Gibo Zachary @Peoplesport11
Fast-rising youngster David Saruni is confident of winning two gold medals for Kenya in both 110m and 400m hurdles during the World Under-18 Championships to be held in Nairobi from July 12-16.
Saruni, the country’s torch bearer in the hurdles, is sure of making Team Kenya for the global event when the country holds its final trials in Nairobi from June 13 -14 to select the final team.
“We are in Mombasa for the National Secondary Schools games and thereafter, will proceed to Nairobi for the World U18 trials because that is where all our focus is.
My expectations is to make Team Kenya and represent my country because I have already recorded good times and I therefore, want to improve it further,” said Saruni, a Form Three student at Mogonga PGA Secondary School in Kisii County. “This is our year and I am confident.
My target is to break the Kenyan record in the 400m hurdles which I hear is 49 seconds. Given I ran 50 seconds in the pre-trials in Eldoret last week, I just need to make a little improvement and I will be ready to break it in the final trials,” added Saruni who turns 17 next month.
Short-distance races have been Kenya’s Achilles heel in all events with Jamaicans, Americans and Nigerians dominating but Saruni is unfazed.
“It is a big challenge but I want those guys from Jamaica and USA. I am not only aiming at winning gold but also breaking the world record,” said Saruni.