7 December 2012

Kenya: Tim Kitum Keeping His Focus On Moscow

Olympic 800m bronze medallist Timothy Kitum has laid his focus on next year's World Championships in Moscow.

Kitum, who is back in training in Nyeri after his successful first Olympics outing, said he will not rest until he corrects the mistake that saw him fail to bag the world junior gold medal in Barcelona earlier in the year.

"My focus is on the World Championships. My training is good and I'm hoping that things will fall my way come next season," said Kitum on phone from his training base in Nyeri.

And despite the tough opposition expected from defending champion and world record holder David Rudisha as well as London Olympics silver medallist, Nijel Amos of Botswana, Kitum said he is training for the title.

The 19 year old, who was rewarded with the Most Promising Athlete Award during the Athletics Kenya Gala last week, has been a revelation since he was identified by one of his teachers at Marakwet Boys High School before horning his skills under Brother Colm O'Connell at St. Patrick's High School.

Kitum, who posted a personal best of 1:42.53 at the Olympics, is currently training under seasoned deputy Kenya Defence Forces tactician Sammy Macharia in Nyeri.

He has also expressed his ambitions of furthering his career with an improved Olympics performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Others in Macharia's fold are sprinters Alphonce Kisoyian and Boniface Mweresa.

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