Kibiwott Kandie who is a half marathon world record holder has now decided to run the 10,000 metres race at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, for winning a position.
He is aiming to smash Kenya’s long run without an Olympic gold in the men’s 10,000m. The last time a Kenyan man won in this category was during the Mexico City 1968 Games; we owe the victory to Naftali Temu.
Kenya has not secured the 10,000m world gold in last two decades. Charles Kamathi was the last Kenyan contender to won in Edmonton 20 years ago. Kandie looks to looks forward to break this pattern. His key competitor is Joshua Cheptegei, Uganda’s 5,000m and 10,000m world record holder.
Kandie informed a news source, “I have the drive to prove to the world that I can also perform in track, that is why I made a decision to compete in a 10,000m event with the aim of securing an Olympic ticket.”