The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Chemos Targets Gold

World 3,000 metre steeplechaser silver bronze medallist Milcah Chemos hopes she will strike gold at next month's World championships in Moscow after two bronze medal finishes.

Chemos has won bronze twice in successive World championships and is hopeful her Diamond League form will carry her to the gold medal in Moscow.

"I have won bronze twice in Berlin and Daegu so this time round am going for nothing short of the gold," Chemos said.

She sees her biggest obstacle as the powerful Russians who have dominated the water jump obstacle race since its introduction to the world championships in 2005.

"I have learnt my lessons. I have restricted the number of races I will run this season just to focus on the World Championships. I want to do well and that is why I will let my legs do the talking," Chemos said adding:"I lost a chance to get a medal at the London Olympics because of poor strategy. I relaxed too much and now I have to turn the heat on my opponents. I believe Moscow will be the platform for me to answer my critics,"

The Kenyan won bronze in 2009 and Daegu two years ago. In Berlin she lost to Marta Dominguez of Spain and Russian Yuliya Zarudneva.

The goal this year, says Chemos, is to keep pace with world champion Yuliaya Zaripova.

"My intention this year will be to keep pace with her because she is the defending champion. If I can keep pace with her into the final lap then I can wear her down in the last lap," added the upneat Kenyan.

She said she is working on improving her finishing kick in the final100 meters.

"The steeplechase event is different from the others as we must jump over a barrier in the last 100m so I need to improve my speed in that final 100 and not be slowed down by the barrier," she said.

The other Kenyans in the race are Gladys Kemboi, Hyvin Kiyeng and Lydia Chepkirui. Chemoss said her teammates are relishing the challenge of competing at the global event.

"We are ready to do thec ountry proud in Moscow," Chemos added.

The Kenyan star expects the weather to be favourbale despite training in cold conditions at Kasarani.

"Its going to be humid but we can't complain about that as all the athletes will face the same conditions," she added.

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