HAPPY TO BOUNCE BACK

Kinyamal trains sights on world title in Budapest next year

"I am happy to bounce back after a poor show in Eugene. Now I want to win the world title next year in Budapest and the Olympic Games in 2024. This is a big boost for me,” — Kinyamal.

In Summary

•Team Kenya finished 13th overall with 21 medals six gold , 5silver and 10 bronze medals.

•Team Kenya finished 13th overall with 21 medals— six gold, five silver and 10 bronze medals.

Commonwealth games champion Wycliff Kinyamal cruising to v to victory at the Alexander Stadium on Sunday
Commonwealth games champion Wycliff Kinyamal cruising to v to victory at the Alexander Stadium on Sunday

Fresh from defending his 800m title at the Commonwealth Games, Wycliffe Kinymal has set his sights on next year's World Championship in Budapest.

Kinyamal, who finished last in Eugene, Oregon a fortnight ago, said: "I am happy to bounce back after a poor show in Eugene. Now I want to win the world title next year in Budapest and the Olympic Games in 2024. This is a big boost for me,” noted Kinyamal. 

During the race, Kinyamal said his tactic was to run from the front. “I decided to control the race so that I could conserve a bit more energy to push me forward at the finish. My win is such a great feeling,” added Kinyamal. 

He added that defending the title was one of the hardest missions he has ever had to do. "It was not easy. I really had to motivate myself, especially after Oregon and I never gave up hope of winning," noted Kinyamal. 

The 25-year-old  ran a tactful race from the front, winning in 1:47.52.  Australia's Peter Bol took silver in 1:47.66 while Bob Pattison of England settled for bronze in 1:48.25.

He thanked Kenyan fans for their support and prayers during the games.

"The support from Kenyans fans really motivated me considering I was the only one in the final,” added Kinyamal. 

He added: “It feels good to win here after failing to perform well at the World Championships in Oregon. My body just locked during the final in Oregon and I couldn’t move,” said Kinyamal. 

He dedicated the gold to his four-year-old son Gift Odupoyi. "He is my inspiration and I dedicate the gold to him," observed Kinyamal. 

He said God willing, he will defend his title in 2026 when he is 29 years old in Australia. “If all goes well, I will be in Australia to defend my title. It's all about  discipline and good training,” noted Kinyamal. 

Team Kenya finished 13th overall with 21 medals— six gold, five silver and 10 bronze medals.

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