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Cherono eyes world gold in 5,000m in the absence of Vivian

Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY STANLEY MAGUT

Two-time world 3,000m junior champion, Mercy Cherono, has set her sights on gold medal in the 5,000mat the World athletic Championships in Moscow, Russia. With the defending champion Vivian Cheruiyot skipping this year’s event, Cherono said her mission in Moscow will be to ensure the title returns home. She said she has learned a lot since finishing fifth in the 12-lap event at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu.

“I performed dismally then because I was just graduating to senior ranks. Now I have adjusted to the seniors and I can say I have gained experience in the race,” Cherono said. She said even in the absence of champion Vivian, she will still fly Kenya’s flag high. Cherono has a personal best time of 14.35 minutes in the 5,000m which she posted at the 2011 Diamond League meeting in Paris.

Speaking in Eldoret, she said her intention at the moment is to make the Team Kenya for the competition. “I am training hard at the moment in readiness for the national trials where I am confident of making the cut,” she added. Cherono is also the 2009 world junior cross country champion.