Former Africa Athletics 10,000m silver medalist Wilfred Kimitei has started his long journey to represent Kenya at the Olympic Games set for Tokyo, Japan this year.
Kimitei, the former First Lady Half marathon champion will this Saturday run the Kenya Prison Cross country at Ruiru Training ground as his major race to kick-start the year.
Speaking in Eldoret before heading to Ruiru for the championships, the Iten based runner said his focus will be to get good results as he chases an Olympic slot in 10,000m.
“Am not so good in cross country but on track and road races but I know I will run my race very well on Saturday,” said Kimitei.
Recuperating from a tendon injury that kept him off all races in 2019, the reigning Iten Half marathon champion was optimistic that he has what it takes to win the prison’s title.
“2019 was not a good year for me after suffering a tendon injury but I have recovered fully, hoping for better results in the next championships,” added Kimitei.
The2017 national Prison Kenya 10,000m champion also competed at the Berlin marathon two times finishing in 4th and 6th positions.
“Apart from the track dominance, I also won the Standard Chartered 10km title in 2018 and finished 6th at Prague Half marathon. That shows how good I am in road and track,” said Kimitei.
Competing for Nyanza Region, Kimitei is likely to face his neighbor Cornelius Kangogo among other top runners at the championships