09 JUN 2010 General News Rome, Italy

Chemos eyeing African record in Rome, and 2011 World title – IAAF Diamond League

Milcah Chemos Cheiywa running in the 2010 Oslo Diamond League (Mark Shearman)Milcah Chemos Cheiywa running in the 2010 Oslo Diamond League (Mark Shearman) © Copyright

Newly emerging Milcah Chemos Cheiywa albeit very cautiously, is coming to terms that next year she could be crowned IAAF World 3000m Steeplechase champion.

Chemos, no longer a rookie and the sixth fastest performer of all-time - speaking from Rome where tomorrow night (10) she will compete in the Golden Gala, the fourth leg of the inaugural IAAF Diamond League - believes she has plenty of room to improve this season and become an even more potent force before Daegu hosts the next year's World Championships.

"God willing, I hope so," said the Kenyan who originally wanted to specialise at the 800 and 1500 but felt she couldn't be competitive on the global stage at that level.

Chemos still recalls what was a dream come true after becoming the shock bronze medallist at last summer's World Championships just four months after debuting at the distance and clocking 9:54.4 at altitude - indeed the unknown Kenyan only missed silver in Berlin by 0.18sec.

Click here to read the full story on the IAAF Diamond League website