Reigning All Africa Games 1,500m gold medalist Quailyne Kiprop will be chasing a world record when the season resumes after the coronavirus pandemic.
The Baringo based runner, while talking to the Star Newspaper said she was to compete at the start of Diamond League in Doha that was postponed due to the pandemic was optimistic that her training and preparations will lead her to break the world record that is currently held by Ethiopia’s Genzeb Dibaba.
After achieving a world record she will now switch to 5,000m but for now, she will be concentrating om how to conquer the track.
“For now, we are just relaxing waiting for good news from the authorities the way forward. The pandemic has cost us as athletes who depend on running a lone,” said Kiprop.
On her ambitions for world record, she wants to lower Genzebe’s time of 3:50.07 set in 2015.
“I want the world record before switching to other specialists. Now that we are just at home, doing nothing, we even fear training because you never know the health of your partner after camps were closed,” added the Mount Elgon cross country runner.
With pandemic brining down the sporting industry, Kiprop who trains in Eldama Ravine in Baringo county however was optimistic that it is not just athletics that have been affected but all sectors across the world.
“For me, am just relaxing waiting good news. As much as am suffering because I 100% depend on running, am not the only one affected. Even if I train, am not sure where I will be running next. You train according to the programme of the race assigned to. I don’t know if I will go for loading, gym, hill work. It is confusing,” she said.
Kiprop was to use Doha meeting as part of her preparations for Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, which is also in a limbo.
She was to accompany her training mates Justus Soget, reigning All Africa Games 5,000m champion Richard Kimunyan and world under 18 800m silver medalist Lydia Jeruto.
She was included in the Africa Cross Country championships that were suspended.