Joyline Cherotich

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Kenyan athlete Joyline Cherotich is fast. She can run a 1500 metre race in the time it takes to make toast and a 3000 metre before the tea kettle whistles. In 2015, she made her way to Cali, Colombia and won the bronze medal in the biennial World Youth Championships in Athletics for the World Under 18 1500 Metre race. “I am very comfortable with my bronze medal,” she said according to Athletics Africa. “But next time I want to win gold.”

Those words would become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Last year she traveled to Tlemcen, Algiers and completed a double. She took home two gold medals in the biennial African Junior Athletics Championships; one for the African Under 20 1500 metre race, clocking at 4 minutes and 30.57 seconds, the other for the African Under 20 3000 metre race with a time of 9 minutes and 27.11 seconds.

Yes, Cherotich is fast. But more than fast, she is driven. Her thirst for excellence at such a young age leaves us no doubt that Cherotich will remain on the fast track winning gold, time and time again.