Olympics silver medalist Timothy Cheruiyot gifts his former school

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ATHLETICS Olympics silver medalist Timothy Cheruiyot gifts his former school

Festus Chuma 16:02 - 28.02.2024

Timothy Cheruiyot has gifted his former school, Singorwet Secondary, with a significant contribution to improve student facilities.

Olympics 1500m silver medalist Timothy Cheruiyot has made a generous contribution to his former school, Singorwet Secondary School, by funding a new toilet block.

 The gesture comes as a token of his appreciation for the educational foundation laid during his formative years at the institution.

Cheruiyot, a former world champion in the 1500m race, handed over the facility to the school's principal in a heartfelt ceremony. 

The Rongai Athletics Club athlete, who has achieved notable success on the global stage, was inspired to make the donation after revisiting the school and recognising the dire need for improved sanitation facilities.

"I am very happy to be back at my secondary school in my hometown of Singorwet. Opening a new toilet block facility for the students is my way of saying thank you," Cheruiyot expressed, highlighting the deep connection he feels with his alma mater.

The 28-year-old athlete's career has been characterised by tenacity and perseverance. 

After a challenging period that saw him miss out on Olympic gold to Norway's Jakob Ingebrigtsen in Tokyo in 2021 and then relinquish his world title to Great Britain's Jake Wightman in Oregon in 2022, Cheruiyot has been on a steady path to recovery.

His impressive recovery was highlighted by a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, and podium finishes at prestigious events such as the Kip Keino Classic World Continental Tour and the Los Angeles Grand Prix.

Despite a setback at the 2023 World Championships, where he was eliminated in the semi-finals of the 1500m, Cheruiyot remains optimistic about the future. 

"I will transition very soon, and I want them [younger athletes] to continue making a mark in the 1500m. I might move up to the 5000m after the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris," he shared, indicating his plans for the next phase of his career.


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