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Kenya’s team to the World Relays departs for Poland

ATHLETICS By Dennis Okeyo | April 26th 2021
Athletes in action during a morning run in Iten,Elgeyo marakwet county. [Christopher Kipsang,Standard]

The Kenyan contingent to the World Relays Championships slated for Silesia, Poland slated for May 1-2 set to depart on Tuesday evening.

The squad of 36 athletes and eight officials will be eyeing to seal Olympic tickets as well as medals at the two-day global showdown.

The team had pitched camp at Kasarani Stadium under watchful eyes of the head at William Murgor.

The team’s manager Kennedy Tanui expressed confidence that the sprinters are ready to showcase their prowess and will get more medals at the biennial event.

At the last World Relays Championships in Yokohama, Japan, Kenya charges encountered numerous errors that saw the team collecting a single medal, a bronze in the mixed relays 4x400m when they crossing the line in 3:19.43.

The team also encountered a catalogue of errors that resulted in disqualifications for kerb violation and baton exchange errors.

“We expect very good performances despite the fact that we operated in the backdrop of a pandemic,” said Tanui.

Tanui said a lot is at stake for the team as they will be looking to hit qualifying standards for the Olympics in the 4x400m men and women relay and 4x400m mixed relay.

“We have a huge chance of getting the Olympics qualifications, also we hope we will get more medals considering in the shuttle relays only three countries have entered to compete, that means we already been assured of a medal in shuttle relays,” Tanui assured.

At the same time, Tanui disclosed that sprinters Evangeline Makena and Kipkorir Rotich were dropped after contracting COVID19 at their last testing.

Travelling team

4x400m women

Mary Moraa

Hellen Syombua

Veronica Mutua

Gladys Nthenya

Joan Cherono

4x400m mixed relays

Eglay Nalianya

Sylvia Chesebe

Hellen Syombua

Mary Moraa

Emmanuel Korir

Emmanuel Mutua

Stanley Kieti

Aron Koech

Shuttle Relays

Priscila Tabunda

Vanice Kerubo

Rukia Nusra

Wisemen Were

Michael Musyoka

 

4x200m men

Mike Mukamba

Elijah Matayo

Mark Otieno

Hesbon Ochieng

Dan Kiviasi

 

4x200m women

Maximila Imali

Doreen Waka

Monica Safania

Susan Nyambura

2x2x400m

Ferguson Rotich

Wycliffe Kinyamal

Naomi Korir

Emily Cherotich

Zablon Ekwam

Kevin Tonui

William Rayan

David Sanayek

Jared Momanyi

Officials

Kennedy Tanui - Team Manager

William Murgor- Head Coach

Shirley Kalunda- coach

Geoffrey Macharia - coach

Esther Kavaya- coach

John Mayaka - Physiotherapist

Emily Cherono - Physiotherapist

Victor Bargoria- Team Doctor

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