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Kiplagat Looking For Elusive 1500m Gold At Worlds

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 9, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 9, 2011 at 9:08 AM UTC
Kenya's hope for a 1500m gold medal, Silas Kiplagat, (left) talks with his coach, Mohammed Amin. Photo: Daily Nation

Kenya's hope for a 1500m gold medal, Silas Kiplagat, (left) talks with his coach, Mohammed Amin. Photo: Daily Nation

The 22-year-old middle-distance runner thinks he’s ready.

Here’s a surprising fact: Kenyan men have yet to win a gold medal in the 1,500m event at the World Championships.

Twenty-two-year-old Silas Kiplagat wants to be the first runner from his country to end that drought. After all, he is the reigning Commonwealth Games champion in the 1,500m and currently owns a world-leading best time of 3:30.47. He’s also won the event at two Diamond League Meetings (Oslo and Monaco).

“I want to become a number one to win the 1,500m gold medal for Kenya,” Kiplagat said. “I am hoping to bring it home and I only target to sail through the semi-finals. I only pray God for a good health.”

Though Kenya has fared well in the 1,500m in the Olympics (three gold medals), it’s not been able to do much at the World Championships.

“The two wins at Diamond League meetings motivated me so much,” admitted Kiplagat. “The competitions and the Commonwealth Games victory have given me the experience.”

For More: Daily Nation

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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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