Sum targets gold in Glasgow Commonwealth Games
11 December 2013, 10:42
Nairobi - World 800m champion Eunice Sum will skip the indoor season next year and instead, the African 1,500m bronze medalists will focus on build-up to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in August in Scotland.
"I have started light training and the focus next season will be on
the Commonwealth Games. Of course, there are other races in between, but
to sustain the same level of consistence you need to plan and I believe
the biggest stage next year will be in Glasgow," said Sum Tuesday in
However, Sum, who surprised the world when she sprinted to victory at
the World Championships in Moscow beating Olympic champion Mariya
Savinova of Russia, confirmed that she will not take part in the Indoor
circuit, which starts in January in Europe and USA.
Sum timed her late burst through the middle to perfection in Moscow
during the 800m final, knocking almost two seconds off her personal best
with a time of one minute 57.38 seconds.
The Russian was second in 1:57.80 and American Brenda Martinez snatched the bronze in 1:57.91.
Now the 24-year-old Sum wants to repeat same performance in Glasgow, where the Commonwealth family will meet in August.
Sum is eying to fill the void left by the defending Commonwealth
Games champion Nancy Jebet Lagat, who struck double gold in Delhi Games
in 2010 in both 800m and 1,500m races.
"I just want to do well. Nancy did well to win a double but at the
moment, my focus is just on the 800m distance. I do not know if I will
double. It is still too early and what is important is to train well,"
Sum has represented the country in 1500m race before without success.
But that wait is over since she switched to the two-lap distance to
fill the void left by her mentor Janeth Jepkosgei. "I think I will stick
to the 800 now."