As it has been repeatedly stated with considerable wisdom and experience, all is well that ends well.
As the sporting year 2016 comes to an end, the country’s athletics fraternity in general and the Athletics Federation in particular delights in the achievements of the season.
Obstacles notwithstanding, Kenyans athletes lived to their expectations and ventured in new territories that saw the country maintained both her continental and global ranking levels in every competition.
Right from the Africa Cross Country Championships to the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil, the Kenyan sportsmen and women made the country pride in her sporting prowess and legendry memories will remain in the running narration for a long time to come.
Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei captured the season achievements, terming it as successful with unexpected performance amidst challenges and enumerated the gains of the year during the Gala
Award ceremony this year.
“Our sporting year has been the most successful one despite the challenges we faced, starting with the Africa cross-country in Yaoundé, Cameroon, where Kenya won all the 8 gold medals,” reflected the President during the colourful banquet held at a Nairobi hotel.
Alice Aprot and James Rungaru set the successful precedent with unsurpassed victories in the senior women and senior men races after the duo of Mariam Cherop and Isaac Kipsang ruled in the junior categories.
The second assignment for Kenyans came during the World Indoor Championships in Portland in the same month of March, where Augustine Choge and Margaret Wambui pioneered in the medal charming haul.
In Cardiff in the Wales, Geoffrey Kamworor, Bedan Karoki, Peris Jepchirchir, Cynthia Limo and Mary Wacera played their executing roles religiously, placing the nation on top of the World during the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.
Kamworor, with a mastery cross-country and 10,000metres running affinity, teamed up well with Karoki to take gold and silver medals while Jepchirchir steered her teammates Limo and Wacera for the famous Kenyan trademark of 1-2-3 podium sweep.
In the pre-summer season, the country’s teens, borrowing from their mentors in the senior ranks, rocked the World during the IAAF World Junior (now World Under20) Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Kipyegon Bett, Rogers Kwemoi, Kumari Taki and Amos Kirui hoisted the national flag severally while Celphine Chepsol, Emily Chekirui and Maureen Thomas called the tunes for the national anthem with their unsurpassed recital.
On the continental scene, the country’s athletics accomplishment saw the nation emerging second overall during the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Durban, South Africa during the month of June.
Boniface Mucheru and Mathew Sawe pioneered in winning 400metres hurdles and the High Jump titles in events hitherto regarded with low esteem.
Alice Aprot (10,000metres), Grace Wanjiru (20Kilometres Walk) and Samuel Gathimba (20Km Walk) did not only win their respective events but set continental all-time marks with their outstanding performance.
Kenya collected a leveled 8 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze, a haul of 24 medals to maintain her supremacy in Africa Athletics, losing only to the host nation that fielded all their best.
The climax of all these came during the Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, where Eliud Kipchoge, Jemimah Sumgong, Vivian Cheruiyot, Faith Chepng’etich, Consenslus Kipruto and David Rudisha dazzled with blistering speed in winning their respective races.
To cap a bumperful season, Athletics Kenya rewarded the best in the year with a colourful banquet in Nairobi where marathoner Eliud Kipchoge and track Queen Vivian Cheruiyot were crowned Male and Female Athletes of the Year 2016.
As the year ends, Kenyans would be expecting more glittering performance come next year starting with the IAAF World Cross Country in Uganda, World Relays in Nassau, World U18 in Nairobi and in the World Championships in London.
Merry Chrismas & Prosperous 2017
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