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January 17, 2019

Korir to use London DL as build-up for Africa show

United States-based Kenyan Emmanuel Korir
United States-based Kenyan Emmanuel Korir
United States-based Kenyan Emmanuel Korir will use Sunday’s Diamond league meeting in London to warm up for the Africa Senior Championships set for next month in Assaba, Nigeria.
Korir, a student at the prestigious University of Texas at El Paso, was optimistic of his chances in the English capital before taking on former world under-20 800m champion Jonathan Kitilit and Ferguson Rotich in the continental championships in August. After running a world best of 1:43.10 during the 2017 Monaco Diamond League, Korir will this time face Commonwealth 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal and Amos Nijel of Botswana—two of best athletes in the two lap race in London.
“Right now,  I am in good shape ahead of the race. Despite running with great athletes like Amos and Kinyamal, I am sure I will emerge top because I believe I have what it takes to win the race. I have been preparing well for the race,” said Korir. He added that he wants to run well in London and the best way to do it is to win the race. “London race will enable me gauge my strength ahead of the Africa Championships,” he added.
On his part, Kinyamal, who last week won the April’s  Sports Journalists Association of Kenya/StarTimes Sports Personality of the Month award, was confident of clinching the title. Kinyamal was the surprise 800m winner at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast last April. “I am currently in good shape and I hope to win the title. I know the race will be very competitive but I want to assure that I will do my best,” said Kinyamal.
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