Team Kenya will be on a mission to impress as they make their official debut at the World Athletics Race Walking Team Championship hosted in Muscat, Oman from Friday, March 4-5.
Kenyans eager to impress on first ever World Race Walking Championship
Championship will take place from Friday 4 to Saturday 5
Kenya will be represented by Olympians Samuel Gathimba and Simon Wachira, African Games champion Emily Ngii and youngsters Dominic Ndigiti and Heristone Wanyonyi.
All eyes will be on Gathimba who was the 20 kilometres walk gold medallist at the African Championships in 2016. He holds a personal best of 1:19:24.
The two-time Africa 20km walk champion said Oman is an opportunity for Kenyan athletes to qualify for both the Commonwealth Games and World Championships later this year.
“This is a great opportunity for Kenyan walkers to attain qualifying marks,” said the former All Africa Games 20km race walk silver medalist.
Gathimba said Kenyan athletes have failed to compete at the Olympic Games and other major events due to a lack of top-level competition with international judges.
Gathimba is expected to face off with Africa Under-20 10,000m champion Wachira in the 20km race while World Under 20, 10,000m champion Wanyonyi and Africa champion Ndigiti will compete in junior ranks (10km). Ngii the only lady in the team will be competing in the 20km distance.
The two-day championship, moved from Minsk in Belarus last June amidst concerns over political unrest.
Muscat - which is welcoming 350 athletes from 46 countries - will see the debut of the 35km as a championship event.
Friday 4 March
- 06:00 - 10km U20 women
- 11:10 - 10km U20 men
- 18:00 - 20km women
- 21:00 - 10km masters men & women & relay
Saturday 5 March
- 09:00 - 35km men & women
- 18:00 - 20km men