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Birech yearns to break 3000m steeplechase world record

By Emmanuel Sabuni | Oct 12th 2014 | 2 min read
Kenya's Jairus Birech competes in the final of the men's 3000m steeplechase athletics event at Hampden Park during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on August 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL

After a brilliant show internationally this season, Jairus Kipchoge Birech, has lofty dreams –he wants to break the world 3,000m steeplechase record next year.

And that would perhaps slide him into winning the prestigious IAAF World Athlete of the Year award.

The 21-year-old Birech, however, hopes that his performance this season are enough to earn him the big prize at the IAAF 2014 World Athletics Gala in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on November 21.

He holds the 3,000m steeplechase world lead mark (7:58.41), IAAF Diamond Steeplechase Race Trophy, Africa title and Commonwealth Games silver; all under his medal-laden belt this season.

Birech and newly crowned world marathon record holder Dennis Kimetto, are the only Kenyans among ten men and ten women nominees IAAF short-listed for the 2014 World Athlete of the Year Award.

“We are the only Kenyans and it would be great of we emerge among the top three nominees. I am calling on Kenyans to vote for me. I have had a nice season,” he said.

The shy-looking Birech, said he will not rest on his laurels, well aware that a huge task await him next year.

“I know the world is closely monitoring my progress in the race and I do not want to disappoint them. I will attempt the world 3,000m steeplechase record and if the shape and weather conditions will allow, I can attempt it at the World Championships in Beijing.

“When the season kicks off next year, I will begin preparations to break the world record in 3,000m steeplechase as well as focusing on the Diamond league trophy win again,” said Birech.

Birech, who grew up with his cousin and 2007 world 800m champion Alfred Yego Kirwa, was in imperious form this season and hopes to stretch it into next season.

He has a personal best time of 7:58.41, he set last year at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Brussels, Belgium, last August. He has had a good season, winning six out of fourteen IAAF Diamond League meetings.

Birech, who comes from Chesunet Village near Moi University’s main campus, trains under Italian track and field agent Gianni Demadonna.



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