NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan runner Michael Saruni, 22, plans
to represent the country at the upcoming World Indoor
Championships in Birmingham in March.
was dropped in a controversial way from the 800m team to
London last year in favor of upstart Emmanuel Korir,
Ferguson Rotich, the former IAAF Diamond League winner
and David Rudisha, the Olympic champion, has thrown down
the gauntlet and is waiting for the result.
Saruni, who has been primed as the heir apparent to
Rudisha, set a new world lead over the 600m distance in
the United States. In 2017, his compatriot Emmanuel
Korir set a world indoor 600m record, but Saruni showed
his skills last week when he replicated the feat at the
Martin Luther King Invitational in Albuquerque on
Paul Ereng, a former World 800m champion, said on Monday
that Saruni has the right focus to take over for Rudisha.
“There is a
new sheriff in town. This boy is on fire. Saruni has
destroyed the 600m indoor world record in Albuquerque,
New Mexico,” said Ereng.
is a student at the University of Texas, ran a
well-judged race, covering the first 200m lap in 24.2
before hitting the front just before the 400m mark,
which was reached in 49.7.
With a final
lap of 25.2 seconds, Saruni continued to effortlessly
pull away from the rest of the field, stopping the clock
World Indoor championships coming in March 24 in
Birmingham, Kenyan selectors will have no worries in
bestowing the challenge to bring gold to Saruni, who can
team up with Korir.
two bronze medals at the last World Indoor Championships
in 2016 in Cardiff, and Athletics Kenya officials expect
the country to collect at least three golds this
year. Kenya is due to name its final team to the
World Indoor Championships in February.