By John Kwoba
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s world silver medalist in the 1,500m
event, Timothy Cheruiyot is hopeful he will secure a major
championship win this season after posting the seventh fastest
time ever in the distance in Monaco.
Cheruiyot, who has
returned to a training camp in Nairobi to prepare for the Africa
Championships, was credited with yet another world leading time
“I am forever
thankful to the experience and good performance in Monaco. The
seventh fastest time in history is no mean achievement, only a
few have got that time,” he said Monday in Nairobi.
Indeed only three
legendary runners in their prime time have posted faster times.
They are world record holder Hicham El Gourauj of Morocco
(3:26:00), United States’ Bernard Lagat (3:26:23) and Asbel
Cheruiyot has posted
four of the 10 fastest times this year. The Kenyan has also won
five of the Diamond Leagues races he has entered.
However he tasted
one defeat this season at the Commonwealth Games when he lost
out to compatriot Elijah Manangoi.
“I believe there
will be some relief for me at the Africa Championships. I have
had good results in the Diamond League circuit and now I hope to
translate that to the championships,” he said.
To do that,
Cheruiyot will still have to go past his training mate and world
5,000m champion Hellen Obiri says she attained her goal of
running a better time over the mile distance despite not winning
the race in London over the weekend.
Obiri, who will be
running in her maiden Africa Championships, believes she will be
in her best form by August after she encountered problems with
her speed and endurance owing to an iron deficiency in her body
at the start of the season.