Little-known Emmanuel Kiprop set sights on Paris Olympics

ATHLETICS Little-known Emmanuel Kiprop set sights on Paris Olympics

Abigael Wafula 08:34 - 26.01.2024

Emmanuel Kiprop is ready to go for everything including the Olympic Games after a great start to his 2024 season.

Emmanuel Kiprop will be keen to make an impression this season as he eyes the crème de la crème of events lined up for 2024.

The 24-year-old donned the Team Kenya jersey for the first time during the 2023 World Cross-country Championships held in Bathurst, Australia, and finished 19th in the senior men’s race.

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Last season, he also tried making an impact at the World Championships national trials but finished outside of the cut-off point in both the 5000m and 10,000m.

He opened his 2024 season at the second Athletics Kenya meet held at the Ulinzi Sports Complex in Lang'ata where he won the 1500m in style.

“The race was a bit challenging because that was my first time running the 1500m…I was trying to build on my speed.

"My target is to represent the country at the All-African Games and even the Olympic Games. Last year I competed at the World Cross-country Championships and that was like an eye opener for me,” Kiprop told Pulse Sports.

Going forward, the long-distance runner explained that he will work on his speed and endurance as he eyes the breakthrough. He noted that he will mostly focus on the 5000m since that is where he has more strength.

“I want to work on my speed that’s why I want to run more 1500m and 800m races to work on my speed. The 5000m is where I have capabilities and that’s where I will channel my energy to,” he added.