Emmaculate Anyango 'ready for fireworks' as she vies for Olympic ticket in Eugene

Emmaculate Anyango 'ready for fireworks' as she vies for Olympic ticket in Eugene

Abigael Wafula 08:43 - 25.05.2024

Emmaculate Anyango has expressed her readiness to fight for top honours in the women's 10,000m at the Prefontaine Classic, which will also serve as a qualifier for the Olympic Games.

Emmaculate Anyango has exuded confidence ahead of the clash of champions that awaits her at the Prefontaine Classic, the Diamond League Meeting in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday night.

Anyango will be vying for an Olympic ticket in the 10,000m and she has her work cut out but believes in her abilities but at the same time is also open to any outcome.

She has enjoyed a great season so far, and as she competes at Hayward Field, she has plans to continue the hot streak that secured her a slot in the national team for the World Cross Country Championships in Serbia, Belgrade, earlier this season.

At the global bonanza, she finished an impressive fourth after doing most of the donkey work during the race. Beatrice Chebet successfully defended her title at the event.

“I’m ready for any fireworks…you need to be ready and you don’t need to fear. You need to be ready whenever fireworks are coming. You need to be ready for anything.

“I’m ready for fireworks because we were born to be ready for anything,” the Sirikwa Classic Cross-Country champion stated in a video posted by Elite Running.

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Meanwhile, Anyango will be up against a very formidable field that has attracted Chebet, who will be competing in the 10,000m on the track for the first time since 2020.

Chebet has been in great shape since New Year’s Eve where she broke the 5km world record that is yet to be ratified. She is just fresh from claiming a win at the Doha Diamond League Meeting and will be the one to beat.

World 10km record holder Agnes Jebet heads into the race very confident and ready to take the top prize, following her impressive run at the Adizero road to records.

Jebet failed to impress at the World Cross Country Championships but explained that she had stomach cramps, and now that she is doing okay, her fans should expect something good.

Lilian Kasait, the World Cross Country silver medallist also toes the line and will be joined by bronze medallist Margaret Chelimo.

In the race, Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay will also be eyeing the 10,000m world record after setting the 5000m world record in the same venue last year.