Sprinter Kiplagat eyes final at Beijing

July 29th, 2008 - 3:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Kampala, July 29 (Xinhua) Uganda’s young sprinter Benjamin Kiplagat feels he is ready for Olympics and has set his eyes on the final of the 3,000m steeplechase. “My target in Beijing is to qualify for the final. After that anything can happen. I feel I am ready for the Olympics,” Kiplagat, a World junior silver medallist and a student of Ugandan Standard High School, was quoted by the state-owned New Vision daily Monday.

The Olympic-bound runner over the weekend had easily strode to victory in the 3,000m steeplechase to clock the winning 8:28.80 at the National Athletics Championships here.

The 19-year-old runner’s mark was four seconds inside the Beijing Games entry mark of 8:32.00.

“I was very comfortable. I did not want to push it harder,” Kiplagat said, adding that “I was just testing myself and I am happy.”

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