By James Bakama
AFTER two fruitless seasons, Moses Kipsiro has decided to go back to the drawing board.
Kipsiro, who has since winning two Commonwealth gold medals in 2010 been without a coach, has gone back to the man who shaped him into an international star.
“I am getting back the services of coach Johnson Kasaja,” revealed Kipsiro last week after linking up with the seasoned coach.
Kipsiro has had little to show over the last two seasons. The move comes after the 2007 Osaka world championship 5000 meter bronze medalist’s failure to shine at the 2012 London Olympics and just concluded world championships in Moscow.
Kipsiro finished 15th in the 5000m and 10th in the 10000m at the Olympics before putting up an equally unimpressive show in Russia.
He was 13th in the world meet last month. All these races were won by Briton Mohammad Farah.
“I’ve been mixing up a lot of roles,” explained Kipsiro, who has been serving as coach, manager and athlete of his Elgon Athletics Club.
“You simply can’t have all those roles and deliver,” noted Kipsiro on a recent visit to Kasaja’s home in Paliisa.
Lessons from Kiprotich
Kipsiro seems to have also got some lessons from Uganda’s golden boy Stephen Kiprotich.
Kiprotich, a gold medalist at both the Olympics and World Championships, entirely leaves his training programme to two coaches.
“The coaches closely follow my training. My duty is to run,” Kiprotich said after winning gold in Moscow.
“It’s good that Moses has realised that it pays to have a specialised coach. All the stars you see out there have personal coaches,” said Kasaja adding: “I am ready to help him out.”
Kasaja’s sessions with Elgon Team will soon start with an off season build-up.
“We have to adequately prepare for the coming season if the team is to register any success in 2014.”
Top on the forthcoming season will be the Commonwealth Games where Kipsiro will be out to defend his 5000 and 10000m titles.