PETALING JAYA: National hockey player Syed Syafiq Syed Mohd Cholan (pic) has earned the nickname Kipchoge, thanks to his running prowess in recent times.
The defender has been following the training programmes set by the national coaching staff, which involves a lot of running and gym work and has impressed by completing 5km runs in less than 20 minutes consistently.
And his teammates Najmi Farizal Jazlan and Faiz Helmi Jali have decided to call him after Eliud Kipchoge, the two-time Olympics marathon gold medallist from Kenya.
Syed Syafiq admitted that it was a hard task but enjoyed pushing himself to the limit.
“To do five kilometres in 20 minutes is not easy and on top of that, to do it regularly.
“It takes a lot of effort but I am happy to achieve it. Who knows I may run in a marathon one day,” joked Syed Syafiq.
“Running is one of the activities that we do to keep fit. We also do gym and body weight exercises three times a week. We hope to be in good shape when we return to training.”
Syed Syafiq, who used to weigh 73kg revealed that he had lost four kilos but for his height which is 172cm, his ideal weight should be between 72 and 73kg.
So, he would be following the guidance set by the National Sports Institute (NSI) to improve on his diet.
“If you’re lower than your usual weight, you can get injured easily. So when there is a sudden drop, we have to look at our food intake,” he said.
“NSI have provided supplements and I’m taking more protein to build muscle mass,” added Syed Syafiq, who is hoping that they would be given clearance to train in Bukit Jalil soon.