Kenya over the years have been made famous for their prowess in long-distance races but the East Africans are stepping into new territories; especially the sprints where they hope to hit it big at the African Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Delta State.
Kenya’s 100 meters trio of African Games silver medalist Eunice Kadogo,
national champion Joan Cherono and Fresha Mwangi say they are all looking
forward to an exciting time at CAA Asaba 2018.
Though the likes of Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor are rightly
seen as one of the favourites in the sprints, the Kenyans are working
towards ruffling feathers at the African Championships which gets underway
on August 1st – 5th.
Aside from finishing on the podium, the Kenyan sprinters have also
highlighted their desire to improve their personal best times in Asaba.
While Kadogo, who is also the Kenya national 200m champion, and Cherono
will double in 100m and 200m, Mwangi will only compete in 100m.
The trio will represent Kenya in 4 x100m where they will be joined by
Outside Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and South Africa are also other formidable
sprint forces the Kenyans are hoping to topple in Asaba.
“I want to reclaim my national 100m record and improve my personal best in
200m,” Kadogo, 24 was quoted as saying in Kenyan news outlet The Daily
“My speed take off from the blocks and finishing power have improved and I
am good to go.” She added.
At the Delegates Registration Meeting (DRM) in Asaba, an official of Team
Kenya, Abraham Mutai reiterated that they are taking the Africa Senior
Athletics Championships dubbed “Asaba 2018” very seriously as they are
plotting to emerge the overall champion in the five-day event.
Kenya finished just behind South Africa in the 2016 edition in Durban but
with the strong squad they are coming with to Asaba, they are confident
they can go one step further this time.
Already, the city of Asaba is agog awaiting the arrival of Africa’s best
athletes who will be competing not just for medals at the biennial
championships but for places in the continent’s team to the
Intercontinental Cup in Ostrava.