NAIROBI, Kenya- Solomon Kiplimo Boit is aiming to break the long standing world junior record in men’s 10000m final at the World U-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland on Tuesday evening.
The 13-year-old record was set by the late Beijing 2008 Olympics champion, Samuel Kamau Wanjiru, in Brussels, Belgium on August 26, 2005.
“Apart from having this high target, I also want to lower my personal best that currently stands at 28:18.00,” Boit, who trains at the famous incubator of distance running talent that is St. Patrick’s High School, Iten camp told SportPesa News before he departed for Finland with national team last weekend.
The 19 year-old revealed the Kenyans have a game plan to upset favoured Ethiopians and the deep field in the tough 25-lap race at the Tampere Stadium starting 6:50pm local time (+3GMT).
“I have worked out a plot with Rhonex Kipruto who will also be gunning for glory in the race. The strategy should help Kenya to have a 1-2 sweep in the race,” he underlined.
Boit admits that one-month residential camp at Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani, Nairobi helped him to improve on his speed.
“I got high level training under head coach Robert Ngisirei, the kind of regime that makes one to be a gold medal prospect at an international competition,” the Form Three student at Chewoyet Secondary School in West Pokot underscored.
Being included in the national team for the first time has been a great motivation not only to Boit but also his classmates as well as other upcoming athletes from where he hails.
“I feel the weight on my shoulder to deliver, I have to do this because I don’t want to let my schoolmates down.
“I also promised my friends in Iten that I will return home with a medal. I know the pressure is on me to perform but I’m ready for the task,” he highlighted.
Boit’s greatest challenge since he was selected to the Kenyan team is being able to balance his training and books.
“I’m trying to juggle both because exams are around the corner, I’m trying to make the best use of this opportunity however challenging it might be,” he said.
After Finland, Boit says he will be headed for several races abroad which have been lined-up by his manager, Mitchel Boeting, from the Netherlands.