NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliffe
Kinyamal of Kenya wants to run free from pressure of breaking
his mentors Olympic Champion David Rudisha’s world record.
The 20-year-old, who
is in his third season in top competition, having taken up
athletics in 2016, says he is focused on winning titles and not
“I still have a long
way. I have not even met Rudisha in person and that would be my
joy,” said Kinyamal on Sunday. “The world record is still a
dream and I am only focused on running and winning.”
The Kenyan has
whirled the world into dreaming of the heir to Rudisha, who is
struggling with injuries after breaking three world records, won
the World Championships and the Olympic Games. Rudisha’s current
record stands at 1:40.91 and he is the only man to have run
under one minute and 41 seconds.
But for Kinyamal,
who comes from same village in Kilgoris as Rudisha, (Rudisha
moved to Iten), winning the Diamond League trophy and the Africa
Athletics Championships in August are top of his priority.
“I want to do well
to win the Africa championships. That is more important to me.
Then I will see if I can improve on my own personal best time,”