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Commonwealth champion Kiplagat eyes new record

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STANLEY MAGUT

COMMONWEALTH Games 1,500m gold medalist Silas Kiplagat is targeting a world record in his speciality race this season.

Kiplagat, who is also planning to defend his title at the August Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, said he will be going for the world in 1,500m event this season. Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj holds the current record of 3:26.00 set in Rome, Italy in 1998. Kiplagat’s personal best of 3:29.27 which he ran in 2010 in Monaco ranks him 11th fastest of all time. “I have resolved to go for a world record this season since I am now more experience in the three and a half lap race,” Kiplagat said. Double world 1,500m champion, Asbel Kiprop has a personal best of 3:27.72 set last year in Monaco Diamond League.

With Kiplagat hinting that he has what it takes to become the next king in the three and half lap race, focus will also be on the reigning world supremo Asbel Kiprop and the 2011 Diamond League series winner Nixon Chepseba who together with Kiplagat are forces to reckon with in the event.

“Always good results can only be achieved in an environment where there is competition and I intend to work with Asbel and Nixon Chepseba to hit my target,” he added. The athlete has lined up fewer races in a bid to achieve his dream and at the same time avoid burn out.

Kiplagat will be in action tomorrow during the Prisons cross country championships at Uhuru Gardens before focusing on a few international assignments in Germany next month as part of his build up.