Reigning world 1,500m champion Elijah Motonei Manangoi will be concentrating in defending his world title in Doha as he will skip the All Africa Games set for Morocco in August.
Apart from competing in his favourte 1,500mm the Narok born runner has switched to 5,000m at Doha after, for the first he competed in the race during the third and last meeting of Athletics Kenya meeting at Narok over the weekend.
Manangoi, who competes alongside his young brother George Manangoi said competing in the 12 lap race is part of his endurance as he aims bigger races ahead.
“This is my first time running my best time in my home county as well as the 5,000m. I ran 5,000m to gain endurance in my 1,500m and it worked for me. Am planning to compete in 5,000m in future,” said the reigning 1,500m Commonwealth champion.
Apart from gaining endurance, the reigning 1,500m Africa champion said he has to pave way for youngsters who are joining the race, the same way his brother is.
“Youngsters are coming very fast. Just like my brother who ran very well today. We need to give these young people space in the shorter races. It has always been my target, since I began athletics career to graduate slowly from 1,500m to 5,000m and once I gain much endurance I switch to marathon,” said Manangoi.
As he recovers from an injury he picked while competing in Stockholm, Manangoi said the weather did not favour him hence failing to run my race as he chases his personal best.
“My target will be to get good time but once the world record comes my way it will be good. I want my ever personal best in Monaco this year. My target is not to run at All Africa Games but my focus will be at the world championships in Doha,” concluded Mamangoi after finishing 7th in heat three in Narok.