Know Your Athlete – Timothy Cheruiyot

IAAF Diamond League 1500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot says the high point of his career so far was earning a world silver medal. The Kenyan’s all-time low, however, was missing out by 0.07 on qualification for the 2014 IAAF World U20 Championships.

So who is this runner? Well, he is a 23 year old Kenyan runner,

the 2017 World Silver medalist, Diamond League trophy winner, and 2nd fastest athlete in the World over 1500m from 2017. He is also the 2018 Commonwealth Games Silver medalist from the Gold Coast.

Cast back to the the Distance Medley Relay (DMR) at the 2015 IAAF World Relays Championships, in the Bahamas and you’ll see the emergence of a new star on the track. 1st time to represent Kenya. 1st time to travel by plane. 1st time to run a DMR. Intended aim for the 20 year old? Rewrite Kenya’s existing World Record. No pressure. The WR fell to Team USA and Timothy achieves silver and gains a valuable learning experience. A hunger to improve instilled. More experience required.

re-match with Blankenship 3 weeks later at the Prefontaine Classic, International Mile, Eugene meant 3rd overall and a solid debut mile time of 3.53 but with his eyes focussed on making the World Championships in Beijing. It happened. Both early qualification rounds navigated. A place in the 1500m final. 7th in the World at the end of his first 2015 season.

2016 brought a win at the Rabat Diamond League, a silver medal at the African Championships, Durban and 2nd in the Anniversary Games Ermsley Car mile, London. An excruciatingly close 4th place at the Kenyan Olympic Trials meant Rio was not to be. But another breakthrough to end this season – a win and PB at the Diamond League finals in Brussels (3.31.34). 4th fastest in the world to end the 2016 year.

By the end of the 2017 season Timothy was 2nd fastest in the world over 1500m and 3rd fastest over the mile, a world Silver medalist and Stockholm and Zurich Diamond League finals winner.

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