By Phares Mutembei
There is no doubt that if Paul Ongori continues his excellent form in the sprints he will be flying Kenya’s flag at the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
“I want to run for Kenya at the Olympics, because I think I am a good sprinter,” said Ongori, who was a star attraction at the Vickmerry sports day last recently.
The Class 8 pupil humbled other runners in the short races with fine runs and was winner in the 200 metres and 400 metres races, and surprisingly, emerged 3rd in the 800 metres.
“I love the shorter distances because they give me an opportunity to use my power. I like bursting in front of other runners from the start of the race and control the races,” said Ongori, whose role model is Kenya’s David Rudisha, the 800m world record holder.
Harriet Akoth, was in a class of her own in the 400 metres and 800 metres, emerging first in both races. She was 2nd in the 200 metres. Akoth was in the relay team that ran away with first position in the private schools athletic championships in July.
Nine-year old Anna Sheilla showed what stuff she is made of when she used her quick feet to become number one in the sack race, which was so entertaining that fans, who included parents and teachers, had to rise up from their seats to cheer the young runners. Yvonne Kinangoi, 9, won the obstacle race. Mumin Ahmed, 10, Judy Aska and Skovia Mwanisa, were other young athletes who showed great promise.