Tuwei expects good show from Kenyan sprinters in Poland


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Mark Otieno (centre) sprints to victory during the first AK Relay Series meeting at Nairobi West Prisons Grounds in Nairobi, Kenya on February 25, 2017. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

In Summary

  • Athletics Kenya (AK) President Jackson Tuwei has challenged the Kenyan team selected for the World Relays Championships to give a good account of themselves at the global event slated for May 1-2 in Silesia, Poland
  • AK selected a team of 31 athletes for the global showpiece after holding time trials on Friday at Kasarani and Tuwei said the federation is banking on the team to deliver at the biannual event

Athletics Kenya (AK) President Jackson Tuwei has challenged the Kenyan team selected for the World Relays Championships to give a good account of themselves at the global event slated for May 1-2 in Silesia, Poland.

AK selected a team of 31 athletes for the global showpiece after holding time trials on Friday at Kasarani and Tuwei said the federation is banking on the team to deliver at the biannual event.

The AK chief said it is only through proper preparations that Kenya can leave a mark at the championships which for long has been dominated by the west.

“We were hoping to have trials but due to the lockdown it was not possible but we are certain that we have selected a strong team for the event. Remember relays is a team event and there are a lot of technicalities in terms of preparations and since we only have two weeks we have to prepare adequately for the championships,” said Tuwei.

The sprinters are part of the sportsmen and women that have been training in a Covid-19 bubble at Kasarani.

At the same time, Tuwei revealed that the federation is ready to assist athletes secure qualification time for the forthcoming Olympic Games with just over 100 days to the start of the Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Furthermore, Tuwei revealed Kenya will not send teams in the 4x100m event having failed to secure qualification for the teams  since the national trials were shelved due to the government’s directive to suspend sporting activities in the country over the coronavirus crisis.

Kenya will be looking to improve on the 2019 championships where the country bagged only a bronze at the championships held in Yokohama, Japan.

Seasoned sprints coach Steven Mwaniki will once again sharpen the team that  has world 800m bronze medallist Ferguson Rotich , Commonwealth 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal and Emily Chebet in the 2x2x400m event.

National 100m record holder Mark Otieno, Mike Mokamba and Dan Kiviasi highlight the men’s 4x200m team. The trio are joined by Elijah Matayo and Hesbon Ochieng.

Others in the mixed relay team are; national 400m champion Mary Moraa, Sylvia Chesebe, Eglay Nalianya, Emmanuel Mutua and Stanley Kieti.

National 400m record holder Hellen Syombua and Moraa will double in the women’s 4x400m team that also has Gladys Musyoki.

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