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Cheruiyot earns Prisons job promotion for track excellence

Thursday, September 19th, 2019 00:00 |
Timothy Cheruiyot (left), the world 1,500m silver medallist receives his rank insignia from Wycliffe Ogallo, the Commissioner- General of Prisons at Prisons headquarters. Photo/PD/DAVID NDOLO

World 1,500m silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot  has been promoted to the rank of Inspector of Prisons by the  Commissioner-General of Kenya Prisons Wycliffe Ogalo.

Cheruiyot who until yesterday was a Constable at the correctional facility says he is not worried with more responsibilities as he prepares for to chase the elusive gold at the 2019 world championships in Doha, Qatar.

The 23-year-old will point to the 2015 World championships in Beijing China as his poorest performance in recent past when he finished seventh in the finals. Besides that, he has either finished first or second in most of the major races he has entered.

“More responsibilities mean I need to work harder,” said Cheruiyot, also the Commonwealth Games medallist.

“I want to thank my bosses for bestowing me the title. I want to assure them that I shall continue to work harder in all my duties,” he said.

The athlete who finished second during the African Championships in Durban in 2006 and Asaba 2018 maintains he is used to working under pressure and Doha will not be different more so after World 1,500m defending champion Elijah Manangoi was ruled out of the championships due to injury.

“I know it will not be easy being championship where it is anyone’s race to win. I want to work hard and put the icing on the cake in Doha,” said Cheruiyot.

“We have a strong team in the event. That should not mean Elijah will not be missed. We have to give him credit for all the honours he has won, we wish him quick recovery,” said the Diamond League trophy winner who has a personal best of 3:28.41.

In Doha, Manangoi’s younger brother George who is the world under 20 champion and World Junior 1,500m record holder Ronald Kwemoi will join him.

 Completing the quartet is the 2016 World U20 1,500m champion Kumari Taki who has been drafted to the team in place of the world champion. Taki was fourth during the national trials at the Nyayo National stadium last week.

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