NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s middle distance coach Paul Ereng remains
confident his apprentice Michael Saruni will clinch gold at the
IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England from
Saruni left his
coach, a former world champion in 800m, dreaming of him setting
another world record prior to Saruni running in Birmingham.
“Saruni continues to
impress with world-leading times and a personal best time of
1:45.19 in the 800m at the Texas Tech Invitational,” said Ereng.
comes just a week after Saruni posted another world-leading time
in the 600m, beating compatriot Emmanuel Korir’s time set last
year. Saruni stopped the clock at 1:14.79.
On Saturday, Saruni
showed his skills yet again with an easy win of 1:45.19 ahead of
second placed Vincent Crisp (1:48.01) and Leo Manzano (1:48.81).
“It was blazing. I
said before this kid is on fire. Saruni clocked 1:45:19 in
Texas, which leaves no doubt he is the finest in the 800m now.
This is the fastest time in the world this year and Saruni is
here stay,” said Ereng.
However, he will
face a new challenge in the 800m outdoor event as he tries to
make it into the Kenyan team that’s going to Australia’s Gold
Coast in April for the Commonwealth Games.
Last year, Saruni’s
name was controversially omitted from the Kenyan team for the
IAAF Word Championships despite finishing third in the trials.
Kenya settled for
Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha, Michael Korir, Kipyegon
Bett and Ferguson Rotich. But there will be no stopping Saruni
in his quest to win his first medal for Kenya in March.
The IAAF World
Indoor Tour, a series of six indoor events, kicks off in a
week’s time with the first indoor event being held in Karlsruhe,
Germany on Feb. 3.
Staged over the
course of 22 action-packed days, the IAAF Indoor Series includes
stops in Dusseldorf, Madrid, Boston and Torun before its
conclusion in Glasgow on Feb 25.
The series serves as
the final dress rehearsal for the IAAF World Indoor
overall winner of each event upon conclusion of the tour will
receive 20,000 U.S. dollars (126,718 CNY) prize money and will
automatically qualify for the IAAF World Indoor Championships
Birmingham through a wild card slot.