Early this morning, Mary Moraa clocked a personal best of 1:56.71 to win Team Kenya’s last medal at the World Championship in Oregon.
With her first medal at the senior level, Moraa’s bronze in the women’s 800m hoisted Kenya to the fourth position on the final table with 10 medals—two gold, five silver and three bronze.
As the curtains come down in Oregon, Athletics Kenya congratulates all athletes in the contingent for a race well run. This championship has been one of the mixed fortunes in which on one hand— as a nation—we have shouted ourselves hoarse while celebrating our athletes’ feat on the track and field.
On the other hand, there are admittedly races in which we were all left heartbroken in the wake of disappointing results. Nonetheless, it is important to pick on the positives as motivation going forward while harnessing lessons from the disappointments.
Indeed, there are many positive highlights from Oregon that as a federation, we celebrate this day and take our hats off to our athletes. Congratulations to the Olympic and world 800m champion Emmanuel Korir whose consistency and determination is reaping dividends for him, starting with last year’s Olympic gold in Tokyo before clinching the world title.
In the women’s 1500m, our hero, Faith Kipyegon, continues to showcase the strength of a woman. The world title was a long time coming for Faith, having bounced back from motherhood to clinch gold in Tokyo and win the Diamond League trophy in 2021. Hongera!
We also salute Hellen Obiri for epitomizing the gallant fighting spirit that is consistent with the Kenyan spirit on her way to a silver medal in the women’s 10,000m. Alongside bronze medalist Margaret Chelimo, they have shown that there is light at the end of the tunnel in Kenya’s bid to dominate the long-distance races.
Indeed, the men’s 10,000m has been our Achilles heel for quite some time as our neighbors, Ethiopia and Uganda shared the crown between them. We applaud young Stanley Mburu for displaying maturity beyond his years to win silver in this race, against his more experienced opponents.
Mburu and newly crowned world 5000m silver medalist Beatrice Chebet are evidence that we can never go wrong with an investment in youth development programs. The duo is just but among many upcoming athletes who have emerged from AK’s conveyor belt initiative of identifying and nurturing talent countrywide.
Special mention goes to World Under 20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi who was also another junior athlete at the championship. Since the fruits of such a project are starting to appear, the federation will soldier on and aspire to improve the quality of training offered to the youngsters at the grassroots.
We salute team officials for the passion and precision with which they took care of the athletes. This was down to their selflessness and resolve to prioritize the welfare of the athletes regardless of the challenges.
The Commonwealth Games begin this week and AK is burning the midnight oil to ensure it all goes well in Birmingham. We are optimistic about a medal haul; the morale is sky high in the camp and even those who did not achieve their targets in Oregon are determined to make amends.
We thank the government, via the Ministry of Sport, Culture and Heritage for the support accorded to us ever since we started preparing for these competitions. We salute all Kenyans for the support accorded to all athletes participating and encouraging them even when things don’t go as planned.
However, we would like to remind Kenyans that AK is against doping and will continue working with the Anti-doping Agency of Kenya and the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) to ensure Kenyan athletes run clean.
Finally, let us continue supporting Team Kenya, cheering them on, and sending messages of goodwill on social media pages.
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