In Summary
  • Koech now wants to reclaim that title when the Qatari capital of Doha hosts this year’s IAAF World Championships
  • He has been concentrating his training at Lornah Kiplagat’s High Altitude Training centre with speed work sessions on the track and gym work at the centre’s health club
  • At the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London. Koech also went as far as the semi-finals

Haron Koech has made a New Year’s resolution to take after his late twin brother Nicholas Bett and honour him by reclaiming the world 400 metres hurdles.

Already, just like his brother, who died in a road accident in August last year, Koech has turned professional and signed up with Turkish club Fenerbahce Istanbul which had contracted Bett.

Koech, a member of Kenya’s gold medal-winning 4x400 metres relay team at last year’s African Championships in Asaba, Nigeria, has meanwhile shifted his training base from Kasarani to the north Rift where he’s juggling sessions between Eldoret and Iten.

Bett clocked 47.70 seconds to stun the field and win the 400 metres hurdles world title at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing.

Koech, who turns 29 on January 27, now wants to reclaim that title when the Qatari capital of Doha hosts this year’s IAAF World Championships at the Khalifa Stadium from September 27 to October 6.

He has been concentrating his training at Lornah Kiplagat’s High Altitude Training centre with speed work sessions on the track and gym work at the centre’s health club. Koech told Nation Sport yesterday that he was advised by his Turkish coach, Santa Daniel Mihai, to change his training base so that he could also train with other athletes under the same management.

“I was advised by my coach to change my training base so that he could also monitor my progress as the season starts, because he stays in Iten, and I saw it was a wise thing,” said Koech.

But it hasn’t been easy for the athlete since losing his twin brother and training partner whom he says left a big gap in his career.

Haron Koech (right) sprints alongside Kiprono Kosgey at Eldoret Sports Club on January 04, 2019. Koech, the twin-brother to the late Nicholas Bett who died in a road accident last year, has changed his training base from Kasarani to Eldoret and Iten. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Haron Koech (right) sprints alongside Kiprono Kosgey at Eldoret Sports Club on January 4, 2019. Koech, the twin-brother to the late Nicholas Bett who died in a road accident last year, has changed his training base from Kasarani to Eldoret and Iten. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

He now wants to honour his brother by reclaiming the world title.

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