Kipketer hails 'amazing' Champs
Former 800 metres world record holder Wilson Kipketer, here in Jamaica for the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships as a guest of his and the event's sponsor Puma, was left amazed by the experience, as he welcomes the chance to work with Jamaican youngsters.
The three-time World Champion, who is also visiting Jamaica for the first time since a stop in 2010 at the Gibson Relays, said while the times registered at Champs in his pet event could have been better by international standards, he understands the nature of the championships has a great effect.
“It’s really impressive, the performances and atmosphere here is really amazing,” said the Kenyan-born former Danish athlete in reference to his impressions of his first Champs experience. “This is not something you see anywhere else in the world and in my opinion, there should be a World Juniors or something here every year here in Jamaica.
“I was here for the 800m and 400m and I think there is a lot of potential. It’s all about the right training and technique and with that I think the youngsters here can develop and run very well,” Kipketer said. “They can run faster times here at but of course a big focus here at these championships is to win points.
“It’s going to be difficult because a lot of the athletes are doing three events and so they are tired and are going for points but the potential and really raw talent is there that can be developed,” he added.