FILE PHOTO: Kenyan athletes heat up earlier than a coaching session in Nairobi, Kenya, Could 8, 2021. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
June 19, 2021
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya unveiled its Tokyo Olympics squad on Saturday with an inventory of greater than 40 athletes together with world champion Hellen Obiri and defending 1,500m Olympic gold medallist Religion Chepngetich.
Notable names lacking had been 1,500m world champion Timothy Cheruiyot and defending Olympics 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto after each didn’t win their trials.
The East African nation is an athletics powerhouse and boasts a number of the world’s high athletes, who recurrently win medals at elite competitions in Europe, Asia and North America.
“The race was good,” Obiri stated, after profitable her 10,000m trial on Saturday.
“I’ve no stress. I shall be dealing with acquainted opponents in Tokyo. I’m used to fast-paced races and all I’m going to do is proceed with my coaching,” she added, in accordance with feedback shared on Twitter by Athletics Kenya.
Obiri shall be seeking to safe an Olympic double within the 5,000m and 10,000m.
Group Kenya is sending a formidable squad for the Video games that additionally contains marathon distance world file holders Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei.
“I’m assured our groups will carry out higher this 12 months because the athletes showcase the coaching they’d through the lengthy break occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Sports activities Minister Amina Mohamed.
Additionally within the group is Geoffrey Kamworor who will compete within the males’s 10,000m. Religion Chepngetich, who received her trial race on Thursday, will head to Tokyo as nicely to defend the 1,500m title she received in 2016 in Rio.
“I do know I’ll meet many good athletes in Tokyo however I’ve ready very well,” she stated.
Additionally among the many Olympians shall be Ferdinand Omanyala who certified within the 100m with a ten.02 seconds run, a brand new nationwide file.
Group Kenya plans to fly out to Japan on July 5 to arrange camp in Kurume for the Video games which begin on July 23.
(Reporting by Omar Mohammed; Enhancing by Andrew Cawthorne)