Name of athlete: Philian Kerubo
Event (Competition): 100 Meter Hurdles
High School: Nyabururu Girls High School
Fun Fact: Likes eating Rice, Cabbage, Milk and Meat
Philian Kerubo has the discipline to win gold at the IAAFU18 Championships
The IAAF World U18 Championships is an international event that brings together athletes from all over the world who are 17 years old or younger. It is such a clear cut definition of what the championships stand for. However, for world renowned athletes like Usain Bolt, championships such as these are the first opportunity to shine on a global stage; the first foray into athletics that goes beyond their national borders.
What does this mean for 17-year-old Philian Kerubo, in our fourth athlete profile? It is an opportunity to win gold on a global scale.
What does a typical day training for the U18 Championships look like for you?
In the morning, I do my warm ups then jog around the training ground. In the afternoon that is between 2pm and 4 pm I spend the two hours resting. My training also includes going to the gym and doing aerobics classes. Mostly, I try to follow the advice my coach gives me because I know this will help me perform better.
What is the one thing that differentiates you from your contemporaries in the U18 Championships and what advantage do you have over them?
I think my discipline, my hard work and strength give me an advantage over my contemporaries. I have gauged myself against my Kenyan counterparts, and I feel that in certain areas I have an advantage over them because I always take the lead.
What do you enjoy most about athletics?
I love winning. It also gives me a chance to win gold in the presence of people of different races across the world.