NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
With no intention to compete at the World
Indoor Championships, Olympic 3,000m steeplechase
champion Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya said Wednesday that
he would try to break the World record this season.
did not name the venue of his attempt, Kipruto said he
will target the world record of 7:53.63 in 2018.
set by Saif Saaeed Shaheen, a fellow Kenyan who switched
allegiance to Qatar in 2003, achieved at the 2004 Golden
League meet in Brussels, will not be the only incentive
for the World and Olympic champion.
also plans to compete at the Commonwealth Games in April
and the African Championships in August.
“I had a
good season in 2017 even though my attempt to go for the
world record failed again after the injury I sustained
during the World Championship trials in Nairobi,”
“I still won
my first World title even though I had the pain after I
twisted my ankle at the trials. The record has stayed
for long and I think it time for someone to lower it,”
Only in 2011
did that record come under serious attack. Kenya’s
Brimin Kipruto narrowly missed the record in Monte Carlo
by just 0.01 seconds. Kipruto who produced the finest
performance in Monaco clocked the second fastest ever
Steeplechase time of 7:53.64.
miss in 2011, Kipruto remarked, “when I saw the clock I
was just so grateful. Next time at the World
Championships I will try and break the world record.”
It was never
meant to be. Now the younger Kipruto has the chance to
move up and cement his place in history of steeplechase
runners by breaking the 14-year record. But only time