Kipng’etich vows to get U20, Tokyo games tickets

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 00:00 |
Shadrack Kipng’etich during a training session at Chewoyet Secondary School in Kapenguria last month. Photo/PD/AMOS ABUGA

Upcoming athlete Shadrack Kipng’etich is hopeful he will qualify for the two big events lined up this year, the World Under-20 Championships and Tokyo Olympics.

The athlete, who was fifth during the national trials to select team Kenya to the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar believes he has done his homework and knows what is needed to succeed.

“It has been a tough journey coming all the way and completing my secondary school studies.

I know sacrifices have been made by many people. Now, I have to work hard if I am to have a better life in future,” said the 18-year-old.

Kipng’etich, winner of the 10km Eldama Ravine race, has had good preparations and is ready for the season.

“I want to win local races and also gauge myself after tough training in preparations for the Under-020 Championships,” he said.

“I have good training partners like Jacop Krop, a finalist from the world championships last year, and together, we push each other for success,” added the 10,000m specialist.

“Compared to the Doha trials, I feel I am in better shape. I therefore need to keep my focus and concentration,” said the athlete.

Having also finished third during the Ziwa Farmers 10km road race in Uasin Gishu County last year, Kipng’etich, a former Chewoyet High School student says confidence will be key in his quest for glory.

“Running against senior athletes at the national trials has given me some valuable experience which will come in handy as I seek to deliver the 10,000m title at the U20 championships,” he added.

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