Kenya’s 3,000m steeplechase specialist Paul Kipsiele Koech may soon join the bandwagon of athletes switching to marathon running.
Koech, winner of multiple IAAF Diamond League races, is weighing his options and will make a decision in May whether to stick to his area of specialisation or try his legs in the unfamiliar territory of road running.
Speaking at his Kapchepkoro home in Bomet County, Koech revealed that he has embarked on a more serious training schedule ahead of other championships across the world and also wants to hone his skills more just incase he switches to marathon.
“Training is key to success in athletics so I encourage budding athletes to embrace this if they hope to go places. In May, I will announce whether I will still stick to 3,000m steeplechase or switch to marathon but for now I am training hard for the championships ahead,” said Koech, who has also set up Kaplong-Sotik (KASO) athletics training camp which is already home to 10 budding athletes.
Koech is a season steeplechaser who has won Diamond League races in Rome, Doha, Zurich and Paris as well as a bronze medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics in Greece although he has been unable to win a World Championships medal, the best being fourth place in Berlin, Germany in 2009.
Meanwhile, Koech has urged Kenyan athletes to shun doping and instead work hard in training while being patient if they want to chive success.
“Doping is real and the world is watching Kenyan athletes because they feature prominently in various athletics events and excel. This is a serious matter and must be fought at all costs,” he added.