Dennis Kipruto and Dennis Ruto have set their eyes on flying the Kenyan flag high at the second edition of Sirikwa, former Agnes Tirop Memorial Cross country championships set for next month.

The 18 year olds, who are the beneficiaries of Athletics Kenya training camp, are set to compete in the under 20 category at the Sirikwa Classic Cross Country Tour, the World Cross country Gold Tour on February 4th at the Lobo Village in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County.

Kipruto who sat for his KCSE last year at the Olimwarei secondary school said that training at the Kapkoimur Athletics camp in Nandi has helped him to equip his skills in readiness to compete against the world.

“This will be a big race for me after missing an opportunity to represent this country at the World cross country championships. Now that we are running at home, it will be an advantage for me,” said Kipruto.

 He added that he will be concentrating on his training to secure top position at the race as well as other races ahead of him to build his career.

 “This training has given me a good chance to showcase my talent to the world,” said Kipruto who competed for his school as well as the Nandi County championships.

His training mate and namesake Ruto said that after completing secondary education at Katwala Mixed Secondary school in Kitui County will offer him good training and preparations for the races ahead.

He said that he lost in many races because of poor preparations for the events.

“Completing school was an advantage for me because I have quality time to train and prepare for the races. Being in school and running did not work well for me but now I have a chance to do better,” said Ruto.

Coming from Kapsabet in Nandi county, Ruto has set the goals right to secure more chances and even run for the country.

“This is the beginning of good things ahead. First earning this training opportunity then having some races to skill myself,” he said.

Nandi Athletics Kenya chairman Hosea Sanga said that the two athletes have a great future that is being nurtured at Kapkoimur camp.

“They are top junior athletes in our camp and we are expecting them to represent Kenya in major championships this year,” said Sanga who is also at the Kapkoimur Training camp alongside Robert Ng’isirei and Eliud Keitany.

He also said that the federation and the ministry of Sports has been supporting the training camp ahead of the major championships.

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