Battling with hamstring injury, reigning Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medallist Rodgers Chumo Kwemoi will be seeking his first gold medal at the IAAF world championships in Doha, Qatar.
Kwemoi, who missed to compete at the world cross country championships in Aarhus, Denmark, will be searching for his maiden gold after graduating into senior cadre two years ago.
Speaking in Eldoret, the 2016 world under 20 10,000m champion in Bydgoszcz said the injury will not deter his ambitions for a maiden gold in the 10,000m race.
“I have been suffering but this time, I am fine to face the challenges ahead of me. I know it will not be a walk in the park but a hard working training will give me an opportunity to cut into the Kenya team in Doha,” said Kwemoi.
The former Kaptama high school alumnus was optimistic that his bets time will earn him a call up for the national championships after acquiring the qualifying mark this season.
“I have my season best time of 27:28 and the world championships qualifying time is 27:40 so am already in only that the competition will be higher than in the past events,” said Kwemoi who trains at Global Sports Communication with marathon greats like world marathon Eliud Kipchoge, three time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor, Olympic and world marathon champion Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich, two time world marathon champion Abel Kirui among others.
Kwemoi is live in Japan working with Aisan, the company that deals with motor vehicle spare-parts said he shone in juniors and now wants to replicate the same in seniors after making his international debut in world cross country championships in 2015 where he crossed the finish line in 10th position.