Ndigiti out to seal Olympics berth


Dominic Samson Ndigiti from Kenya celebrate after finishing third position in 10,000m boys race walk ...
Dominic Samson Ndigiti from Kenya celebrate after finishing third position in 10,000m boys race walk during their WU18 championship at Kasarani stadium,Nairobi in July 15,2017. Photo/Oliver Ananda/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Africa Under-20 10,000m race walking champion Dominic Ndigiti is keen to build on his Athletics Kenya (AK) Track and Field competition triumph over the weekend to boost his chances of securing a berth this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.
  • Ndigiti laid a good marker when he floored seasoned Eric Shikuku to win the first of the four series competition, a fete he attributes to good preparations.

Africa Under-20 10,000m race walking champion Dominic Ndigiti is keen to build on his Athletics Kenya (AK) Track and Field competition triumph over the weekend to boost his chances of securing a berth this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.

Ndigiti laid a good marker when he floored seasoned Eric Shikuku to win the first of the four series competition, a fete he attributes to good preparations.

“I started my preparations last year. My aim in this Athletics Kenya meeting was to test my body against tough opponents so that I could know where to correct.”

He has set his eye on winning the second Athletics Kenya meet that will be held on March 5-6  at Nyayo Stadium.

I thank God I won the Eldoret edition despite the stiff competition. I am now focused on winning the Nairobi edition.”

He says he will use the weekend victory as motivation as he eyes to join Kenya’s party in the Tokyo games.

“The victory from Eldoret makes things even harder for me for I know everyone will come ready to knock me down.

“I see that as a challenge and I intend to train well to protect my lead.”

The 2017 world Under-18 bronze medalist says he will focus on improving his speed work at the competition will only get tougher.

But that is not all, the rising star says competing at the Olympics will fulfill his childhood dream.

“I will be happy if I will make it to the Olympics since that is my childhood dream. My main focus this year is to secure the ticket and I feel these small victories will propel me there, ” he confidently charged.

He holds the national record for the 10km race walking 40.07 after he eclipsed Eric Shikuku 41.56.01 in the 2018 Athletics Kenya meeting held at Shanzu Teachers Training College.

The third meeting will be held in Embu on March 21-22 before the fourth and final leg moves to Kisumu on May 4-5.

The weekend meets will culminate in the national championships that will also serve as the trials for Africa Championships earmarked for Algeria on June 24-28.

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