Middle distance runner Nicholas Kimeli has promised to correct a mistake he did during the Tokyo Olympics games, which cost him and the country a place at the podium for the 5,000 meters race.
Kimeli finished 4th in the race, but ahead of the World Championships, he is promising to deliver at least a medal for the country.
He notes that he had expected to win something at the Olympics, but Bronze slipped away at the last minute.
“Last year was not good depending on my targets. I finished fourth in Olympics, but I will do the correction at the World Championships,” noted the 23-year-old athlete.
“I had prepared well. I was on top shape but I went ahead far too early and my competitors beat me,” he added.
Nicholas Kimeli has been working on sharpening his speed, an area he admits was lacking in most of the Kenyan athletes at the Olympics.
He has already participated in the National Cross Country Championships at Lobo Village in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County, where he finished fourth, as well as the Discovery Kenya Cross Country Championships.
The athlete is among those that have been invited for the Agnes Tirop World Cross Country Tour in Eldoret town on February 12, 2022.
Aside from the world tour and the World Championships, Kimeli has also set his eyes on the Commonwealth Games and the Grand Prix.
He also believes going into the World Championships, Kenya is now best placed to win something in the 5,000 meters race.
“We were not performing well because we did not do more speed work, which is why we lost many races at the Summer Olympics. But we are expecting a good performance in the coming championship. We have Simiu, I, and several other athletes,” noted Nicholas Kimeli.
The athlete ran 5000 meters personal best in under 13 minutes in Hengelo, on 9 June 2019.
At the 2019 London Grand Prix, at the same distance, he finished in third place.
Kimeli also qualified for the final at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.