Kenya police service cross country, Augustine Choge, Eliud Kipchoge, IAAF World Half marathon,

Police Service cross country: Augustine Choge set to defend his title

With two important world athletics events-World Half marathon championships in Valencia, Spain and Africa Cross country championships in Algeria-each athlete will be seeking a ticket to one them.

This will not leave behind former world cross junior champion Augustine Choge. Despite defending his title at the National police service cross championships on Saturday at Ngong Racecourse, he has set his focus to the world half marathon.

After recovering from Shin Splints injury that kept him off the competitions, the former 5,000m junior champion was optimistic of beating a crowded field to earn his back to back titles in the uniformed officers championships.

“I know the championships will not be a walk in the park for me but I will do my best to defend my title. It will not be a walk in the park because I expect a stiff competition from athletes across the country,” said Choge, the former 5,000m Commonwealth champion.

Targeting to join the big league of marathoners, Choge says he feels he is on top form to do it again.

“Next year I want to venture in marathon and I am getting a few tips from Eliud Kipchoge (the reigning Olympic marathon champion). Today I sapped 15km morning run in Kaptagat just to get used to the road,” added Choge.

“Above all, I want to feature for a slot in the team Kenya to the World half marathon in Valencia Spain in March. The event will be used to gauge my speed,” said Choge.

Also he will be using the Saturday event as part of his training as he prepares to run at Ras al Khaimah (RAK) half marathon.

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