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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 Nairobi.

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," she said.

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."

- Xinhua

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