Timothy Cheruiyot takes sabbatical from athletics after Budapest debacle


ATHLETICS: Timothy Cheruiyot takes sabbatical from athletics after Budapest debacle

Festus Chuma 12:30 - 31.08.2023

The former 1500m World champion Timothy Cheruiyot will miss Zurich Diamond League tonight.

2019 World Champion Timothy Cheruiyot has announced that he will be taking a break from the track after doctors advised him to prioritize his health and well-being.

The 27-year-old Kenyan athlete, who was shockingly eliminated in the semifinals of the 1500m at the recent World Championships, has now shed light on the circumstances surrounding his unexpected exit and subsequent decision to step back from competition temporarily.

Cheruiyot's absence from the upcoming Zurich Diamond League has raised eyebrows among fans and athletics experts alike. 

In response, Cheruiyot took to social media to reveal the challenges he had been facing for the past weeks.

"I'm so proud to have represented Kenya at my 5th consecutive World Champs. But for those that know my racing well, it's clear I've not been 100% fit at recent races," Cheruiyot candidly shared. 

Fortunately, after undergoing thorough assessment and receiving appropriate treatment, it was revealed that a nagging knee issue was affecting his performance. 

To ensure a full and proper recovery, doctors have advised him to take a well-deserved rest spanning two to three weeks.

This strategic move aims to prevent exacerbating the injury and ensures that he returns to the track stronger than ever. 

The temporary hiatus also underscores the intense physical demands placed on elite athletes and the importance of managing injuries proactively.

Cheruiyot also took a moment to acknowledge another athlete's success, offering his congratulations to Josh Kerr, who clinched the gold medal in the 1500m event. 

In his message, Cheruiyot displayed sportsmanship and camaraderie, transcending the competitive nature of the sport. "And to you Josh Kerr, from one World Champion in 1500m to another, a big congratulations on your race. Welcome to the 1500m Gold medalist club!" he warmly concluded.

While Cheruiyot takes his well-deserved rest, attention turns to the Kenyan duo of Abel Kipsang and Reynold Cheruiyot, who are set to compete in the Zurich Diamond League. 

The pair aims to redeem themselves after failing to clinch a medal at the recent World Championships held in Hungary. 

Kipsang finished fourth, and reigning World U20 Champion Cheruiyot found himself further down the pecking order, leaving Kenyan fans craving a stronger showing.

The Zurich Diamond League promises an exhilarating showdown as these Kenyan athletes seek to make a statement against a stacked field.

The race also features Spain's Mohamed Katir,  USA's Yared Nugus alongside Kerr who are all strong contenders who have the potential to challenge the Kenyan athletes and elevate the competition to new heights.