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News Archive Shaheen - a new life, old dreams

Saif Saaeed Shaheen or Stephen Cherono, what name do I have to use? The answer

came immediately, “In Kenya I am Stephen Cherono.” A lot has

changed in the life of the 21 years-old Kenyan born Qatari in the last six

months, but one thing remains, he still has a lot of dreams, probably more than


The first one this year is that he wants to give Kenenisa Bekele a hard time

when it comes to the short course race at the World Championships in


Jürg Wirz recently interviewed Saif Saaeed Shaheen for the IAAF

internet -

In the next two months we will see you in some cross-country races: First

the 12 km at the Kenyan national championships in Nairobi and then the short

cross at the World Cross Country in Brussels. Why did you decide to go for

cross-country and not for indoors?

“I would have preferred to run the World Indoors but the federation

told me to run the cross-country. They want to enter a strong team, it will be

a good one. At the World indoors I would have been the only athlete from


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