Birech favourite for top IAAF award
from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – KENYA’S 3 000-metre steeplechase champion, Jairus Birech, is confident of clinching the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athlete of the Year Award.
A gala dinner to award the winner will be held in Spain on November 21.
The Kenyan steeplechase athlete has been nominated among the world’s top steeplechase competitors, but remains hopeful of being confirmed the overall winner for 2014 having swept top accolades this year.
Birech made history when he won the Samsung Diamond League trophy following successful victories in international races contested in Birmingham (England), Brussels (Belgium), Lausanne (Switzerland), Monaco (Spain), Rome (Italy) and Oslo (Norway) respectively.
Among the top accolades Birech won in Africa and international comprise the Continental Cup gold medal in Morocco, a silver medal in Glasgow, at the just ended Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
“I will be very happy if I will make the cut to the final top three nominees list,” said a modest said Birech.
The World Athletics Family (WAF) will name the final three contenders next Thursday.
– CAJ News
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