By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
African 800m silver medalist Emmanuel Korir of Kenya says he is
not under pressure to break the world record having come close
to setting a new mark in London last month.
Korir, 23, however
believes he has what it takes to improve on David Rudisha’s mark
of one minute 40.91 seconds.
Korir is the sixth
fastest runner in 800m history with a personal best time of one
minute and 42.05. He is the only one who has come close to
Rudisha’s record in the last three seasons.
Now he has three
races lined up heading to the season close, which he wants to
exploit and see if he may be able to run faster. His first
attempt on the world mark will come this Saturday in Birmingham
He will then run in
Brussels, the final round of the Diamond League on Aug. 31 and
wind up his season with the IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava, the
Czech Republic on Sept 8-9.
“I know I’m capable
of running faster. What I don’t know is where and when that will
happen. It may be this season or next year. However, I am
certain to go for the world record. It is not just a matter of
speaking but taking that into action as well,” Korir told Xinhua
Thursday in Nairobi.
Over 15 Kenyan
athletes will be competing at the Birmingham Diamond League, but
for Korir the race will mean a lot to him.
Apart from trying to
run fast time, he was denied a chance to compete on the same
ground in March over visa hitch, which saw him miss the World
Saturday will grant
him the chance to show the crowds what he is capable of. Korir
is trained by former world 800m champion Paul Ereng and is based
at the USA where he is a student at the University of Texas in
Korir missed gold at
the Africa Championships two weeks ago on what he termed poor
officiating. He lost out to Botswana’s Nigel Amos in the finals.
“The race starter is
to blame for my loss. There is no way a race can start while
people are standing. In athletics, if you lose one second it is
not easy to recover. I had planned to give it my all in the
final 150m but it was not easy,” Korir said.
Last year Korir ran
the season with an injury, but with it out of the way, he
believes he will be able to secure his target in the remaining
three races this season.
“My biggest race
remaining is the Continental Cup. I want to go to Ostrava and
win the gold medal. It will be very good for my confidence. Then
after we can talk about the 2019 Doha World Championships,” he