- With athletics activities crawl back from the COVID 19 effect, Monaco leg of the Diamond League will mark a new start for Olympic 1,500 meters champion Faith Chepng’etich.
No doubt COVID 19 has lay waste to the world athletics calendar leaving high profile athletes to settle for virtual racing and now there is light at the end with the Monaco event.
Chepng’etich, who is not only looking forward to making her debut over 1,000 meters but also starting her season at next month’s said she will be in Monaco on August 14. But it all depends on her getting clearance from the government and the European Union (EU).
Although it remains to be seen whether the EU will clear Kenya, the country was among the countries whose nationals haven’t clear to fly into Schengen nations owing to non-compliance of Covid-19 requirements.
“I really want to start my season in Monaco, but it will be interesting this being my first time in Monaco and more so to compete over 1,000m,” Chepng’etich said.
“I have been doing some road work combining it with speed work on the road since all the arenas are closed owing to Covid-19,” Chepng’etich said.
Chepeng’etich is determined to retain her Olympic title despite the event’s postponement to next year she said she’ll be able to determine how her season will unravel after Monaco.
“There will be so much ahead before the end of the year but I welcome the challenges,” Chepng’etich explained.
According to Chepng’etich, who won the world 1,500m in 2017 London, before settling for silver in 2019 in Doha, term Monaco as a start because she has set her sights on few more events including the World Athletics Continental Tour’s Kip Keino Classic in Nairobi on September 26.
“It’s tough training in isolation, but everyone is facing similar conditions but it’s my prayer that everything will open up,” she concluded.
Chepng’etich, a mother of one is currently training in isolation in Kaptagat, Elgeyo Marakwet County.