Timothy Cheruiyot reacts after fizzling out at Kip Keino Classic

Timothy Cheruiyot reacts after fizzling out at Kip Keino Classic

Abigael Wafula 18:09 - 23.04.2024

Timothy Cheruiyot has reacted following his disappointing seventh-place finish in the 800m at the Kip Keino Classic in the race won by Emmanuel Wanyonyi.

Former World 1500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot has reacted following his seventh-place finish at the Kip Keino Classic on Saturday, April 20 at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Cheruiyot, the Olympic 1500m silver medallist, was opening his season on home soil but failed to live up to the billing after finishing eighth in the 800m.

The race was won by World 800m silver medallist Emmanuel Wanyonyi, who clocked a time of 1:43.57 to cross the finish line. Cheruiyot did not enjoy an amazing 2023 season due to several setbacks and had to end the season in August.

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However, despite his poor finish, Cheruiyot has expressed his gratitude to be back on track again and feeling healthy.

“Happy to be healthy again. Feeling blessed to be back on the track with a 1.46 over 800m. Outdoor season started!” Cheruiyot said.

The 28-year-old now shifts focus to qualifying for the Olympic Games in Paris, France, with the hope of making a mark and improving on his second-place finish.

The qualifying time for the men’s 1500m is 3:33.50 and the Kenyan will have to dig deep to qualify for the global bonanza. He is yet to confirm his next assignment but he is keenly sharpening his talons as he eyes his historic return.

Some of the runners who might be out t stop him include Josh Kerr, the world record holder in the indoor two-mile and the reigning World 1500m champion.

The World 1500m silver medallist and two-time World 5000m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen will also be in the mix hoping to stop Cheruiyot from reclaiming his spark. He stunned the Kenyan at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and will be looking for a repeat of the same.