The National Athletics Team to the 11th All Africa Games leaves the country 10th September 2014 with the major objective of winning the overall title as athletes target every medal in all the events.
The contingent, the last to head to the Central Africa Nation, winded the final preparations at the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani over the weekend and is beaming with confidence to subdue the continent with mouth-watering performance as it jet out tomorrow evening.
“Our final preparation was perfect. We did the sharpening for more than two weeks at Kasarani and all is promising. We are not leaving any chance of winning the medals. Keep praying for us as we head for the battle of medals,” said veteran Mike Kosgei, who was recalled to handle the middle and long distant runners.
Borrowing from their elite colleagues who trounced superior nations to finished on top of the global championship with the highest number of medals, the squad of 74 (64 athletes and 10 officials) will seek to increase the medal tally from the previous number in Maputo in 2011.
“The superior performance by the team that performed in China last month has greatly increased the confidence in the team. We may not say exactly how many medals we are going to win. But we are to better the Maputo results,” added the veteran tactician, who headed the technical bench in 80s and early 90s.
Gold medals are targeted in the Kenya’s dominant event like the 3,000mettres steeplechase, 800 and 1,500metres as well as in the 400metres where the country would be defending the titles as it happened with Ezekiel Kemboi, David Rudisha, Ivyn Kiyeng and Asbel Kiprop in China.
Abel Mutai, Clement Kemboi and Hillary Kemboi will flying the country’s flag in the men’s 3,000metres while World Junior champion Purity Cherotich, Magdaline Masai and Joan Joan Jepkemboi fill the women start list.
Olympic Bronze medalist Timothy Kitum, Job Kinyor and Jackson Kivuva are lined up in 800metres where the women cast is headlined by Aneth Mwanzi, Silvia Chesebe and Winnie Chebet.
As it happened in Beijing, China, last month, the team would also be exploring grey areas with Mike Mokamba, Carvin Nkanata exploring for medals in 200 and 100metres and Kiprono Kosgei and Willy Mbevi, Florence Wasike and Jerioth Gathogo targeting medals in the 400metres hurdles after Nicholas Bett strike gold medal in the rare event.
Athletics Programe will start on Sunday 13th September with 100metres qualifying rounds in the morning before 400metres for women at 5.00pm.
The first final events will be Men’s 3,000metres steeplechase and women’s 5,000metres on the first day which have been fixed at 19.10 (7.10pm) and 20.35 (8.35pm).
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