The National Relays team jet out of the country today at 16.40hrs for the 2nd International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Bahamas this weekend seeking to bring Glory to the country.
The squad of 30 men and women, accompanied by a team of high profile officials, is going to defend in the events they won last year and lay strategies of scooping precious medals in areas they missed during the inaugural of the annual championship at the same venue.
Focus would be in the newly introduced Medley Relays (1,200m, 400m, 800m and 1,600m) that replaced the 4 x 1,500metres where Kenya set a new world record last. With the squad banking on strong middle distant caliber, the two medals are for keep.
“We had good team training at Kasarani since the beginning of the month. The team is in high spirit and ready for the championships. We are quite sure it will perform better than last year, especially in the 4 x 800metres classes,” assured team head coach Sammy Rono.
However, the team would be missing the services of experienced twice World champion Asbel Kiprop and Commonwealth Games 1,500metres silver medalist Ronald Kwemoi who were ruled out by injuries at the eleventh hour.
The technical bench is confident the absence of the pair will not deter the team resolve to harvest tangible medals saying the selection was based on merit and consistency.
“We picked on Furguson Rotich, who was on standby, to replace Kiprop and settled on Timothy Cheruiyot in place of Kwemoi. Both are equally strong and we hope their presence would yield the desired fruits. We have a strong team,” added Coach Rono, who steered last year’s charges to memorable performance.
Apart from the Medley Relays for both men and women, Kenya is also participating in the shorter relays where Pius Muia, Michael Mokamba, Collins Omae and Geoffrey Kiprotich will start in the 4 x 200metres for men and Alfas Kishoyan, Boniface Mwereza, Alex Sampoa and Michael Makan would be lining up in the men’s 4 x 400metres. Other teams are competing in 4 x 800metres in both men and women.
The championships is programmed to take place on Saturday 2nd and Friday 3rd May and the national team is leaving today (Wednesday) led by top Athletics Kenya officials.
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