Kenyan national Athletics team arrived in Brazzaville, Congo for the 11th African Games 2015 with the major objective of winning the overall title as the athletes target every medal in all the events.
The 74 member contingent (64 athletes and 10 officials) is beaming with confidence to subdue the continent with top level performances as they seek to increase their medal tally in Brazzaville 2015 from the previous number in Maputo in 2011.
“Our final preparation was perfect. We did the sharpening for more than two weeks at Kasarani and all is promising. We are not leaving any chance of winning the medals. Keep praying for us as we head for the battle of medals,” said veteran coach Mike Kosgei.
“The superior performance by the team that performed in China last month has greatly increased the confidence in the team.
“We may not say exactly how many medals we are going to win. But we are here to better the Maputo results,” added Kosgei, who headed the technical bench in the 80s and early 90s and was recently recalled to handle the middle and long distance runners.
Other notable athletes in the Kenyan squad include: Beijing 2015 World 400m Hurdles champion, Nicholas Bett, Olympic Bronze medalist Timothy Kitum, World Cross champion, Agnes Tirop, Commonwealth champion, James Magut, Beijing Olympics bronze winner, Thomas Longosiwa and 2010 African silver medallist, Vincent Yator.
Team Kenya – African Games 2015
100m: Mike Mokamba;
200m: Mike Mokamba, Carvin Nkanata;
400m: Boniface Mweresa, Raymond Kibet, Alex Sampao;
800m: Jackson Kivuva, Job Kinyor, Jonathan Kitilit;
1500m: Timothy Cheruiyot, Ronald Kwemoi, James Magut;
5000m: Thomas Longosiwa, Joseph Kiplimo;
10000m: Vincent Yator, Leonard Barsoton, Geoffrey Kirui;
400m Hurdles: Kiprono Kosgei, Willy Mbevi, Geoffrey Kipkoech;
3000m steeplechase: Abel Mutai, Clement Kemboi, Hilary Kemboi;
Relay 4X100m; Mike Mokamba, Mark Otieno, Tony Chirchir, Gilbert Otieno;
Decathlon: Elijah Chesoen, Vincent Tarus, Girlbert Koech;
High Jump: Mathew Sawe;
Javelin: Alex Kiprotich;
20km Walk: Samuel Kereri, Simon Wachira, David Kimutai
100m: Eunice Kadogo;
400m: Jesica Shikanda, Maureen Thomas;
800m: Aneth Mwanzi, Sylvia Chesebe, Winnie Chebet;
1500m: Beatrice Chepkoech, Caroline Chepkemoi, Winfred Mbithe;
5000m: Margaret Jelimo, Alice Aprot;
10000m: Joyce Chepkurui, Gladys Chesri, Agnes Tirop;
4x100m: Kadogo, Millicent Ndoro, Fresher Mwangi, Maureen Thomas;
100m Hurdles: Priscilla Tabuda, Florence Wasike, Caroline Waiganjo;
400m Hurdles: Fransica Koki;
3000m Steeplechase women: Purity Cherotich, Magdalene Masai, Joan Jepkemoi;
Heptathlon: Priscilla Tabuda, Jackline Jeruto;
Hammer: Rebbeca Kerubo;
20km Walk: Grace Wanjiru, Grace Thoiti, Judith Cherop