Kenya’s Stellar Athletes Set to Dominate Africa: Who Will Shine in Cameroon?

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– 59 athletes represent Kenya in Africa Senior Athletics Championships

– Departure ahead of June 21, 2024 event in Cameroon

– Each event features two Kenyan participants

– Chance to qualify for Paris 2024 Olympics

– Mix of 33 males and 26 females

Kenya’s contingent to the 23rd edition of the Africa Senior Athletics Championships departed for Cameroon ahead of the continental event set to start on Friday, June 21, 2024.

Athletics Kenya has flagged off the athletes who will represent the country at the African Senior Championships in Douala.

Consisting of 59 athletes, the Kenyan team will field two participants in each event during the 23rd edition of the championships.

The championship presents a significant opportunity for many athletes to achieve qualifying marks for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Following a period of approximately one month, characterized by an air of uncertainty and widespread speculation, Athletics Kenya (AK) finally unveiled the contingent of 59 athletes slated to proudly represent the nation at the forthcoming Africa Athletics Senior Championships set to unfold in Douala, Cameroon. Among the selected athletes, a diverse ensemble of 33 male and 26 female competitors, a rich tapestry of experience intertwines with the fresh promise of debutants venturing onto the international stage for the very first time.

The roster boasts an array of noteworthy names, each a luminary in their respective disciplines. Notable inclusions encompass Stanley Waithaka, whose prowess in the 5000m event garnered him the coveted silver medal at the 2022 World Championships, and Mary Ekiru Nyaruai, reigning champion of the 1500m at the African Games, accompanied by her male counterpart Brian Komen. Also gracing the roster is Caroline Nyaga, distinguished as the reigning champion of the 5000m in the African circuit, alongside the esteemed presence of Mark Otieno, a former national record holder in the 100m sprint, and Teresiah Gateri, whose triumph in the 3000m event at the 2021 World Under 20 Championships solidified her burgeoning status in the athletic realm.

Guiding the team will be national head coach Julius Kirwa and AK National Police Service affiliate chairman Stephen Etyang.

“The team will be led by Etyang, chairman AK National Police Service and the national head coach Kirwa,” the statement read.

Key highlights include the 800m duo of African Games silver medallist Kipng’etich Ng’eno and Nicholas Kiplagat.

Ng’eno, fresh off his national championship win with a time of 1:45.01, will look to fend off Kiplagat, who finished just behind him in 1:45.46.

Kiplagat will seek to upgrade his silver medal from the previous edition.

During the 22nd edition of the championships in 2022 in Mauritius, Kiplagat placed second in 1:46.43 behind Algeria’s Slimane Moula (1:45.59).

In the women’s 400m, Veronica Mutua and Mercy Chebet will spearhead the charge.

Mutua clinched bronze in Mauritius, clocking 52.79 behind Zambia’s Niddy Mingilishi (52.36) and South Africa’s Charlene Miranda (51.82).

At the national championships, Mutua placed third (52.60) behind Gladys Jepkemboi (52.13) and Chebet (51.81).

Julius Yego, the 2016 Olympic silver medallist in men’s javelin, is set to defend his title, joined by Methuselah Kiprop.

During the last edition, Yego threw 79.62m for gold with Egypt’s Ihab Abdelrahman (77.12m) and South Africa’s Phil-Mar Van Rensburg (74.10m) sealing the podium.

Yego threw 81.21m at the national championships, beating Kiprop (74.21) and Alexander Kiprotich (73.16m).

Leading the assault in the men’s 1,500m is African Games champion Brian Komen, accompanied by 2017 Africa U20 silver medallist Boaz Kiprugut.

Three-time national sprints champion Esther Mbagari will highlight the women’s 100m and 200m joined by Monica Safania (100m) and Eunice Kadogo (200m).

Team Kenya

100m women

Esther Mbagari 

Monica Safania

100m men

Meshack Babu

Mark Otieno

100m hurdles women

Rukia Nusra

200m women

Esther Mbagari

Eunice Kadogo

200m men

Mike Mokamba

Samuel Chege

400m women

Mercy Chebet

Veronica Mutua

400m men

Kelvin Tauta

Kelvin Kipkorir

400m hurdles women

Venice Kerubo 

Rahab Wanjiru

400m hurdles men

Kipkorir Rotich

Edward Ngunjiri

800m women 

Lilian Odira

Sarah Moraa

800m men

Kipngetich Ngeno

Nicholas Kiplagat

1500m women

Mary Ekiru

Caroline Nyaga

1500m men

Brian Komen

Boaz Kiprugut

5000m women

Mercy Chepkemoi

Teresiah Muthoni

5000m men

Levi Kibet

Stanley Waithaka

10000m women

Gladys Kwamboka

Emmy Jepkemoi

10000m men

Roncer Konga

Joseph Kiptum

3000m steeplechase women

Mercy Wanjiru

Leah Jeruto

3000m steeplechase men

Edmund Serem

Collins Kiprop

Mathew Kosgei

20km race walk women

Margaret Gati

20km race walk men

Heristone Wafula

High jump women

Zeddy Jesire 

High Jump men

Asbel Kiprop

Long Jump men

Edwin Kimutai

Triple Jump men

Gilbert Pkemoi

Isaac Kirwa

Discuss women

Caroline Cherotich

Roseline Nyanchama

Javelin men

Julius Yego

Methuselah Kiprop

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