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Krop to focus on mental strength ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics

Krop, who won bronze at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, said being his first time at the Olympics, he wants to make an impact

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•He said he has been improving with time and plans to end Kenya's long wait since John Ngugi won the title in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

•He said he has been improving with time and plans to end Kenya's long wait since John Ngugi won the title in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

Jacob Krop and Ishmael Kipkurui in action in the 5000m final during the 2023 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary
Jacob Krop and Ishmael Kipkurui in action in the 5000m final during the 2023 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary
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World 5,000m silver medallist Jacob Krop will focus on his mental strength ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games later this month. 

Krop, who won bronze at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, said being his first time at the Olympics,  he wants to make an impact and that is why he will not just focus on running but also on mental strength.

“Running at the Olympics stage is good for me because you face the best of the best in the world.

"Remember running is not just about the body but also how strong one is mentally. This is what makes the difference on such a global stage," he noted.

He added: "It was not easy to make it to the Olympic Games and that is why I am keen to run well in Paris and make my country proud,” said Krop.

“Running is about the mind and I want to put a lot of emphasis on that and Kenyans should expect good results from me in Paris—probably gold,” said Krop after morning training at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret.

He said he has been improving with time and plans to end Kenya's long wait since John Ngugi won the title in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

“I have been doing very well recently and I want to win gold. It has been long since we won gold and I think the time is now,” said Krop, who will team up with Ronald Kwemoi and Edwin Kurgat for Team Kenya.

He said he has been improving with time and plans to end Kenya's long wait since John Ngugi won the title in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

“In 2021, I was in Form Four sitting my final examination and I couldn't make it for the Olympics. This is despite having featured in the trials and having placed fourth,” he said.