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Leonard Bett ready to compete at Africa championships

Reigning world under 20 3,000m silver medalist Leonard Bett will be seeking to represent the country in his second race at Africa Cross country championships in Lome, Togo following his graduation into senior ranks late last year.

With athletics Kenya hosting the national trials this Saturday at Uhuru Gardens to select a team for Africa Cross country, Bett will be leading a host of South Rift athletes, competing in cross country for the first time in senior ranks.

As quoted by The Star Newspaper, the South Rift Regional championships, the newlywed runner finished 6th a fortnight ago in a hotly contested race won by Julius Tanki. If he will make it to Togo, Bett will be running his second cross country in national colours after finishing 4th at the world cross country in Arhus, Denmark last year, competing in junior ranks.

As a 3,000m steeplechase specialist, Bett said he will be using cross country, which is good for endurance, speed among others.

“I have built a name in steeplechase but I have to compete in cross country as part of my speed work, endurance and gain experience in seniors after graduating. The transition is not easy and needs total hard work,” said Bett.

The 2017 world under 18 2,000m steeplechase gold medalist was the finalists at the world championships held last year in Doha, Qatar, finishing in 9th position where Conseslas Kipruto retained his title.

“It was a tough race since I was just making it into seniors but I thank God I managed to reach the finals. Heading into the new season, I want to try my best and register good results,” said Bett.

Early this year, Bett defeated homegrown runners to win Iten premium cross country meeting defeating Haules 10km champion Daniel Simiyu among others host of top runners.

He will be joining other regions seeking the title currently held by world half marathon record holder Geoffrey Kamworor who will be competing for National Police Service.

Source: The Star Newspaper

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