NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
World and Olympic 3,000m steeplechase
champion Conseslus Kipruto has ruled himself out of the
World Indoor Championships saying he will only compete
in the Commonwealth Games and the IAAF Diamond League.
however noted that his participation in cross country is
meant to build his endurance as he launches his season.
“I will not
be running in the World Indoor Championships. I was in
Europe for cross country and have no intention of
running the indoor circuit,” Kipruto said on Wednesday
evening during the 2017 Safaricom Sports Personality of
the Year (SOYA) gala in Nairobi.
despite failing to be named Kenya’s best athlete after
winning in his specialty at the Rio Olympics and World
Championships, Kipruto remained confident his chance
will come in the future.
“I know my
body and if I continue with the winning trajectory
exhibited in the last two seasons, it will come without
a fight,” he said.
despite excelling in the water and hurdles competition
at the global stage, failed to convince the panel of
selectors to crown him Kenya’s best with compatriot
Paralympian Samuel Muchai claiming the title.
“I will be
named Kenya’s best soon. I want to focus on winning in
Commonwealth Games and then the IAAF Diamond League and
from there relax to wait for the 2019 season where we
will have the World Championships,” said Kipruto.