I’m ready to replace Obiri, says Chebet after Commonwealth Games gold

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BIRMINGHAM, UK, August 8 – In this sport, no matter how small or big the league, you cannot succeed with a magic wand!

Success comes over time and that’s when an athlete begins to reap the rewards.
For Beatrice Chebet, who is fresh off silver at the World Championships in Oregon, beating Scotland’s Eilish McColgan to win the coveted gold medal in the 1,500 meters at the Club Games in Birmingham was the culmination of a scintillating on-track experience.

“It’s been a very good year for me. I won gold at the African Championships, silver at the World Championships in Oregon and gold at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, which for me is a good progress,” said Chebet, 22.

Beatrice Chebet of Kenya celebrated by Team Kenya officials after winning gold in the women’s 5000m at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK. Photo/KELLY AYODI

Chebet goes on to explain that athletes of his caliber won’t be expecting a magic wand in a year or two.

“It has to be a process. It’s hard work and I’m glad Kenyans are proud of me. I thank everyone who prayed for my success in Birmingham,” she said.

“We raced together mainly with McColgan and I can attest to the fact that she is such a good runner; my body felt good in the final, so I knew I would humiliate it in the long run.

Chebet will head to the Lausanne Diamond League on August 29 where she hopes to pick up where she left at the Club Games.

-Obiri’s advice-

Gold medalist Beatrice Chebet helps her compatriot Selah Chepleting who won the bronze medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK. Photo/KELLY AYODI

“Last Diamond League last year, we had a conversation with (Hellen) Obiri and she told me she was about to quit her track career and advised me to struggle to succeed in my races. She told me that I had the potential to go far if I stayed level-headed and disciplined.

“There was immense pressure on social media as the fans encouraged me to go and the Birmingham medal would be mine. I didn’t take their feelings for granted.

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Kenya’s Beatrice Chebet (right) and her compatriot Selah Chepleting (left) celebrate after winning gold and silver respectively at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK. Photo/KELLY AYODI

-Alex Isaboke reporting from Birmingham, UK-

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