•Kiprotich said the global event is his ultimate dream having competed at different championships at continental level
•He has had a somewhat disappointing 2021 during which he failed in his bid to qualify for the Tokyo Games
•He, however, finished first at the KDF Championships at Nyayo Stadium courtesy of a throw of 75.42
All Africa Games javelin silver medalist Alex Kiprotich says he is determined to qualify for next year's World Championships in Oregon, USA.
Kiprotich said the global event is his ultimate dream having competed at the All Africa Games, African Junior Championships, Military World Games and the Commonwealth Games thus far.
"My main aim going into next year is qualifying for the World Championships since I have already secured my ticket for the Commonwealth. The qualification standards are a bit high but I am sure I can make it there with determination. It would be a dream to make it to Oregon. I would be so happy," Kiprotich said.
The 2013 Africa Junior champion said he will soon embark on a rigorous training regime to improve on his technique, with his eyes firmly trailed on next year's competitions.
"Right now, I am undertaking a two-month course in the military after which I will resume training for next year. Last year was not so good but I am optimistic things will improve in the coming future," he said.
Kiprotich has had a somewhat disappointing 2021 during which he failed in his bid to qualify for the Tokyo Games after a throw of 71.20 during the national Olympics trials at Moi Stadium, Kasarani, where he finished third.
He, however, finished first at the KDF Championships at Nyayo Stadium courtesy of a throw of 75.42.
The 2016 African Championships bronze medalist believes more investments are warranted in field events such as javelin if Kenya is to excel in this area.
"This year has been a struggle for us due to lack of proper facilities and training fields. As field athletes, we also need exposure to more international events so that we can improve on our techniques and experience," he said.
Although he finished fourth at this year's Kip Keino Classic — effectively losing the crown won last year — Kiprotich said he acquired valuable lessons from his interaction with various international athletes.
"They were encouraging and advising me to try and compete in many more international events because I have the ingredients to succeed. Exposure is what makes the difference between us and them in addition to tactics. Otherwise, you might possess all the physical strength but all that counts for nothing if you do not have the technique."