Che­mos plans to switch to longer races next year

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

The 2013 world 3000m SC cham­pion Milka Che­mos has re­vealed she will be up­grad­ing to the 5000m and 10000m in­stead of the wa­ter and bar­rier race she is best known for.

Che­mos, who was yes­ter­day ap­pointed the Ath­let­ics Kenya ath­letes’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive, has been out of com­pe­ti­tion with a spinal in­jury, which forced her out of the 2015 Worlds and 2016 Olympics.

“The in­jury af­fected me so much and it is such a great thing that I can even af­ford to smile again,” said Che­mos, who had to seek treat­ment abroad. “I am now fully re­cov­ered and my fo­cus is on the 2017 World Cham­pi­onships. I am yet to know which among the two races to put em­pha­sis on but I will make the de­ci­sion with time.”

The dec­o­rated Na­tional Po­lice Ser­vice run­ner boosts of a num­ber of medals in­clud­ing 2012 Olympic Games bronze, an­other bronze at the 2009 Berlin and 2011 Daegu world cham­pi­onships, 2013 (gold) and 2014 (sil­ver) Com­mon­wealth Games and 2010 Con­ti­nen­tal Cup sil­ver.

“I wouldn’t wish to en­dure the kind of pain that I went through, again, and that is why I have opted to do flat races,” she said.

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