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Kipsang promises to end Farah’s reign

NAIROBI, April 8- Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor has promised to return to China and end Britain’s Mo Farah four year reign as the men 10,000m world champion in Beijing this August.

Kipsang who ran to World Cross glory in the south-eastern Chinese city of Guiyang will run the 10,000m at the 29th May Pre Fontaine Classic in Eugene Oregon.

In a webcast with American website Strive Trips, Kipsang said he is to topple the Somali-born British distance running star and double world champion from the 2011 and 2013 editions in Daegu, South Korea and Moscow, Russia.

“I’m going to train very hard and do a lot of speed work. For me, running 10,000m, I will go with a high pace throughout the event until the finish. I don’t want to go a slow pace and then at the end someone can kick [in] 52 [seconds for the last 400m].

“So, for me I’ll go with the high speed until the end. By then no one will have the strength to kick because of the high pace they have been coming through,” Kipsang, 22, said in a webcast on American website, Strive Trips.

The 2011 World Cross junior champion confirmed he will feature in the IAAF Diamond League Prefontaine Classic meeting in Eugene, Oregon on May 29 to get in shape for Beijing as he hopes to return to China and run to more glory in the summer.

Kipsang who added the World Cross to the World Half Marathon title he won in Copenhagen, Denmark last year is targeting to improve on his 27:06.35 lifetime best in 10,000m in Oregon where he won in that time in 2011.

The athlete who prefers to run hard from the front admits it will be tough to topple the 31 year-old Briton who added the 5000m/10000m double at his home Olympics in London in 2012 before winning both at the last Worlds in Moscow.

“Right now I am tested to maintain my endurance and then focus on speed for my World Championships 10,000 which I know I will fight very hard to win the gold medal.

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“For me towards the latter part I really have enough speed [left over]. Towards the latter part of the race I normally feel strong. I really get in stride towards the latter part of the race. That’s why I [can] really sprint,” he explained.

“Yeah, I’m really focused to do the World Championship 10,000m. I’ll do more on the track, a lot of speed.”

-Road side talent-

During the webcast, the front running master who has finished thrice twice at the Berlin Marathons of 2013 and 14 confirmed his talent was spotted by retired three-time steeplechase Worlds silver medallist, Patrick Sang.

“My coach Patrick Sang found me in 2010 when I was still running small races and that day he took me to the camp where I got a good program and from there I started running good (well),” he added on accounts his trainer discovered his talent whilst driving past him on the roadside in his car.

Farah, 32, is scheduled to compete in the 3000m race at the IAAF Diamond League opener in Doha having run to his 7:33.1 career best and national record over the distance in Birmingham on February 21 indoors.

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