Edward Zakayo shifts to 10,000m, eyes World championships

Former world under 20 5,000m champion Edward Zakayo has shifted from the 5,000m to the 10,000m as he seeks qualifying time for the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

The former Commonwealth Games 5,000m bronze medalist Zakayo, who is returning to competition battling injury, said he is targeting both Budapest and Paris but feels the world championships have come too soon.

“For now, my coach and I have bigger plans of competing at the Olympic Games. Missing the World Championships will not a big deal. But we have to do what is possible to make the Olympics team. That is our target. We have a project in the camp for the Olympics,” said Zakayo.

Speaking in Kitale after winning the 10,000m title during the Athletics Kenya North Rift region championships at the Ndura Sports Complex, Zakayo added: “Right now, I am focusing on the 10,000m race. I feel great to run the 10,000m since it is long and enjoyable."

"When I run 10,000m, I enjoy it unlike the 5,000m race, which ends as soon as I start enjoying it,” he said.

Zakayo said the season started badly for him since he was still in pain and had lost form. However, he said he has recuperated successfully and even returned to training camp in Kapsait under coach Erick Kimaiyo.

“I haven't qualified for the World Championships and so I don't see if I will make Team Kenya. I have been missing the World Championships and I don’t know why. I train, gets in good shape but I still miss out at the trials, even if I have the qualifying time," he said.

He says it will need a quality field and race at the national championships for him to hit the WA standards.

“If I get quality athletes at the national championships, it will push me to qualify. I feel I have not been challenged enough,” he said. 

posted Monday June 12th
by Emmanuel Sabuni