• Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui wins the men's marathon athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships London 2017

Guiyang World Cross squad given rousing farewell

March 24, 2015

“Go forth and bring back glory,” was the simple brief the Kenya team for Saturday’s Guiyang Wold Cross was given when they were hosted to a dinner fit for kings in Nairobi on the eve of their departure last (Monday) night.


 Since 1981, the red, black and green strip has become synonymous with excellence with the class of 2015 fired up to maintain the tradition that has seen many Kenyan distance greats return home as world champions from the now biennial global showpiece.

 

 Listening intently as they focused on the task at hand, the 24 athletes who will put their nation’s pride and honour on the line in China were urged to gun for all eight gold medals on offer in individual and team races to repeat their unprecedented sweep of the 2010 edition in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

 

 If the pressure was on, the collection of accomplished and budding runners did not show it as their chosen captain and 2011 World Cross junior champion, Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor declared when he rose to address the gathering hosted by team sponsors Kenya Commercial Bank at a Nairobi hotel.

 

 “For us what remains now is to go out there and make our nation proud in China. We will give our best since we have all trained well and together,” Kamworor who completed a gun to tape victory over 8km in Punta Umbria, Spain promised.

 

 The now accomplished marathoner and a two-time third finisher at Berlin will be assisted by Janet Kisa, who is the captain of the women’s squad.

 

 “The time has come to prove ourselves and put all the hard work we have been doing in training to bring medals. It will not be easy but we are ready for the fight,” two-time National senior men champion and World Cross debutant, Bedan Karoki added.

 

 Athletics Kenya (AK) president, Isaiah Kiplagat, hailed the youth and experienced mix that will carry the nation’s flag in China saying they had received a glowing report from their handlers in camp to make them optimistic of a clean sweep.

 

 “We stepped down from eight (gold medals) in Poland in 2010 to seven in 2013 and back to eight last year in Africa. This team should go there and bring all gold medals, keep the ones we won and win back the one (8km junior) we lost last time.

 

 “We are sending you to Guiyang with a mission, bring back glory, the nation is waiting for you,” Kiplagat urged.

 

The Kenyan Squad to the World Cross-Country.

 

 

Senior men:

  1. Bedan Karoki,
  2. Geoffrey Kamworor,
  3. Leonard Barsoton,
  4. Moses Mukono,
  5. Philip Lanagat,
  6. Joseph Kitur.

Senior Women-

  1. Agnes Chebet,
  2. Janeth Kisa,
  3. Irene Chemtai,
  4. Emily Chebet,
  5. Stacy Ndiwa,
  6. Margaret Chelimo.

Junior Men:

  1. Dominic Kiptarus,
  2. John Langat,
  3. Alfred` Ng’eno,
  4. Rodgers Chumo,
  5. Geoffrey Korir,
  6. Moses Koech.

Junior Women-

  1. Roseline Chepng’etich,
  2. Winnie Koima,
  3. Daisy Jepkemei,
  4. Wingred Mbithe,
  5. Joyline Cherotich,
  6. Gladys Koech.

 Athletics Kenya 

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