Olympic 3,000m Steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto is optimistic ahead of his debut in this year’s Diamond League set for Florence in Italy on Thursday.
The third leg of this season’s Diamond League will see less Kenyan athletes in action with many preparing for the Olympic Games national trials slated for June 17-19 at Kasarani.
Kipruto will battle world bronze medalist Soufiane El Bakkali from Morocco, Ethiopia’s Takele Tadese, his compatriot Wilberforce Kones, Uganda’s Albert Chemutai among others in the 3,000m Steeplechase race.
The Kenyan started training late after a long break that was caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which saw the suspension of sporting events.
Kipruto revealed that he will run to see if he is fit ahead of next month’s Tokyo Olympic Games, which he has already qualified for.
“I started training recently and my preparations are not perfect, but I will be running today (Thursday) just to see where I need to improve ahead of the Olympics Games. I’m using the 3,000m race to improve on my speed,” said Kipruto, who has been training in Mosoriot, Nandi County.
After the Florence meet, Kipruot will head back home to prepare for the Olympic national trials where he hopes to defend his title over the distance.[Story Courtesy-Nation]