Former Africa 400m hurdles bronze medalist Haron Koech is keen to wrest the gold medal at this year’s IAAF World Relays Championships which will be held in Yokohama, Japan in May.

Koech, who is the younger brother to the winner of 400m hurdles at the 2015 IAAF World Championships Nicholas Bett, will return to Turkey where he has signed up a contract with Fenerbahce Istanbul for training.

“I will be participating in club competitions in Turkey next month with my training partner Kiprono Kosgei and this will help me in terms of preparations for the World Relays,” said Koech on Saturday in Nairobi.

The 28-year-old Koech is also keen to compete at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar later in the year.

Bett died in a road accident last year, which Koech described as the worst moment for him. Now he wanted to remember his brother by helping Kenya win golds at both the World Relays and World Championships.

Injury forced Bett to relinquish his 400m hurdles title in London in 2017, but Koech believed he has what it takes to claim the title.

Koech is a member of Kenya’s gold medal-winning 4×400 meters relay team at last year’s African Championships in Asaba, Nigeria. He also won silver in the same event in 2016 in Durban, South Africa.

Alongside the Relays and the World Championships, Koech will also be throwing his hat in the ring for the IAAF Diamond League, eyeing the lucrative Diamond Trophy and the Africa Games, which will be held in Morocco in June. Enditem


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