Reigning 1,500m champion Chebet ready for Doha Diamond League

Written By: Bernard Okumu


Reigning 1,500m African Champion Winny Chebet will be using her participation at the Doha Diamond League meeting to get in shape ahead of a gruelling 2021 running season.

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Chebet will participate in this Friday’s final round of the rescheduled Diamond league circuit In Doha as a pacemaker in the 3,000m race.

‘In Doha, I will be pacing for Hellen Obiri in the 3,000m because there’s no 1,500m race in Doha, in Monaco, I did pace then competed in the next DL meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, where I did post impressive time of 4minutes 02 seconds which was very encouraging given the prevailing conditions we are currently in’’. Chebet said

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Her preparations have however been hit by the Coronavirus pandemic with the 29-year-old saying that the return of track action was heartening despite the strict guidelines that have to be adhered to saying the nature of training gave one mental edge.

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‘’When you go outside Kenya you can’t train normally, it’s a bit different because outside Kenya {Europe} the restrictions are in place and that makes the difference  but when you prepare well it gives you the edge mentally to perform well even when the stadium is empty’’

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Chebet is angling to set the pace for the first 1,500m of the 12.5 laps,  5,000m race in Doha.

‘’My target in Doha is to pace up to 1,500m or up to 2,000m so am aiming to register 64secs per lap which means I can only pace up to 1,500m race then the next pacemaker takes over’’, Chebet said.

Chebet who won the 2018 African tile in Asaba is also aiming to return to competitive racing with Olympic qualification fueling her desire.

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‘Maybe next year I will focus on 1500m race and medal at the Olympics which I target to compete for a slot though I know it will be difficult..which calls for discipline and stickling to the coach’s rules and advice’, the former 800m world junior silver winner said.

The 3,000m women’s race is set to feature an array of Kenyan track stars including 3,000m steeplechase world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech, Agnes Tirop and Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay.

The rescheduled diamond league circuit comes to a close Friday in Doha.


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