Olympic hopeful Cheruiyot pushed by fellow Kenyan runner

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NAIROBI (Information) – When Kenyan runner Timothy Cheruiyot is sprinting to the end on the world’s high races he is aware of one man can stand between him and gold: his greatest good friend. 

Timothy Cheruiyot, winner of the 1500 meters gold medal on the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, is seen in his room within the coaching camp within the Rongai Athletics membership in Kajiado county, Kenya. November 20, 2019. Information/Njeri Mwangi

The shy 24-year-old trains alongside fellow Kenyan Elijah Manangoi, 26, who was the 1,500 meters world champion till Cheruiyot took the title this yr.

The pair’s coach Bernard Ouma loves their “sibling rivalry”, praising Manangoi’s velocity, Cheruiyot’s endurance and their drive to outperform one another.

“Tim is working extra-hard to meet up with him. And that is placing Elijah on his toes – ‘ah! This younger boy shouldn’t meet up with me!’” stated coach Ouma, channeling his elder protege.

Cheruiyot was already coming shut by 2017, taking silver 38 seconds behind Manangoi on the 1,500 meters world championships.

“My hardest athlete (has been) my associate Manangoi … I really like how he trains,” Cheruiyot informed Information at his coaching camp on the Rongai Athletics Membership, positioned on the outskirts of Nairobi.

This yr, Cheruiyot received the Diamond League trophy for the third time in a row and in October took his first 1,500 meters world championships gold in punishingly scorching Doha.

The warmth woke Cheruiyot at 5 a.m. on race day. He had hamstring tightness and was lacking good friend Manangoi, whose harm meant he was unable to defend his title.

He put that out of his thoughts to deal with the aim.

No pacing. No methods. No associate. Simply run. Quick.

“GOT THE GOLD”

Within the lead from the gun, Cheruiyot completed in three minutes 29.26 seconds, greater than two seconds forward of Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi.

“I bought the gold however it’s not the tip of every little thing,” stated Cheruiyot, whose new dream is subsequent yr’s Tokyo Olympics.

The worst day of his profession was in 2016 when he missed qualifying for the Rio event by half a second.

The eldest of 4 siblings, he was born to tea and maize farmers in a west Kenyan village.

He began operating to-and-from major college, was competing at regional degree by highschool, however returned to the farm in 2011. Fortuitously, mates inspired him to maintain operating.

One was neighbor and native coach Jonathan Bellion, who developed a program and pushed him to relaxation between races and eat a balanced died. “He taught me find out how to run,” Cheruiyot stated.

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His most popular race on the time was the 800 meters.

On the 2014 trials for the World Below-20 Championships in Kenya, he needed to end within the high two to qualify, however got here third, seconds separating him from his dream.

However the sturdy, 6-foot (183 cm) 18-year-old with a rugged run had impressed an onlooker – coach Ouma, who noticed a future champion. “I made a decision, let me polish him and see how briskly he can run.”

Reporting by Omar Mohammed and Isaac Omulo; Writing by Omar Mohammed; Enhancing by Katharine Houreld and Andrew Cawthorne