In Summary
  • They have been training in various parts of Elgeyo Marakwet and Uasin Gishu counties ahead of their departure for Doha later this week
  • After competing in Doha, the three athletes will head to Vienna to pace for Eliud Kipchoge as the world marathon record holder attempts to run the marathon under two hours on October 12
  • Stanley Kebenei will compete in men’s 3,000m steeplechase where he is seeking to challenge Kenyans who have been dominating for years

With just days left to the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, athletes from various countries have pulled out all stops to ensure good performance in the global event.

And Americans have not been left behind. USA selected a strong team for the championship with a view to retaining the overall title they won in 2017 after bagging 30 medals, followed by Kenya who collected 11 medals.

Kenyan-born American athletes, Olympics 5,000 metres silver medallist Paul Chelimo, Shadrack Kipchirchir and Stanley Kebenei arrived in Kenya last month and have been camping at Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet.

They have been training in various parts of Elgeyo Marakwet and Uasin Gishu counties ahead of their departure for Doha later this week. After competing in Doha, the three athletes will head to Vienna to pace for Eliud Kipchoge as the world marathon record holder attempts to run the marathon under two hours (INEOS 1:59 Challenge) on October 12.

Chelimo, who is eyeing men’s 5,000m title in Doha, is happy with his progress in training.

“I was named in Team USA, and my training in Kenya for the last one month has been good. I’m looking forward to a good run and to take the gold medal in the race,” Chelimo told Nation Sport at Kipchoge Keino Stadium.

Chelimo, who is also the 3,000m Continental Cup champion, said he is confident of a good performance in the 12-lap race.

“Going into the 2017 World Championships, somebody had stepped on me during the trials which slowed me down in the final race and I got bronze medal but I want to upgrade it to gold this year,” said Chelimo.

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