NAIROBI: Kenya’s team coach Mike Kosgei fears his country may fail to win the 3,000m steeplechase at the World Athletics Championships – an event they have dominated since Tokyo in 1991.
Bizarrely the cause of his concern is Stephen Cherono, a Kenyan who changed his citizenship to Qatar and is the fastest athlete over both steeplechase and 5,000m this season.
“It is not going to be easy. This guy has been the best this season over the distance,” Kosgei told reporters shortly before the 16-strong team boarded a flight for Paris on Wednesday.
Kenya’s build-up to the championships, which start tomorrow, has been far from ideal.
Kosgei was frustrated by the failure of some leading team members to appear at the training camp in the Moi Kasarani Stadium in the outskirts of Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
To add to his woes, John Cheruiyot Korir, who races in the 10,000m on Sunday, is suffering with influenza and 5,000m medal prospect Abraham Chebii was defeated last Friday in the Zurich Golden League meeting. – Reuters