title in Gold
age-group champion I would say, always remember what
made you successful. Never veer off that path or one day
it will come back to bite you,” he said.
sting behind his ears as he lines up in Elgoibar in
Spain for cross country race on Sunday, where he is
building on his endurance.