In Summary
  • Chirchir, who draws great lessons from the 2015 World Under-18 Championships and 2016 World Under-20 Championships, will be out not only to reclaim Kenya’s world 400m hurdles title, but also try to break the national record.

Nicholas Chirchir, the Kenya Defence Forces’ 400 metres hurdler, will be a man on a mission at the World Championships in Doha.

Chirchir, who draws great lessons from the 2015 World Under-18 Championships and 2016 World Under-20 Championships, will be out not only to reclaim Kenya’s world 400m hurdles title, but also try to break the national record.

While Chirchir will be using the national trials, that start today at the Nyayo National Stadium, as his build-up for the September 28 to October 6 Doha championships, his eyes are trained further on hitting next year’s Tokyo Olympics qualifying time.

Chirchir is the only Kenyan athlete to have qualified in 400m hurdles for the World Championships, having attained the time when winning his heat during the National Championships in 49.30 seconds.

Chirchir, who is a senior private at the KDF, later won his maiden national 400m hurdles title in 49.40.

The late Nicholas Bett made history as the first Kenyan to win a sprints event at the World Championships when he stormed to victory in the 400m hurdles at the 2015 Beijing event.

Then Boniface Mucheru faltered at the last hurdle to settle for silver but in a national record time of 47.78 at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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