ONLY ON CBS4: The training secret behind Saruni's world record
EL PASO, Texas (CBS4) -- Overcoming embarrassment didn't take long for UTEP's latest track & field star Michael Saruni. The sophomore told CBS4's Eric O'Brien he became somewhat of a celebrity in his native Kenya for an unwelcomed reason - Saruni tripped and fell after colliding with his teammate Emmanuel Korir in the men's 800-meter final at the Outdoor National Championships. Korir went on to win.
"I cannot relive that moment," Saruni said with a pained look on his face. "I just had to let it go... It's made me hungrier to win."
And let it go he has. Saruni started the season by setting a new indoor world record in the 600m (1:14.79) and followed it up by recording the second-best 800m time (1:45.19) in NCAA history. The only athlete to have ran faster was actually his coach and fellow countryman Paul Ereng (1:44.84, 1989).
"I've had it for a long time," Ereng said. "It doesn't do me any good. (Saruni) is the one who can do some good with it now. There is no better pleasure I could get than to pass the torch."
Saruni has stayed humble even after the scintillating start to the indoor season and he says he's only getting better thanks to his training diet: sushi.
"Sushi is the secret man," he smirked. "It's got everything: protein, vitamins, carbohydrates."
Michael Saruni still has an appetite for a National Championship, which makes him more dangerous than ever.