Reuben Kosgei was aged 21 when he became the youngest ever
Olympic champion in the 3000m steeplechase in Sydney in 2000. The
Kenyan went on to win the world championships title in the same
event the following year in Edmonton (CAN) before adding a bronze
medal to his collection at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in
Ten years on from Sydney, Kosgei has shifted his attention to the marathon event and has his sights firmly focused on the distance at this month’s Rebel Sport City to Surf for Activ in Perth on Sunday, August 29.
Running his first marathon in 2009, Kosgei's goal is to become as accomplished in the marathon as he was on the track.
The Kenyan will line up in Perth aiming to cross the line in around 2:10 which, if achieved, will shave almost eight minutes off the winning time from 2009.
“It is a thrill to have such an accomplished world-class athlete so committed to running well at the Rebel Sport City to Surf for Activ,” event media manager Thomas Wagner said.
Kosgei will be joined at the event by fellow Commonwealth Games participants including Lisa Weightman in the Channel Nine 12km Run and Tanzanian team member Oswald Revelian in the marathon.
Defending champion Joel Kemboi is returning to Perth in 2010 and will be hoping to challenge Kosgei and Revelian for victory.
Also gearing up for this month's event are three of Western Australia’s most promising young athletes in Ethan Heywood, Christopher Dale and Joshua Tedesco, all members of Stirling Swans Athletics who train under the guidance of coach and manager Paul Heywood.
With great commitment to the sport the boys have been selected for numerous state and national teams. Heywood, a Law/Economics student at the University of Western Australia and Tedesco, an apprentice cabinet maker, represented Australia in the 2010 IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships in Poland in March, placing 83rd and 96th respectively.
In 2009 Heywood took out the junior Australian National Cross Country Championships and this month he will look to complete the Channel Nine 12km run in 37 minutes and be competitive with the lead runners. Heywood hopes to represent Australia at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games in the future.
Tedesco, also an avid motorcycle rider, placed second at the junior Australian titles in the 5000m event and sixth in the 3000m steeplechase at the Australian championships earlier this year. He hopes to run under 39 minutes and be placed in the top 10 at the Rebel Sport City to Surf for Activ this year.
Dale, a physiotherapy student at Curtin University, hopes to represent Australia in the future and to get on the podium at the next Australian championships. His aim for the 2010 Rebel Sport City to Surf for Activ is to run under 39 minutes, which would break his current personal best.
“I’m really looking forward to competing in the 2010 City to Surf, it’s great to run in a Western Australian event and especially one that gives back to the community,” Dale said.
Heywood, Tedesco and Dale will represent Western Australia in the Under 20 category at the Australian Cross Country Championships in Queensland on August 21, just a week prior to the 2010 Rebel Sport City to Surf for Activ.
The Rebel Sport City to Surf for Activ, now in its 36th year, is WA’s largest community sporting event and includes the Chevron Marathon, Westpac Half Marathon, Channel Nine 12km Run, Appealathon 12km Walk, Westpac 11km Wheelchair and the Nissan 4km Walk/Run.
Registration links and further information on the Rebel Sport City to Surf for Activ is available at www.perthcitytosurf.com.