After clinching the ticket to represent Team Kenya at next month’s World Championship in Oregon, Nicholas Kimeli has pinpointed teamwork as the only weapon for them to claim the world title.
Kimeli was Kenya’s highest finisher in the men’s 5000m at the World Championship in 2019, clocking 13:05.27 in eighth as Ethiopian Muktar Edris ran away with gold.
“I have my good friend here…Jacob (Krop)…with who we train and have run in many races together, both locally and internationally. We will continue to work together even when we go to Oregon so that we can bring the title back home. I know the Ethiopians have dominated the race in recent times but with teamwork I know we can defeat them,” Kimeli said.
Kimeli is in the top form currently, having triumphed at the national trials for the World Championship and Commonwealth Games on Saturday at Moi Stadium, Kasarani.
Before that, he had set a world-leading time of 12:46.33 on his way to victory at the Rome Diamond League.
The 24-year-old has set his sights on gold in Oregon, building upon his performance in the Italian capital.
“My eyes are on gold and if not, any other medal would do. My world-leading time in Rome just goes to show that they (Ethiopians) are beatable. So, we want to work hard and use this world lead as motivation as we fight for medals,” Kimeli said.
Apart from Krop, he will be flying the national flag in the men’s 5000m alongside African silver medalist Daniel Simiu.