NAIROBI –Kenya’s world and Olympic Champion in the 3,000 metres steeplechase is aiming to complete a treble when he takes the field in event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, next month.
After spending years in the shadows of former multiple time champion Ezekiel Kemboi, Kipruto is now the athlete to beat in the steeplechase race where he holds the Olympic record of 8mins 03. 28 seconds.
The 2017 SOYA Sportsman of the Year is now focused on bagging another gold medal in a major competition in a span of three years, when he lines up along compatriots Amos Kirui and Abraham Kibiwott in this year’s Commonwealth Games.
In the women’s category, Purity Cherotich will be out to defend her title at the Games, lining up alongside fellow kenyans Fancy Cherono and Cellephine Chespol.
Meanwhile, the 2016 Olympics bronze medalist Margaret Nyairera will leave nothing to chance as she targets a gold medal in the 800 metres race, a title won by Eunice Sum in Glasgow, Scotland, at the last Commowealth Games.
Elsewhere, Eva Cherono’s debut in the games in the 5,000 metres will be a test as she comes up against Margaret Chelimo and an in-form Hellen Obiri, who won gold in the World Championships in London last year.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK