20 December 2012

Kenya: Kiprop Aiming High

Kenya's Wilson Kiprop sprints to win the men's 10,000 metres race at the 2010 African Athletics Championship at the Nyayo stadium in the capital Nairobi, July 28, 2010. REUTERS

Africa 10,000m wants world cross title in Poland

AFTER failing to gain podium positions this year, Africa 10,000m champion Wilson Kiprop says he is not yet done.

He failed to impress at the 2012 London Olympics after having missed the World Championships in Daegu due to an injury, but he remains focused.

Kiprop has now set his sights fon the world cross country championships next year in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The 2010 world half marathon champion said he will be preparing for the men's 12km title and he is confident he will triumph.

"My intention is to participate in the world cross country and the preparations have already kicked off," Kiprop said.

He played a crucial role last year in cross coountry but he was not particularly inclined towards competing at the world cross championships in Spain.

"This time round I am in the race. I want to make the team to Poland, "he revealed. Born at Soi village in Uasin Gishu County, Kiprop had a chance to develop his athletic career due to the regions high altitude which favours training.

His star shone in 2008 when he won several cross and road races in Italy under coaches Gabriele Nicola and Renato Canova.

He made his maiden performance in Kenya's team at the 2010 Africa championships in Nairobi where he won the men's 10,000m and went ahead to win the 2010 IAAF world half marathon in Nanning.

Kiprop will be gracing the Nike International discovery cross country early next month as part of his preparations as well as defending the title.

All Africa Games 1500m silver medalist Joyce Chepkirui also said she is still targeting a place in the Kenyan cross country team.

Training in Iten, Chepkirui said she has build her endurance and was now concentrating on speed work. "I will be running in some of the remaining AK/KCB cross country meets and hopefully make the team the world cross country," she said. She also revealed that she will defend her title at the Discovery cross countrynext month in Eldoret.

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