Kipruto is Kenya's hope to end 10,000m of bad luck at the Olympics
NAIROBI: 10,000m World Bronze Medalist Rhonex Kipruto It has given Kenya new hope to end its bad luck to win the race at the Olympics.
The 20-year-old has already broken the world record for 5 km on the road, registering 13 minutes and 18 seconds, and then did the same in the 10 km race, before Joshua Cheptegei from Uganda erased the record at 26:38 in Valencia, Spain.
However, Barnaba Korir, athlete's agent and vice president of Athletics Kenya (AK), believes that the young man has characteristics similar to those of Eliud Kipchoge and Geoffrey Kamworor and he has the potential to rule the chicken coop in his specialty, especially in the future Tokyo Olympics Xinhua News Agency reports.
There have been plenty of other athletes before, but I really hope Kipruto fits into the equation that he will strive to regain Kenya's glory in the 10,000m at the Olympics, Korir said Sunday.
Kenya last won gold in the 10,000 meter race in 1968 through Naftali Temu In Mexico City.
But for now, due to the coronavirus, Kipruto, who is also the U-20 world champion, is busy planting trees in the village of Kimamet, near Eldoret.