After trials shocker, it’s time to deliver for Ng’eno

Monday, September 23rd, 2019 00:00 |
Ng’eno Kipngetich during a training session at Kasarani Stadium. Photo/PD/AMOS ABUGA

Not in his wildest dreams did Ng’eno Kipngetich envisage himself in the Kenyan team to World Championships that begin in Doha, Qatar on Friday.

He only took part in the national trials two weeks ago to try and run the elusive 1:44 and improve his personal best, with hopes of being invited to IAAF Diamond League meetings in future. 

However, the World Under-20 800m silver medallist shocked many by beating heavyweights to qualify for the Worlds.

“Kenyan trials are the most gruelling and very competitive. Winning gave me new found hope.

I will head to my first senior assignment full of confidence,” said the athlete, who recorded a new Personal Best of 1:44.57 at the trials.

The Bomet-born athlete who trains in neighbouring Kericho previously had a best time of 1:45.29 before entering the finals at the Nyayo National Stadium for the trials.

“Ferguson Rotich, Jonathan Kitilit and Emmanuel Korir are big names that were expected to win the trials and that is why my victory was a surprise to everyone. That did motivate me a lot,” he added.

“I am praying that Rotich, Emmanuel and myself work harder to get to the finals in Doha. During the heats, it will be individual effort but from semis, we can run together depending on how we perform. Teamwork can only work once we are in the finals,” added the 19-year-old.

In the absence of world record holder David Rudisha, the Kenyan contingent will have to be wary of Botwana’s Nigel Amos and Donovan Brazier of the US who have had a great season.

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