Bett, Kirui look beyond Mo Farah challenge in Glasgow
17 July 2014, 10:26
Nairobi - Kenyan athletes Peter Kirui and Josephat Bett hope
that doubts over Olympic double champion Mo Farah from the Commonwealth
Games will boost their chances of landing gold in Glasgow when the games
start on July 23 to Aug. 3.
Track and field competition starts on July 27, but Bett and Kirui are
itching to get their medals for the first time after a long period.
"It is not that I wish Farah to miss the Games. It becomes better
when you win against a strong competition. But I have been out for
sometime now and I believe it will be good to make my return with a
win," he said.
"I have done well in training and Farah is just like any other
athlete and he is beatable. I will not discuss his case, but let see how
we fair on the track," said Kirui Wednesday in Nairobi.
Both Kirui and Bett will be making their second shot at the
international championships representing Kenya at the Glasgow
Commonwealth Games next week.
Kirui, last featured in the Kenya team at the Daegu (South Korea)
World Championships over the 10,000m while Bett last show was a junior
in Poland back in 2008, when he won gold in the longest distance on
Both faded off the stage and have emerged with resolve to redeem
their career and the Commonwealth Games offers both a platform to
achieve just that.
"I think we have been away. Personally, I have tried on several
occasions since I was a junior. But I was never lucky. Now I have my
chance," said Bett.
The duo will team up with Charles Cheruiyot over the 10,000m distance
and the likely absence of the England international has boosted morale
in the team.
Farah said he is just getting back into training after staying out
with abdomen pain. He declined to confirm if he will be fit for the
Gideon Chirchir, Kenya's head coach, however pointed out that he is
preparing his squad for the big test without focusing on any individual
"They have to realize that competing at the Commonwealth Games is not
by chance. They merit to be in this team and everyone is looking upon
them to deliver the results," Chirchir said.
"But we will not be focusing on Mo Farah alone. He is a good athlete,
but the net must be cast wider. Surprises are not inevitable and it is
important that Kenya prepare for the 10,000m distance, knowing that
Farah will be running too. It is in their country and he has to be
there," he added.
Kenya athletes returned to training after the government agreed to
pay them their bonus and the coaches have signed with relief, saying
they can now concentrate on the job at hand.
The team had sat out on Tuesday from training to force the government to pay them 1.2 million U.S. dollars for the games.
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