Nike Talks World Indoors 2018: Week 4, Day 4: Bethwell Birgen eyes Birmingham


This is Nike Talks World Indoors 2018: Week 4, Day 4. Here is our African athlete for the week (we write about US, British, European, African, Asian, then, on weekends, history of world indoors)! We are writing about the Nike athletes who are planning on competing in Birmingham, March 1-4, 2018. For Thursday, January 25, 2018, we are writing about Bethwell Birgen, who will be making his fourth World Indoor Championships . For more on the World Indoors 2018, please go to We thank Nike for sponsoring this three month long program!

Kenya could have three athletes in a few events in Birmingham, and one of them could be Bethwell Birgen! Bethwell got in due to his wild card recieved on winning the 2017 IAAF World Indoor Tour in 2017.

Birgen_Bethwell-NBin16.jpgBethwell Birgen, Nick Willis, 2016 NB Indoor GP, photo by

Bethwell has outdoor bests of 3:30.77 for 1,500 meters and 3:50.42 for the mile. Indoors, Bethwell has some dangerous PBs from 3:34.62 at 1,500 meters and 3:55.41. Bethwell is taking a short indoor tour to prepare himself for the World Indoor Championships.

He also will be racing indoors at Karlsruhe and Dusseldorf on February 3 and February 6 to prepare him for the World Indoors. Bethwell will then come back and race at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships for the Kenyan Police team after his Dusseldorf race.

Bethwell told Justin Lagat, our Kenyan Athlete correspondent, that he will put some rest in after his races so that he is better prepared to race in Birmingham.

Below is a tweet on Bethwell from his 2017 win at Torun, Poland.

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