Rising star Emmaculate Anyango on why making Olympic team will be an uphill task

ATHLETICS Rising star Emmaculate Anyango on why making Olympic team will be an uphill task

Abigael Wafula 21:32 - 30.03.2024

Emmaculate Anyango has admitted that qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games will be hard for her and cited the main reason why.

The new athlete on the block Emmaculate Anyango is leaving no stone unturned this season as she outlines her plans for the campaign.

Anyango has already checked one tick off her bucket list by making the cut to the senior women’s team at the World Cross Country Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

At the global event, she remains unfazed about the tough competition as she will be hoping for a podium finish.

The 23-year-old now has plans to compete at the Olympic Games in Paris, France, something she believes will be an uphill task since she is not adept at running on the track. She admitted to Olympics official portal that she is better at road running unlike competing on the track.

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“I want to make the team for the Olympics. That’s going to be hard as I find track running challenging compared to the road and cross-country. I’m quite strong as an endurance runner,” the Sirikwa Classic Cross Country champion admitted.

She added that being on the same team with the reigning World Cross Country champion Beatrice Chebet is a blessing to her and she has gained a wealth of experience.

Anyango also noted that Chebet has picked some skills from her when it comes to endurance running and she adopted the skills of maintaining her speed.

“Now I’m in the team training with the top athletes and learning from them. For instance, Chebet has the speed and I have the endurance.

“We are now polishing and motivating each other. I have often wondered how she is able to have such a strong finish, and she’s keen to learn how to improve her endurance,” Anyango said.

Meanwhile, Anyango was off to a good start to her season which saw her become the second fastest woman over the 10km. She clocked 28:57 for a second-place finish behind Agnes Jebet who broke the world record.