Former world Youth 1,500m champion Summary Cherotich ha announced her return in athletics, ready to rule on track as she aims an Olympic Games as well as Africa cross country medals set for Tokyo, Japan and Lome, Togo respectively.
The 2007 champion who led position one and three for Sheila Kiprotich is returning from maternity leave as well as family feuds to take her place in athletics.
Cherotich who has so far competed in four races in the north rift as part of her preparations warned that her place on track is still alive and no one should take up her position.
“I have decided to return to athletics because that is my talent. Is showed me the way and opened doors of prosperity as a young girl. Now I have to promise Kenyans good results when I will make into the Kenya team for 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan,” she said.
Last Saturday, she finished in position 5th at the 4th and penultimate leg of Athletics Kenya Cross country championships in Kapsokwony when she timed 39:20.02 in women’s 10km race.
“I have been out for long but that will not matter a lot because winning is an attitude for every runner. I did not return to lose but to win. If it was losing then I have no obligation to return,” said Cherotich.
She said that she has been in cold for so long, seeing her fellow athletes like Faith Kipyegon, Mercy Cherono among others making progress in the career that she used to beat the hands-down during her time in track.
“Faith has the energy and it is the same skills I used during then days. I feel bad when I see them run and am just in the house doing nothing. And talent doesn’t die, you only mute and once you press it, it works miracles automatically,” she said.
Cherotich h started training early this year, in preparations for the two major and competed at the inaugural Tuskys 10k Great Run where she finished in 30th position and at position 14th at the Kalya half marathon.
When she won her title in 2007, Kenya finished second on the table behind the USA. Kenya won six gold, four silver and a bronze.
Cherotich set her personal best of 4:15.47 to join other gold medalists like Mercy Cherono in 3,000m, Caroline Tuigong (2,000m steeplechase), Geoffrey Kibet (800m), Fredrick Musyoki (1,500m) and Daniel Lemashon in 3,000m.
Silver medals were won through Josephat Mitunga (1,500m), Lucas Rotich (3,000m), Silas Kosgei (2,000m steeplechase) and Christine Mayanga in 2,000m steeplechase while Kiprotich was the only bronze medalist in 1,500m
Source: The Stars Newspaper