By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
World Cross Country silver medalist Alice Aprot
of Kenya wants to atone missing the Commonwealth Games with
victory at the Africa Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria
Aprot, who won the
10,000m race during the Africa championships two years ago, but
lack of form and poor planning have left her with no victory in
major competitions in the last year and early this season.
“Injuries are part
of the game to any athlete. I have suffered my share and hope to
remain fit as the year progresses and win some medals,” Aprot
said on Sunday.
Fatigue and loss of
form forced Aprot out of the Kenya team to Gold Coast
Commonwealth Games, but the 24-year-old is returning to her best
and wants to explore every chance in the Diamond League to
dominate and hopes her prospect will flow over to the Africa
“I took too much
than what my body could withstand in the cross country season
and I paid the ultimate price in missing out in the Kenya team.
Now I have rested and regained momentum. The reconditioning has
been great and have had enough time to recover fully. I want to
race in selected Diamond League races and will be focused on
winning the gold in Africa championships in the 10,000m race,”
said Aprot from Eldoret.
The former African
10,000m champion will still have to curve her path through a
battery of season runners all eyeing one of the three slots up
for grabs in the Kenya team.
Challenges for Aprot
will be the athletes that beat her to the ticket to the
Sandrafelis Chebet, Stacy Ndiwa and Beatrice Mutai denied Aprot
the ticket to the Club Games, but failed to star in Gold Coast.
Now Aprot is keen to show them who is the queen of long distance
“I want to define my
season with gold from Africa championships,” she said. It is the
biggest event this year and hopefully get selected to the IAAF
Intercontinental Cup in Ostrava (Czech Republic).”
In March, Aprot
failed to win the Africa Cross Country Championships in Algiers,
magnified with a miss to the Commonwealth Games and now, with
the continental track and field championships up next, she
believes international championships will see her give best
Kenya to send big
team to Africa Athletics Championships
By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will send over 60 athletes to this year’s
Africa Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria from Aug. 1-5.
President Jack Tuwei said here Friday that Kenya will take the
event seriously since the top two runners from each discipline
will qualify for the IAAF continental Cup scheduled in Ostrava,
the Czech Republic on Sept. 8-9.
second overall in the last edition of the championships two
years ago in Durban, South Africa, clinching eight gold, eight
silver and eight bronze medals. Host South Africa reigned
supreme with 33 medals while Nigeria was third with 16 medals.
Intercontinental Cup is the biggest competition and we want most
of our athletes to qualify. That is why we are keen to have the
strongest team selected on merit to travel to Nigeria,” Tuwei
Top athletes led by
World 1,500m champion Elijah Manangoi, 800m Commonwealth winner
Wycliffe Kinyamal and Helen Obiri, the Olympic 5,000m silver
medalist are all expected to make the cut for the championships.
Kenya will host a
national competition in Nairobi in June to select its team to
“We have changed the
dates for the national trials for the African championships. The
event that was scheduled for July 5-7 in Nairobi but it will now
take place on June 21-23,” said Tuwei.
Kenya has taken the
decision to push forward the national trials in order to
facilitate enough time for the elite runners competing in the
Diamond League series to be able to compete at the final stop in
“We want to give our
athletes a chance to participate at the Zurich Diamond League
and compete for the 50,000 U.S. dollar prize money,” he added.
Most Kenyan athletes
will be in Thika this weekend for the national championships,
the last competition prior to the trials.
Olympic bronze and
Commonwealth Games 800m silver medalist Margaret Nyairera has
confirmed she will compete in the 400m.
According to Tuwei,
all the 54 countries and regions from Africa will be represented
Kenya to compete
at global athletics C’ships for veterans in September
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will compete at the World Masters Athletics
Championships scheduled for September at the coastal city of
Malaga, Spain, local organizers announced on Saturday.
Masters Athletics Kenya Secretary General, said trials will be
held on July 21 and July 22 in Iten, located in the Rift Valley
area which is the cradle of Kenyan athletics.
“We require 20,000
U.S. dollars to conduct the trials and a further 160,000 dollars
to facilitate Kenya’s participation in the biennial world
championships,” the former 400m hurdles national record holder
This marks the
second time for Kenya to take part in the event that features
retired athletes of aged 35 and above for women and 40 and above
During Kenya’s debut
in the competition held in Perth, Australia in 2016, the country
ranked 18th out of 180 competition countries and
regions with three gold medals, four silver medals and three