Kinyamal shakes off injury eyes gold at World Championships

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-07 19:31:40|Editor: Yamei
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NAIROBI, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal says he has overcome his hamstring injury that had stalled him this season and looks forward to winning gold for Kenya at the World Championships.

The 22-year-old, who has been battling a hamstring injury, stormed to victory with a season best 1:43.78 in Lausanne on Friday, a performance he believes will turn around his season in the countdown to the Doha World Championships.

"It was my first Diamond League win of the season and that means a lot to me," Kinyamal said on Sunday. "My objective this season is to run 1:42 and I pray to God the injuries cease."

Kinyamal has been primed as heir apparent to Olympic Champion David Rudisha. However, injuries have dimmed his bright career up until now and as he returns to fitness.

He will also have to watch out for rivals Ferguson Rotich and Africa silver medalist Emmanuel Korir.

Kinyamal also has plans to represent Kenya at the World Championships in October.

"Winning gold at Commonwealth Games in Australia gave me a lot of confidence," said Kinyamal.

"My career ambition now is to do a lot more at the 2019 World Championships (in Doha) and 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. I feel I have good speed-endurance and I plan to run under 1:43 this year."