Africa-Press – Kenya. Fresh from winning gold at the ongoing World Under-20 Championships in Cali, Reynold Cheruiyot has revealed teamwork played a major role in his success in the 1500m final.
Cheruiyot obliterated the field to win in 3:35.83. He was in the company of Daniel Kimaiyo who won bronze in 3:37.43. Ethiopia’s Ermias Girma spoilt the sequence by settling for second place in 3:37.24.
“Teamwork was what worked for us. Kimaiyo and I had started planning on how we would work together during our training at Moi Stadium, Kasarani. Everything was set for us and we were just waiting to get into action,” Cheruiyot said.
Cheruiyot said his win was a fulfillment of his parents’ dreams as they were athletes but had never participated in any international competitions.
“My parents were runners but they never competed outside the country. I motivated myself to train harder and represent them on the global stage and it is happening. I am happy,” he said.
He also said his win was a sure bet. “I was sure of the win. I had recorded the fastest time during the heats…this motivated me,” he said.
Cheruiyot is targeting the Olympic title at the Paris 2024. But before that, he wants to compete in at least two Diamond League meetings and finish at the podium.
“I now want to win the Olympic title in 2024. Right now, my plan is to compete in at least two Diamond League meetings and get into top-three in preparation for the Olympics,” he said.
Cheruiyot revealed he looks up to world 1500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot.
“I want to be like Cheruiyot and maybe that’s why we share names. Winning this title makes me believe I am destined for greatness like him,” he said.
He extended a hand of gratitude to his coach, Jacob Langát for encouraging him.
“The journey has not been easy and I had to persevere on most occasions. My coach held my hand and I want to thank him,” Cheruiyot said.