NAIROBI, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- World and Olympic steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto will launch his season early competing in local cross country circuit.
However, the African champion has ruled out competing at next year's World Cross Country Championships saying he is only keen to boost his endurance before moving to his trademark completion in the water and hurdle race.
"I want to run in local cross country circuit to help inspire the young athletes to run clean and embrace athletics. However, I don't have plans for the World Cross Country Championships in March," said Kipruto on Thursday in Nairobi.
Kipruto and the 2016 World Cross Country champion Agnes Tirop will compete at the Isaiah Kiplagat Memorial Ndalat Gaa Cross Country on Saturday in Eldoret.
Kipruto will face among others defending champion Abraham Kiptum, who went on to win the Daegu Marathon (2:06:29) and Copenhagen Half Marathon (59:09).
Jebet has a battle at hand against current World Half Marathon record holder Joycilline Jepkosgei, the 2011 world and 2012 Olympic marathon silver medalist Priscah Jeptoo and 2016 Paris Marathon champion Visiline Jepkesho.
Kipruto however failed to confirm if he will attempt to break the steeplechase world record in 2019.
But he insisted he wants to run fast time in the Diamond League and be in the best shape to defend his world title in Doha, Qatar in October 2019.