Wanyonyi targets Commonwealth, World Champs medal

Wanyonyi targets Commonwealth, World Champs medal

At the Trials that concluded on Saturday, Wanyonyi had to dig deep from sixth place at the home stretch to finish second and clinch an automatic qualification. The teenager admitted he made a mistake in his lane decision as he was forced to run on the outer lane for most of the final lap.

Emmanuel Wanyonyi

Youngster Emanuel Wanyonyi says he is confident of bagging a medal at either the Commonwealth Games or the World Championships after dramatically clinching a place in Team Kenya.

At the Trials that concluded on Saturday, Wanyonyi had to dig deep from sixth place at the home stretch to finish second and clinch an automatic qualification. The teenager admitted he made a mistake in his lane decision as he was forced to run on the outer lane for most of the final lap.

“In the trials, things are always brutal because everyone is fighting for a place in the team. I made a mistake and was boxed out of the inner lane. I had to work hard to get qualification and I am glad I did,” Wanyonyi said after the race.

He added; “My target now is to go to the World Championships and Commonwealth Games and try get a medal. I don’t care which color but as long as I get a medal I will be pleased for myself.”

The 17-year old won the World Under-20 title at Kasarani last season and he hopes he can make progress with a medal in the Seniors category.

He is trained by former World and Commonwealth Games champion Janeth Jepkosgei and says she has been a huge mentor to him and hopes to make her proud with a medal.

“She has taught me a lot and continues to encourage me. Athletics is all about experience and the more races I run the more experience I get. With her by my side, I know everything will be okay,” he added.

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