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Kenyan Battle Shaping Up For World 1500m Gold

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 16, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 17, 2011 at 10:19 AM UTC
Augustine Choge stands a good chance of winning the gold medal in the 1500m at this month's World Championships. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Augustine Choge stands a good chance of winning the gold medal in the 1500m at this month's World Championships. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Kiplagat, Choge have shown excellent form lately.

Both Silas Kiplagat and Augustine Kiprono Choge have the same goal in mind: win the 1500m gold medal at the World Championships later this month in Daegu, South Korea. At just 5’4″ in height, Choge seems to be at a disadvantage. However, his short stride has never worked against him. Choge’s career has been skyrocketing since he won the 800, 1,500 and 3,000 meters in the East African Youth Championships in May, 2003. He then went on to set a new Commonwealth Games record in the 5000m in 2006 when he ran 12:56.41.

By 2008, Choge had dropped down in distance to the 1500m. He finished 10th in that event at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. And just last year, he began winning on a regular basis.

Kiplagat began running much later. At 22 years old, he didn’t begin competitive racing until 2008. He won the 1500m gold medal at last year’s Commonwealth Games.

“I want to become a number one and win the 1,500-meter gold medal for Kenya,” he said last week. “I am hoping to bring it home and I only target to sail through the semifinals. I only pray to God for good health.”

For More: The Korea Times

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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