Flomena Cheyech Daniel, the 2014 Commonwealth Marathon champion is optimistic that teamwork will be necessary for team Kenya to shine at the August IAAF world championships in London.
Coming from cattle rustling prone county of West Pokot, Cheyech said she is a competitive team that is made up of double world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat and world marathon silver medalist Helah Kiprop.
“This team is the best and we will be trying our best to reclaim our lost glory in London. To win the podium places, we need to have team work and ensure that we beat our opponents to win medals,” said Cheyech, the 2014 Paris marathon champion.
In the last championships held in Beijing China in 2015, Kiplagat failed to go into the books of record for winning the title three times consecutively and the title went to perennial rival Mare Dibaba (2:27.35) of Ethiopia followed by Kenyan Kiprop (2:27.36) taking silver while Kenyan born turned Bahrain international Eunice Kirwa completed the podium in 2:27.39 in one of the most fierce women marathon race of a life time.
As defending champion, Kiplagat was 5th cloaking 2:28.15 but Cheyech wants her teammates to pull a surprise in the former colonial master’s land and ship home all medals on offer, replicating 2011 IAAF world championships in Daegu, Korea when Kenyan marathoners swept the podium with Kiplagat winning gold followed by Priscah Jeptoo and Sharon Cherop for taking silver and bronze medals who are both on sabbatical leave.
“We have been discussing as team mates to know how we can challenge the world and the formula which can be best used to win the medals. We don’t want to lose the title that belongs to us Kenyans,” added the 2013 Toronto Waterfront marathon champion.