The Star (Nairobi)

21 July 2013

Kenya: Chepseba Believes Teamwork Will Be Key in Moscow

The 2011 Samsung Diamond League series winner Nixon Chepseba believes team work will be key if they are to scoop medals in the 1,500m race at next month's World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

He said team spirit demonstrated during the national trials 1,500m race will enable them scoop the podium slots in Moscow. Chepseba, former Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop and Commonwealth champion Silas Kiplagat will represent Kenya in the race Moscow and he hopes they will blend well just like they did at the national trials last weekend.

"I was very impressed with the team spirit exhibited at the trials. I hope this will continue in Russia," said Chepseba. "We will try and employ the same tactics to ensure Kenya sweeps all the three medals," he added.

However, Chepseba said he will be going for the gold medal. It will be his third international outing in Kenya team having made his debut at the 2009 Africa Junior Championships, where he won a silver medal, and at last year's London Olympic Games.

"I represented Kenya while still a junior and I got silver medal. Last year, I didn't make it to the podium but this time round, I am aiming for a gold medal in Moscow," said Chepseba Elgeyo Marakwet County-born runner.

He said training has been going on well and he will be working on his finishing kick ahead of the championships. He attributed his good form to the fact that he has run minimal races this season and therefore no burn-outs, in readiness for the big stage.

"I haven't run faster time this season but I am happy that I was able to control my races to avoid burn out. I didn't run at the opening meetings of the series due to an injury and now I am well and ready," he said.

Chepseba opened his season at the Eugene Diamond League leg, where he placed seventh in a time of 3.51 and later clocked 3.50 at the Oslo meet.

He has a personal best time of 3.29.90 minutes he clocked in May last year while winning the Hengelo. The time makes him the 8th fastest Kenyan 1,500m runner in history.

"Though I am not aiming to lower my personal time, I can see there is an improvement in the races I have run so far this season. Let me concentrate on a medal first before embarking to lower my personal best after the Moscow show," he added.

He believes the team will deliver in Moscow going by their skills and energy. "The team is very strong and unlike last year during Olympics, we have learnt from our mistakes," said Chepseba.

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