Korir Readies Himself For IAAF World Challenge

19-year-old Kenyan champion wants to dominate the track.

19-year-old Kenyan champion wants to dominate the track.

Last month, Kenya’s Japhet Korir was the first senior men’s runner to cross the line at the World Cross-Country Championships in Poland.

At 19, Korir’s win made him the youngest winner of the senior race in the event’s history.

But turf running aside, Korir has set his sights on a different goal: the 5000m on the track. Specifically, he’s heading to Melbourne, Australia for the first in an ongoing series of IAAF World Challenge races.

“Yes, 5000m is the distance I will concentrate on during the summer,” he said. “I have had success as a junior at big cross country championships but I have not been to a big championship on the track; that is my next ambition.”

The race in Melbourne has a long tradition that dates back to Australian legend Ron Clarke and Kenya’s Kip Keino.

Back in 1965, the two rivals squared off not on a super-fast synthetic rubber surface, but on a grass track.

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