Team Kenya that is hoping to feature in World Masters Athletic Championships set for October 26 to November 8 in Perth, Australia has intensified its training that is taking place in Eldoret.
The Kenya team that is under Coach Rose Tata Muya who is the first female athlete to participate in the event in 2007.
The event is meant for former athletes aged above 40 and Kenya will be represented by a contingent of 23 (16 athletes and seven officials).
The 2012 Duke City Marathon second runner-up John Sang, 2004 New Mexico City Marathon winner Philip Metto and Austria Marathon winner Joshua Rop alongside Joel Kosgei will be flying the country’s flag in half marathon.
Sang, who ran number of races including finishing fourth at the 2010 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is confident of performing well.
Metto who trained in Mexico for ten years competing in several road races and winning his last event at the 2013 Pittsburgh Marathon, said he is ready for the competition.
Metto said after the training session that, “We have been training since last year in Kapsabet and we are hopeful of the title. We will run as team and the best will carry the day.”
Paul Yego, Bernard Cheruiyot and Joseph Kosgei will represent the country in 10km while John Njai and James Seurei will be competing in 8km.
Truphoza Chemutai will run in the women’s 8km race.
Kenya will also field athletes in discuss and shot-put.
While talking to the coach Muya she said, “The Ministry of Sport has facilitated tickets to a tune of Sh3.5 million but lack funds to cater for visas, accommodation and allowances. We are still engaging the ministry of foreign affairs to see if they can talk to their counterpart to waive the visa fee for us because raising Kshs 18,000 per person is so much.”