Brothers Haron Koech and Nicholas Bett will take on each other at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 400m Hurdles.
Koech, who recently won bronze at the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Durban, South Africa, will face his brother, the reigning IAAF world champion Bett who shocked the world by winning the first kenyan medal in 400m hurdles at the 2015 in Beijing, China.
The two have running genes inherited from their father Joseph boit who used to shine during his teenage age, competing in 110m hurdles.
Simat born athletes have put the country in sprints prowess after kenya has well been dominated by long distance races. With recent frontiers, they have cut their own niche on the track and field events that has world and Commonwealth champion Julius Yego.
Koech booked a ticket to Rio for the first time, same to his brother Bett with the former finishing second behind Boniface Mucheru in 400m hurdles at Kipchoge Keino stadium during national trials.
However, Koech is determined to perform well being his first time to go for Olympics and last year was his first time to represent the country.
“It is good for family members to run the same race and taking on my brother will be great achievement if all of us comes home with a medal because we cannot win gold at once but one will win,” said Koech who will also wear an Olympic jersey for the first time.
The masculine Koech, is hoping to bank on his current fitness after he started the season on high note registering good results after scooping bronze in Durban behind Mucheru who won gold, also a bronze medalist at the 2012 Africa Athletics championships in Benin before finishing 4th in Marrakech meeting.
“It is a good feeling to to compete alongside my brother in the team since he my training mate,” added Koech.
Bett is a two-time bronze medalist at the African championships and wore kenyan jersey at the 2010 while still in junior cadre.
Traffic police based in Kisumu Bett said that he feels very good being the first time to compete in the Olympics and hope to perform well.
“I will feel good if I win in Olympics it will be good same to my brother because the medal will be coming to the family. We are one happy family,” said the traffic police officer based in Kisumu.
The former student at volleyball powerhouses Paul Boit and Cheptil Bett was sure of clinching a maiden Olympic gold in the Samba Nation. They represented their schools in the annual East Africa secondary schools games three consecutive times in volleyball.
“It is my pleasure to be in the Kenyan team for the first time, competing in Olympics which I hope to perform well” said the ever But it was a
calling for the duo in volleyball but after school they decided to take running seriously through the advice of their father, which has bore fruits, not just in Kenyan arena but worldwide.