Yego eyes Gold Coast sunshine with potent Team Kenya


Kenya's Julius Yego competes in the men's javelin throw athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World ...
Kenya's Julius Yego competes in the men's javelin throw athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Andrej ISAKOVIC

In Summary

  • Expectations are high as the last contingent of Team Kenya departs the country on April 8 ready to conquer the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia
  • The crop of 2018 that braved perennial challenges that has dogged the local sport such as insufficient training facilities will be looking to better Kenya's medal haul at Glasgow 2014 where they won 25; 10 gold 10 silver and five bronze

Expectations are high as the last contingent of Team Kenya departs the country on April 8 ready to conquer the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

The crop of 2018 that braved perennial challenges that has dogged the local sport such as insufficient training facilities will be looking to better Kenya’s medal haul at Glasgow 2014 where they won 25; 10 gold 10 silver and five bronze.

Kenya will be represented in 13 disciplines namely; boxing, athletics, rugby ( men and women), badminton, wrestling, weightlifting, paralympics, cycling, table tennis, squash, shooting, bowling and triathlon at the Qeenland during the Games scheduled for April 4-15.

It represents a wider spread of representation than in the previous edition where Kenya had only sent athletes in 10 disciplines as they went on to rank ninth on the medals table.

Most of the medals were harvested by athletics in the long and middle distance races while Benson Gicharu of boxing and Joyce Wamboi of weightlifting (+61kgs) won a bronze medal each.

Speaking to Citizen Digital before departure on Sunday 1, Rio Olympics javelin silver medalist and 2015 Beijing World Championships winner Julius Yego, said that he is ready to defend his 2014 title.

Yego added that relinquishing the World title last year in London, Great Britain served as an eye opener.

“I’m set on defending my title.I have been working more on techiques during my training and I’m confident of a good perfomance. Loosing my title last year motivated me to work smarter this year after getting an injury on the eve of competition. I also learnt on what to improve on as I went in to the 2018 season,” he said.

Meanwhile, all other disciplines are already in Gold Coast with the last group comprising of middle distance and marathoners expected to depart on April 8, according to their competition schedule.

“All are in high spirits. We welcomed them at the airport and we are on our way to the Games Village. The Team travelled without a hitch. In Bangkok, Kenya Airways arranged for them to have a nap at a hotel while Waiting for their connection to Brisbane.The trip to Gold Coast from Brisbane takes about an hour,” said Cheif De Mission Barnabas Korir when the first batch landed on Monday 26.

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