With the London Olympics in the horizon, Nixon Kiplimo Chepseba is among the forceful male Kenyan 1500m raring to make a name at the biggest sporting carnival this summer.
Having showcased his latent talent last season where he was the number 1 metric miler as the countdown to the Daegu Worlds tolled, personal tragedy derailed what was to be his ascendancy to the top when he lost his mother.
“I was really in shape in 2011. After I had done my first two Diamond League races, I had a problem. My mother passed away and from there, I was the one preparing the burial for two weeks.
“On my return to Oslo and my shape was down after missing training. It is very hot in Tambach where we live and training was not possible,” he disclosed with pain in his eyes.
After Oslo, Chepseba’s narrated he embarked on making up for lost time that saw him over stretch himself in training and as a result, missed the Daegu ticket.