Emmanuel Wanyonyi shares two factors contributing to his early career success

Emmanuel Wanyonyi shares two factors contributing to his early career success

Abigael Wafula 21:34 - 18.05.2024

World 800m silver medallist Emmanuel Wanyonyi has shared two reasons why he has managed to stay grounded in the game and post remarkable performances at his young age.

World 800m silver medallist Emmanuel Wanyonyi has disclosed two of the main reasons why he is able to triumph in hotly-contested races at just the age of 19.

Wanyonyi has made a name for himself, starting from his debut in the Kenyan team, during the 2021 World Under-20 Championships where he claimed the 800m title.

Wanyonyi then made his senior national team debut at the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon, where he finished fourth in the 800m, at the time he had just turned 18.

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The youngster then returned to the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where he beat a strong field to finish second behind Canada’s Marco Arop and earn himself a silver medal.

“Kapsabet is a good place for training…this is a good field for training because it’s a murram road. So, it’s a high-altitude area for training.

“I like the surface because if you train here, where there is high altitude, and you go run on the tartan track, it becomes very easy for me to run.

“This is because when you run here, maybe 50 seconds if you go on the tartan track, I manage to run 48/49 seconds. So, it is the best training for me,” Wanyonyi told World Athletics.

Speaking on his targets this season, Wanyonyi insisted that his main focus is on the Paris 2024 Olympics and he admitted that there is a lot of pressure.

He is aware of the stern competition awaiting him but he is burning the midnight oil in training to ensure he gets himself a medal from the event.

“The Olympics this year will be a lot of pressure for me and I expect it to be tough. I think about the Olympics and I even remember when David Rudisha ran the world record, it was very tough,” Wanyonyi said.