The National Team to the 3rd International Association of Athletics Federations World Relay leaves for Bahamas this week ready for the worldwide contest.
The championships, taking place on Saturday and Sunday, will be an acid test to the local sprinters as they parade alongside powerhouses like United States of America and the Jamaicans who have dominated the events.
The team that is composed of 30 athletes and 8 officials has been on the final preparations in Nairobi and is expected to jet out of the country on Wednesday for Nassau, Bahamas in North America.
â€œWe have harmonized our training during the period we have been together in the camp. We are ready for the World Championships and asking all our supporters to pray for us,â€ said Alfas Kishoyian, who will be anchoring the mixed relay team in the challenge.
During the selection held at Kasarani on 1st of this month, World Youth 800metres Champion Kipyegon Bett, Diamond League winner Ferguson Rotich, Olympian Timothy Kitum, Alfred Kipketer and Cornelius Tuwei filled the 4x800m men team while Silvia Chesebe, Emily Cherotich, Josephine Chelagat, Eglay Nalianya and Mary Kuria fitted in the women team.
Collins Omae, Peter Mwai, Ferdinand Omanyala, Mike Mokamba and Mark Otieno on one hand and Mary Tanui, Maximilla Emali, Peris Chege, Damaris Akoth and Patricia Isichi will represent the country in the men and women 4x200metres.
Although no men team qualified in the 4x400m duel, the women will be represented by Grace Kidake, Jacinta Shikanda, Everline Makena, Veronica Mutua and Catherine Nandi while Alfas Kishoyian, Geoffrey Kiprotich, Boniface Mweresa, Betty Chelagat and Daisy Komen will hunt for medals in the Mix Relay.
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