World 1,500m champion Elijah Manangoi is recovering well ahead of the postponed Tokyo Olympics set for next year.
While talking to Citizen Digital, Manangoi said the postponement has offered him time to train and recover fully from an injury which denied him a chance to defend the world title.
The Narok born runner won the 2017 title and failed to defend in 2019 and due to the Covid -19 pandemic, he has abundant time to recover and hit shape.
“I was trying to rush with my coach in the gym. I was also doing lots of hill work and speed work so that I can register good time for qualification to the Olympics, but by then, I would say, I had recovered up to 70 percent and the postponement is a blessing in disguise; it has given me more time to prepare so I’m happy,” Manangoi enthused.
He is however optimistic of returning to camp as early as next month if the situation in the country improves.
“My hope is for the Government to lift the lockdown early next month so that we can go back to normal training because the calendar is out and we need time to train. Its only two months to prepare before the season begins in August and an athlete need more time to prepare; my hope is for the pandemic to end,” he concluded.